been re-listening to the Poirot books on tape since I’ve been driving a lot recently, and there are a lot more times than I remembered where Poirot is openly ogling twinks

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in where Poirot is too distracted by a hunk‘s hot body to find out what’s wrong with his car

@jimpjorps “A Greek god” lets you just imagine your favorite one. This is a choose your own adventure bear/twink smut.

@jimpjorps *clears throat* GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYY

@jimpjorps I don't know enough about the literature of the period. Do you think he was being coded as gay in a way that readers were expected to understand? Or were some of these things not considered to be relevant to sexuality? My impression is that some old writing considers a certain appreciation of male beauty perfectly normal and heterosexual even though we wouldn't now.

@anne I'm not sure if he was supposed to be out-and-out read as gay, but he's definitely actively written as a contrast to traditional English masculinity; there's a lot of stories where him noticing something that would be thought of as domestic or feminine or taboo is the key to the case

@jimpjorps That I definitely noticed but I sort of thought he was just supposed to seem fussy and European - unsettling enough to Christie's other characters. (And I have to admit my mental picture of him is shaped by David Suchet.) Your example makes me wonder, though, particularly as it's not alone...

@anne there's one or two places where he's contrasted as more palatable and understandable to the English to more explicitly gay-coded characters, like Mr. Shaitana in Cards on the Table, so my feeling is that Christie didn't necessarily intend for him to be seen as outright gay, just a man with an unusual love for the aesthetic

@jimpjorps *likes Poirot* *is definitely a rat in spectacles* Hrm.

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