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The adaptation starring Joan Hickson as Miss Marple leaves little doubt who it's going to be ... (and in light of other Christie's take as expressed in other novels such as "The Sittaford Mystery", I think that's both a predictable and a disappointing choice).
I liked the adaption showing who she was going to be with.
So do I -- but then, I like the whole series starring Joan Hickson! :)
Hickson is the best.
She is! (Then again, she was also Christie's favorite for the role -- even before she'd actually taken it on ...)
Lillelara 4 years ago
She certainly hints at three possible candidates and and maybe Christie intended to make this a "Choose your own love interest" adventure. Anyway, we will never know for sure, will we? Maybe it´s old Crackentorp ;D.

I have never watched the Joan Hickson adaption nor have I read The Sittaford Mystery yet, so I can´t make any assumptions based on that. Sigh, I have to catch up with the tv series - both Poirot and Miss Marple!
Yes, you do! :)

The choice faced by Lucy at the end of "4:50 from Paddington" is essentially the same one as that faced by Emily Trefusis, the heroine / amateur detective at the end of "The Sittaford Murder" -- and in that book Christie not only tells us Emily's pick; she also hints that the thinking behind Emily's choice may very well be her own. So I've never had much of a doubt whom Lucy is going to pick at the end of "4:50 from Paddington", even though I'll grant you Christie is less explicit there.

Old Crackenthorpe ... remember him trying for Miss Marple herself in the Rutherford movie? :D
Lillelara 4 years ago
Hahaha, yes :D. And then Miss Marple tells Crackenthorp, that she only is willing to marry a certain someone if it ever comes to that (and we know who that is). It‘s so sweet.
I think the only movie where she didn‘t get proposed to was the one with the ship (Mörder Ahoi!) I love those movies.
So do I -- enough to give my mom the complete boxed set for Christmas a few years ago! :D Even though they're not even remotely close to the books ... (well, "4:50 from Paddington" is, at least after a fashion) ... but Rutherford being Rutherford just makes up for a lot! Like most Germans, I grew up with those movies rather than any of the more recent adaptations ... I almost fell off my chair when I discoverd that the Miss Marple from the books isn't *at all* like Rutherford's version of her.
Lillelara 4 years ago
I grew up with the Rutherford Marple as well, so it took me some time to get used to Miss Marple in the books and the fact that she is only sitting around, solving the cases while knitting a scarf or whatever. I like, however, the sidekick characters, who help Miss Marple in her sleuthing and they are what I enjoy most about the Marple books.
I like the fact that there is a very tough, almost cynical person underneath all that fluffy outer shell -- you know, scenes like when, e.g. (in "Sleeping Murder") she'll sit there all placidly -- knitting, of course -- and listen to someone else's enthusiastic deductions based on something they've learned from a third person, and her first observation when the other guy is done is, "It's a mistake to believe people. I haven't for years ..."

There's a big dichotomy in Miss Marple, represented by her knitting needles, pink wool and seemingly scatterbrained talk on the one hand and her belief in the existence of absolute evil on the other hand. Her friend Mr. Rafiel (from "A Caribbean Mystery") calls her "Nemesis", and there's a reason for this -- she is much less forgiving than Poirot. Because of her outward appearance, people continuously underestimate her ... and she deliberately plays on that, while letting younger people do the legwork that, being too old, she is no longer capable of doing. Christie said she based her on her own granny, but from having read Martin Edwards's "The Golden Age of Murder" and Christie's own autobiography, I can't shake the feeling that there was a bit of that in Christie herself as well -- I think she, too, was pretty good at deflecting her true thoughts and feelings and presenting a pleasing outward appearance without letting on what was truly on her mind.
Lillelara 4 years ago
Thanks for the insight into this character, Themis. I still have a few Marple books to read and she definitely grows on me.
That's how it happened with me, too. I started out liking Poirot so much more, but eventually found that his mannerisms got on my nerves if I read too many Poirot books in a row. That sort of thing just doesn't happen to me with Miss Marple. There are Miss Marple novels I don't particularly care for, but if so, it's invariably because of something *else* -- never because of the character herself.