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Source: Train in snow. 12 Feb. 2005 <http://www.rockymountaineer.com/media_center/standards_images/gallary/winter_train.jpg>. Source: Agatha Christie. 13 Feb. 2005 <http://agatha.christie.free.fr/Accueil/Agatha.jpg>. Plot • In this mystery novel, there are twelve suspects – all the passengers of the train that were in the same compartment as the dead man, Cassetti (alias M. Ratchett), was the night he was murdered. During the time the train is stuck in a snowdrift and must be delayed, a well-known detective traveling on the train, Hercule Poirot, is asked to lead the investigation, and find the murderer. With a twisted ending, and many revelations throughout the novel, The Murder on the Orient Express is a suspenseful, yet enjoyable murder mystery for all. Source: Detective. 13 Feb. 2005 <http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/images/38673000/jpg/_38673687_sherlockholmes300.jpg>. Setting • The novel takes place on the Orient Express, an elegant train moving through obstacles of snow and whatnot to reach its destination – Paris. During the winter, there are a lot of snowdrifts, and the train stops for a period of time while it must get repaired, for it is stuck in the snow with no way to continue its journey. • When he awoke the train was still at standstill. He raised a blind and looked out. Heavy banks of snow surrounded the train. (p.44) Source: Winter Road. 12 Feb. 2005 <http://www.bigfoto.com/themes/nature/winter/snow_road-winter-xs.jpg >. Hercule Poirot • Belgian detective who uses several techniques in order to figure out who the murderer is. Interviews each passenger, pays close attention to all the evidence, and ends up “cracking the case” with his diligence and carefully-taken notes. • He seemed to be thinking about something else. His brow was furrowed as though in perplexity. (p. 208) Source: Man On Train. 11 Feb. 2005 <http://home.earthlink.net/~gregston/images/jungfrau_self_portrait_on_train.jpg >.. Mrs. Hubbard • American lady who is quite gregarious and sometimes obnoxious, often mentioning her daughter and telling many stories to the rest of the passengers abroad the international express. Very hysterical and dramatic at times, she has a role in the murder, yet very carefully covered it up by making herself a victim, making her no longer a suspect – for the time being. • The elderly American lady’s voice rode shrill and plaintive (p. 31) Source: Women On Train. 12 Feb. 2005 <http://www.thechestnut.com/green/women-train.jpg>. Guilt vs. Innocence • Throughout the story, we see how each suspect has a secret to reveal, just as we see how, many times, the suspects lie to Poirot, in hopes of escaping the truth. Yet Poirot, being the clever man he is, always on the lookout, discovers the roles all the suspects partook in the murder – leading us to wonder who is innocent… and who is guilty? Source: Women On Train. 12 Feb. 2005 <http://www.silotheater.nl/karlo%20gallery/pages/detective%20eye.html>.
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