‘Curtain’ Revisited

Curtain: Poirots Last Case

I don’t generally review books I’ve already reviewed. But I’ve just finished re-reading Curtain and it shocked me all over again.

This was a heckuva book to be writing while World War II was going on and German V-2 rockets were killing people on the streets of London. But that’s when Agatha Christie wrote it–the story of Hercule Poirot’s last case, written when she still had two more decades’ worth of Poirot mysteries to write–and then she locked it in a safe for 30 years.

In Curtain the world war is never mentioned. One senses that the action in the story could have taken place either just before the war or just after–although in terms of the Poirot timeline, that would be impossible. But that’s not why I’m writing this review.

Have you ever been involved in a group conversation in which one or two persons comes out with something totally outrageous, wicked, beyond the pale–and gets away with it? Worse–everybody else sort of tepidly, timorously agrees with it, even though you can tell by their body language that they don’t really agree and would just like this part of the evening to be over. So somebody drops a bomb–“I don’t care what they say, people who say they don’t believe in Climate Change ought to be jailed!”–and everybody else nods their heads, maybe mutters “Yeah, uh-huh,” and totally fails to call them out on it. Because, I guess, who wants to get into another one of those interminable arguments?

A lot of that goes on in Curtain. Characters natter on about useless lives, lives not worth living, people who are a burden to others, and how they all need to be humanely put out of the way, cull the crowd for the good of the species etc. And no one else ever says, “What are you, some kind of Nazi? You sound like Heinrich Himmler talkin’–if he were here, he’d fit right in!” I mean, we don’t even get an “Oh, come now!”

Now… why would Agatha Christie include such conversations in her novel unless she had heard them, probably pretty often, before World War II broke out? Heard them at dinner parties or casual get-togethers. Heard them from well-educated, highly thought-of people. After all, it was eugenics–which was Settled Science in the 1930s. You had to agree or you were anti-science.

Gee, I wonder why so many people in Britain became convinced that their ruling class wanted to sell them out to Hitler. Well, has our ruling class sold us out to China? Honk if you don’t think it looks that way.

This is a shocking book. Agatha Christie wrote it while her nation was fighting for its very life against an enemy that believed in eugenics and had no compunction at all about putting it into grim practice–an enemy with which her nation’s ruling class had much in common.

One wonders to what extent God had to intervene to keep Britain from entering into an alliance with Nazi Germany.


14 comments on “‘Curtain’ Revisited

  1. It really does make you wonder. There are those today, who are saying that this “pandemic” is really another attempt to weed out the population, believing that too many people are taking up space on earth that should be devoted to more “productive” purposes. Many of these environmentalists value the lives of animals much more highly than humans. They are all for abortion, bad medicine, diseases.. anything that will reduce the human population in order to make more room for animals, and… well, they don’t know what else I guess they fail to recall that they are also humans. Well, sometimes that is in question. Mostly, they are trying to play god and are certainly not very good at it.

    1. 1. Bill Gates spends years calling for a sharp reduction in the human population.

      2. Bill Gates promotes “vaccine.”

      3. How far do you want to trust this guy?

  2. The Davos globalists and their high-tech buddies have begun talking more openly about planting microchips in people’s brains:

    They’re also talking about injecting these microchips via a liquid. But if you dare to raise a doubt about whether the microchips may be in the “vaccine” liquid that so many governments are now trying to coerce everyone into accepting, you’re guilty of “misinformation” and must be silenced in every way possible — eventually, maybe, even eliminated completely, the way they do it in other totalitarian states.

    1. Good grief, I just read the bloody thing!
      These people are all as mad as hatters.
      Gee, I can’t wait to have my brain wired to the freakin’ cloud so a bunch of communist nerds can read my thoughts! Like, who wouldn’t want that?
      Jesu defend us. And please start soon!

    1. Everything I’ve read about that has only left me more confused. She was having marital troubles at the time, though.

  3. Winston Churchill used to watch the Blitz from the rooftop of whatever building he was in at the time, and sincerely believed that he was ‘watched over’. Churchill was considered a marginal, washed up fringe case, an anachronism that had nothing to offer, until it became obvious that he was right. So, he ended up as Prime Minister and essentially saved Britain. I am more than willing to believe that God used him, for that very purpose.

    I do, indeed, pray for this nation.

    1. I do as well, but he eventually screwed up, by reneging on the promises made to the Jewish people, which he had, at one time, supported. Had the Balfour Declaration been enacted before the war, millions of Jewish people could have been spared horrid deaths.

      Many people are not aware of this, but the Jewish refugees that survived the death camps (or perhaps avoided capture), ended up in prison camps, because the British refused to allow them into the land that had been promised them since the Treaty of San Remo, a few years after WW I. So the British imprisoned these people, and treated them like criminals.

      IMO, Churchill dropped the ball, on that one, and his fall from power may well have been the result of God’s support being withdrawn.

    2. He was replaced as PM very soon after the war ended. And years before, he was alone among world leaders when he spoke of Hitler’s atrocities against the Jews.

    3. I may have spoken in error. I know that there was a surprising change of fortunes after the War and Churchill ended up marginalized. The British people quickly forgot about the man that had done so much to keep Britain intact and things changed rapidly.

      What is not in dispute is that Great Britain’s actions after the War were not helpful to the European Jews that had survived WW II. They had the mandate over the Levant and could have allowed these people to find refuge in land that had been legally promised them in the final legal resolution of lands after WW I, which happened at San Remo, which happened in 1920.

      It may have been no coincidence that the British Empire lost much of its empirical influence in the postwar period.

    4. Britain was plain worn out–and saddled with a socialist government.
      It was a long time before the British people shed the suspicion that their ruling class had intended to sell them out to the Nazis.

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