Too Hungry For Words

I’ve been on an Agatha Christie binge immersed in her classic, uncluttered prose.

Simple language, yet working your imagination as if her hero, Hercule Poirot, and you, were one.

She really ignites your wanderlust since, After Death on the Nile, I’m dying to put a mosquito net around my bed, not to mention locating a camel I could take a spin on. Yes, good writing does that, it influences right down to that silk chemise worn under a chic custom-made safari jacket fitted tight around the waist perfect for the Orient Express, which brings me to…

Peckish, a word she uses often when Monsieur Poirot gets cranky because he simply needs a snack.

Never hearing it before, naturally looked it up.

A British adjective meaning, just plain hungry.

Instead of saying, hey, I’m starved, one could say, at least across the Channel, I am absolutely peckish. Or your comrade can remark, gee, maybe we should eat, since you’re looking rather peckish suddenly.

Does Camilla ever say that to Prince Charles I wonder…Da-ling, you’re looking a bit peckish this morning but do give us a kiss….

pale, wan, weak, you know—peckish. 

To be ravenous, empty, hollow and faint. Famished, aching, unfilled and my personal favorite—able to eat a horse.

Now that’s what I call hungry.

Oh Agatha, you really are something.   




About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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17 Responses to Too Hungry For Words

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, Christie is my absolute favorite author. I’ve read every one of her novels and short stories, most four or five times. I began in my early teens and pronounced her first name with the emphasis on the second syllable, not having ever heard it. Now you’ve got me yearning to start another round of rereading!
    One of my little chuckles is when she refers to a spinster as ‘an old pussy’.
    As for peckish, I’ve always thought it meant a bit irritable, but never associated it with hunger. Thanks for setting me straight.

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  2. I’ve never read any of her books. I’ll have to put her on my list along with a cookie so I don’t get peckish while reading!

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  3. robprice59 says:

    “Peckish” is common parlance this side of the big pond. Maeve bought a box set of Margaret Rutherford, as Miss Marple, DVDs last week and has been glued to the screen ever since. Brutal, premeditated murder but all so twee and quaint: go figure!

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  4. Have never read her books, though I admire her writing. I have never seen “Murder on the Orient Express” though I fancy it to be a good, classic bit of film. I began one of her books and her style, though eloquent, did not hold my attention. E R Burroughs, “A Princess of Mars,” is much more to my classic liking.
    Very good post. Enjoyed it a lot – just ate, so not so peckish.

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  5. Patricia says:

    Never read any of Agatha’s books. I read mostly what is on the current best sellers list. When I find an author I really like I try to catch up with their older books. Some many books so little time.

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  6. I’m going to throw “peckish” at my daughter, who could easily be the murderer in an Agatha book when she’s hungry.
    It sounds like you’re enjoying this series. Love that you love to get lost in the pages.

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