Death on the Nile
Agatha Christie
Contributed by Sharen Felty
Chapter 4
Summary

Poirot remains on the terrace alone, which is when Linnet approaches and introduces herself, and insisting on speaking to him alone. They head to the card room, where Linnet expresses to Poirot that she is under persecution because her current husband, Simon, once dated Jackie but broke off her engagement with her. Now, Jackie has decided to follow them around wherever they go. Despite Linnet suggesting that Jackie should face legal action, Poirot says there is nothing she can do since Jackie did not threaten her physically or verbally. He further tells Linnet that she had a choice of not pursuing Simon, and that one must accept the consequences of their own actions — that is, Jackie may always follow Linnet and Simon. She subsequently requests Poirot to speak to Jackie, to which he agrees to but indicating how it may not change much, before indicating that she threatened to kill them both.

Analysis

This chapter entrenches the protagonists’ positions in the story. It is apparent that neither Linnet nor Jackie is willing to compromise on their stance regarding the love triangle. The author foreshadows the mysterious deaths that are about to occur in the coming chapters. Linnet also portrays that she feels violated, yet she is the one on the wrong. This shows her insensitivity; she is not empathetic towards Jackie. The belief of Linnet in Poirot is an indication that he is a trusted detective hence many people feel free to open up to him. Linnet probably thinks that Hercules will automatically assist her due to her status in society. She is however shocked to find that he is very objective and strict and does not therefore take any sides. Linnet is definitely disappointed as she had hoped that through Poirot’s intervention, Jackie will become less of a threat to her and Simon.

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