Wordsmitten Wednesday: Appointment With Death


“So clever of women to go into public life and hold their own. I’m always so glad when a woman accomplishes something!”

“Why?” demanded Sarah ferociously.

Miss Pierce’s mouth fell open and she stammered a little.

“Oh, because–I mean–just because–well–it’s so nice when women are able to do things!”

“I don’t agree,” said Sarah. “It’s nice when any human being is able to accomplish something worth while! It doesn’t matter a bit whether it’s a man or a woman. Why should it?”

“Well, of course–” said Miss Pierce. “Yes–I confess–of course, looking at it in that light–”

But she looked slightly wistful, Sarah said more gently: “I’m sorry, but I do hate this differentiation between the sexes. ‘The modern girl has a thoroughly businesslike attitude to life!’ That sort of thing. It’s not a bit true! Some girls are businesslike and some aren’t. Some men are sentimental and muddle-headed, others are clear-headed and logical. There are just different types of brains. Sex only matters where sex is directly concerned.”

– Agatha Christie, Appointment With Death

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