From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express


by Agatha Christie

Murder on the Orient Express Part 3, Chapter 7 Summary

The Identity of Mary Debenham

  • Mary sweeps defiantly into the train car. Poirot confronts her with her identity as the governess of the Armstrong family. She flinches, but admits it.
  • Mary says she lied in order to protect her reputation as a governess. She wouldn't be able to get a job if she was swept up into a murder investigation.
  • She also claims not to have recognized the Countess. Um, sure.
  • Poirot asks if she will tell him her secret. She breaks down and sobs. The Colonel jumps up and yells at Poirot and then tends to Mary.
  • Mary runs out, followed by the Colonel, and Poirot reveals how he guessed it all. The Countess had said her governess was a big redheaded woman, a description so opposite to Mary as to be suspicious.
  • Plus? She said the name was Miss Freebody. There's a shop in London called Debenham & Freebody, and that told Poirot who it was.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...