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April 05, 2018


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No, this is just how Christie wrote the line.

Yes, it is Christie's line. My argument is that the filmmakers misinterpreted the line.

I thought Poirot's Dickens reading was funny and clever. I did not interpret the film to mean that the screenwriter was confused by the line and thought that Poirot, in Christie's original work, read his Dickens during the train ride. We know from the M. Harris line that Poirot is a Dickens fan; thus, Poirot enjoys reading Dickens on the train (before and after making the M. Harris remark). (Train rides are ideal for novel reading.) I wonder which of the other passengers also enjoys Dickens. MacQuean?

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