Oh, Agatha Christie. I remember not entirely understanding “And Then There Were None” since I was a child when we had the required reading, though I still remember the famous lines. Then there was the book and movie “Murder on the Orient Express.”
And now I came upon this book, “Death Comes as the End.” I must admit that due to the archaic prose I wanted to give up after the first chapter or two, but kept going and am so glad I did!
“Well, people are like that too. They create a false door-to deceive. If they are conscious of weakness, of inefficiency, they make an imposing door of self-assertion, of bluster, of overwhelming authority-and, after a time, they get to believe in it themselves.”
“And anyway if one is to live always in fear it would be better to die – so I will overcome fear.”
“Who can tell? It may be that there must always be growth – and that if one does not grow kinder and wiser and greater, then the growth must be the other way, fostering the evil things. Or it may be that the life they all led was too shut in, too folded back upon itself-without breadth or vision.”
And btw-“Bird and Branch” is a fantastic cafe to check out in NYC!