Murder on the Orient Express
Reason and Logic Quotes Page 3
How we cite our quotes:
"What to my mind is so interesting in this case is that we have none of the facilities afforded to the police. We cannot investigate the bona fides of any of these people. We have to rely solely on deduction. That, to me, makes the matter very much more interesting. There is no routine work. It is a matter of the intellect." (2.13.33)
Because they are cut off from the outside world because of the snowdrift, Poirot relies strictly on his own mind to solve the crime.
"The whole thing is a fantasy," cried M. Bouc.
"Exactly. It is absurd – improbably – it cannot be. So I myself have said. And yet, my friend, there it is! One cannot escape from the facts.
"It is madness!"
"Is it not? It is so mad, my friend, that sometimes I am haunted by the sensation that really it must be very simple…" (2.13.58-61)
Poirot points us to Occam's Razor: in essence, that most complicated problems usually have one very simple solution.
On the paper was written:
Things needing explanation.
1. The handkerchief marked with the initial H. Whose is it? (3.2.1-2)
A list! Here we see Poirot's orderly methods at work.