Last night my wife and I were watching an old episode of Poirot with David Suchet. This conversation occurred and, afterward, I spent about an hour searching the web for the script. A perfect description of my wife's discontent and the situation her AP took advantage of.------------Hastings: I suppose we can accept the girl’s rather extraordinary story of her aunt’s infatuation? That seemed the only fishy part to me. She was such a nice, respectable woman.
Poirot: There is nothing extraordinary about that - it is completely ordinary. If you read the papers carefully, you will find that often a nice respectable woman of that age leaves a husband she has lived with for twenty years, and sometimes a whole family of children as well, in order to link her life with that of a young man considerably her junior. You admire les femmes, Hastings; you prostrate yourself before all of them who are good-looking and have the good taste to smile upon you; but psychologically you know nothing whatever about them. In the autumn of a woman’s life, there comes always one mad moment when she longs for romance, for adventure - before it is too late. It comes none the less surely to a woman because she is the wife of a respectable dentist in a country town.
Hastings: And you think…
Poirot: That a clever man might take advantage of such a moment.
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