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I've always liked this little wrap-up to the more laid-back, storytelling-type mysteries in the rest of the book.

I like Miss Marple's idea of "a pleasant kind of game" - death, murder, theft, etc etc...

And now I really want to know more about this vegetable peddler leaving the turnips instead of carrots. *waggles eyebrows*

Anyhow, I'm glad that Sir Henry immediately took Miss Marple seriously, and didn't just dismiss her, after the evidence he's had of her intelligence! Although I'm not sure it was the best thing to prejudice himself by reading the name right at the start... although then again, I guess if he's going to truly have faith in Miss Marple, it doesn't hurt.

It's interesting that now Haydock is mentioned as the village doctor, rather than Doctor Lloyd. Maybe Lloyd is from slightly elsewhere and was just visiting the Bantrys, or has retired?

The "stick to your own class" is fairly well in keeping with the rest of the attitudes we see in the book, honestly, about "those classes" and such!

I also don't feel much sympathy for the landlord of the Blue Boar, who seems more out for revenge against the supposed murderer (and admitted seducer), and worried about the disgrace brought upon the family, than grieving for his dead daughter (who, if she had committed suicide, would probably have done so greatly because of his attitude.)

One thing in Christie's books, I notice the guys with the longer hair are a) usually not sympathetic in general, and b) are often described as feminine in other ways. A bit more prejudice slipping through?

He "forgot his gloves" Really? Really really? (I feel bad for people who really do forget gloves or something someplace, just like the people who really *do* have a friend that they're telling a story about...)

Ah, learning bookkeeping by correspondence. More echoes of the modern age...

Anyhow, I think Christie's forcing the "Joe Ellis done it" card a little too much, to get her "twist ending," and I think that Sir Henry relying on Miss Marple to tell him that *gasp* witnesses might be lying about an alibi is a bit silly, but despite that I generally like the story. I'm not completely sure why, since it's not as complex with as many suspects as the ones I usually like more, but maybe it's because of the contrast with the rest of the stories in the book, and wraps them up nicely.

Vocabulary/setting:

"Got herself into trouble": If it isn't quite obvious from the rest of the text, this is a usual expression of Some Years Back to indicate a girl who got pregnant out of marriage. Oops. (One that I've always liked, but not as much as "went upon the town" (I think the phrase was) or "no better than she ought to be." Which I always thought should be more like "not as good as she ought to be," but whatever.) Anyhow, I digress.

"Bolshie" would of course be Bolshevik which I'm imagining here probably just means he has communist views or what have you. Tsk tsk.

Anyhow, I'll try to do a wrap-up post in a day or so, before the next book starts. Thanks for those who read along and commented!


And remember, after a short break we start with Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud for next month. Be there, or be a four-sided thing!

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stormfeather
Sep. 1st, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
re: the canon: I don't really know! I was wondering the same thing a bit - both this and The Murder at the Vicarage seem to put Miss Marple into the whole detecting-murder thing for the first time, and I'm not really sure about the order.

And yeah, I think some of my reasons for liking it are along the same lines as yours, although I wasn't putting a finger on it very well. While sit-back-and-think detection can be interesting enough, it's also nice to see actual interaction with people, and detectoring and such!
khedron
Sep. 1st, 2010 04:40 am (UTC)
My editing has a bit at the end with blurbs about each of the Miss Marple books, and a note:
Agatha Christie always considered that Miss Marple was at her best in the solving of short problems, which did not involve her in doing anything other than sitting and thinking, and that the real essence of her character was to be found in the stories collected together in The Thirteen Problems.

There's also a longer segment about the justification for capital punishment, which I can type in if y'all'd like.
khedron
Sep. 1st, 2010 04:48 am (UTC)
I also don't feel much sympathy for the landlord of the Blue Boar, who seems more out for revenge against the supposed murderer (and admitted seducer), and worried about the disgrace brought upon the family, than grieving for his dead daughter (who, if she had committed suicide, would probably have done so greatly because of his attitude.)

Oh, we're definitely not supposed to -- I had to look up again what "truculent" meant, because I thought I knew it from context but wasn't sure how one could have a "truculent jaw". "Brutally harsh, aggressive, violent"; not a sympathetic character.

You know, the instant I read the kid's report that there'd been two men with a wheelbarrow, I knew it was lady with the pram. But again, that's cheating, because I know what kind of story I'm reading, and so I know what to look for.


I like how Christie paints a very clear picture -- you can see Miss Marple, prim and somewhat hesitant to step into things, but forced into it by circumstances.
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