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Marple Vs Poirot?
Telerio - 03:57pm Nov 18, 2003 PST
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hi im a first time user of this discussion area, no one has to reply to this discussion, you've all probably had his one before anyway I was just wondering if anyone ever wondered whether Poirot and Marple would get on if they had the chance to meet? I for some strange reason dont think they would, i believe they would find each other insufferable Any thoughts? What do you think they would talk about? Its something to think about....

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Alejandro Satz - 01:18pm Mar 23, 2005 PST(#19 of 28)

In the Poirot novel "The Mystery of the Blue Train", Katherine Grey comes from St Mary Mead! That provides a connection between Poirot's world and Miss Marple's. There is an old, shrewd lady, friend of Katherine (was Miss Vinner the name? not sure) which seems a prototype for Miss Marple, and I am almost sure that Katherine says to Poirot at some point something like "you would like to know her". I don't have the book here, can anybody check that? That could be taken as evidence that Chistie thought MM and HP could get along well as individual people; it's just that she thought it would not be good for the book to feature them together.

Mark B - 06:20am Mar 24, 2005 PST(#20 of 28)

Alejandro, I think you are right on all counts. Miss Viner seems to be the genesis of Miss Marple, the shrewd, village spinster. And I am also sure that Katherine indicated that Poirot would like her very much as well. They probably never appeared together for many reasons. Poirot would never allow himself to be outshone by anyone, and Christie (who apparently liked Miss Marple more than Poirot) would never allow Poirot to outshine Miss Marple! Also, their methods of detection are so much different. Poirot's little grey cells, verses Miss Marples village parallels could never work together on the same mystery.

NicoleRae - 05:51pm Sep 7, 2005 PST(#21 of 28)

Alejandro, That's an interesting idea. I have not read that book, but that sounds very plausible.

Mark, That is so true. Poirot has such an ego, lol. Why do you feel that Christie liked Miss Marple more? Well, they would help each other out very well. Being so different, I mean.

Mark B - 09:39am Sep 8, 2005 PST(#22 of 28)

By the late 1930's, Christie stated her dislike for Poirot, though she felt she had to stick with him because her readers liked him so much. In her autobiography she says similar things, indicating that she got pleasure writing Curtain, Poirot's last novel, in the early 1940's, where Poirot passes away. About that time, the Poirot's became more infrequent and the Miss Marples became more frequent.

NicoleRae - 12:30pm Sep 8, 2005 PST(#23 of 28)

Really? What do you imagine is the reason for Christie's dislike of Poirot?

DeeGee - 10:17am Sep 11, 2005 PST(#24 of 28)
A birth certificate shows you were born. A death certificate shows you have died. A photo album shows you have lived.

I always thought that Mrs Oliver was based on Agatha Christie, like a author's self portrait...and Mrs Oliver hated the detective in her storylines, I remember in one book she was desparate to kill him off.

Mark B - 11:44am Sep 11, 2005 PST(#25 of 28)

A lot of what we have to go on is said, As DeeGee states, through her character of Mrs. Oliver. She is annoyed by his habits of complete tidiness, finikness, order and method. She regretted making him so old in the first place (though Miss M is quite old, too).

willowspuppy - 05:52am Oct 9, 2009 PST(#26 of 28)

Hi all!

Im a newbie here and i wondered what everyones thougts are on Julie McKenzie as the new Miss Marple? I thought she did rather well!

I came across some behind-the-scenes videos from the new production A Pocketful of Rye on YouTube, and i thought id post them here - hope thats ok, apologies if itss not, please let me know!

DeeGee - 10:44am Oct 9, 2009 PST(#27 of 28)
A birth certificate shows you were born. A death certificate shows you have died. A photo album shows you have lived.

This is just a little picky... but if her hair ended in a bun she would have been practically perfect....

That said I don't think anyone will replace Joan Hickson. A favourate Poirot or Marple actor is very much like who you view as the ultimate Bond.

Missy Sweesy - 07:34pm Oct 14, 2009 PST(#28 of 28)
Life has a way of finding you, no matter how artistic a sneak you are.---Keeper proverb---Thief: The Dark Project.

What I have a problem with are the productions. Julia isn't really a bad Marple, but you're right Dee, Joan Hickson was the best :)

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