Hildegarde is a German lady’s maid working for Princess Dragomiroff. In his interview with her, Poirot speaks German to put her at ease and baits her by complimenting her cooking, which is beyond the responsibilities of her current position as a lady’s maid. It is later revealed that she was the chef for the Armstrong household at the time of Daisy’s kidnapping.
Hildegarde Schmidt Character Timeline in Murder on the Orient Express
The timeline below shows where the character Hildegarde Schmidt appears in Murder on the Orient Express. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2 Chapter 12
Part 2 Chapter 13
...or indirectly 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... (full context)
...will be found in one of the male passengers’ luggage and the conductor’s uniform in Hildegarde Schmidt’s luggage. As they’re wrapping up, Mrs. Hubbard bursts in screaming about a bloody knife... (full context)
Part 2 Chapter 15
Part 3 Chapter 2
...Bouc narrows it down to Mrs. Hubbard, Mary Debenham (whose middle name is Hermione), and Hildegarde Schmidt. To this, Poirot responds, “Ah! And of those three?” Dr. Constantine notes that it... (full context)
Part 3 Chapter 9
...namely Countess Andrenyi. The Count Andrenyi took her “place” and stabbed Ratchett. Poirot further identifies Hildegarde Schmidt as the Armstrongs’ former cook and Mr. Hardman as the lover of Susanne, Daisy’s... (full context)