Part 1, Chapter 3 Summary
Poirot Refuses a Case
Hercule Poirot ate breakfast alone and spent the morning reviewing his notes for the case which has called him back to London. Now he is here for lunch and accepts Bouc’s invitation to join him at his elite table; as director, Bouc is served first and gets the best food.
Bouc wishes he were a writer so he could capture the scene in the dining car. They are surrounded by people of all ages, nationalities, and classes. For three days, they are all brought together in one place and cannot escape from one another. After three days, each one will go his own way and perhaps never see any of the others again. Poirot wonders what might happen if there were an accident, but...
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