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Murder on the Orient Express
Murder on the Orient Express
by Agatha Christie
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At the table opposite them were three men. They were, he guessed, single travelers graded and placed there by the unerring judgment of the restaurant attendants. A big, swarthy Italian was picking his teeth with gusto. Opposite him a spare, neat English-man had the expressionless disapproving face of the well-trained servant. Next to the Englishman was a big American in a loud suit – possibly a commercial traveler. (1.3.14)

The American is situated beside an Englishman and an Italian. How does he compare? Do these descriptions seem fair, or are they stereotypes?

Quote #2

"There is a large American on the train," said M. Bouc, pursuing his idea – "a common-looking man with terrible clothes. He chews the gum which I believe is not done in good circles. You know whom I mean?" (1.5.134)

What are M. Bouc's ideas about Americans?

Quote #3

As we know, Ratchett fled America after he managed to walk free in the Daisy Armstrong case. What does that say about the American justice system?

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