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Tall—over six feet—and one of the thinnest men I've ever seen. He must be about fifty now, and his hair was almost white when I knew him. Usually needs a haircut, ragged brindle mustache, bites his fingernails.

This is Nick's description of Clyde Wynant, the missing inventor who is at the center of the plot. Wynant is portrayed as eccentric.

That's Mamma—divorces a lunatic and marries a gigolo.

Dorothy says this about her mother while speaking to Nick. Her mother, Mimi, divorced her father, Clyde Wynant, who was a crazy inventor, in order to marry Christian Jorgensen, who has already spent his wife's divorce settlement when the action of the story begins. Mimi is an unstable sort of person who seems suspicious, but the evidence against her is a red herring, or a false clue that is intended to distract attention away from the true killer, Macaulay.

Don't you ever think you'd like to go back to detecting once in a while just for the fun of it? You know, when something special comes up, like the Lindb—

Nora asks this of her husband, Nick Charles. He was formerly a detective but gave up this work when he married his wife, who is a rich socialite. She jokingly starts to ask him if he would jump back into detective work if he could get involved in a case like the kidnapping of the baby of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh (a real case that garnered a lot of attention in 1932). Though Nick does not need the money from working, he and Nora clearly enjoy the adventure of the work.

He's an old Greek fool, but I'm used to him.

Nora says this to Dorothy about her husband, Nick, whose father's last name was Charalambides. It was shortened when the family came through Ellis Island. Nick and Nora are from very different backgrounds, as Nick is a Greek detective and Nora is a...

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