Pierre is a veteran French conductor for the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits, working on the Paris-Calais car of the Orient Express. The investigators see Pierre as a dependable, honorable man, but not as one “remarkable for brains.” Thus, he appears to be incapable of deception, much less murder. However, suspicion falls on Pierre when a button from a Wagons-Lit uniform is found in Ratchett’s compartment. He’s connected to the Armstrong case through his daughter, a nursemaid for Daisy Armstrong, who later committed suicide after the police scrutinized her for Daisy’s kidnapping.
Pierre Michel Character Timeline in Murder on the Orient Express
The timeline below shows where the character Pierre Michel appears in Murder on the Orient Express. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1 Chapter 4
...groan and notices that the train is stopped. Peering into the hallway, he sees the conductor (Pierre Michel) check in on Ratchett and a voice responds in French that everything is... (full context)
Part 1 Chapter 5
Part 2 Chapter 1
...Arbuthnot late into the night. After making up MacQueen’s cabin, Pierre Michel talked with another conductor in the adjacent train car until he was summoned by Mrs. Hubbard. He attended to... (full context)
Part 2 Chapter 4
...trains…and all the outrages I’ve read of.” Soon, she gathered the courage to ring the conductor’s bell. After Pierre Michel turned on the lights, they found no one there, which “seemed... (full context)
...the investigators’ skepticism. But she offers a piece of evidence, a button from a train conductor’s uniform which she found near her bed, and is gratified when Poirot accepts it, saying... (full context)
Part 2 Chapter 6
Part 2 Chapter 9
Continuing with his story, Hardman describes how he kept watch all night, describing Pierre Michel’s movements just as Pierre told Poirot. He notes that no one else could have boarded... (full context)
Part 2 Chapter 12
Part 3 Chapter 9