Murder on the Orient Express
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It was not till they were eating a delicate cream cheese that M. Bouc allowed his attention to wander to matters other than nourishment. He was at the stage of a meal when one becomes philosophic.
"Ah!" he sighed. "If I had but the pen of a Balzac! I would depict this scene." (1.3.3-4)
M. Bouc thinks the scene is a perfect one to be written about. (Agatha Christie obviously agrees.) He expresses his wish that he had the skills famous French writer Honoré de Balzac.
What an egg-shaped head he had. In spite of her preoccupations Mary Debenham smiled. A ridiculous-looking little man. The sort of little man one could never take seriously. (1.1.28)
Mary Debenham immediately underestimates Poirot because of his size and, quite possibly, his silly mustache.
"Rather an odd little comedy that I watch here," said Poirot to himself thoughtfully. (1.1.81)
Poirot immediately senses something theatrical in the conversation between Colonel Arbuthnot and Mary Debenham.