22 June 2014

Taken at the Flood - Agatha Christie

"There is one thing I should like to know very much," Poirot mused. "Why is Rosaleen Cloade afraid? It is for her life that she is afraid... I think that this, " replied Poirot. "Rosaleen is twenty-six. She may live to be seventy. She may live longer still. Forty-four years, let us say. Don't you think, Superintendent, that forty-four years may be too long for someone to contemplate?" - from Taken at the Flood, by Agatha Christie

There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.

- from Julius Ceasar by William Shaespeare