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* StatingTheSimpleSolution: Miss Marple asks a very simple question: who cares who's writing the letters, what has actually ''happened''? She says they should focus on the tangible events and work back from there, rather than trying to untangle who wrote what. [[spoiler: The first solid event is Mrs. Symmington's death, and who would want her dead? The husband who wants to marry the beautiful nanny without the stigma of divorce. The letters are a smokescreen.]]

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* StatingTheSimpleSolution: Miss Marple asks a very simple question: who cares who's writing the letters, what has actually ''happened''? She says they should focus on the tangible events and work back from there, rather than trying to untangle who wrote what. what or whether any of the allegations in the letters are true. [[spoiler: The first solid event real happening is Mrs. Symmington's death, and who would want her dead? The husband who wants to marry the beautiful nanny without the stigma of divorce. The letters are a smokescreen.]]


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* WoundedGazelleGambit: Invoked. When the characters wonder if Elsie is sending the letters because she's the only woman who hasn't gotten one, Graves explains that it's actually a mark in favor of her innocence, because in poison-pen cases the culprits almost always send themselves something vile to throw off suspicion and soak up the sympathy.

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* StatingTheSimpleSolution: Miss Marple asks a very simple question: who cares who's writing the letters, what has actually ''happened''? She says they should focus on the tangible events and work back from there, rather than trying to untangle who wrote what. [[spoiler: The first solid event is Mrs. Symmington's death, and who would want her dead? The husband who wants to marry the beautiful nanny without the stigma of divorce. The letters are a smokescreen.]]


* AbsenceOfEvidence: [[spoiler: Mrs Symmington's poison letter was a plant, and poor Agnes figured this out when, in the process of watching for her boyfriend, she realised that nobody had come to the house to deliver mail that day.]]
* AbusiveParents: Of the emotionally abusive kind. Megan's mother and step-father usually ignore her, and it's observed by Jerry Burton and others that Megan's presence upsets what would have been a traditional nuclear family. It is evident that Megan feels this.

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* AbsenceOfEvidence: [[spoiler: Mrs Symmington's poison letter was a plant, plant]], and poor Agnes figured this out when, [[spoiler: in the process of watching for her boyfriend, she realised that nobody had come to the house to deliver mail that day.]]
* AbusiveParents: AbusiveParents:
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Of the emotionally abusive kind. Megan's mother and step-father usually ignore her, and it's observed by Jerry Burton and others that Megan's presence upsets what would have been a traditional nuclear family. It is evident that Megan feels this.



* BeautifulAllAlong: Jerry's frustration at Megan's poor self image and aggressively down-at-heels appearance combined with her wistful expression as she sees him off to London results in him 'going mad' and taking her to his sister's stylist in town. The results rather stun them both.

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* AssholeVictim: Jerry has a rather striking MoralMyopia moment when he considers that the current state of affairs required the deaths of [[spoiler:Mrs. Symmington and Agnes]], and gets over it by thinking that the former was a prudish hypocondriac and the latter wasn't really liked by her boyfriend.
* BeautifulAllAlong: Jerry's frustration at Megan's poor self image and aggressively down-at-heels appearance combined with her wistful expression as she sees him off to London results in him 'going mad' and taking her to his sister's stylist in town. The results rather stun them both. both.
* BlackmailBackfire: As is standard for a Christie novel, an attempt to blackmail the murderer results in the blackmailer being [[spoiler:almost]] murdered. Subverted in that [[spoiler:it wasn't a real attempt but a case of BluffingTheMurderer.]]



* EarnYourHappyEnding: Emily Barton is finally freed from [[spoiler:keeping the house her domineering mother had forced her to live in her whole life]] and goes on a round-the-world cruise, taking [[spoiler:Aimée Griffith with her for the ride.]]
* EveryoneIsASuspect: From Jerry's point of view.



* EveryoneIsASuspect: From Jerry's point of view.



* MarryTheNanny: Aimee Griffith thinks this will happen with Elsie Holland and Mr. Symmington, because Elsie is essentially running the domestic side of the house in the wake of Mrs. Symmington's death (also, she's gorgeous) and he'll come to rely on her so much he can't help but marry her. [[spoiler:Turns out Mr Symmington has been secretly in love with Elsie the whole time, and that he killed his wife in order to marry her.]]

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* MarryTheNanny: Aimee Griffith thinks this will happen with Elsie Holland and Mr. Symmington, because Elsie is essentially running the domestic side of the house in the wake of Mrs. Symmington's death (also, she's gorgeous) and he'll come to rely on her so much he can't help but marry her. [[spoiler:Turns out Mr [[spoiler:As Aimee has been desperately in love with Symmington for years, she writes an anonymous letter to Elsie accusing her of this.]] And then it turns out [[spoiler:Mr Symmington has been secretly in love with Elsie the whole time, and that he killed his wife in order to marry her.]]


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* NonIndicativeName: As Jerry points out, no one really likes Aimée (French for "Loved") Griffith. Especially not [[spoiler:Symmington, who pins the murder of Agnes on her despite her carrying a torch for him for years.]]


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* WomanChild: Megan is in her early twenties but gives the impression of still being a teenager, in large part due to her mother and stepfather making no effort to help her grow.


* DidNotThinkThisThrough: Combined with a near-terminal case of SkewedPriorities. [[spoiler: Aimee Griffith decides to use the murderer's poison-pen campaign as a cover for her ''own'' poison-pen letter to a romantic rival, reasoning that the murderer will be blamed. (Two people are dead, but sure, now is a ''great'' time to work out your petty romantic rivalries.) However, she does not make the next logical conclusion, which is that if anyone finds out she wrote ''this'' letter, they will then have a good reason to think she's the murderer.]]



* MarryTheNanny: It's revealed that [[spoiler:Mr Symmington has been secretly in love with his beautiful nursery governess Elsie Holland, and that he killed his wife in order to marry her.]]

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* MarryTheNanny: It's revealed that [[spoiler:Mr Aimee Griffith thinks this will happen with Elsie Holland and Mr. Symmington, because Elsie is essentially running the domestic side of the house in the wake of Mrs. Symmington's death (also, she's gorgeous) and he'll come to rely on her so much he can't help but marry her. [[spoiler:Turns out Mr Symmington has been secretly in love with his beautiful nursery governess Elsie Holland, the whole time, and that he killed his wife in order to marry her.]]



* TheUnfavorite: Megan's mother and step-father have children on their own, and her parents clearly prefer them over her.

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* TheUnfavorite: Megan's mother and step-father have children on their own, and her parents clearly prefer them over her. Jerry is disgusted to realize that Mr. Symmington pays no attention to Megan unless she's right in front of him, and thinks that this might be even worse than Symmington actively disliking her--at least in that case he would ''see'' her.


* AbsenceOfEvidence: [[spoiler: Mrs Symmington's poison letter was a plant, and poor Agnes realised that the letter did not come through the letter box.]]

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* AbsenceOfEvidence: [[spoiler: Mrs Symmington's poison letter was a plant, and poor Agnes figured this out when, in the process of watching for her boyfriend, she realised that the letter did not nobody had come through to the letter box.house to deliver mail that day.]]



* HeKnowsTooMuch: [[spoiler:Agnes was murdered because she figured out that no mail had been delivered on the day on which Mrs. Symmington was supposed to have received the poison pen letter that allegedly prompted her to commit suicide.]]



* LoveMakesYouEvil: Two examples one male, one female.[[spoiler:Mr Symmington. Also, to a lesser extent, Miss Griffiths.]]

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* LoveMakesYouEvil: Two examples one male, one female.This story has both a male and a female example: [[spoiler:Mr Symmington. Also, Symmington, and, to a much lesser extent, Aimee Griffith. The former murders his wife in order to be able to marry Elsie Holland, while Miss Griffiths.Griffith is driven by her love of Mr Symmington to type a foul letter to Elsie in order to drive her away.]]


* {{Jerkass}}: Aimee Griffith isn't a very likable person. She goes on about how the letter writer must have hit onto something about Megan's mother [[{{Hypocrite}} while scoffing at how a letter ''she'' received certainly couldn't be taken seriously]]. She harshly mocks the idea of anyone (even great thinkers) being idle and throws around claims of misogyny when she's questioned. She makes a snide, racist comment about the Chinese in response to a drawing Jerry made of a Chinese man. After the deaths and the police investigation, she cheerfully comments about how nice the excitement is. She bullies Megan into moving back to her stepfathers house (where she's miserable) just in order to prevent an air of scandal attaching itself to her stepfather (like Aime feels it would if he was left alone in th house with Elise). She [[spoiler: sends a nasty anonymous letter of her own to Elise]].

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* {{Jerkass}}: Aimee Griffith isn't a very likable person. She goes on about how the letter writer must have hit onto something about Megan's mother [[{{Hypocrite}} while scoffing at how a letter ''she'' letter]] ''[[{{Hypocrite}} she]]'' [[{{Hypocrite}} received certainly couldn't be taken seriously]]. She harshly mocks the idea of anyone (even great thinkers) being idle and throws around claims of misogyny when she's questioned. She makes a snide, racist comment about the Chinese in response to a drawing Jerry made of a Chinese man. After the deaths and the police investigation, she cheerfully comments about how nice the excitement is. She bullies Megan into moving back to her stepfathers house (where she's miserable) just in order to prevent an air of scandal attaching itself to her stepfather (like Aime Aimee feels it would if he was left alone in th the house with Elise). Elsie). She [[spoiler: sends a nasty anonymous letter of her own to Elise]].Elsie]].



* MakeoverFairy: Having promised Megan a makeover, Jerry leaves the details to his sister's stylist "Mirotin".

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* MakeoverFairy: Having promised Megan a makeover, Jerry leaves hands off the details to an expert: his sister's stylist "Mirotin".



* NoodleIncident: in the latter half the of the book, Mrs Dane Calthorp tells Jerry that she's bringing in an expert on murder: enter Miss Marple. But while Reverend and Mrs Calthorp also appear in ''The Pale Horse'', Miss Marple doesn't. ''So how does Mrs Calthrop know Miss Marple and what she can do?'' This is especially peculiar, because in all her other novels and short stories, it's very clearly stated how Miss Marple was introduced to all her cases outside St Mary Mead; it's usually by one of her army of godchildren, (who all call her Aunt Jane) someone she knows from a previous case, or her nephew Raymond takes action to put her in the right place or knows someone involved.

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* NoodleIncident: in the latter half the of the book, Mrs Dane Calthorp Calthrop tells Jerry that she's bringing in an expert on murder: enter Miss Marple. But while Reverend and Mrs Calthorp Calthrop also appear in ''The Pale Horse'', Miss Marple doesn't. ''So how does Mrs Calthrop know Miss Marple and what she can do?'' This is especially peculiar, because in all her other novels and short stories, it's very clearly stated how Miss Marple was introduced to all her cases outside St Mary Mead; it's usually by one of her army of godchildren, (who all call her Aunt Jane) someone she knows from a previous case, or her nephew Raymond takes action to put her in the right place or knows someone involved.


** Emily Barton, Jerry and Joanna's landlady, is the last of five sisters whose mother [[MyBelovedSmother kept them from ever login out on their own or getting married, while blaming them for this]].

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** Emily Barton, Jerry and Joanna's landlady, is the last of five sisters whose mother [[MyBelovedSmother kept them from ever login going out on their own or getting married, while blaming them for this]].

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* MakeoverFairy: Having promised Megan a makeover, Jerry leaves the details to his sister's stylist "Mirotin".

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** Emily Barton, Jerry and Joanna's landlady, is the last of five sisters whose mother [[MyBelovedSmother kept them from ever login out on their own or getting married, while blaming them for this]].


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* DissonantSerenity: Referenced when Jerry marvels that Inspector Graves is surprisingly cheerful for an expert in anonymous letters, who has to look into some pretty twisted minds on a regular basis.


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* {{Jerkass}}: Aimee Griffith isn't a very likable person. She goes on about how the letter writer must have hit onto something about Megan's mother [[{{Hypocrite}} while scoffing at how a letter ''she'' received certainly couldn't be taken seriously]]. She harshly mocks the idea of anyone (even great thinkers) being idle and throws around claims of misogyny when she's questioned. She makes a snide, racist comment about the Chinese in response to a drawing Jerry made of a Chinese man. After the deaths and the police investigation, she cheerfully comments about how nice the excitement is. She bullies Megan into moving back to her stepfathers house (where she's miserable) just in order to prevent an air of scandal attaching itself to her stepfather (like Aime feels it would if he was left alone in th house with Elise). She [[spoiler: sends a nasty anonymous letter of her own to Elise]].


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* NothingExcitingEverHappensHere: Jerry observes that he moved to the town due to this reason, then all the letters started.


* WhatAnIdiot: The killer has been clearly established to be the one writing the poison pen letters
*** '''You'd expect:''' People refrain from sending hate-mail

*** '''Instead''' Amyee just HAD to tell Elsie what a gold digger she was, assuming the killer would be blamed (ignoring among other things the fact that Elsie might not particularly care what the killer thinks of her)

*** '''Unsurprisingly:''' She is arrested on suspicion of murder


'''You'd expect:''' People refrain from sending hate-mail

'''Instead''' Amyee just HAD to tell Megan what a gold digger she was, assuming the killer would be blamed (ignoring among other things the fact that Megan might not particularly care what the killer thinks of her)

'''Unsurprisingly:''' She is arrested on suspicion of murder

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'''You'd ***'''You'd expect:''' People refrain from sending hate-mail

'''Instead''' ***'''Instead''' Amyee just HAD to tell Megan Elsie what a gold digger she was, assuming the killer would be blamed (ignoring among other things the fact that Megan Elsie might not particularly care what the killer thinks of her)

'''Unsurprisingly:''' ***'''Unsurprisingly:''' She is arrested on suspicion of murder


'''You'd expect:''' People refrain from using the postal system to send hate-mail

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'''You'd expect:''' People refrain from using the postal system to send sending hate-mail


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* WhatAnIdiot: The killer has been clearly established to be the one writing the poison pen letters//
'''You'd expect:''' People refrain from using the postal system to send hate-mail//
'''Instead''' Amyee just HAD to tell Megan what a gold digger she was, assuming the killer would be blamed (ignoring among other things the fact that Megan might not particularly care what the killer thinks of her)//
'''bold: As a result:''' Unsurprisingly she is arrested on suspicion of murder//

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* WhatAnIdiot: The killer has been clearly established to be the one writing the poison pen letters//
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'''You'd expect:''' People refrain from using the postal system to send hate-mail//
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'''Instead''' Amyee just HAD to tell Megan what a gold digger she was, assuming the killer would be blamed (ignoring among other things the fact that Megan might not particularly care what the killer thinks of her)//
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'''bold: As a result:''' Unsurprisingly she is arrested on suspicion of murder//murder


* WhatAnIdiot: The killer has been clearly established to be the one writing the poison pen letters
'''You'd expect:''' People refrain from using the postal system to send hate-mail
'''Instead''' Amyee just HAD to tell Megan what a gold digger she was, assuming the killer would be blamed (ignoring among other things the fact that Megan might not particularly care what the killer thinks of her)
'''bold: As a result:''' Unsurprisingly she is arrested on suspicion of murder

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* WhatAnIdiot: The killer has been clearly established to be the one writing the poison pen letters
letters//
'''You'd expect:''' People refrain from using the postal system to send hate-mail
hate-mail//
'''Instead''' Amyee just HAD to tell Megan what a gold digger she was, assuming the killer would be blamed (ignoring among other things the fact that Megan might not particularly care what the killer thinks of her)
her)//
'''bold: As a result:''' Unsurprisingly she is arrested on suspicion of murdermurder//

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