Murder on the Orient Express Part 1, Chapter 7 Summary

Agatha Christie

Part 1, Chapter 7 Summary

The Body

Hercule Poirot follows Doctor Constantine to Ratchett’s compartment and the conductor unlocks it for them. Nothing inside has been disturbed since the body was discovered. It is frigid because the window is still open. Constantine has not moved Ratchett’s body, and there are no fingerprints on the window sill; someone wiped it clean. Finally Poirot examines the body and sees that the physician is puzzled. Constantine sees now that two of the deep knife wounds were delivered after Ratchett had already been dead for some time. In addition, at least one of the blows was administered by someone who is left-handed while the others were made by a right-handed attacker.

It seems that...

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