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Related Products. Ill-natured tittle tattle. Only I should just like to say this. Let me recollect my thoughts. Talking scandal, as you say — well, it is done a good deal. And people are very down on it — especially young people. But what I say is that none of these young people ever stop to think.

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Surely the whole crux of the matter is this: How often is tittle tattle , as you call it, true! And I think if, as I say, they really examined the facts they would find that it was true nine times out of ten! Parker Pyne Investigates. She knows what some people mainly men think about these places, where idle women gossip. Here she meets Mr and Mrs Sanders, and Miss Marple knows that Mrs Sanders is in danger not from an outside source but from her own husband. She is convinced that Mr Sanders is going to kill his wife.

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How could she Miss Marple with no proof help Mrs Sanders, or inform the authorities what could happen? She tries but it is too late when Mrs Sanders is murdered and Mr Sanders has an alibi, could Miss Marple have got it wrong? Is her trust in her own initial instincts wrong? Then rather cleverly Agatha Christie, after making us believe that Miss Marple is wrong, shows that perhaps the alibi is not necessarily watertight and that perhaps there is something different about the body, that when Miss Marple is questioned by the police, her observations are actually very astute and the real truth is revealed and Miss Marple should never have questioned her belief.

Interesting enough this story was originally titled The Hat and the Alibi which is a much better title, than the subsequent one which I feel is rather misleading and Christmas is only referred to in passing.


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This is the second short story I have read in recent weeks. Having enjoyed this and the previous one, please look out for more throughout the year. View all posts by Jo.