History Literature / HerculePoirot

21st May '16 9:57:36 AM JustTroper
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* ElectiveBrokenLanguage: Poirot admits to a friend in ''Three Act Tragedy'' that he's perfectly capable of speaking proper English if he wants to, but he chooses not to because he's found it helpful to appear as an amusing and non-threatening foreigner.
-->'''Poirot:''' It is true that I can speak the exact, the idiomatic English. But, my friend, to speak the broken English is an enormous asset. It leads people to despise you. They say -- a foreigner -- he can't even speak English properly. It is not my policy to terrify people -- instead I invite their gentle ridicule.
14th May '16 9:00:40 PM AnotherGuy
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* ItsPronouncedTropay: If someone mispronounces his name, like "Poy-roat", he'll be quick to correct them. A second time, he'll just bitterly sigh or grumble and leave well enough alone.
11th May '16 8:17:50 AM DrSlide
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* TheHeroDies: Though having penned this adventure, Christie set it aside for thirty years while she continued to turn them out.

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* TheHeroDies: Though having penned this adventure, Christie set wrote ''Curtain: Poirot's Last Case'' during World War II, but did not allow it aside for thirty years while she continued to turn them out.be published until 1975 (the last of her books to be published in her lifetime). In the book, [[spoiler:Poirot stops taking his heart medication to bring about his own death, after killing a man who had manipulated others into committing several murders.]]
* IconicItem: Poirot's turnip pocket watch.


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** He prefers to keep a bank balance of 444 pounds, 4 shillings, and 4 pence.
28th Mar '16 10:15:58 PM Mdumas43073
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19th Mar '16 5:19:17 PM AnotherGuy
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* ThemeNaming: Hercule's [[spoiler: fictional]] brother is named "Achille".
14th Mar '16 3:25:47 AM AnotherGuy
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* HeKnowsTooMuch: The surest way for an Agatha Christie character to sign his own death warrant is by attempting to blackmail a killer. [[spoiler:Amberiotis of ''One, Two, Buckle My Shoe'']] learned this the hard way. Also goes for anyone who didn't know that they knew anything significant (such as [[spoiler:Celia from ''Hickory Dickory Dock'']]), or who didn't know the whole story but knew something vital (like [[spoiler:Miss Johnson from ''Murder in Mesopotamia'']]). Basically, if you're in an Agatha Christie novel, you'd better hope and pray that you either don't have a major part, don't find anything out, aren't confided to by anyone; or if you do find something out, you know how to ''keep your mouth shut''.

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* HeKnowsTooMuch: The surest way for an Agatha Christie character to sign his own death warrant is by attempting to blackmail a killer. [[spoiler:Amberiotis of ''One, Two, Buckle My Shoe'']] learned this the hard way. Also goes for anyone who didn't know that they knew anything significant (such as [[spoiler:Celia from ''Hickory Dickory Dock'']]), or who didn't know the whole story but knew something vital (like [[spoiler:Miss Johnson from ''Murder in Mesopotamia'']]). It happens ''twice'' in [[spoiler: ''Literature/DeathOnTheNile'' to the maid and Mrs. Otterbourne]]. Basically, if you're in an Agatha Christie novel, you'd better hope and pray that you either don't have a major part, don't find anything out, aren't confided to by anyone; or if you do find something out, you know how to ''keep your mouth shut''.
14th Mar '16 3:23:34 AM AnotherGuy
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* BadassMoustache: Agatha Christie liked the 1974 adaptation of Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress, and had but a single complaint: Albert Finney's mustache wasn't magnificent enough! [[spoiler: Subverted in ''Literature/TheBigFour'' and ''Literature/{{Curtain}}'', in which Poirot has shaved his mustache to pretend to be someone else.]]

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* BadassMoustache: Agatha Christie liked the 1974 adaptation of Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress, and had but a single complaint: Albert Finney's mustache wasn't magnificent enough! [[spoiler: Subverted in ''Literature/TheBigFour'' ''The Big Four'' and ''Literature/{{Curtain}}'', in which Poirot has shaved his mustache to pretend to be someone else.]]
14th Mar '16 3:23:09 AM AnotherGuy
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* BadassMoustache: Agatha Christie liked the 1974 adaptation of Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress, and had but a single complaint: Albert Finney's mustache wasn't magnificent enough!

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* BadassMoustache: Agatha Christie liked the 1974 adaptation of Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress, and had but a single complaint: Albert Finney's mustache wasn't magnificent enough!enough! [[spoiler: Subverted in ''Literature/TheBigFour'' and ''Literature/{{Curtain}}'', in which Poirot has shaved his mustache to pretend to be someone else.]]
14th Mar '16 3:20:13 AM AnotherGuy
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* IronicName: Poirot is physically as far as you can get from a "Hercule".
4th Mar '16 12:14:45 PM AnotherGuy
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* EurkaMoment: Poirot will often say such things as "Ah, the light shines on the case" when he discovers a vital clue that leads to his solving the case.

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* EurkaMoment: EurekaMoment: Poirot will often say such things as "Ah, the light shines on the case" when he discovers a vital clue that leads to his solving the case.
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