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What was there was a piece of newspaper cut out jaggedly, which immediately struck the eye as most peculiar, because it had been so badly printed. Paris, 1 November. A dramatic suicide took place this morning in a flat in the Rue de Miromesnil which had been occupied for several years by the Comte de Saint-Fiacre and his mistress, a Russian woman called Marie S… After telling his mistress that he was ashamed of the scandalous conduct of a certain member of his family, the count fired a bullet into his head and died a few minutes later without recovering consciousness.
A crime will be committed… The second bell for Mass was ringing. People must be hurrying. There were peasants who came a long way, in light carts. They had brought flowers to place on the graves. Jean did not dare to approach. The butler, who had opened the car door, stood there utterly crushed, without moving a muscle. “Madame la Comtesse… Madame la…” he stammered. ” Why the devil was the doctor smiling so sarcastically? Maigret used his authority. “Come on now! ” While they were reaching into the car, a bell rang in the hall.
When he looked out into the hallway, he was just in time to catch sight of the figure of a woman in a bed jacket and a white petticoat. He picked up the jug of hot water Marie Tatin had brought him, closed his door, and looked for a piece of mirror in front of which he could shave. The candle had only a few minutes of life left. Outside the skylight, it was still night, a cold night in early winter. A few dead leaves were clinging to the branches of the poplars in the marketplace. Maigret could stand up only in the middle of the attic, because of the double slope of the roof.