The exact quote is : ” It was strychnine in his coffee.” This quote was gleaned from Poirot. Series 3. Episode 3. ” Million Dollar Bond Robbery.”
Oh No ! Not another strychnine case! In the Victorian days, it seemed like it was a favorite way to kill off your favorite rich uncle. While reading up on Agatha Christie’s life one author mentioned that during the war that Agatha was able to get a job in an pharmacy…there she was able to learn all the deadly poisons and then promptly incorporated them into her stories. This poor nurse looks like somehow she’s mistakenly stirred some into her coffee as well. The description of her having the pallor of deaths bed, seems appropriate. If it’s not strychnine then I’d have to fathom that it’s the fashions foibles of that period. Back then the women wore whale bones tight around their middle to make them look svelte. Basically, it would make their middle waists tiny why boosting their breasts forward… skyward! Can you imagine how uncomfortable this probably was? In historical pictures the women look beautiful . I’ve also seen maids pulling hard on the back strings to make it so tight that the woman would say they felt like they could faint…And when they weren’t showing off their body attributes they were lying in bed sickly. Nurse uniforms were decidedly different but still the Victorian body contortionists fashion ideas still creep in. Did you notice how the nurse’s neck seems squeezed! That collar is just too tight. She seems to be gasping for air… I think the nurse is trying to convey to Poirot that she’s definitely a part of the patient’s convalescence but …overworked and maybe feeling the strain. That’s Poirot in the background looking quizzically at the nurse. Is the nurse part of the solution ? Or part of the problem? The ending definitely surprised me.