Cards on the Table

References or Allusions

References to other works

  • In chapter 2, Anne Meredith, when introduced to Poirot, already knows of him from The A.B.C. Murders.
  • In chapter 2, Anne Meredith tells Poirot that she knows Ariadne Oliver from her book The Body in the Library, which was the title of a book later written by Agatha Christie and published in 1942.
  • In chapter 15, Major Despard asks Poirot if he has ever had a failure. Poirot replies that the last time was 28 years ago, probably a reference to The Chocolate Box, a short story from Poirot's Early Cases.
  • In chapter 23, Poirot offers to show Rhoda Dawes a knife given to him by the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits. In describing this knife, he reveals the solution to Murder on the Orient Express: a most unusual example of Christie's occasional references to Poirot's former cases acting as a spoiler.[13]

References in other works

  • In The A.B.C. Murders, Poirot mentions to Hastings his vision of an ideal case, which is the basis for Cards on the Table.
  • Major Despard and Rhoda, now married, reappear in The Pale Horse (1961). The Major's forename has metamorphosed from "John" in Cards on the Table to "Hugh" in The Pale Horse, not the first time Christie apparently forgot the name of a character.
  • Mrs Ariadne Oliver previously had a role in the Parker Pyne short story The Case of the Discontented Soldier, but this is her first time in a novel featuring Hercule Poirot.

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