Murder on the Orient Express Part 2, Chapter 5 Summary
Who's next? The Swedish lady, Greta Ohlsson. She's the one with yellow hair who Poirot thinks looks kind of like a sheep.
The conversation takes place in French. Here's what goes down:
Greta Ohlsson is a trained nurse who worked in a missionary school in Stamboul.
She did indeed open the door on Mr. Ratchett, just like Mrs. Hubbard said. And yes, he said something inappropriate to her.
Greta also confirms that Mrs. Hubbard's bolt on the communicating door was locked when she checked it.
She then got into bed at 10:55 p.m.
Greta's roommate is Mary Debenham, and Greta says she did not leave the compartment. Greta's a light sleeper, so she would have heard.
She does not have a scarlet kimono.
Greta has been in America with a woman who was an invalid, but she has not heard of the Armstrong case.
After Ohlsson leaves, Poirot makes a timetable of the events to date (2.5.65-72). The way M. Bouc sees it, it's pretty clear that the crime was committed at 1:15 in the morning. Poirot's not so sure; he thinks there's something funny about this case. (Do you?)
M. Bouc suspects the Italian man, and declares that "an Italian's weapon is the knife, and he stabs not once but several times" (2.5.76).
Poirot says no, it's not that simple. Plus, Ratchett's valet gave the Italian an alibi.