History Literature / TheMysteriousAffairAtStyles

18th Nov '16 11:36:25 PM NightShade96
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* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: A minor case, but a plot point in the investigation involves the suspicious manner in which Lawrence insisted that his stepmother's death is natural, and his feeble attempt to suggest that Mrs Inglethorp might have been ''accidentally'' (rather than wilfully) administered due to an overdose of her tonic. When Poirot mentions this oddity, Hastings dismissed it as a common layman mistake, until Poirot reminded his friend that while Lawrence is not a doctor, he has a medical degree and is thus qualified as one. While this is true in the books, in the movie, Lawrence ''is'' a medical professional, and he's working in the same hospital as Cynthia.

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* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: A minor case, but a plot point in the investigation involves the suspicious manner in which Lawrence insisted that his stepmother's death is natural, and his feeble attempt to suggest that Mrs Inglethorp might have been ''accidentally'' (rather than wilfully) willfully) administered due to an overdose of her tonic. When Poirot mentions this oddity, Hastings dismissed it as a common layman mistake, until Poirot reminded his friend that while Lawrence is not a doctor, he has a medical degree and is thus qualified as one. While this is true in the books, in the movie, Lawrence ''is'' a medical professional, and he's working in the same hospital as Cynthia.



* AmoralAttorney: Sir Ernest (defence attorney), for all his shrewdness, is infamous for his tendency to bully witnesses into giving the testimonies he wanted to hear. When hired to defend John Cavendish, he practically bullies Lawrence into implicating himself (though to be fair, the younger Cavendish ''had'' been acting rather unfortunately).

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* AmoralAttorney: Sir Ernest (defence attorney), for all his shrewdness, is infamous for his tendency to bully witnesses into giving the testimonies he wanted to hear. When he's hired to defend John Cavendish, he practically bullies Lawrence into implicating himself (though to be fair, the younger Cavendish ''had'' been acting rather unfortunately).



* ArchEnemy: Evelyn Howard cannot stand Alfred Inglethorp and will not hesitate to badmouth the man at every opportunity. When Mrs Inglethorp was killed, she kept on insisting that he was the murderer, even when he was cleared due to his alibi.

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* ArchEnemy: Evelyn Howard cannot stand Alfred Inglethorp and will not hesitate to badmouth the man at every opportunity. When Mrs Inglethorp was killed, she kept on insisting that he was the murderer, even when he was cleared due to his alibi. [[spoiler:This is later revealed to be an act by the two, as part of their plan]].



* ClingyJealousGirl: [[spoiler: Turns out Mary Cavendish is extremely jealous of her husband and the possibility he's having an affair, to the point of drugging her mother-in-law to sleep so she could read in her will if her husband was cheating on her indeed. But ''still'', she didn't commit the murdered and managed to patch up her marriage.]]
* CrossDresser: Apparently, the "young ones" (John, Lawrence and Cynthia) often play dress-up, and Cynthia would occasionally wear male disguise.

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* ClingyJealousGirl: [[spoiler: Turns It turns out that Mary Cavendish is extremely jealous of her husband and the possibility he's having an affair, to the point of drugging her mother-in-law to sleep so she could read in her will if her husband was indeed cheating on her indeed. her. But ''still'', she didn't commit the murdered murder and managed to patch up her marriage.]]
* CrossDresser: Apparently, the "young ones" (John, Lawrence and Cynthia) often play dress-up, and Cynthia would occasionally wear male disguise.disguises.



* EurekaMoment: Poirot has one when Hastings mentions his hands shaking during mania of rearranging objects on the mantelpiece in a room. [[spoiler:If Poirot had to rearrange them, again, then that means someone else must have moved them since the first time, leading him to find an incriminating letter in a vase.]]

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* EurekaMoment: Poirot has one when Hastings mentions his hands shaking during his mania of rearranging objects on the mantelpiece in a room. [[spoiler:If Poirot had to rearrange them, again, then that means someone else must have moved them since the first time, leading him to find an incriminating letter in a vase.]]



* FramingTheGuiltyParty: [[spoiler:Alfred Inglethorp]] sets out a bunch of false clues incriminating [[spoiler:himself]] in the hopes that [[spoiler:he will be arrested and tried, at which point he can easily refute the false evidence. Once acquitted, he will then be unable to be tried again due to double jeopardy, even if proof of his guilt turns up later. Poirot foils this plan by refusing to allow Inglethorp's arrest until he has true evidence of his guilt]].

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* FramingTheGuiltyParty: [[spoiler:Alfred Inglethorp]] sets out a bunch of false clues incriminating [[spoiler:himself]] in the hopes that [[spoiler:he will be arrested and tried, at which point he can easily refute the false evidence. Once acquitted, he will then be unable to be tried again due to double jeopardy, even if real proof of his guilt turns up later. Poirot foils this plan by refusing to allow Inglethorp's arrest until he has true evidence of his guilt]].



* ObviouslyEvil: Both Alfred Inglethorp and Dr. Bauerstein have long, black beard, which makes them look like fictional villains. [[spoiler:One turns out to be the murderer, while the other is a German spy.]]
* OperationJealousy: Both John Cavendish and his wife love each other, but have drifted apart over their years of marriage. John tries to incite his wife's jealousy by flirting with Mrs Raikes, while Mary attempts to do the same by her frequent engagements with Dr. Bauerstein.
* RedHerring: Several of the clues that Poirot finds in the crime scene, and the suspicious activities of some of the characters turn out to have nothing to do with the crime. For example, [[spoiler:the green cloth and candle grease found in the victim's room was left by Mary Cavendish, who snuck into Mrs. Inglethorp's room trying to look for a letter, which she was sure contains evidence of John's infidelity. Dr. Bauerstein's suspicious manner was due to the fact that he's a German spy. The incrimination against Lawrence was caused by a mix of coincidence (e.g. his fingerprints on the poison bottle found in Cynthia's hospital) and his desire to protect Cynthia, whom he believes to be the criminal, by destroying any evidence that could be put against her]].

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* ObviouslyEvil: Both Alfred Inglethorp and Dr. Bauerstein have long, long black beard, beards, which makes them look like fictional villains. [[spoiler:One turns out to be the murderer, while the other is a German spy.]]
* OperationJealousy: Both John Cavendish and his wife love each other, but have drifted apart over their years of marriage. John tries to incite his wife's jealousy by flirting with Mrs Raikes, while Mary attempts to do the same by through her frequent engagements with Dr. Bauerstein.
* RedHerring: Several of the clues that Poirot finds in the crime scene, and the suspicious activities of some of the characters turn out to have nothing to do with the crime. For example, [[spoiler:the green cloth and candle grease found in the victim's room was were left by Mary Cavendish, who snuck into Mrs. Inglethorp's room trying to look for a letter, which she was sure contains contained evidence of John's infidelity. Dr. Bauerstein's suspicious manner was due to the fact that he's a German spy. The incrimination against Lawrence was caused by a mix of coincidence (e.g. his fingerprints on the poison bottle found in Cynthia's hospital) and his desire to protect Cynthia, whom he believes to be the criminal, by destroying any evidence that could be put against her]].
6th Oct '16 1:48:54 AM Tuomas
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* NeverTheObviousSuspect: Subverted. The murderer [[spoiler:deliberately makes himself the very obvious first suspect, then prepares fake evidence, so the case against him will be overturned and he won't be suspected again (in English law at the time, one couldn't be tried twice for the same crime).]]
4th Oct '16 4:36:29 AM Adept
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* ImaginaryLoveTriangle: Lawrence mistakenly believes that Cynthia is in love with his brother John, and expresses jealousy whenever he sees them together. This is presumably why he often very reserved around Cynthia, causing her to think that he dislikes her.



* ObviouslyEvil: Alfred Inglethorp and Dr. Bauerstein has long, black beard, which makes them look like fictional villains. [[spoiler:One turns out to be the murderer, while the other is a German spy.]]

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* ObviouslyEvil: Both Alfred Inglethorp and Dr. Bauerstein has have long, black beard, which makes them look like fictional villains. [[spoiler:One turns out to be the murderer, while the other is a German spy.]]
27th Sep '16 1:12:14 AM ProfessorDetective
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Detective novel by Creator/AgathaChristie. It was the first novel she wrote and the one where [[Literature/HerculePoirot that Belgian detective of hers]] was introduced. [[MistakenNationality Or was he French?]] You know who I mean- that [[FunnyForeigner funny little man]] with the egg-shaped head and the [[BerserkButton ridiculous moustache]]. Written (and set) during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI but first published in 1920.

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Detective novel by Creator/AgathaChristie. It was the first novel she wrote and the one where [[Literature/HerculePoirot that Belgian detective of hers]] was introduced. [[MistakenNationality Or was he French?]] You know who I mean- the one- that [[FunnyForeigner funny little man]] with the egg-shaped head and the [[BerserkButton ridiculous moustache]]. Written (and set) during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI but first published in 1920.
11th Sep '16 12:59:48 AM leraluna
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* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Sort of. Hastings got himself into quite some trouble by falling in love with ''both'' Mrs Cavendish and Cynthia Murdoch. However, Mary is married to John, and Cynthia rejects his proposal.

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* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Sort of. Hastings got himself into quite some trouble by falling in love with ''both'' Mrs Cavendish and Cynthia Murdoch. However, Mary is married to John, and Cynthia rejects his proposal.proposal [[spoiler: because she's in love with Lawrence]].


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* ClingyJealousGirl: [[spoiler: Turns out Mary Cavendish is extremely jealous of her husband and the possibility he's having an affair, to the point of drugging her mother-in-law to sleep so she could read in her will if her husband was cheating on her indeed. But ''still'', she didn't commit the murdered and managed to patch up her marriage.]]


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* MarriageBeforeRomance: Mary Cavendish married her husband John because was bored of living woth her aunts after having traveled for years with her late father. It took years before a romance blossomed.
6th Aug '16 5:03:44 AM Adept
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* AmoralAttorney: Sir Ernest (defence attorney), for all his shrewdness, is infamous for his tendency to bully the witnesses into giving testimonies that can be twisted to his client's favour, and will do whatever he can to clear his client's name, even if it means pinning the blame on someone who is equally innocent. When hired to defend John Cavendish, he practically bullies Lawrence into implicating himself (though to be fair, the younger Cavendish ''had'' been acting rather unfortunately).

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* AmoralAttorney: Sir Ernest (defence attorney), for all his shrewdness, is infamous for his tendency to bully the witnesses into giving the testimonies that can be twisted he wanted to his client's favour, and will do whatever he can to clear his client's name, even if it means pinning the blame on someone who is equally innocent.hear. When hired to defend John Cavendish, he practically bullies Lawrence into implicating himself (though to be fair, the younger Cavendish ''had'' been acting rather unfortunately).



* ObviouslyEvil: Alfred Inglethorp, with his long, black beard and peculiar clothing, immediately presents himself as a scum.

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* ObviouslyEvil: Alfred Inglethorp, with his Inglethorp and Dr. Bauerstein has long, black beard and peculiar clothing, immediately presents himself as beard, which makes them look like fictional villains. [[spoiler:One turns out to be the murderer, while the other is a scum.German spy.]]
29th Jul '16 3:37:41 AM Adept
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* BigBrotherInstinct: When John Cavendish was arrested and put on trial for the murder of his stepmother, he was not pleased to find that his defence attorney tries to turn the accusation towards Lawrence. When he was later called to give his evidence, he rejected Sir Ernest's insinuations and declared his younger brother's innocence.

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* BigBrotherInstinct: When John Cavendish was arrested and put on trial for the murder of his stepmother, he was not pleased to find that his defence attorney tries tried to turn the accusation towards Lawrence. When he was later called to give his evidence, he rejected Sir Ernest's insinuations and declared his younger brother's innocence.
22nd Jul '16 6:35:33 AM Adept
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* AmoralAttorney: Sir Ernest (defence attorney), for all his shrewdness, is infamous for his tendency to bully the witnesses into giving testimonies that can be twisted to his client's favour. When he's hired to defend John Cavendish, he will do whatever he can to clear his client's name, even if it means pinning the blame on someone who is equally innocent.

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* AmoralAttorney: Sir Ernest (defence attorney), for all his shrewdness, is infamous for his tendency to bully the witnesses into giving testimonies that can be twisted to his client's favour. When he's hired to defend John Cavendish, he favour, and will do whatever he can to clear his client's name, even if it means pinning the blame on someone who is equally innocent. When hired to defend John Cavendish, he practically bullies Lawrence into implicating himself (though to be fair, the younger Cavendish ''had'' been acting rather unfortunately).



* DeathByAdaptation: Downplayed, as the character in question doesn't really have any role in the story, but in the David Suchet adaptation, Mrs. Raikes is a widow, while in the books, her husband is still alive.



* FourthDateMarriage: Hastings proposes to Cynthia after knowing her for just a couple days (or weeks). The trope is defied, however, when Cynthia finds his proposal hilarious, and promptly turns him down.



* NiceJobFixingItVillain: The crime would never have been traced back to the killer if they weren't so impatient and wrote an incriminating letter to their accomplice when Mrs. Inglethorp's death was briefly delayed. Had they simply waited for the inevitable, they might have gotten away with it all.
* ObviouslyEvil: Alfred Inglethorp, with his long, black beard and odd attire, immediately presents himself as a scum -- regardless of his role in the murder of his wife.

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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: The crime would never have been traced back to the killer if they weren't so impatient and wrote an incriminating letter to their accomplice when Mrs. Inglethorp's death was briefly delayed.came later than planned. Had they simply waited for the inevitable, they might have gotten away with it all.
* ObviouslyEvil: Alfred Inglethorp, with his long, black beard and odd attire, peculiar clothing, immediately presents himself as a scum -- regardless of his role in the murder of his wife. scum.



* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler:Alfred and Evelyn]]'s scheme to frame [[spoiler:John Cavendish]] for the murder would have worked perfectly if [[spoiler:Lawrence]] didn't start behaving suspiciously around the same time. The latter is no fool, but [[spoiler:his wrongful belief that Cynthia is the murderer, and his desire to protect her]] is what drove his odd behaviour.

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* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler:Alfred and Evelyn]]'s scheme to frame [[spoiler:John Cavendish]] for the murder would have worked perfectly much better if [[spoiler:Lawrence]] didn't start behaving suspiciously around the same time.not for [[spoiler:Lawrence]]'s suspicious activities. The latter is no fool, but [[spoiler:his wrongful belief that Cynthia is the murderer, and his desire to protect her]] is what drove his odd behaviour.
21st Jul '16 7:50:00 AM Adept
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* BigBrotherInstict: When John Cavendish was arrested and put on trial for the murder of his stepmother, he was not pleased to find that his defence attorney tries to turn the accusation towards Lawrence. When he was later called to give his evidence, he rejected Sir Ernest's insinuations and declared his younger brother's innocence.

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* BigBrotherInstict: BigBrotherInstinct: When John Cavendish was arrested and put on trial for the murder of his stepmother, he was not pleased to find that his defence attorney tries to turn the accusation towards Lawrence. When he was later called to give his evidence, he rejected Sir Ernest's insinuations and declared his younger brother's innocence.
21st Jul '16 7:48:29 AM Adept
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* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Sort of. Hastings got himself into quite some trouble by falling in love with ''both'' Mrs Cavendish and Cynthia Murdoch. Later, Mary Cavendish would rediscover her love for her husband John, while Cynthia gets together with Lawrence.

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* AmoralAttorney: Sir Ernest (defence attorney), for all his shrewdness, is infamous for his tendency to bully the witnesses into giving testimonies that can be twisted to his client's favour. When he's hired to defend John Cavendish, he will do whatever he can to clear his client's name, even if it means pinning the blame on someone who is equally innocent.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Sort of. Hastings got himself into quite some trouble by falling in love with ''both'' Mrs Cavendish and Cynthia Murdoch. Later, However, Mary Cavendish would rediscover her love for her husband is married to John, while and Cynthia gets together with Lawrence.rejects his proposal.



* BigBrotherInstict: When John Cavendish was arrested and put on trial for the murder of his stepmother, he was not pleased to find that his defence attorney tries to turn the accusation towards Lawrence. When he was later called to give his evidence, he rejected Sir Ernest's insinuations and declared his younger brother's innocence.



* InTheBlood: Downplayed. During the trial after John's arrest, his defense attorney seemingly tries to shift the blame to Lawrence instead, by pointing out the numerous evidences against the younger Cavendish. John rebukes the attorney, and was convinced of his brother's innocence, even though he has no evidence that his brother was ''not'' guilty, and letting Lawrence take the blame is probably the only way he could be acquitted at that point.
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