A question for you: in Murder on the Orient Express, whodunnit? Can you remember? If you can’t you’re not alone.
Fox, who is behind the new adaptation, did a little bit of market research which found that around 90 per cent of those surveyed who thought they fully remembered Murder on the Orient Expresscouldn’t actually remember the ending too well. Which is perhaps not hugely surprising; unless you’re a Christie connoisseur who’s read all the books, you might only have seen the film or TV adaptations. You’ll remember the big one, of course, with Albert Finney as Poirot and among the suspect list Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall, Vanessa Redgrave, John Gielgud. But that was made in 1974, and Branagh’s take on it is the first big screen outing for the story since then.
“It’s more than 40 years since the last adaptation of this book, and that can surprise some people,” says Prichard [CEO of Agatha Christie Ltd]. “Obviously, we would like it if everyone was very familiar with my great grandmother’s books, but that is not always the case, especially in the United States. This is an extraordinary adaptation and along with the BBC’s Ordeal by Innocence in December, our star is very much in the ascendency at the moment.”
I can't remember which book it was from exactly, but I think it was TPP. Anyway, I remember a line mentioning safe places for the "good" side of the VFD and I know one of them was a cave that was taken by realtors, amongst other safe places/hideouts/whatever they called it. Do you know which book it was from and have any theories about the safe places?
“So I’m told,” Kit said. “I was four years old when everything changed. Our organization
shattered, and it was as if the world shattered, too, and one by one the safe places were
destroyed. There was a large scientific laboratory, but the volunteer who owned the place was
murdered. There was an enormous cavern, but a treacherous team of realtors claimed it for
themselves. And there was an immense headquarters high in the Mortmain Mountains , but-” [The Penultimate Peril, Chapter Two]
The places Kit is talking about here are likely Curdled Cave and Anwhistle Aquatics. There’s a deep level of hypocrisy at play here since Kit is probably the one who made sure Anwhistle Aquatics was burned down in the first place.
All in all I think the “noble” side of V.F.D. is lying about the safe places. Lemony points out that Hotel Preludio is still up and running years after Hotel Denouement burned down. Hell, even the “Hotel Denouement is the last safe place” story is a complete lie. The “last safe place” is actually the secret library underneath it. The reasoning behind this is that the volunteers are pretending to be way weaker than they really are so the villains will leave them in peace. They can’t burn down headquarters if they don’t know the headquarters exist.
HIS BREATH HITCHES IN HIS THROAT, electricity coursing through him just at the sight of her feet through the door. He feels an ache where the bullet had grazed right through. One more scar with the dozens of others. The room a bigger mess than wen they’d thrown him in. He had been played a fool and yet
— heart skips when green hues meet hers.
“ Will you be delivering my death sentence or that friend of yours? “
I've been trying to remember, but can't quite pin point in which book/chapter, a passage where Jamie is trying to keep Claire awake ("Wake up, talk to me"), but she's unstoppably drifting off to sleep, AND is it the same scene as when he thinks she's knocked off and he says something to her sleeping form, only she replies him along the lines of 'you're my world' then cradles him.
Hi anon - the part where Jamie tries to keep Claire awake is in the beginning of A Breath of Snow and Ashes. Jamie is thinking about the Dutch family they’d found (all of whom were dead), and he’s thinking about what he would do - or what he’d like Claire to do - if a similar situation ever happened to them:
“Sassenach?” “Um?” A moment’s hesitation, then his hand found mine, curling round it. “Ye wouldna do what she did, would ye?” “Who?” “Her. The Dutchwoman.” Snatched back from the edge of sleep, I was muzzy and confused, sufficiently so that even the image of the dead woman, shrouded in her apron, seemed unreal, no more disturbing than the random fragments of reality my brain tossed overboard in a vain effort to keep afloat as I sank down into the depths of sleep. “What? Fall into the fire? I’ll try not,” I assured him, yawning. “Good night.” “No. Wake up.” He shook my arm gently. “Talk to me, Sassenach.” “Ng.” It was a considerable effort, but I pushed away the enticing arms of Morpheus, and flounced over onto my side, facing him. “Mm. Talk to you. About … ?” “The Dutchwoman,” he repeated patiently. “If I were to be killed, ye wouldna go and kill your whole family, would ye?”
After that, Jamie walks Claire though his very heartbreaking take on what likely happened at the cabin - and why the Dutch mother killed her children, after raiders had killed her husband, since there was nobody left to protect her. This is Jamie’s greatest, longest-held fear: that he will die, and leave Claire vulnerable. And knowing how deeply she loves him - and depends on him for her safety - he’s concerned that she’d do something like the Dutch mother had:
“What if I canna keep ye safe?” he whispered at last. His head moved suddenly on the pillow, turning toward me. “You and the rest of them? I shall try wi’ all my strength, Sassenach, and I dinna mind if I die doing it, but what if I should die too soon—and fail?” And what answer was there to that? “You won’t,” I whispered back. He sighed, and bent his head, so his forehead rested against mine. I could smell eggs and whisky, warm on his breath. “I’ll try not,” he said, and I put my mouth on his, soft against mine, acknowledgment and comfort in the dark. …I let go then, at last, and let the heavy sands of sleep engulf me. Perhaps he said it, as I fell into darkness, or perhaps I only dreamed it. “If I die,” he whispered in the dark, “dinna follow me. The bairns will need ye. Stay for them. I can wait.”
Now - this is different from the other passage you mentioned - which takes place in An Echo In The Bone, one night as Jamie and Claire are lying in bed at Lallybroch. He is shattered by how much things at Lallybroch have changed since he was last there - and has a profound realization.
“I feel maybe like you did,” he whispered to her, too low to wake her. “When ye came through the stones. Like the world is still there—but it‘s no the world ye had.” He‘d swear she hadn‘t wakened, but a hand came out from the sheets, groping, and he took it. She sighed, long and sleep-laden, and pulled him down beside her. Took him in her arms and cradled him, warm on her soft breasts. “You‘re the world I have,” she murmured, and then her breathing changed, and she took him down with her into safety.
Hi, sorry for the random message, but I have a slightly silly question. I read somewhere that one of the terms for a book is appropriative and I can't remember which one - Book of Shadows or Grimoire. I don't want to use the wrong term if it's not something I should be using, do you know which term it is by any chance? Thank you!!
It’s not a silly question! But,I don’t actually know. I’ve never heard that either of these terms are appropriative.