ANNE BEDDINGFELD’S BAG

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THE BAG : The Player’s Bag

 the Player's bag

A clever, ingenious Bag for active lifestyles

 

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THE BAG : THE PLAYER’ S BAG

Perfect for on and off the golf course, the Player’s Bag is Length: 9 inches (22.86 cm) long, 15 inches wide (38.1 cm), 12.5 inches (31.75 cm) high. It has a signature gold satin lining and first-rate all-around professional stitching, breathing vents for your work or recreation shoes, exterior croco material that can wipe clean and repel water and gold nail head accents. The Player’s bag is fully loaded with golf, sport, travel and lifestyle functionality. Ah, but the real cleverness lies beneath – the bottom reveals an ingeniously designed compartment that is spacious enough for any of your golf, sporting or walk-to-work shoes, even party chic pumps! Whether you are playing at a sports club or as a guest at a country club, this is the ideal bag to have that can fit your golf or tennis shoes or a change of clothes for the 19th hole. Unzip and remove the compartment, throw it in your locker, be ready to enjoy a day out under the sun with just the upper portion to take with you!

This bag is just the right gift for women with very active lifestyles, great for New Yorkers or any city goers, and it is also ideal for the adventurous woman who likes travelling just like Anne Beddingfeld, the adventurous heroine of The Man in the Brown Suit  by Agatha Christie.

THE CHARACTER : ANNE BEDDINGFELD

ANNE E HARRY LUCAS

I’d always longed for adventures. You see, my life had such a dreadful sameness. I wanted to have adventures and see the world and,  although I did not even remotely suspected, the time of the adventure was approaching with great strides.

  

The main female character of this story with all the right ingredients of a good thriller such as a mysterious charming man, stolen diamonds, kidnapping is on board the Kilmorden Castle, a boat sailing from England to South Africa, in a journey across the hemispheres, in search of the clues she’s stumbled upon after a man has jumped to his death on the live rails at Hyde Park tube station right in front of her.

An adventure seeker, Anne believes that the man didn’t commit suicide, it was an accident though she tells the coroner “Something alarmed him, and he stepped backwards blindly without thinking what he was doing. “But what could have alarmed him?” “ That I don’t know.” “There was something. He looked panic-stricken”.  She also tells him that she saw a man in a brown suit who, announcing he was a medical man , examined the dead man but not in an appropriate manner since he felt for the heart on the right side of the body!

Anne’s got brains and guts, she’s pragmatic, clever,  passionate and a bit histrionic and  she’s able to detect some clues the police didn’t notice. Later she tells Lord Nasby, Editor of the Daily News “And I’ve got my own special knowledge… I’ve still got something up my sleeve. “Oh, you have, have you? You seem a bright sort of girl.” Anne is really clever since she noticed that the so-called doctor dropped a piece of paper smelling of moth-balls. It had two words written on it and some figures. The daughter of a famous archeologist young Anne Beddingfeld is a girl with no means but with an extraordinary coolness and a very strong love for adventure. The opportunity to bring out her personality comes when she manages to exploit her discovery to make her way in journalism. I admire your coolness, young woman.  Go on working on this line of yours. If you get anything—anything that’s publishable—send it along and you shall have your chance. There’s always room for real talent on the Daily News. But you’ve got to make good first. See?”

So  Anne decides to follow up on her investigations and is led into a ring of diamond thieves, murderers, and political intrigue set in exotic Southern Africa all run by a man known only as ‘The Colonel.’ “

She feels like a “gipsy girl” as the rich and beautiful Suzanne Blair will call her later on board: “Why do you call me that?”  “Do you mind? It suits you somehow. I’ve called you that in my own mind from the beginning. It’s the gipsy element in you that makes you so different from anyone else”

 In fact, Anne loves travellingThis is South Africa,” I kept saying to myself industriously. “South Africa, South Africa. You are seeing the world. This is the world. You are seeing it. Think of it, Anne Beddingfeld, you pudding-head. You’re seeing the world.” But she is also a sports woman, so when the sea is smooth, the weather  growing daily warmer and sea-sickness is a thing of the past, she goes up on deck and is initiated into the mysteries of deck-quoits, Anne  enters her name for various sports.

THE STORY : THE MAN IN THE BROWN SUIT

ANNE BEDDINGFIELD WITH PEDLER

And immediately, without rhyme or reason, but with the sureness of instinct, I knew that it was I myself who was threatened. It was the same feeling as I had had on the Kilmorden that night, a sure instinct warning me of danger. I looked sharply over my shoulder. Silence. I moved on a pace or two. Again I heard that rustle. Still walking, I looked over my shoulder again. A man’s figure came out of the shadow. He saw that I saw him, and jumped forward, hard on my track. It was too dark to recognize anybody. All I could see was that he was tall, and a European, not a native. I took to my heels and ran. I heard him pounding behind. I ran quicker, keeping my eyes fixed on the white stones that showed me where to step, for there was no moon that night. And suddenly my foot felt nothingness. I heard the man behind me laugh, an evil, sinister laugh. It rang in my ears, as I fell headlong–down–down–down to destruction far beneath.

After the moth-balls smelling man’s death at Hyde Park tube station  the man in the brown suit leaves the station but he drops a piece of paper with some figures and words scrawled on it in pencil, which Anne Beddingfeld picks up :  it  reads “17.1 22 Kilmorden Castle“.

The inquest on the dead man, “L. B. Carton”, brings a verdict of accidental death but in his pocket was a house agent’s order to view a house,  The Mill House in Marlow , the home of Sir Eustace Pedler, MP. The next day the newspapers report that a dead woman has been found there, strangled. Anne doesn’t think it is a coincidence since it seems to her there must certainly be a connection of some kind between the two fatalities.

The murdered lady is thought to be a foreigner and Anne decides to investigate. She happens to figure out the words on the paper, which triggers her jumping  on the first opportunity  on  a voyage to South Africa.  The trail takes her on board the Kilmorden Castle sailing to Cape Town and the action takes place mainly on board ship and in South Africa.

While on board Anne suffers terribly from sea-sickness and stays in her cabin for three days until the ship reaches Madeira. On the ship there are  a number of suspects and Anne has to work out who she can trust and who to believe. She describes  Colonel Race  as ‘one of the strong, silent men of Rhodesia‘ and is very taken with him  ‘easily the best-looking man on board.‘ He was one of the few people who were capable of making her feel shy, then she  arouses the interest of Suzanne Blair, the richest and most beautiful lady on the cruise. Among the passengers there are also Guy Pagett, Sir Eustace’ secretary, Sir Eustace has also employed another man who goes by the name of Harry Rayburn Harry Rayburn, a well-built young fellow with a deeply tanned face with a scar running diagonally from the corner of his eye to the jaw, disfiguring what would otherwise have been a handsome though somewhat reckless countenance, Rev. Edward Chichester, a missionary  “ false teeth which clicked when he ate”.

A week after the departure,  at 1:00 am on the morning of the 22nd, she hears  the quick light patter of feet running along the passage. Then with the suddenness of a bombshell her cabin door bursts open and a man almost falls  inside. “Save me,” he says hoarsely. “They’re after me.” Anne can hear footsteps outside and she has about forty seconds in which to act. Practical and passionate at the same time,  she is able to dress the man’s slight wound but he is not in the least bit grateful and leaves after an  altercation with her.

One evening on the ship, Colonel Race recounts the story of the theft of a hundred thousand pounds’ worth of diamonds some years before, supposedly by the son of a South African gold magnate, John Eardsley, and his friend Harry Lucas. The police arrested the two friends but John’s father disowned his son. After John Eardsley was killed in the war his father’s huge fortune passed to his next of kin, Colonel Race himself while Lucas was posted as “missing in action”.

While talking to  Pagett  Anne discovers that he has never been to Florence although he mantained he was in Italy when the foreign lady had been murdered in Sir Eustace’s house. That night there ’s an attempt to Anne’s life. Someone tries to throw her into the sea. She is rescued by Harry Rayburn who turns out to be the mysterious man in the brown suit.

As the ship docks in Cape Town, more surprises for  Anne  are in store.  Stubbornness and a little luck will help the reckless adventurer to find the thread of the complicated story, shedding light on the  mysterious theft of diamonds and meeting, almost by accident, her great love. Gradually, in fact,  she realises that ‘The Man In The Brown Suit’ is not the murderer but hunts for the gang’s leader the “Colonel”.

Once they arrive in Cape Town, Anne is imprisoned in the attic of  a house at Muizenberg by a bearded Dutchman. There she overhears the Rev. Chichester speaking with the Dutchman about “the Colonel”. She manages to escape and  Pedler offers her the role of his secretary on his continuing trip to Rhodesia, which she accepts at the last second. She is then  reunited on the train with Race, Suzanne, and Pedler who has hired another new secretary named Miss Pettigrew.

In Bulawayo, Anne receives a note from Harry asking her out to meet him at a ravine near their hotel. There a man chases her and she falls into the ravine. A few days later Anne awakens in a hut on an island in the Zambesi with Harry Rayburn, who rescued her. By some miracle or other I had not been killed. I was bruised and aching, and very weak, but I was alive.” Harry tells her that he  knows nothing, except that he  found her, caught in the fork of a tree, unconscious and with a badly wrenched arm after someone deliberately caused her to fall. Anne and Harry fall in love and they eventually discover the truth about the theft of the De Beers diamonds stolen in Kimberley and substituted  by a young woman called Anita Grünberg, alias Nadine, the Russian dancer murdered in Sir Eustace Pedler’s house.

She wanted to blackmail the “Colonel” but she became the victim of her own greed since he murdered her. To keep an eye on developments Anne returns to Pedler’s party after exchanging codes to be used with Harry so that neither of them can be duped again. Suzanne tells her that the diamonds are with luggage sent on with Sir Eustace who in the end turns out to be “The Colonel”. He is finally captured thanks to Anne and Harry with the help of Colonel Race who tells her that Harry is in fact John Eardsley, the heir to the Eardsley fortune.

By Valentina C. 101bags

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