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Murder on the Orient Express
by Agatha Christie
Murder on the Orient Express Part 2, Chapter 6 Summary
The Evidence of the Russian Princess The Wagon Lit conductor is called in and his uniform is examined. He's not missing a button! The plot thickens. Pierre Michel also has an alibi: he was talking with other conductors when Mrs. Hubbard rang her bell. Poirot concludes that button might belong to the person in Mrs. Hubbard's room, who ran out and then back – into his or her own room. That means the murderer is still on the train. Does that mean there was only one murderer? Well, it's not so simple. Next on the interview list is Princess Dragomiroff. Poirot asks her to write down her name and address, but she has Poirot do it instead. Next, the questions: After dinner, Princess Dragomiroff went to bed and read until 11 p.m. She had some pain, so at 12:45 a.m. she rang for her maid and got a massage. Some time later the maid left. The train had stopped. The maid, Hildegarde Schmidt, has been with her for 15 years. Also, a revelation: Princess Dragomiroff was BFF with Linda Arden, the mother of Sonia Armstrong, who was Daisy's mother. Sonia was the princess's goddaughter. Coincidence? Hmm. We learn that Linda Arden is still alive, living in retirement. There is a second daughter, too, though the Princess says she has lost touch with her. When Poirot tells her that Ratchett was connected with the Armstrong case, she says the murder is "an entirely admirable happening" (2.6.90). She does not wear a red silk kimono. Princess Dragomiroff asks for Poirot's name, and says she recognizes him. Then she says, "This is Destiny" (2.6.104). Poirot wonders what in the world she meant by that.
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