Death on the Nile
Agatha Christie
Contributed by Sharen Felty
Chapter 5

Poirot now turns to Jackie, who is by the shore and seemingly lost in thought. He mentions that he once saw her with Simon at a certain café, which leads to Jackie becoming sad. Despite Poirot’s pleas, for her to abandon plans to revenge and to stop bothering Linnet and Simon, Jackie remains adamant and that she is willing to kill the newlyweds just for revenge. She removes her pistol and shows it to Poirot, and further explaining how her grandfather taught her to shoot. Poirot asks Jackie not to do evil. As they return to the boat, Poirot shakes his head disapprovingly.


The pull of the gun foreshadows the eventual confrontations between Jackie and Linnet. Although Poirot appears as a genuine arbiter, Jackie views his suggestions suspiciously, considering both Linnet and herself as unable to coexist; one must give way for another. Jackie’s relentless efforts for revenge is an indication of the danger that Linnet faces in her presence. Poirot already senses evil, hence he is trying to prevent any possible incidents by acting as an arbiter. Jackie’s sadness is an indication of how desperate she is to get her revenge. The fact that she can open up to a detective about her intentions to kill further confirms her desperation. At this point, Jackie is on the edge and it seems she is plotting on how to regain back her relationship, hence the reason she is lost in thought at the shore.

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