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As many of Agatha Christie's books are located in villages, there are many pass- ing references to rural folk customs, especially occult death-rites like animal sacri- fices. However, one of the 'rules' of the Golden Age s to s of detective fiction dictated that the crimes could not be committed by any supernatural or preter- natural agencies.
The Pale Horse was published in , long after the Golden Age. In the novel, The Pale Horse is the name of a village inn inhabited by three middle-aged women who are locally reputed to practise witchcraft. The Pale Horse is also rumoured to be part of a professional organisation which can kill people through black magic if a client pays for it. The plot seems to insist that the reader believe in the efficacy of witchcraft as a means of committing murder.
This belief is alien to the rational English mindset and to the logical cause-and- effect structure of detective fiction. This novel does not have any of the popular Christie serial detectives - Hercule Poirot or Jane Marple. So the detective-shaman connection is not so evident initially. The action is narrated in the most part by Mark Easterbrook, a young historian re- searching on "certain aspects of Mogul architecture".
Exposure to Oriental history makes him more willing to accept the effect and impact of folk customs than the stereotyped cynical educated British mindset, voiced by Hermia Radcliffe, who dismissively says, "One could really write a series of very amusing articles on it all.
But Christie deliberately emphasises Mark's perspective and marginlises Hermia's. In the initial chapters a sense of sinister danger is created through Mark's narra- tive - a sense of a world of lurking elemental forces beyond ordinary man's control or ken: "a dangerous world - that was it, a dangerous world".
The first murder recorded in the text is that of Father Gorman, a Catholic priest. The police are baffled by the murder as well as by the list of names which the priest was carrying - a random list of people who have recently died from seemingly natural causes. The reassurances of organised religion and civilised society seem to fail in the face of some as-yet un- known supernatural power.
The action shifts back and forth between London and the countryside, again enabling Christie to juxtapose multiple perspectives. In "good occidental sceptical" London, rural British traditions of witchcraft and exotic African and West Indian black magic customs like voodoo are merely topics of discussion, and are therefore open to ratiocination as opposed to villages or pagan lands, where these rituals are per- formed as an act of faith.
Ariadne Oliver, the narrator's novelist friend, says, "Queer things do happen…. People are always telling you so. How natives just curl up and die.
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Voodoo - or juju. Corrigan, tries to explain such phenomena in terms of parapsychology - the power of suggestion.
They do not believe in it, but neither do they dismiss it. This is in stark contrast to the three women in the countryside inn Christie alludes to the three witches of Macbeth.
Thyrza Grey claims to have inherited occult powers like second sight from her Scottish forefathers. One of her medieval Irish ancestors was burned at the stake as a witch.
Witch burning was common in Europe during the Middle Ages and was covertly supported by the Church to wipe out pagan folk practices.
Makbul Islam Folklore and Folkloristics Vol - 1; No - 1 June It is interesting to note the segregation of folk customs among these three women with sinister reputations. The more exotic tribal and oriental ones are linked to Sybil, who appears to be the most meretricious and spurious.
She wears saris and talks about yoga, automatic writing and Haitian folk customs, all in quick succession. She elabo- rates on Haiti, where voodoo is still prevalent, "Their death dances are wonderful.
All the panoply of death, skulls and cross bones, and the tools of a gravedigger, spade, pick and hoe. They dress up as undertakers' mutes, top hats, black clothes - The Grand Master is Baron Samedi, and the Legba is the god he invokes, the god who removes the barrier. You send the dead forth - to cause death.
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She is also a medium, acting as a vehicle for metapsychic phenomena. Paranormal phenomena like mediumism can be traced back to primitive practices like animism and shamanism.
Their maid, Bella, represents the Old English tradition of the local village witch. She recites incomprehensible death spells and performs a macabre sacri- fice of a white cockerel. The cock is sacred in Classical as well as Gothic mytholo- gies, because it gives notice of the rising sun.
Killing the divine animal was a com- mon tradition in primitive hunting and pastoral tribes. In the text, the glove of the intended victim is dipped in this cockerel-blood in a ritual of pseudo-murder. Thyrza Gray, on the other hand, claims to use parapsychology and science as her weapons of murder.
Parapsychology attempts to measure the occult and to satisfy scientific criteria by using instruments and repeated experiments. Pioneered by Joseph Banks Rhine in , it is here used by Thyrza to explain how the latent sub-con- scious death-wish in a person may be stimulated to induce real illnesses which can cause that person to die. She claims to do so through radiation emitted by a box-like machine.
Here Christie references The Box - "a piece of pseudo-scientific hocus- pocus fashionable in the West Country in the s". Thyrza proclaims the power of ritual: "a pattern of words and phrases sanctified by time and usage has an effect on the human spirit".
There is "old magic and the new. Later, he contacts the police to say that he has seen this same man in a wheelchair: it is Venables. When he learns that Venables suffered from polio and is incapable of standing due to atrophy of the legs, Osborne is nonetheless certain of his identification and begins to suggest ways that Venables could have faked his own disability.
When Mark's girlfriend Hermia does not take his growing fears seriously, he becomes disaffected with her. He does, however, receive support from Ariadne Oliver , and from a vicar's wife Mrs Dane Calthrop who desires him to stop whatever evil may be taking place.
He also makes an ally of Ginger Corrigan, a girl whom he has met in the area, and who successfully draws Poppy out about the Pale Horse organisation. She obtains from her an address in Birmingham where he meets Mr Bradley, a disbarred lawyer who outlines to him the means by which the Pale Horse functions without breaking the law, i.
Bradley bets that someone will die within a certain period of time and the client bets otherwise. If the person in question does die within a certain period of time, then the client must pay or else one client who refused fell in front of an oncoming train and was killed. With the agreement of Inspector Lejeune and the co-operation of Ginger, Mark agrees to solicit the murder of his first wife, who will be played by Ginger.
At a ritual of some kind at the Pale Horse, Mark witnesses Thyrza apparently channel a malignant spirit through an electrical apparatus. Shortly afterwards, Ginger falls ill and begins to decline rapidly. When Mrs Brandon is interviewed, she reveals that both she and Mrs Davis worked for the organisation, which surveyed targeted people about what foods, cosmetics, and proprietary medicines they used. Mrs Oliver now contacts Mark with a key connection that she has made: another victim of the Pale Horse Mary Delafontaine has lost her hair during her illness.
The same thing happened to Lady Hesketh-Dubois, and Thomasina's hair was easily pulled out during the fight. Moreover, Ginger has begun to shed her own hair. Mark recognises that these are symptoms, not of satanic assassination of some sort, but of thallium poisoning. At the end of the novel it is revealed that Osborne has been the brains behind the Pale Horse organisation; the black magic element was entirely a piece of misdirection on his part, while the murders were really committed by replacing products the victims had named in the CRC survey with poisoned ones.
Osborne's clumsy attempt to implicate Venables was his final mistake. After Osborne's arrest, Mark and Ginger, who is recovering, become engaged. And not only does she never stop, but she drops the ball into the cup nearly every time; and if one is sometimes reminded of those automatic machines where one pulls a handle and out pops the finished product, that is a compliment to the automatic machine and not by any means a reflection on Mrs Christie.
For the latest tug on the Christie handle produces a product which is not only up to the standard but even above it. The Pale Horse is in fact the best sample from this particular factory for some time, and that is saying plenty. The black magic theme is handled in a masterly and sinister fashion, and to give away what lay behind it would be unforgivable. This is a book which nobody repeat, nobody should miss.
Plot concerns a Murder-Inc. Also makes use of 'The Box,' a piece of pseudo-scientific hocus-pocus fashionable in the West Country in the 'fifties one of the things which drove Waugh to the verge of lunacy, as narrated in Pinfold. In addition to Ariadne Oliver, Major Despard and his wife Rhoda who met and fell in love in Cards on the Table also participate in the plot. Mrs Dane Calthrop from The Moving Finger also reappears in approximately the same role as she played in that book: the rational but devoted Christian who wants the evil stopped.
Mrs Oliver is apprehensive of attending a fete, for reasons that will be apparent to readers of her previous appearance in a Christie novel: Dead Man's Folly.
Mrs Lancaster from By the Pricking of My Thumbs may have been mentioned in a conversation, when one of the characters, David Ardingly, mentions how he met an old lady in a mental home who says exactly the same phrase which chilled Tuppence to the bone, and which had a similar effect on Ardingly.
Mrs Lancaster mentioned "ten past eleven", though, while Ardingly's recollection placed the mentioned time at " References in actual history[ edit ] This novel is notable among Christie's books as it is credited with having saved at least two lives after readers recognised the symptoms of thallium poisoning from its description in the book.
In , Christie received a letter from a woman in Latin America who recognised the symptoms of thallium poisoning, thus saving a woman from slow poisoning by her husband.
In , a month-old infant from Qatar was suffering from a mysterious illness.
After the baby was flown to London, Marsha Maitland, a nurse who had been reading The Pale Horse correctly suggested that the baby was suffering from thallium poisoning.
A doctor conferring with Scotland Yard had read The Pale Horse and realised that the mysterious "Bovingdon bug" the deaths occurred in a factory in Bovingdon, England was in fact thallium poisoning.Moreover, Ginger has begun to shed her own hair. Mrs McGinty's Dead. The detective novel has often been compared to the folk-myth.
Murder methods: There are over castes and ethnic groups in Nepal and more than 80 percent of total population speak Indo-Aryan languages while a large number of lesser known lan- guages belong to Tibeto-Burman family. She elabo- rates on Haiti, where voodoo is still prevalent, "Their death dances are wonderful.