Será que Hercule Poirot foi inspirado em alguém que realmente existiu ? Matéria do The Telegraph de 12.05.2014 aventa esta possibilidade:
The inspiration behind Hercule Poirot remains one of crime fiction’s great mysteries.
But now a researcher is claiming he has uncovered the identity of a Belgian gendarme who may have inspired Agatha Christie’s famous sleuth.
Little known policeman Jacques Hornais met the author after fleeing his native country for Britain in the face of advancing German troops in 1914, just like the fictional character.
Christie introduced the legendary sleuth in her 1920 novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, and he went on to “exercise his little grey cells” in 33 novels.
The author never revealed any particular person as her inspiration but researcher Michael Clapp believes the evidence points to Hornias as the real-life Poirot.
He has unearthed new details of a meeting between Hornais and Christie, when she played the piano for him in her home town of Torquay.
Hornais, 57, and his son Lucian, 17, had travelled to Exeter, Devon, to meet Michael’s grandmother, a local volunteer called Alice Graham Clapp, who logged their names in her diary.
Mrs Clapp, a married mother-of-four, helped about 500 Belgians find accommodation in Britain during the Great War and was later honoured by the Belgian government.
She was involved in wartime fundraising events, hosting one at the home of a friend, Mrs Potts-Chatto, who was putting up Hornais and his son at her house in Torquay.
Newspaper records reveal that locals laid on entertainment at the soiree on January 6, 1915, with a 24-year-old Agatha Christie playing the piano for the Belgian guests.
The best-selling writer later claimed she “found” the characters for The Mysterious Affair at Styles while travelling around Torquay.
Character Emily Inglethorp’s poisoning is solved by the enigmatic Poirot, a famous Belgian detective displaced by the war to England who bears similar traits to Hornais.
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O Mail Online também fala a respeito:
‘Jacques Hornais’ – now revealed as Jacques Hamoir – fled his country in the face of advancing German troops in 1914, and made his way to England, just as the fictional character did.
The 57-year-old and his son Lucian, 17, travelled to Exeter, Devon, to meet local volunteer called Alice Graham Clapp, who logged their names in her diary.