mercoledì 14 settembre 2016
SIMENON SIMENON. “DEATH IN A DEPARTMENT STORE” ENDS “THE LITTLE DOCTOR” COLLECTION
A final comparison of Doctor and Chief Inspector
SIMENON “L’AMOUREUX AUX PANTOUFLES” TERMINE LE RECUEIL “LE PETIT DOCTEUR”
Une comparaison finale entre le docteur et le commissaire Maigret
SIMENON SIMENON. "L'INNAMORATO IN PANTOFOLE"CONCLUDE LA RACCOLTA "LE PETIT DOCTEUR"
Un confronto finale tra il dottor Dollent e il commissario Maigret
A shopper, sitting in a department store every day, tries on slippers for a week until, all of a sudden, he’s dead, shot through the chest, in broad daylight, without a sound. Doctor solves the crime through simple observation and extensive intuition. Having saved the best for the last, Simenon makes it time to compare detectives and . They had seemed similar at first, but upon rereading the series, I found many more contrasts, with just two similarities being big ones
1) method is more intuitive than deductive. Learning about his “peculiar talent for untangling the simple human truth from the most apparently complicated stories” and “the way he observes and understands small, seemingly insignificant details,” evokes the Chief Inspector. also “followed his method. He was logical right up to the end. He put himself in the skin of each character.”
2) also drinks considerable amounts of alcohol, night and day, moderate to heavy. Although he jokes about it (“Drunks exist solely because the only remedy for a hangover is to drink again.”) and it seems to occur mostly when he gets challenged, frustrated, or upset, it “happens that each time he plunged into an investigation, The Little Doctor drank to excess.” (See #2 in differences below).
Several more similarities appear in trace amounts:
1) really likes food.
2) He sometimes goes into trances.
3) He sometimes forgives criminals.
4) He has a loyal female supporter and takes her for granted.
5) He applies medical science to crime investigation about as often as .
But his differences are prominent:
1) is a very little man. “They affectionately called him The Little Doctor as much because of his small size as his kindliness and simplicity.”
2) He restricts alcohol consumption to criminal investigations, stating specifically: “I never drink… …except during my investigations.” This is definitely not .
3) He never smokes a pipe, only cigarettes.
4) He is unmarried but obviously much more interested in women than . Indeed, “he falls in love once a month.”
5) He loves publicity; hates it. With the press, “played humble, but he was very pleased.” When photographed, “he looked down in false modesty.”
6) His housekeeper is independent, unlike Madame . Outspoken Anna “doubts his detective skills” and “ridicules” him about “certain talents she despises.”
7) He is aggressive. He lies, flatters, seduces, bribes, and blackmails. Not so .
8) Although a Mender of Destinies as well, he “exalts the way he can gently and subtly juggle people’s destinies.” This is not .
9) He “delights in sitting in the liner’s lap of luxury, schmoozing with high society, sipping fine whiskey, smoking fancy cigars, and dining first-class.” is never comfortable in such settings.
David P Simmons
Pubblicato da Maurizio Testa a 01:04