The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Flora Ackroyd Character Analysis

The beautiful young niece of Roger Ackroyd, fiancé of Ralph Paton, and daughter of Mrs. Ackroyd, Flora Ackroyd is considered a suspect in Roger’s murder for several reasons. She depended on Roger for money, and never had enough of it; furthermore, she claims to have been the last person to see Roger Ackroyd before his death.

Flora Ackroyd Quotes in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

The The Murder of Roger Ackroyd quotes below are all either spoken by Flora Ackroyd or refer to Flora Ackroyd. 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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Chapter 19 Quotes

Blunt ignored my well-meant offers. He spoke to Poirot. “D’you really think—” he began, and stopped.
He is one of those inarticulate men who find it hard to put things into words.
Poirot knows no such disability. “If you doubt me, ask her yourself, monsieur.”

Related Characters: Hercule Poirot (“Mr. Porrot”) (speaker), Major Hector Blunt (speaker), Flora Ackroyd
Page Number: 220
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Chapter 25 Quotes

“A person who was at the Three Boars earlier that day, a person who knew Ackroyd well enough to know that he had purchased a dictaphone, a person who was of a mechanical turn of mind, who had the opportunity to take the dagger from the silver table before Miss Flora arrived, who had with him a receptacle suitable for hiding the dictaphone—such as a black bag—and who had the study to himself for a few minutes after the crime was discovered while Parker was telephoning for the police. In fact—Dr. Sheppard!”

Related Characters: Hercule Poirot (“Mr. Porrot”) (speaker), Dr. James Sheppard, Roger Ackroyd, Flora Ackroyd
Page Number: 278
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Flora Ackroyd Character Timeline in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

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Chapter 3: The Man Who Grew Vegetable Marrows
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...such information. Caroline also tells her brother that Ralph has probably been spending time with Flora Ackroyd, his “cousin” (though they’re not biologically related). Caroline adds that Ralph and Flora may... (full context)
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...tells Dr. Sheppard that she’s just seen Roger Ackroyd, who told her that Ralph and Flora are engaged. Caroline told Roger that Ralph was in town, and Roger seemed surprised. She... (full context)
Chapter 4: Dinner at Fernly
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A moment later, Flora Ackroyd enters. She’s a beautiful young woman, though many people dislike her. Flora proudly shows... (full context)
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At dinner, Dr. Sheppard sits next to Mrs. Ackroyd and Flora Ackroyd. Dinner is tense, and Roger Ackroyd seems depressed. After dinner, Roger leads Dr. Sheppard... (full context)
Chapter 5: Murder
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...house, and that Ackroyd must have been alive at 9:30. Parker adds that Roger saw Flora around 9:50—she told Parker, who was bringing whisky to the study, that Roger didn’t want... (full context)
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...through the main hall or through a window. Then, the inspector asks to speak with Flora Ackroyd. Raymond goes to summon her, with instructions not to tell her that her uncle... (full context)
Chapter 6: The Tunisian Dagger
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Dr. Sheppard has just brought Flora Ackroyd to her room. Coming downstairs, he speaks to the inspector. The inspector asks for... (full context)
Chapter 7: I Learn My Neighbor’s Profession
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...morning Dr. Sheppard goes to work, and returns in the afternoon. Caroline informs him that Flora Ackroyd wants to see him. Flora explains that Sheppard’s neighbor is Hercule Poirot, the famous... (full context)
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Dr. Sheppard and Flora go to visit Hercule Poirot. Poirot has heard about the murder, and offers his services... (full context)
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...what he knows about the case. Sheppard explains the events of the previous night and—with Flora’s prompting—his visit to the Three Boars. Sheppard claims that he visited because he wanted to... (full context)
Chapter 8: Inspector Raglan Is Confident
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...room with Mr. Raymond; Mrs. Ackroyd was there, too, and went to sleep around 9:55. Flora Ackroyd was seen walking from Ackroyd’s room to her bedroom. Miss Russell was upstairs after... (full context)
Chapter 9: The Goldfish Pond
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Poirot and Dr. Sheppard then walk to a small goldfish pond. There, they notice Flora and Major Blunt. Flora asks if Blunt will be going on any expeditions, and Blunt... (full context)
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 Poirot and Dr. Sheppard emerge from where they’ve been eavesdropping, and greet Flora and Major Blunt. Poirot asks Blunt to tell him when he last saw Roger Ackroyd.... (full context)
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Poirot next asks Flora about the dagger, and she insists that, when she looked at the silver table with... (full context)
Chapter 10: The Parlormaid
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Inside the house, Dr. Sheppard, Poirot, Flora, and Major Blunt meet Mr. Hammond, who’s been speaking with Mrs. Ackroyd. Mrs. Ackroyd tells... (full context)
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...that everything points to Ralph’s guilt—however, he intends to follow through on his promise to Flora to “leave no stone unturned.” (full context)
Chapter 12: Round the Table
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...the “family.” Later that day, they meet in the Ackroyd house with Raymond, Mrs. Ackroyd, Flora, and Major Blunt. Poirot first asks Flora to disclose Ralph’s location if she’s knows it,... (full context)
Chapter 13: The Goose Quill
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...stranger went to the summerhouse, and Poirot points out that Mrs. Ackroyd said she’d brought Flora from Canada. Poirot next brings up the parlormaid’s dismissal, pointing out that it doesn’t take... (full context)
Chapter 14: Mrs. Ackroyd
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...Mrs. Ackroyd continues to complain—first about how Poirot has “bullied” her, and then about how Flora should have consulted her before hiring Poirot. She brings up Dr. Sheppard’s conversation with Ursula,... (full context)
Chapter 15: Geoffrey Raymond
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At Fernly, Poirot and Sheppard greet Flora, and Poirot tells her that they’re going to test Parker’s innocence. Poirot then greets Parker... (full context)
Chapter 16: An Evening at Mah Jong
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...they play, Carter mentions that he’s heard rumors of blackmail. Miss Gannett says she saw Flora Ackroyd in the morning—and she was with another man, though Gannett doesn’t name him. (full context)
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Miss Gannett points out that Flora has been fortunate. She was the last person to see Roger Ackroyd alive, and Gannett... (full context)
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...then guess that Roger was secretly married to Mrs. Ferrars, that Ralph was married to Flora, or that Roger was married to Miss Russell. But then Caroline suggests that Geoffrey Raymond... (full context)
Chapter 17: Parker
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...to see the dentist. Caroline goes on to tell Poirot, very excitedly, that she believes Flora to have killed Roger Ackroyd. Parker never heard Roger say goodnight—suggesting Flora killed him and... (full context)
Chapter 19: Flora Ackroyd
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...Kent yet—he may have had something to do with the murder. Poirot then suggests that Flora may have been the one who stole the money from Roger Ackroyd’s desk. When she... (full context)
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Inspector Raglan, Dr. Sheppard, and Poirot agree to speak to Flora. At Fernly, they find Flora with Major Hector Blunt. Flora asks Blunt to stay for... (full context)
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Major Blunt tells Raglan that Roger gave him the forty pounds, and that Flora never touched it—and he’s prepared to say as much before a judge. Poirot tells Blunt... (full context)
Chapter 21: The Paragraph in the Paper
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...he asks Sheppard to come to his house that evening, and to invite Major Blunt, Flora, Raymond, and Mrs. Ackroyd. (full context)
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...the Ackroyd house to invite everyone. Inside, he finds Mrs. Ackroyd, who tells her that Flora has just gotten engaged to Major Blunt. She notes how Flora confessed having stolen money... (full context)
Chapter 22: Ursula’s Story
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...marriage to Roger—however, he fell deeper into debt instead, and Roger instructed him to marry Flora. Unwilling to push back, Ralph agreed. He saw marrying Flora as a business deal, designed... (full context)
Chapter 23: Poirot’s Little Reunion
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...Poirot introduces them to Ursula, explaining that she’s Ralph Paton’s wife. Mrs. Ackroyd is surprised. Flora tells Ursula not to worry, adding that she wishes Ralph had told her his secret.... (full context)
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...his throat, signaling for everyone to sit down. Everyone is here: John Parker, Mrs. Ackroyd, Flora Ackroyd, Raymond, Ursula Bourne, Hector Blunt, and Elizabeth Russell. Poirot points out that every single... (full context)
Chapter 25: The Whole Truth
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...steal Ralph’s shoes. He also must have had an opportunity to steal the dagger after Flora Ackroyd examined the silver table. The murderer must have been mechanically minded, must have known... (full context)