Friday, August 21, 2020

Currently Reading: The Pale Horse by Agatha Christie - Chapter 5

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Chapter 5

Mark Easterbrook's POV
Sadly it's been a few hours after Rhoda's fête, I say sadly because I was hoping the book would have a chapter about the fête as it was happening.
But thats okay! 
Mark Easterbrook along with Mrs. Oliver, the vicar and his wife, Mark's cousin Rhoda and her husband Colonel Despard, and a young woman (a redhead 👀who they call Ginger) named Miss Macalister have a very detailed chat about what happened at the fête.

The fête was a success, and Rhoda was able to raise enough money for the restoration of the vicar's church. Ginger seemed to think that almost everyone who won a prize at the fête was cheating. Mrs. Olivier was still expecting a whole murder to go down at the fête....
ma'am, please!

Colonel Despard commented on how nice it was of the local pub to provide beer for one of the stalls.
Mark automatically is like

and asks about The Pale Horse!

No one was shook like Poppy. Rhoda and her husband explain that The Pale Horse is not a pub, used to be an old inn, and now it's just a house to 3 women:
Thyrza Grey (into "spirtualism")
Sybil Stamfordis (is a "medium")
Bella (a cook and a witch...?) 

Besides Mark and Mrs. Oliver who do not know these women, everyone else seems to like them. But they also note that these women should never be messed with because of their "witchcraft".
There is something more sinister here though, I feel.

Rhoda and her husband agree to take everyone to meet the women tomorrow....


Anyway, the next day!
It is Sunday, and after church, Rhoda tells Mark that they will have lunch with Mr. Venables.
Mr. Venables is an older disabled man who lives in a very big house. He appears to be very rich, and was a world traveler before he settled for English country life. Mark also describes this man to have a beak nose....🕵🏽‍♀️🕵🏽‍♀️🕵🏽‍♀️🕵🏽‍♀️🕵🏽‍♀️🕵🏽‍♀️🕵🏽‍♀️(like our Father Gorman killer?!)

Over lunch, Mr. Venables explains that he chose to live in the countryside because he has no friends there. 👀
They all get into a discussion about evil and greatness. "If one is evil, does that not mean they can not be great?"
Mrs. Olivier isn't buying it and I kind of agree with her. How could evil equate to greatness or how could you also be great and evil? 

Mr. Venables says they should not downplay evil....okay, sir.
He says evil is powerful and it could be more powerful than goodness. He says that it needs to be fought unless we will all go down in darkness.
What has this man been through?!

Again, what has Mr. Venables been through? Is he in hiding?
What will happen during tea time with the 3 women?
How is the police investigation going?

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