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I just love how Agatha Christie always has so much fun with her characters, as well as with her famous plots. There are all kinds of little gems tucked away in her books! I’ve been reading her books since I was a teenager, and I dread the day when I’ve read them all! (But then I guess I’ll just start over and hope I’ve forgotten most of the endings!)
Here’s a lively exchange that made me smile from her book Appointment with Death. It’s a conversation between an unoriginal and slightly prudish character named Miss Pierce and a fiery, intelligent young woman named Sarah who has her own ideas about feminism.
“I’m always so glad when a woman accomplishes something!”
“Why?” demanded Sarah ferociously.
Miss Pierce’s mouth fell open and she stammered a little.
“Oh, because—I mean—just because—well—it’s so nice that women are able to do things!”
“I don’t agree,” said Sarah. “It’s nice when any human being is able to accomplish something worth while! It doesn’t matter a bit whether it’s a man or a woman. Why should it?”
“Well, of course—” said Miss Pierce. “Yes—I confess—of course, looking at it in that light—”
But she looked slightly wistful, Sarah said more gently: “I’m sorry, but I do hate this differentiation between the sexes. ‘The modern girl has a thoroughly businesslike attitude to life!’ That sort of thing. It’s not a bit true! Some girls are businesslike and some aren’t. Some men are sentimental and muddle-headed, others are clear-headed and logical. There are just different types of brains. Sex only matters where sex is directly concerned.”
Miss Pierce flushed a little at the word sex and adroitly changed the subject.