This blog started out as Michael Doherty's Personal Library, containing reviews of books that normally don't get reviewed: basically porn and cult books. It was all just a bit of fun, you understand. But when I embarked on a three-year Shakespeare study, Shakespeare basically took over, which is a good thing.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Shakespeare Reference in Agatha Christie's The A.B.C. Murders
There is one Shakespeare reference in Agatha Christie's The A.B.C. Murders.
Near the end, when Hercule Poirot is on the verge of revealing his
conclusions regarding the case, he says, "Is it not your great
Shakespeare who has said, 'You cannot see the trees for the wood'?" (p.
174). The answer, by the way, is No. And in fact the next line of
Christie's book is "I did not correct Poirot's literary reminiscences"
(p. 174). The line is "cannot see the wood for the trees," and it was
written by Frederick Engels in the 1870s.