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Parker Pyne is a character written by Agatha Christie that doesn't get much discussion or attention and is often eclipsed by Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, Christie's two main prominent characters. Anyways one of my favorite stories from the Parker Pyne series is the short story The Case of The Middle-Aged Wife. I remmeber seeing the adaptation based on the book as well which was included in The Agatha Christie Hour series from the 80's. There is one thing from the story which I question and often wonder about. Claude Luttrell, is sent from Parker Pyne to help Mrs. Packington gain back the attention of her husband. Near the end of the story when Mrs. Packington questions whether Claude is a gigolo and they both confront each other at her place where he says, "I had my orders to take you about, to amuse you, to make love to you, to make you forget your husband. That was my job. A despicable one, eh?" Wait a second . . . . did he really say make love to you? Did Claude Luttrell really mean what I think he meant? Did he and Mrs. Packington really . . . .do it (to say it in polite terms)? I mean that's what making love means but is that what Claude really mean?
What do you think? I would like to hear your opinions.