DL080: Hercule Poirot and the Case of the Careless Victim — Act 2: Scenes 5 & 6
Laura never did get to see her father, and now he’s been in an accident. What a tragedy! Will she ever see him again? Is he going to be all right? Inspector Stevens heads straight for the accident scene.
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But Poirot doesn’t. He’s miles ahead of everyone else in his analysis of the clues. He’s been ‘employing the little grey cells’ and realizes that the accident is just a clever trick to send him in the wrong direction. You might say it’s a “red herring” — something that purposely distracts attention from the real issue. A red herring is actually a salted and smoked fish. If a guy were being chased by hunting dogs, he might pull a red herring across his trail. The dogs would be confused and go after the fish instead of him.
Poirot heads for the airport instead. He has to stop Hilary Kent!
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Earlier in the play (DL078), when Hilary Kent threatened Poirot, Stevens, and Miss Fletcher with a gun, Poirot said, “But obviously, Inspector, this is the man we seek! Monsieur Jonathan Parrish.” Can you explain Poirot’s comment? Was he mistaken? Please leave a comment below.