Quotes

Download PDF PDF Page Citation Cite Share Link Share

Last Updated on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 500

Here are some quotes from Death on the Nile:

“You know, Linnet, I really do envy you. You’ve simply got everything. Here you are at twenty, your own mistress, with any amount of money, looks, superb health. You’ve even got brains!”

At the beginning of the novel, Linnet Ridgeway's friend,...

(The entire section contains 500 words.)

See This Study Guide Now

Start your subscription to unlock this study guide. You'll also get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Start your Subscription

Here are some quotes from Death on the Nile:

“You know, Linnet, I really do envy you. You’ve simply got everything. Here you are at twenty, your own mistress, with any amount of money, looks, superb health. You’ve even got brains!”

At the beginning of the novel, Linnet Ridgeway's friend, Joanna Southwood, says this about her friend. Linnet is the person everyone envies, as she has money, looks, and brains. The irony is that she will soon fall for a sham marriage and will later be killed by her new husband and his lover.

“Dear Linnet— there’s no one like you.”

Jackie says this to Linnet after Jackie has tried to convince Linnet to hire her boyfriend, Simon, as a land agent. This expression has a double meaning. Linnet may interpret it to mean that Jackie is thankful to Linnet for hiring her poor boyfriend, but Jackie also means that she can manipulate Linnet into marrying Simon. After this marriage, Jackie and Simon plan to kill Linnet and take her money.

Linnet Doyle was looking as perfectly turned out as if she were stepping onto the centre of the stage of a Revue. She had something too of the assurance of a famous actress. She was used to being looked at, to being admired, to being the centre of the stage wherever she went.

Linnet, newly married to Simon Doyle, boards the boat on the Nile looking like an actress. She is selfish and is used to being the center of attention for her wealth, opulence, and beauty. The irony of this passage is that she will soon be the center of attention as a corpse, after she has been slain. An arrogant, self-centered person, she has just married her friend's boyfriend and is about to pay the price for it.

"The next interesting point was the fact that in Linnet Doyle’s cabin I found two bottles of coloured nail polish."

Hercule Poirot solves this mystery in part because he finds two bottles of nail polish in Linnet's room after she dies. One is not her usual shade, and the polish it contains is of a different color than what the label says. Poirot realizes that the bottle of nail polish hides the red ink that Simon used to fake his injury when Jackie allegedly shot him. She did not really shoot him, but only gave him a cover for his murder of Linnet later that night.

Race shouted, "Where the devil did she get that pistol?" Poirot felt a hand on his arm. Mrs. Allerton said softly, "You—knew?"

At the end of the book, as Jackie and Simon are about to be handed over to the police, Jackie shoots Simon and then herself. Poirot knows that Jackie has an extra pistol, but he allows her to kill herself and Simon, sparing them time in prison and allowing them to die together. In the end, Poirot is a bit romantic in allowing Jackie this escape.

Illustration of PDF document

Download Death on the Nile Study Guide

Subscribe Now
Previous

Analysis