Agreeable Agatha

3 March 2005 at 11:08 Leave a comment

Agatha Christie’s characters are all so agreeable. They all agree.

I’ve made a similar complaint about 4.50 from Paddington and Ordeal by Innocence, but when it came to reading The Body in the Library, I just had to take notes.

Fortunately for me, the plot worked a lot more smoothly, but again, characterizations fell flat. They always feel like that old adage, that if something is said by three different people then it must be true…

And her obsession with taxation. At least once in every novel someone seems to complain about the high taxation. And it is mentioned as a contributing factor in greed motives.

Josie is natural and unaffected, pages 44, 50, 125. She is frank, pages 43, 44 and 90.

Adelaide is plain but charming, pages 48 and 87.

Mark is unscrupulous, pages 56, 63, 83 and 100.

My favorite, though, was that Miss Marple warned on page 80 that Adelaide and Mark would be wanting to move on, and on pgs. 107 and 111, Adelaide and Mark very nicely volunteered that yes, they would rather…

Maybe that’s my real problem. No one is ever wrong in their assessment! No misunderstanding. No prejudices that keep them from properly analyzing someone’s character. They all know and agree to the same characteristics. Even the person being analyzed themselves.

But, here’s a lovely, Josie is described as having “one of those shrewd, limited, practical minds that never do see the future and are usually surprised by it.”

I know people like that!


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What I’ve been reading:

  • James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson, L.L.D. (London, 14 King William Street, Strand: William P. Nimmo, 1876). 4 years ago
  • Marsilio Ficino, Letters of Marsilio Ficino, v. 3, trans. Language Dept. School of Economic Science, London (New York: Gingko Press, 1985). 4 years ago
  • Italo Calvino, Six Memos for the Next Millennium (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1988). 4 years ago
  • Stephanie Kallos, Broken for You (New York: Grove Press, 2004). 5 years ago
  • Marsilio Ficino, Letters of Marsilio Ficino, v. 2, trans. Language Dept. School of Economic Science, London (New York: Gingko Press, 1985) 5 years ago

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