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  • Values Dissonance: An interesting case that goes both ways. Jerry takes Megan out for a trip to London, shopping, dinner, and dancing. This means that they are out together for most of the night, and their return close to the morning scandalizes the village of Lymstock, the general opinion being that Jerry now must marry Megan to make "an honest woman out of her." Nowadays, spending a night out with a man is definitely not objectionable and does not ruin a girl; however, a man forcing a girl he likes into changing her hairstyle and clothes and all that is quite objectionable indeed, while in the book that part is fine.
    • Mitigated somewhat in that this isn't presented as Jerry forcing Megan into changing against her will; it is more the final explosion of his ongoing frustration that twenty-year-old Megan has never grown out of the shuffling, dowdy schoolgirl stage (her mother being explicitly uninterested in helping her) and literally has no idea that she even could potentially be an attractive young woman. Jerry also does not pick out her new things himself—he leaves "all that" to Joanna's female dressmaker, and Megan is explicitly thrilled with the resulting, highly flattering transformation.
      • Moreover, Jerry tells Megan outright on the train that he is buying her a makeover (which is very different from 'grooming') and her reaction is the same as many small girls being presented with a pony for their birthday. It is clear that this is something Megan wants, but had no idea who or how to ask about it. In the Marple adaptation, she goes to Joanna, who performs the same function (probably due to a combination of running times, location budgets, and the above possible Unfortunate Implications); but in the book, Joanna is too busy playing romantic mind games (which backfire on her) with Owen Griffith for Megan to ask.
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  • Values Resonance: Much of the Conversational Troping between the characters about the problem of 'poison-pen' letters, and how the 'no smoke without fire' factor among the public about scandals could drive their victims to suicide, now feels newly fitting considering the modern issue of trolling and cyberbullying on social media.
  • What an Idiot!: 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 Aimee 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.
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