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Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express

  

by Agatha Christie

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Murder on the Orient Express Foreignness and 'the Other' Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Part.Chapter.Paragraph)

Quote #7

"I don't as a rule like Americans – haven't any use for 'em-"

Poiriot smiled, remembering MacQueen's strictures on "Britishers." (2.8.38-39)

Colonel Arbuthnot and MacQueen express prejudices about people from each other's home countries.

Quote #8

"Then I go back to my compartment. The miserable John Bull who shares it with me is away attending to his master. At last he comes back – very long face as usual. He will not talk – say yes and no. A miserable race, the English – not sympathetic." (2.10.33)

A "John Bull" is an English popular culture figure, kind of like Uncle Sam.

Quote #9

"He has been a long time in America," said M. Bouc, "and he is an Italian, and Italians use the knife! And they are great liars! I do not like Italians." (2.10.51)

M. Bouc's prejudiced opinion of Italians provides a bit of comic relief in the novel. We know that he's being absolutely ridiculous.

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