Ford became a director long before that other great creator of visual beauty on the screen, Josef von Sternbergand his films constitute a parallel tradition to those of Sternberg and his followers. Tag Gallagher's excellent book on John Ford is important.
Setting[ edit ] The opening chapters are set in Hercule Poirot's apartment in London. There is an abortive railway trip to Southampton and the return trip to London.
There is then a visit to an unnamed village in Devonsituated in the vicinity of Dartmoor.
The village of Chobham which Poirot visits next is an actual location in Surrey. There is also a visit to a restaurant in Sohoand then abroad to Belgium. There are two trips on ocean-going ships. Poirot wants to go to Rio de Janeiro where his newest client Abe Ryland awaits.
An unexpected visitor called Mayerling comes in through Poirot's bedroom.
There is no clue of how the man entered the upper floor apartment. Perhaps through the bedroom's window which is, however, at some distance from the ground. He is emaciated as though he has been long imprisoned and with little access to food. He collapses on the floor.
The only clue to what he wants is his saying Poirot's name his only words and writing the number 4, many times. He knows little of the four leaders, and tells them that Number 1 is a Chinese political mastermind named Li Chang Yen.
He represents the brains of the Big Four. Number 3 is a Frenchwoman, and Number 4 is "the Destroyer" and otherwise unknown. During the journey, Poirot suspects his South American mission was an excuse to get him out of the way. Deciding there is a case waiting for him in England, Poirot aborts his trip.
They return to London by car,  only to find their visitor dead. An uninvited man arrives, claiming to work for a lunatic asylum and to be in search of an escaped inmate. He identifies the dead man as the escapee in question, then departs.
Poirot calls the asylum and learns that there have been no recent escapes. Poirot examines the man and announces that Mayerling was gagged and poisoned by inhaling "prussic acid" hydrogen cyanide. The hands of the lounge clock have been turned to 4 o'clock, and Poirot realises that the murderer was the man from the asylum.
He was the Destroyer. He saw a note from a fisherman who asked him for a few hundred pounds to hide himself from the Big Four. He has also heard stories of four men who opposed Li Chang Yen, and who were murdered by stabbing, poisoning, electrocution and cholera; and he has heard a similar story of a chemist who was burned to death in his residence.
The note came from Hoppaton, so Poirot, Hastings and Ingles go to Hoppaton and discover that the man who wrote the note, a Mr Jonathan Whalley, has been murdered.
There are two suspects: Whalley was hit on the head and then his throat was cut; and some jade figures of his have been stolen. Grant is the main suspect as his bloody footprints are found around the room, the jade figures were in his room, and there is blood on his room's doorknob.
Grant is also under suspicion because he has been imprisoned before: Poirot finds a frozen leg of mutton which interests him very much. Poirot hypothesizes that the murderer was a young man who came in a trap, killed Whalley, and went away.
His clothing was slightly bloodstained. Poirot talks to Grant and asks him whether he entered the room twice to take the jade figures.
When he replies in the negative, Poirot reveals that no one noticed the murderer because he came in a butcher's cart. Mutton is not delivered on Sundays and if it had been delivered on Saturday it would not have been frozen.The Portrait of a Lady by: Henry James The Portrait of a Lady is a novel by Henry James that was first published in Summary.
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