Miss Marple: marriage wrecker?



Apropos of AMT234‘s contemplation of the sexual preferences of Agatha Christie’s fictional detectives, Hannah from Bedford writes:

I don’t know if this is something that comes up in the books, but in the ITV shows, Poirot does have a romantic relationship with a Russian woman, so seemingly he might be heterosexual. Obviously this doesn’t rule out the idea of him having repressed homosexual feelings like you were saying.

Similarly Miss Marple has an affair with a married soldier during WWII, he dies during the war and she doesn’t seem to have any other romantic relationships.

That stinks of TELLY MEDDLING. You know why? Firstly, because Marple does not seem the type to plant begonias in another woman’s herbaceous border. Secondly, because Miss Marple first appeared in print, already an elderly spinster, in 1926, thirteen years before the Second World War broke out. Although, as the final Miss Marple novel was written in 1971, it is possible that she did have that affair when already pretty ancient, then pined after him until her death at the age of 120 or so.

“Phwoar. Have him scrubbed and brought to my tent.”


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2 Responses to “Miss Marple: marriage wrecker?”

  1. Paul Robinson Says:

    Ash is Correct on Both Counts, When Poirot has feelings for the Russian Lady in The Double Clue he takes his eye of the ball and lets his emotions cloud his judgement.

    In the Case of Miss Marple the Idea that Miss Marple had a relationship with a Married man is a ludicrous invention thought up by someone at ITV because someone obviously thought that everything these days MUST have a reason which “MUST” be looked into, It does nothing for the Character apart from spoiling it for people like me who think if it isn’t in the book it shouldn’t be in the Adaptation although putting Hasdtings Miss Lemon and Japp in Evil Under The Sun, Putting Japp in Lord Edgware Dies and Hickory Dickory Dock, Putting Hastings in Murder in Mesopotamia and Putting Miss Lemon More in the series than in the Books are all Excellent Ideas.

  2. Ash Says:

    The Poirot one is half-true; a fantastic flamboyant Russian woman who charms him on a few occassions. I wouldn’t say it’s a relationship or a romance so much as admiration, however.

    The Marple one is definitely telly-meddling; never mentioned anywhere in the books at all.

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