Aha! So just as I was outsmarted by this Hercule Poirot he was outsmarted by me! For if the Poirot was clever enough to foresee my venture to his apartment he could have followed me home, discovered where my hideout was, and used the information to advance against me! Upon uncovering this strong possibility I quickly moved to pack up all my materials and moved to a different apartment, leaving but one shred of evidence behind: a note that read, “You think me a fool to not recognize my own tactic? You will have to do better than that! Sherlock Holmes”
And sure enough, who should I find coming to my original place at a late, ungodly hour but that Belgian oaf! I would have approached him but I confess that without the proper protection I was unwilling to meet him face to face without the protection of witnesses, since I did not know how he would react. So instead I waited for him to search in vain and leave; then in disguise as a drunk party goer I followed him to his next location. I expected him to go to a new hideout, but alas I must have stunned him so; he instead followed the Thames to Wapping where a ship hoisting a French flag was docked. Understanding the predicament I tried quickly to change into the outfit of a harborman and perhaps sneak on to the ship, but it was in vain; by the time. By the time I was outfitted Poirot had been outfitted in one of the cargo crates!
Nevertheless I happened to catch an argument between Poirot and the captain of the ship, where he complained about the dirty state of his vessel, saying that he did not want want his clothes to be dirty, he was ‘going to Paris after all’! Aha, Mr. Poirot, I know where you are headed!
Luckily – though I am bound from giving details – arrangements have been made to allow me to go to France. Poirot seems to believe, or so I infer that I will be less potent in a foreign country, particularly where he speaks the language fluently. Do not be so hasty in assuming, Mr. Poirot! I have been employed by French aristocracy before and you will find me just as quick-witted and steadfast whatever side of the channel I am standing on!