Was Ratchett Daisy Armstrong's kidnapper? The sort of little man one could never take seriously. There is a woman concerned in this. As clues are revealed, it is apparent that many of the other passengers on the train had a motive to kill him, making Poirot's task of identifying the murderer much more difficult. Their testimonies and evidence consistently point to the small, dark, womanish man theory. Ratchett offers increasing amounts of money and even indirectly threatens Poirot with a gun, but Poirot won't be bought or intimidated and leaves in disgust.
The Wagon Lit conductor had come up to the two men. Two Americans, a young man and an older one, are also dining. If so, was he killed for revenge? The uniform with the missing button is later found on an overhead rack, leaving that lead at a dead end. The sealed train car on the Orient Express echoes this locked room conceit. What is more, the murderer must still be on board the train.
Poirot discovers a few significant revelations while talking to the passengers. Hardman sighed, removed the chewing gum, and dived into a pocket. An avalanche derails the train's engine, stranding the passengers. Some wounds were left later than others, after Ratchett had already died. The murderer was both right-handed and left-handed. Then he hears the American lady quarrel with the conductor down the hall. The second, more plausible solution is that everyone was involved in killing Ratchett.
Is it ever all right to kill a man? This time it was as though something heavy had fallen with a thud against the door. Poirot is unhappy that his long-awaited break is being interrupted, but Bouc offers to take him to France on the Orient Express. She speaks now with an American voice. Hubbard admits that she is really Linda Arden, and that this second solution is what actually happened. In other words, it's on! That night, Poirot who now has the room to himself due to MacQueen getting bumped into another looks forward to a good night's sleep but finds it in short supply; first there is a noise seeming to come from the compartment next to his Ratchett's , but when the Conductor who goes by the name of Pierre Michel inquires as to it a voice responds that everything is fine. In the end, they agree to protect the family from prosecution.
Mary Debenham and Colonel Arbuthnot act as if they are strangers, but Poirot can discern that they display behaviors which suggest that they are not. The novel suggests, at least by Poirot and the passenger's standards, that murder is Ok under the right circumstances. Poirot takes particular notice of two other people on the train. Ratchett was almost certainly inspired by a similar crime that captured the public imagination in the early 1930s. He watches as Arden collapses into tears.
Despite all this, Poirot finds himself unable to narrow down who committed the act. This mirrors in its own way, the difficulty of the mystery novelist, whose crimes must be increasingly unpredictable or sensational as readers grow familiar with the tricks of the trade. He books passage on the connecting train, the Orient Express, for that evening. She tried to force the window down lower, but it would not go. The girl's parents are both dead her mother died in childbirth, and her father shot himself. Bouc calls for Poirot and informs him that Mr. It wasn't only that he was responsible for my daughter's death and her child's and that of the other child who might have been alive and happy now.
Although her father died prematurely in 1901, she had a happy childhood. He asks if Poirot will take on his case. It looks like we'll be seeing more of Miss Debenham and the Colonel. He has reasoned that, so that no-one person would have been responsible, all of the suspects entered Cassetti's room and stabbed him in turn as a form of execution, no-one knows exactly who killed him. Poirot decides to disembark the train at this point, eager to finally get some rest. Poirot finds the beginnings of a clue that he has to work for, which makes him more certain of its genuineness. Ratchett has been killed in the night.
It mentions a young girl named Daisy Armstrong, who had been kidnapped and murdered in the United States. Prohibition laws are discussed when Poirot searches Hardman's suitcase for evidence. Before Poirot falls asleep, he hears a thud and looks into the hallway to see a figure in a scarlet kimono rushing by. Debenham and Colonel Arbuthnot from the previous leg of the journey, as well as the two Americans from the hotel restaurant, the younger Hector Macqueen and the older Mr. It is only necessary to guess right to produce your effect. Little did he know that a murder was planned, and that a person on this train was able of committing such crime. Her broken-hearted husband shot himself.