Murder on the Orient Express
Good and Evil Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
"When he passed me in the restaurant," he said at last, "I had a curious impression. It was as though a wild animal – an animal savage, but savage! you understand – had passed me by."
"And yet he looked altogether of the most respectable."
"Précisément! The body – the cage – is everything of the most respectable – but through the bars, the wild animal looks out."
"You are fanciful, mon vieux," said M. Bouc.
"It may be so. But I could not rid myself of the impression that evil had passed me by very close." (1.2.52-56)
Poirot compares Ratchett to a wild animal and gets the sense that he is evil just by looking at him. Do you think we can truly know evil when we see it?
"I'll tell you the truth, Mr. Poirot. I disliked and distrusted him. He was, I am sure, a cruel and a dangerous man. I must admit, though, that I have no reasons to advance for my opinion." (1.6.102)
MacQueen's opinion is founded on the Armstrong case, though he won't admit it to Poirot this early in the novel.
"Ah! Quel animal!" M. Bouc's tone was redolent of heartfelt disgust. "I cannot regret that he is dead – not at all!" (1.8.16)
Again, Mr. Ratchett is compared to a savage animal rather than being talked about as a human being.