Murder on the Orient Express
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Wagon Lit Conductor who is an employee of the Orient Express
He is traveling with Ratchett and is Ratchett's secretary
Mrs. Caroline Martha Hubbard
passenger traveling to France
passenger traveling to see her sister
traveling home to Paris from Constantinople with her maid
Count and Countess Adrenyi
passengers who gave no reason for their travel
passenger returning from Baghdad to London
Mr. Cyrus Bethman Hardman
passenger working undercover as security detail for Mr. Ratchett
passenger going to Milan; traveling autosalesman
Miss Mary Hermione Debenham
passenger returning to London from Syria; governess
passenger traveling with Princess Dragomiroff
Where does Monsieur Poirot board the train?
Judging from Christie's description, what season is it?
How many other passengers are on the train?
M. Poirot, Colonel Arbuthnot, and Ms. Debenham
Of the four characters introduced in Chapter 1, which three will be most important to the story?
Debenham- efficient, a woman who could take care of herself with perfect ease; Colonel- quiet, reserved, critical of anyone who isn't British, and susceptible to romance
How does Poirot view the other two passengers?
Where is Poirot scheduled to depart the train?
Spent 3 days there before & catch her next train
Why isn't Mary exiting there too?
Governess in Baghdad; appears confident; nervous about something she is facing
What two things has Poirot already learned in Chapter 1 about Mary's occupation and her demeanor simply by eavesdropping?
Receives telegram telling him to return to London
What item that Poirot receives from the concierge surprises the Belgian?
A Belgian man named M. Bouc
As Poirot is heading to the dining room at the Hotel Tokatlian, whom does he encounter?
Bland appearance and aspect of a philanthropist and a benevolent personality; occurrence of wild animal and savagery
How does Poirot describe the older American man in the dining room at the hotel?
Usually not a lot of people, but now it is full with no room
What is unusual about the Stamboul-Calais sleeping car for this season of the year?
No. 7 and his roommate is MacQueen
What berth is Poirot assigned to? Who is his roommate?
After Bouc and Mr. Ratchett's traveling companion leave the dining car, which passenger approaches Poirot?
To find out who made threats on his life
What is Ratchett's purpose for approaching Poirot?
His case did not interest Poirot; he did not like his face
Why does Poirot decline Ratchett's offer?
No. 1; M.Bouc has been moved to a new sleeping car
What does Poirot learn when he re-boards at Belgrade from the platform?
A loud groan, almost a cry; following this he heard a bell ring
What awakens Poirot in the middle of the night?
He thinks it's at a station
Why does Poirot think the train is not moving?
The conductor knocked on Ratchett's door & Ratchett answered in French
When Poirot goes to the door of his compartment, what does he hear from Ratchett's room?
Ratchett moving about, a click, a running tap, splashing noise, another click, and footsteps
Though Poirot tries to go back to sleep, he cannot. What does he hear from next door, Ratchett's room?
Who rings for the porter when Poirot remembers he did not request his mineral water?
She keeps saying there is a man in her compartment
When the porter comes to Poirot's compartment, what is the porter's complaint against Mrs. Hubbard?
That they have run into a snowdrift
What else does the porter explain to Poirot?
A woman in a scarlet kimono running down the corridor away from him
Just as Poirot is about to drift off to sleep again, he is awakened by a thud against his door. What does he see as he looks out his door?
Someone has been murdered and he wants him to take the case
M. Bouc summons Poirot for what reason?
He whistled lowly and said they got him after all
What is MacQueen's reaction when Poirot informs the valet that his boss has been killed?
b/c of the threatening letters he received
Why is MacQueen convinced it was murder and not just a death since he is not told how his employer died?
12 like a jury
How many times has Ratchett's body been stabbed?
Murder weapon- knife
What item is not found in the room?
Through the open window
As the door was locked and chained, how does one assume the killer left the compartment after committing the crime?
There are no footprints in the snow
Why doesn't the idea that the killer exited through the window make sense since the train has been stopped by a snowdrift?
It's unclear, some wounds were made by a lefty and some by a righty
What hand would have been the dominant hand of the killer based on the wounds?
His real name is Cassetti and he was involved in the Daisy Armstrong case
What does Poirot discover about the true identity of Ratchett?
15 plus years
How long has Pierre Michel worked for Wagon Lits de Internationale?
When he was at dinner
When did Pierre Michel make up Mr. Ratchett's cabin for bed?
Ratchett's bell rings, French response; another bell; Mrs. Hubbard's bell; Poirot's bell and he brings him mineral water; makes up MacQueen's bed
Complete the timeline of Pierre Michel's service to the passengers. Approx. 12:40 am, 12:45, 1:15, 1:20, Approx. 1:50-2:00
Damned skunk (Polecat)
What does MacQueen say when Poirot tells him that Ratchett was Cassetti?
His father was the District Attorney for Cassetti's case (prosecuted him)
MacQueen explains why his reaction is so strong. What is it?
Talking to Colonel Arbuthnot
What alibi does MacQueen have during the time of the murder?
When did the valet last see Mr. Ratchett?
What did Masterman prepare for Mr. Ratchett prior to bedtime and leave on a small table?
How did Masterman describe the Armstrong kidnapping case?
Why didn't Masterman sleep?
How long has Masterman worked for Ratchett?
Eager, excited, and thinks murderer was in her room
How does Mrs. Hubbard's demeanor compare to the others so far interviewed?
It was dark and her eyes were shut tight
Though she claims there was a man in her compartment last night, why can she not describe him?
Button that matches the conductor's uniform
What piece of physical evidence does Mrs. Hubbard give to Poirot?
Pink flannel and purple silk
What color is Mrs. Hubbard's dressing gown?
An unknown woman
Who does Mrs. Hubbard claim to have overheard talking in Mr. Ratchett's compartment?
Does the handkerchief with the H belong to her?
What is Greta Ohlsson's occupation?
When did Greta see Mr. Ratchett alive for the last time?
Where did she go after she accidently opened his door?
Was the communicating door between Hubbard's and Ratchett's compartment bolted according to Ms. Ohlsson?
She's a light sleeper
How does Ms. Greta know that Ms. Debenham did not leave their compartment after Ms. Greta fell asleep?
She expressed anger that there are such evil in the world. She left crying in tears.
How did Greta react to the news of the Armstrong case?
11:00 pm, but woke with pain later on
At what time does the Princess go to sleep?
Sonya Armstrong was her Goddaughter
What is the Princess' association with the Armstrong family?
She feels there was justice
When the Princess learns tha the murder victim was responsible for Daisy's death, how does she respond?
They are royal which means that they have Diplomatic Immunity
Why does Bouc not want to question the Count and Countess?
She took a sleeping draught and was asleep all night
Why does the Count try to shield his wife from questioning?
A spot of grease
What does Poirot notice has been dropped carelessly by a customs official on the Countess' passport?
What does her passport indicate her first name is?
Where did the colonel recently spend three days?
Did he meet Miss Debenham there?
Who was the colonel talking to at the time the murder was committed?
A woman in a scarlet kimono
Who did he see/sense pass the compartment while they were talking?
Pipe- only one who smokes this
What does the colonel smoka?
Office supply salesman
Who is Mr. Hardman impersonating?
To protect Mr. Ratchett from a dark man with a womanish voice
Why is he doing this?
As a detective, he should have done a better job to protect his client
Why is he angry?
What does the Italian sell in the States?
Rude Englishman who has a toothache
What does Mr. Foscarelli say about his roommate, Mr. Masterman?
Short and clip answers- yes or no
How does Miss Debenham answer questions from Poirot?
Who provides her alibi?
The woman in the scarlet kimono
Who did Miss Debenham also claim to see?
To Princess Dragomiroff and gave her a massage for her rheumatism
Where did the Schmidt go in the middle of the night?
A small man in a wagon lit conductor's uniform
Who does Fraulein Schmidt place on the train with her sighting of?
She can't; she said they were all too tall
Which one of the conductors does Schmidt identify as the one she saw last night?
In Mrs. Hubbard's spongebag
Where is the knife found?
In Schmidt's luggage
Where did they find the conductor's uniform?
In Poirot's bag
Where is the scarlet kimono found?
Father of French maid (the one who killed herself)
friend and father was District Attorney of Armstrong case
he was Mr. Armstrong's valet
Sonya Armstrong's mother (Linda Arden)
Daisy Armstrong's nurse
Sonya Armstrong's Godmother
Sonya Armstrong's younger sister
friend to the Armstrongs
man who was in love with French Maid
governess to Helena Armstrong
she used to be the Armstrong's cook
What kind of mystery is this novel?
Justice and appearance
What are two themes of this novel?
The author shows this concept by using stereotypes and misperception to mislead and guide the reader.
concept of moral rightness based on ethics, rationality, law, religion, or equity
the evaluation of evidence and making decision
place or deal with close together for contrasting effect
What theme is this?
What an egg shaped head he had. In spite of her preoccupations Mary Debenham smiled. A ridiculous-looking little man.
same # of jury members; murderers are acting as the jury on whether or not Cassetti is guilty
What is the significance of the number of stab wounds that Mr. Ratchett receives?
In the passenger's eyes it is justice, but in the laws eyes it is judgement.
Is this an example of justice or judgement?
"We're going to take for a ride, Ratchett. Some time soon. We're going to GET you, see?"
gang killings are more revenge
Why is revenge different than justice?
The first solution is that a stranger boarded the train and murdered Ratchett. The second solution is that all 13 people in the coach were complicit in the murder, seeking the justice that Ratchett had averted in the United States.
What are Poirot's 2 theories?