Agatha Christie: Nemesis (2362 words)

Amy Lee (The Open University)
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Nemesis was the last story Agatha Christie wrote starring Miss Jane Marple, though not the last one to be published. By casting Miss Marple as the Greek Goddess of divine retribution in this novel, Christie crowns her with a final triumph, quite similar to Poirot's heroic exit from his brilliant career of crime investigation in The Curtain. The fact that this investigation represents Miss Marple's final glory may be shown by the repeated references to her feeble and frail state of health, especially in the final confrontation between her and the strong-bodied and strong-willed murderer.

The story starts with Miss Marple looking through the newspaper, feeling annoyed that the layout is always changing, making it …

Citation: Lee, Amy. "Nemesis". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 September 2003 [, accessed 23 June 2021.]

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