Several people suspected of murder give testimony to the investigator, who are listed in the order in which they were shot. We do not hear the questions of the investigator, but we reconstruct them according to the content of the answers of the interrogated.
A person brought in as a witness or suspected of investigating a murder case answers the investigator’s questions. From his answers it follows that on the Saturday night his acquaintance had to come to him to disassemble the chess etude of Chigorin, which they agreed on Tuesday by telephone. However, on Saturday afternoon his friend called and said that he could not come in the evening. The testimony says that he did not notice the signs of excitement in the voice of the interlocutor, and some oddity of pronunciation explains only the consequence of concussion. The conversation proceeded calmly, his acquaintance apologized, and they agreed to meet on Wednesday, having previously phoned. The conversation took place about eight hours, after which he tried to analyze the sketch alone and made a move that his friend advised him, but this move embarrassed him with his absurdity, strangeness and some kind of incongruity with the manner of playing Chigorin, a move that negated the very meaning of the sketch. The investigator names a name and asks if it says anything to the interrogated. It turns out that he was with this woman in communication, but they parted five years ago. He knew that she had come to terms with
Next, a woman testifies that she has seen the murdered person rarely, not more than twice a month, and every time he warned her in advance with a call about his arrival, so that there would be no overlap: she works in the theater, and there are all kinds of surprises. The murdered man knew that she had a man whose relationship was serious, but despite this, she sometimes met him. He, she said, was strange and unlike the others, during the meetings with him the whole world, everything around for it seemed to cease to exist, “on the surface of things – both moving and motionless – suddenly appeared something like a film, or rather, dust, which gave them some kind of nonsensical similarity. ” It was this that attracted her to him and made him not give up completely, even in the name of the captain, with whom she intended to bind her fate. She does not remember when and where she met the killed, it seems, it happened on the beach in Livadia, but very well remembers his words, from which they began their acquaintance. He said: “I understand how disgusting you are…” She does not know anything about his family, he did not introduce her to his friends, and she does not know who killed him, but this is clearly not his chess partner, this one a weak-willed man, a rag that “went crazy with queen gambits.” She could never understand their friendship at all. And the captain that night was in the theater, they came back together and found in her front a lying body. At first, because of the darkness, they imagined that it was drunk, but then she recognized him on a white cloak, which was at that moment all in the mud. Apparently, he crawled for a long time. Then they brought him to her apartment and called the police.
Following the woman testimony gives the captain. But he is afraid to disappoint the investigator, since he knows nothing about the murderer, although he, for understandable reasons, “hated this subject.” They were not acquainted, he just knew that someone else was at his girlfriend, but who did not know, and she did not say, because “to hide something,” but she simply did not want to upset the captain, although upset there was especially nothing, because for almost a year, “there was nothing between them,” in which she herself confessed to him. The captain believed her, but he did not feel better. He simply could not help but believe, and if the investigator is surprised that with this attitude to people he has four stars on shoulder straps, then do not forget that they are small stars, and many of those with whom he started already have two big stars. Consequently,
The captain is already a widower for four years, he has a son, and on the day of the murder he was in the theater, after the performance he saw his acquaintance home, and in their entrance they discovered a corpse. He immediately recognized him, because he once saw them together in the store, and sometimes he met him on the beach. One day he even spoke to him, but he answered so disdainfully that the captain felt a rush of hatred and even felt that he could kill him, but then, fortunately, he did not yet know who he was talking to, since he was not even familiar with the woman. They did not meet again, and then the captain met this woman at an evening at the Officers’ Club. The captain admits that he is even glad of this turn of events, otherwise all this could drag on forever, and every time after meeting with this person his friend was as if out of sorts. Now, he hopes everything will work out, since, most likely, they will leave. He “has a call to the Academy,” to Kiev, where she will be taken to any theater. He even believes that they can still have a child. Yes, he has a personal weapon, since the war there was a captured “parabellum”. Yes, he knows that the wound was a gunshot.
Tells the son of the captain. “That evening, Dad went to the theater, and I stayed at home with my grandmother.” They watched TV, it was Saturday, and there was no need to do lessons. The transfer was about Sorge, but he overlooked it. In the window he saw that the deli across the street was still open, so there were no ten, and he wanted ice cream. When he left, he put his father’s gun in his jacket pocket, because he knew where his father was hiding the key from the box. He took it just like that and did not think about anything. He does not remember how he found himself in the park over the port, it was quiet, the moon was shining, “well, it was beautiful in general”. He did not know what time it was, but it was not yet twelve, as Pushkin, which on Saturday leaves at twelve, has not yet departed, and the lit colored windows in the dance saloon in his aft looked like an emerald. He met that man at the exit from the park and asked him for a cigarette, but the man did not give it, calling him a villain. “I do not know what happened to me! Aha, as if someone hit me.” As if something filled my eyes, and I do not remember how I turned around and fired at him. ” The man continued to stand in the same place and smoke, but because the boy decided that he did not hit. He screamed and ran. He does not want to be told about this to his father, because he is afraid. He put the gun back on the spot, returning home. Grandmother was already asleep, without even turning off the TV. “Do not say bathe! It will not kill you! I did not hit! I missed it! Really? Really? Really?!” how I turned around and fired at him. “The man continued to stand in the same place and smoke, so the boy decided that he did not get in. He shouted and ran to run, he does not want to be told about it to his father, because he’s afraid. , returning home, put it back in. Grandma was already asleep, without even turning off the TV. “Do not say bathe! Not that he will kill! I did not hit! I missed! True? True? True?!” how I turned around and fired at him. “The man continued to stand in the same place and smoke, so the boy decided that he did not get in. He shouted and ran to run, he does not want to be told about it to his father, because he’s afraid. , returning home, put it back in. Grandma was already asleep, without even turning off the TV. “Do not say bathe! Not that he will kill! I did not hit! I missed! True? True? True?!”
In the cabin of the ship “Colchis” the investigator talks to someone. They say that there were three suspects, which in itself is eloquent, since the situation suggests that each of them was capable of committing a murder. But this deprives the investigation of any meaning, “because as a result” you will only know who exactly, “but not at all about what others could not…”. And in general it turns out that “the murderer is the one who has no cause for murder…” But “this is the apology of the absurd!” The apotheosis of meaninglessness! Brad! “
The ship left the dock. Crimea “melted in midnight darkness.” More truly, I returned to those outlines that the geographic map is telling us about. “