I just finished reading one of Agatha Christie’s classic mysteries. I found that Ms. Christie put a lot of herself into this novel in a sort of “tongue in check” manner. For instance, this first chapter is about a “famous mystery novelist” at a Literary Luncheon. Here is how it begins:
Mrs. Oliver looked at herself in the glass. She gave a brief, sideways look towards the clock on the mantelpiece, which she had some idea was twenty minutes slow. Then she resumed her study of her coiffure. The trouble with Mrs. Oliver was — and she admitted it freely — that her styles of hairdressing were always being changed. She had tried almost everything in turn. A severe pompadour at one time, then a windswept style where you brushed back your locks to display an intellectual brow, at least she hoped the brow was intellectual. She had tried tightly arranged curls, she had tried a kind of artistic disarray. She had to admit that it did not matter very much today what her type of hairdressing was, because today she was going to do what she very seldom did, wear a hat.
What do you think? Did it make you want to keep reading?
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