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Miss Marple's Side-kick

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  • taliavishay-arbeltaliavishay-arbel ✭✭✭✭
    edited March 12
    Tommy, what makes you think she is going to marry Cedric? In the book it is not spelled out, but the book ends with Miss Marple indicating that she knows. Since Lucy came to MM, depressed, and finally told her the reason - that she realized Brian was on the fatal train - I feel at that point she was in love with him. (By the way, the movies all give her different endings, only one of them with Brian and none with Cedric)
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭

    Brian is too much of a Push over for Lucy whereas Cedric needs taming but he has his own lifestyle which will fit Lucy's independent desire to be a Perepetetic help, a one-woman Employment agency, Brian would want her to give up work to look after his son which wouldn't suit Lucy at all.


  • Dr.SheppardDr.Sheppard Oxford, UK ✭✭✭
    It is definitely not going to be Cedrick. He is described as a 'bohemian painter and lover of women'. Lucy would want the man she loves to love only her in return, not share him with anyone else. I'm sure we could find another character for Lucy within the novels.
  • Dr.SheppardDr.Sheppard Oxford, UK ✭✭✭
    The ideal side-kick for Miss Marple must be Raymond West. As we know he helped Miss Marple quite successfully in a number of novels, albeit very superficially in some of them. However, he can drive the pair to locations and he has funds to pay for their exploits and most important of all, they get along together.
  • taliavishay-arbeltaliavishay-arbel ✭✭✭✭
    edited March 14
    This discussion is getting really interesting! First, as to the "who Lucy will marry" - Brian doesn't need Lucy to take care of his son - the son goes to boarding school (That's where he met Martine's son). @Tommy, you have a point about Brian being rather tame, But I think go-getter Lucy might get along well with him - she would manage him without his feeling she was running him, and with her advice he could do well. (MM mentions a man whom he resembles, who made wrong decisions and unfortunatly didn't listen to his wife's advice - but Lucy has shown her tact in managing people). My feeling is that Cedric isn't interested in marrying Lucy (remember, he is the only male of the family that doesn't make her any kind of proposal) and I doubt he could stand her tidiness, or she his untidiness.

    About Raymond as a sidekick - in the books he doesn't quite fit the role - he is opinionated, patronizing and totally without human insight. Interestingly enough, in the Joan Hickson version of "Nemesis", he is MM's side-kick. After being thrown out of the house by his wife he moves in with MM, and when she goes on the quest he comes along as her companion. The penultimate scene where he finds Michael Rafiel is one of the most moving moments in the whole series.
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭
    Ideally Lucy should end up with Craddock and that would have meant they could have a Duo Detective set up, I don't think Raymond should be a side-kick for Miss Marple, as he is too Patronizing and Opinionated.
  • @Tommy_A_Jones, I agree about Raymond. I made a mistake above - the nephew in the movie version of "Nemesis" is called Lionel, he is not Raymond but an introduced character. As for Lucy - Again, in the new version she does end up with Craddock - so the scriptwriter agreed with you. My feeling is that a strong, efficient woman like Lucy (especially at a time that independent women were not so accepted) might well prefer an amiable, not dominant man, so that she could keep her independence. The Craddock of the books seems like a good guy, but there is no hint of a romance between them. Maybe there should have been - then AC could have written a Dermott-Lucy book!
  • Tommy_A_JonesTommy_A_Jones Gloucestershire, United Kingdom ✭✭✭✭✭
    Yes maybe there should have been, I liked Lawrence in The BBCs Nemesis, he wuld have been a good Side-kick.
  • Luke Luke ✭✭✭
    I'm not sure to be honest, Dolly is the most likely I think
  • MohanMohan Chennai Investigator
    I always thought Lucy was a bit too good to be true.  While she was entertaining as a character I like to think that Christie herself thought that the ultra-efficient paragon of housekeeping Lucy wasn't really ''safe'' as a recurring character or as a side-kick.  Getting married to Brian or Cedric wouldn't have mattered had Christie really wanted Lucy to make a comeback.  The fact is that she, Lucy, didn't which sort of shows what Christie really thought of the former!
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