Stephanie McCarthy

Poirot

In Fun Stuff on January 16, 2013 at 2:09 am

“He was hardly more than five feet four inches but carried himself with great dignity. His head was exactly the shape of an egg, and he always perched it a little on one side. His moustache was very stiff and military. Even if everything on his face was covered, the tips of moustache and the pink-tipped nose would be visible.  The neatness of his attire was almost incredible; I believe a speck of dust would have caused him more pain than a bullet wound. Yet this quaint dandified little man who, I was sorry to see, now limped badly, had been in his time one of the most celebrated members of the Belgian police.”

 

I’m sorry, but can you really see Poirot being part of something as structured/banal as a police department?  He’d last a few hours, at most, before his tiresome superiority drove everyone insane. Men of that ego have to work w/ a trusty sidekick or not at all (see, Nero Wolfe, Alleyn, Dagliesh, Morse, Wimsey, etc. etc. )

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