By Agatha Christie
Good Elspeth McGillicuddy isn't really given to hallucinations. until eventually she forums the Paddington Station teach and turns into a witness to an obvious homicide. Or did she? nobody believes her yet her friend-the indomitable sleuth pass over Jane Marple.
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I am told that it is the same if one goes to the theatre. This must surely be in accordance with what people wish and are prepared to see. Why not? Display of what is sexually alluring may give pleasure, especially to those who have not found a regular manner of sufficient sexual satisfaction. It strikes me that this tendency to publicise and implicitly stress the importance of sexual allurement is very illmannered to ugly people. I would go further and express my MORALS AND MANNERS 55 belief that age-old traditional codes of reticence in relation to sexy matters have been built up as a form of politeness to the ugly.
Without them it would be much more expensive to maintain the law, and even impossible. Of course there may be periods of very bad government with laws in operation widely deemed to be detrimental, when the citizens decide that their duty to obey the government lapses. This is traditional liberal doctrine. If there is a widespread refusal to obey any longer, then there will be some upheaval, some breakdown of the system of government as it is at the moment, in fine a revolution, whether bloodless or violent.
There is now the feeling that in early extra-conjugal relations, it is seemly that there should be some sense of affinity, not amounting to love in the full 54 SOCIOLOGY, MORALS AND MYSTERY and proper meaning, but sufficient to enable the partner to kid himself with the idea that he was a little bit in love. Of course, if we look at the matter in terms of the summation of pleasure, it may be that there are many, including superior persons, who get more satisfaction from plunging into a carnal act and concentrating on that, without having to have their heads bothered by the irrelevant idea of being a little bit in love.
4:50 From Paddington (Miss Marple Mysteries, Book 8) by Agatha Christie