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2Agatha Christie's first novelThe Mysterious Affair at Styleswas published in 1920 and introduced the long-running character detectiveHERCULE POIROT, who appeared in 33 of Christie's novels and 54 short stories.

JANE MARPLEwas introduced inThe Thirteen Problemsin 1927 (short stories) and was based on Christie's grandmother and her "Ealing cronies".Miss Marple appeared in 12 of Christie's novels.3All over the world, in almost every modern language, mystery fans know the familiar figures of Agatha Christie's famous sleuths Miss Jane Marple and detective Hercule Poirot. Close to eighty, tall and thin with "china-blue eyes," Miss Marple is the proper English gentlewoman, but with a penchant for gossip. Poirot, on the other hand, is a short, little man with a waxed and twirled moustache who fled to England from his native Belgium during the World War I. Apart from physical appearance and nationality, Christie's two sleuths have much in common: both are exceptions, detectives sharing an acute sense of human nature and remarkable power of reasoning. These traits contribute to their unfailing success in unraveling one complex mystery case after another. The exploits of these two detectives have not been confined to novels alone. Their popularity has led to the filming, broadcasting, and staging of their pursuits.44HERCULE POIROT5Always i am right. It is so invariable that it startles me. But now it looks, it very much looks, as though I am wrong. And that upsets me. Presumably, you know what you are saying. It is your murder! Fantastic, then, that Hercule Poirot should know better than you do how you committed it.- Cards On The Table6HERCULE POIROTBelgian private detective character created by Agatha Christie.

First appearance in The Mysterious Affair at Styles published in 1920.

With his signature moustache carefully trimmed and waxed, used his "little gray cells" (brains) to solve the most baffling crimes.

Last appearance in Curtain published in 1975.7 He doesn't have any disorders to speak of, but demands order. He likes things in an orderly manner and approves of symmetry everywhere.

Poirot also values method--to him the greatest method or tool in solving crime is using the "gray cells" of the brain.

The English actor David Suchet has been portraying Hercule Poirot on television for 19 years.

First fictional character ever to receive front page news coverage in the New York Times (in this case, it happened to be his obituary).8 He derides such methods as examining footprints, collecting cigarette ash, searching for clues with a magnifying glass, or taking fingerprints. He says any crime can be solved with simply placing the puzzle pieces correctly. He is an armchair detective-- he has to simply "sit still in an armchair and think".

Of course, Poirot's mustache is as famous as his "little gray cells". He has pride is his luscious, waxed black mustache and is always meticulously dressed down to his patent leather shoes.9POIROT'S OBITUARY

Hercule Poirot Is Dead; Famed Belgian Detective; Hercule Poirot, the Detective, Dies

Hercule Poirot, a Belgian detective who became internationally famous, has died in England. His age was unknown. The news of his death, given by Dame Agatha, was not unexpected. Word that he was near death reached here last May.Thomas Lask

Included with the news article was a reprint of a portrait of Poirot. It was painted by the British painter W. Smithson Broadhead (1888-1960) for "The Sketch" magazine in 1923.10JANE MARPLE11Shes the worst cat in the village, said Griselda. And she always knows every single thing that happensand draws the worst influences from it.- The Murder at the Vicarage12JANE MARPLEBritish amateur detective character created by Agatha Christie.

First appearance in The Tuesday Night Club (short story) published in 1926. First appearance in a full-length novel inThe Murder at the Vicaragein 1930.

Character of Miss Marple based on Christie's step grandmother, or her Aunt (Margaret West), and her cronies.

Last appearance in Sleeping Murder published in 1976.13 The elderly spinster from the fictitious village of St. Mary Mead, Miss Marple (as she is affectionately known) is a tall, thin woman of between 65 and 70 years of age.

She has white snowy hair, pale blue eyes, and a pinkish wrinkled face. Two of her hobbies (and subjects of conversation) are bird watching and gardening, and she is often seen carrying knitting needles and yarn.

Her methods of crime-solving are based on the belief that "human nature is much the same everywhere"--and certainly easy to study people in a small village such as St. Mary Mead. In her stories, Marple draws parallels with someone she knows in the village to someone involved with the crime.14 Never married, Miss Marple has a young nephew Raymond who is a novelist.

She can always know how someone reacted in any crime because of what the village- counterpart did. When not gossiping and solving mystery, her pastimes were gardening, bird watching, and knitting.

InVicarage, she's described as "the worst cat in the village" who spends plenty of time gossiping. She's a meddling busybody who uses binoculars to "spy" on the residents of St. Mary Mead, pretending to go birdwatching.15 She spends time in the garden, listening in on conversations of the folks passing by. She's shrewd, too, and has "an uncanny knack of being always right.

Like Hercule Poirot, Marple has methods and manners that put people off their guard and so they underestimate her. Being in the background (as it were) and being chatty enables her to learn of people.

Agatha Christie described in her autobiography that Marple "was born at the age of sixty-five to seventy" and was born from the character of Caroline Sheppard from the famous Poirot novelThe Murder of Roger Ackroyd.16Poirot and Miss Marple wouldn't entertain our lives without the life of Agatha Christie. Hailed as the "Queen of Crime", Agatha Christie has been only sold out by William Shakespeare and the Holy Bible. With billions of her books in print the world over, many critics regard her as the principal author of the Golden Age of Mystery. She seems to be the only mystery writer that is read in high schools throughout the United States, thanks to her spectacular novelAnd Then There Were None/Ten Little Indians. She is the creator ofThe Mousetrap, the longest-running play of modern theatre.17Agatha Christie has contributed more than just Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple to literature. She has allowed us to enjoy the exploits of young and adventurous women, a stolid Scotland Yard man, a mystery writer in the self-image of Christie herself, and other colorful and memorable characters. She has also given us some terrific plays, most notably The Mousetrap,Ten Little Indians, andWitness for the Prosecution. She has fascinated us with her bestselling novel not starring Poirot nor Marple: And Then There Were None, the world's best-selling mystery ever. We get to see Agathathe person through such works as her poetry, her romance novels, and her autobiographies.18THE END19CREDITS TO:

All group members. SPECIAL THANKS TO:

Dr. Gauri Misra for giving us this project.We learnt a lot through it.