| Quote #1
"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."
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?
| Quote #2
"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.
| Quote #3
"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.