Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express

by

Agatha Christie

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Daisy Armstrong Character Analysis

Daisy Armstrong was the three-year-old daughter of Colonel Armstrong and Sonia Armstrong. Before the opening of the novel, Daisy had been kidnapped, ransomed, and killed by a gangster named Cassetti. Although the crime spurred national mourning and anger in America, Cassetti subsequently bribed his way out of his trouble, fled the country, and changed his name to Ratchett. Daisy’s sweetness, youth, and innocence makes the killing of Ratchett seem an act of justice rather than murder.

Daisy Armstrong Quotes in Murder on the Orient Express

The Murder on the Orient Express quotes below are all either spoken by Daisy Armstrong or refer to Daisy Armstrong. 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 1 Chapter 8 Quotes

“I will come to the moment when, after the parents had paid over the enormous sum of two hundred thousand dollars, the child's dead body was discovered; it had been dead for at least a fortnight. Public indignation rose to fever point. And there was worse to follow. Mrs. Armstrong was expecting another baby. Following the shock of the discovery, she gave birth prematurely to a dead child, and herself died. Her broken-hearted husband shot himself.”

Page Number: 75
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Part 3 Chapter 9 Quotes

“I would have stabbed that man twelve times willingly. It wasn't only that he was responsible for my daughter's death and her child's and that of the other child who might have been alive and happy now. It was more than that: there had been other children kidnapped before Daisy, and there might be others in the future. Society had condemned him—we were only carrying out the sentence.”

Page Number: 286
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Daisy Armstrong Character Timeline in Murder on the Orient Express

The timeline below shows where the character Daisy Armstrong appears in Murder on the Orient Express. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1 Chapter 7
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...faked, but he believes this one isn’t. The scrap of paper reveals the words “little Daisy Armstrong” which reminds Poirot of a case in America. (full context)
Part 1 Chapter 8
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...that he’s discovered Mr. Ratchett’s real name: Cassetti, the man responsible for the murder of Daisy Armstrong. Two respected and wealthy Americans, Colonel Armstrong and his wife Sonia, had a daughter... (full context)
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Although her parents paid the ransom, Daisy was found dead a little while afterwards. The discovery broke the young couple. Mrs. Armstrong... (full context)
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Poirot also mentions a French or Swiss nursemaid to Daisy Armstrong. After the kidnapping, the police questioned her so harshly that she too committed suicide.... (full context)
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The authorities located the leader of the gang who kidnapped Daisy, a man named Cassetti. His guilt was certain. As Poirot remarks, “Cassetti was the man.”... (full context)
Part 2 Chapter 3
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...although he’s too mannered to say so until Poirot reveals that Ratchett was responsible for Daisy Armstrong’s kidnapping. At this point, “The valet's tone held positive warmth and feeling for the... (full context)
Part 2 Chapter 5
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...financial investments in schools and hospitals. When informed that Ratchett was the man who killed Daisy Armstrong, Greta becomes emotional and leaves with her “eyes suffused with tears.” (full context)
Part 2 Chapter 7
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...been taken for an Englishman.” Poirot reveals to him that Ratchett was the murderer of Daisy Armstrong, but his response is muted. The Count has, however, been to America, which he... (full context)
Part 2 Chapter 8
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...nudges him towards the correct man. When informed that Ratchett was the man who kidnapped Daisy, Colonel Arbuthnot approves of his death, but he would have preferred that it happen lawfully,... (full context)
Part 3 Chapter 3
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...the police rather than Ratchett. The only genuine letter was the half-burnt one that mentioned Daisy Armstrong. (full context)
Part 3 Chapter 4
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...help to fill out the details of the Armstrong household. She confirms for him that Daisy had a French nursemaid named Susanne and a nurse named Stengelberg. She also volunteers someone... (full context)
Part 3 Chapter 6
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Finding little cooperation, Poirot ventures that Ms. Debenham was Daisy Armstrong’s governess at the time of the kidnapping, after there was “a minute’s dead silence.”... (full context)
Part 3 Chapter 7
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...confronts her with the information that she lived with the Armstrongs at the time of Daisy’s murder. Mary flinches before recovering and admitting the lie. (full context)
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...Debenham’s former occupation. Poirot had already suspected Ms. Debenham’s position when questioning the Countess about Daisy’s governess. The Countess described someone the opposite of Ms. Debenham, and when she was forced... (full context)
Part 3 Chapter 8
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...do with it. At this, Antonio sinks into grief, remembering the sweetness and innocence of Daisy Armstrong. He exclaims that “All the household worshipped her!” (full context)
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Antonio sulks off and Poirot summons Greta Ohlsson, who immediately admits that she was Daisy’s nurse. Greta also mourns Daisy, calling her an “angel” and insisting to Poirot that “You... (full context)
Part 3 Chapter 9
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...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 the murder. (full context)