Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express

by

Agatha Christie

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Cyrus Hardman is an American on the Orient Express who introduces himself as a travelling salesman of typewriter ribbons. On recognizing Poirot as a famous detective, he “comes clean” and admits he’s a private investigator for an American detective agency. Hardman serves as a sort of American mirror of Poirot, as a detective with bright and flashy clothes and good-natured camaraderie. Poirot later identifies him as the lover of Daisy Armstrong’s French nursemaid.

Cyrus Hardman Quotes in Murder on the Orient Express

The Murder on the Orient Express quotes below are all either spoken by Cyrus Hardman or refer to Cyrus Hardman. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Harper edition of Murder on the Orient Express published in 2011.
Part 2 Chapter 9 Quotes

Mr. Hardman sighed, removed the chewing gum, and dived into a pocket. At the same time his whole personality seemed to undergo a change. He became less of a stage character and more of a real person. The resonant nasal tones of his voice became modified. "That passport's a bit of bluff," he said. "That's who I really am." Poirot scrutinised the card flipped across to him.

Related Characters: Cyrus Hardman (speaker), Hercule Poirot
Page Number: 146
Explanation and Analysis:
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Cyrus Hardman Character Timeline in Murder on the Orient Express

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Part 2 Chapter 9
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The investigators move on to the last of the first-class passengers, the American Mr. Hardman. Mr. Hardman confirms that he’s a traveling typewriter ribbon salesman, but on learning Hercule Poirot’s... (full context)
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Hardman reveals that he received the same offer of a job from Ratchett that Poirot did,... (full context)
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Continuing with his story, Hardman describes how he kept watch all night, describing Pierre Michel’s movements just as Pierre told... (full context)
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Hardman volunteers that he knew MacQueen by sight, having had dealings with his father, the district... (full context)
Part 2 Chapter 13
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The credibility of the witnesses is also a concern. Poirot uses the example of Mr. Hardman who first pointed them towards a small, dark man as a possible assailant. He notes... (full context)
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...confirmed by the testimony of four witnesses, MacQueen and Arbuthnot in addition to Hildegarde and Hardman. But supposing he exists, Poirot says, he would have to be either hidden undiscovered on... (full context)
Part 2 Chapter 15
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...his search of the passengers’ luggage while conducting short second interviews with them. Beginning with Hardman, Poirot searches his two bags but finds nothing except some bottles of liquor. Poirot expresses... (full context)
Part 3 Chapter 8
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Just then, Mr. Hardman enters, but he does so to ask, “Just exactly what’s up on this train?” Poirot... (full context)
Part 3 Chapter 9
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...and stabbed Ratchett. Poirot further identifies Hildegarde Schmidt as the Armstrongs’ former cook and Mr. Hardman as the lover of Susanne, Daisy’s French nursemaid who committed suicide after being targeted for... (full context)