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Yet the public loved him and Christie refused to kill him off, claiming that it was her duty to produce what the public liked.

He was hardly more than five feet four inches but carried himself with great dignity.

In Dumb Witness, Poirot invents an elderly invalid mother as a pretence to investigate local nurses.

In The Big Four, Poirot pretends to have (and poses as) an identical twin brother named Achille: however, this brother was mentioned again in The Labours of Hercules.

Sullivan Austin Trevor Orson Welles Harold Huber Richard Williams José Ferrer Martin Gabel Tony Randall Albert Finney Peter Ustinov Ian Holm David Suchet John Moffatt Maurice Denham Peter Sallis Konstantin Raikin Alfred Molina Robert Powell Jason Durr Kenneth Branagh) is a fictional Belgian detective, created by Agatha Christie.

By the step leading up into the sleeping-car stood a young French lieutenant, resplendent in uniform, conversing with a small man [Hercule Poirot] muffled up to the ears of whom nothing was visible but a pink-tipped nose and the two points of an upward-curled moustache.In The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Poirot operates as a fairly conventional, clue-based and logical detective; reflected in his vocabulary by two common phrases: his use of "the little grey cells" and "order and method".Hastings is irritated by the fact that Poirot sometimes conceals important details of his plans, as in The Big Four.For his part, Conan Doyle acknowledged basing his detective stories on the model of Edgar Allan Poe's C. Unlike the models mentioned above, Christie's Poirot was clearly the result of her early development of the detective in her first book, written in 1916 and published in 1920.

Auguste Dupin and his anonymous narrator, and basing his character Sherlock Holmes on Joseph Bell, who in his use of "ratiocination" prefigured Poirot's reliance on his "little grey cells". His Belgian nationality was interesting because of Belgium's occupation by Germany, which also provided a plausible explanation of why such a skilled detective would be out of work and available to solve mysteries at an English country house.Frequent mention is made of his patent leather shoes, damage to which is frequently a source of misery for him, but comical for the reader.

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