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Man, does Petherick come across as a stuffed shirt, doesn't he?

This is another one where I'm torn - on the one hand, it's another change of pace from the murder mysteries, also trying to sort of force a few cards on us, while the real answer is something different. (ie: there was no physical switching of the will, it was just some other means that made the writing disappear.)

On the other hand... disappearing ink? Really? *sighs* *shakes head sadly* Plus it's a bit harder to enjoy a story told in such a... dry style as the lawyer's.

I would also note that he seems to be awfully careless with such a legal document as a will, leaving it lying around in an unsealed envelope in other rooms, with other people around. Especially when he knew that there were people nearby who would vastly benefit from said will disappearing. Then again, I guess maybe since he didn't like the will himself, he might have been (despite his protests) willing to leave things like that up to Providence a bit, in case anything might be attempted...?


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Aug. 11th, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
1) I know, right? Dude, it's a legal document, in a not very secure envelope. If you MUST hang around having tea and such, at least keep it close to hand? Maybe?

2) Or at least "the butler was involved in it somehow." I guess it's hard getting good, non-criminal help, these days?

3) Something I was thinking about as well, and I... don't really know. Sending my mind back across her various books, Americans don't generally seem (from what I recall) to come across all that wonderfully - sometimes they're downright unpleasant and unsympathetic, most other times they seem to be at least a bit silly and not to be taken seriously. So maybe it's some prejudice on Christie's part? Or maybe it was just a stereotype that she was willing to make use of, even if she didn't have strong feelings on it one way or the other.
Aug. 13th, 2010 06:35 am (UTC)
D: disappearing ink? Really?
S: That was my reaction, exactly!

I saw something one of you mentioned about disappearing ink before I read the story, so maybe this is biased because it wasn't a surprise, but I thought that was actually OK. Ink was a lot more important back then!

Like both of you, though, I was appalled at how often the documents slipped out of Petherick's hands. Sheesh. I think P. was Abused By The Plot. Christie really wanted the reader to be thinking about paper swaps, so that we could be surprised at the end, but it just made the character seem like a bumbling idiot.

On the last post, I said something about not liking the supernatural angle. I'm starting to recant that, though, because clearly Our Hero is psychic! How else could she be consistently right on so little data? I hope one of the other characters gets to solve a story someday.