Last Reviewed 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, 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...
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