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Will Auguste Dupin Find The Purloined Letter?
Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Purloined Letter” is a short story set in Paris sometime in the first half of the 19th century. In the story, G-, prefect of the Paris police, visits amateur detective C. Auguste Dupin. The prefect tells Dupin about a case involving a letter that has been stolen from the queen’s boudoir by Minister D—, who is now blackmailing the queen.
The prefect describes the letter. What’s clear is that its contents haven’t been revealed. Minister D— still has the letter and that he must have the letter close at hand so he can produce it at a moment’s notice, if needed.
The prefect says he and his detectives have searched every inch of D—’s townhouse. They’ve examined furniture, drawers, walls, wallpaper, floors, carpets, books, packages, and parcels and have found nothing.
Dupin hears the story of the purloined letter and puts his mental faculties to the test. Using his power of reason, he does what the police cannot — solves the mystery.
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In a Nutshell
WHAT TO READ: “The Purloined Letter” by Edgar Allan Poe
HOW TO READ: Buy it on Amazon, read it for free on the Poe Museum website, or read it for free courtesy of Project Gutenberg.
READING TIME: 1 hour