"Miss Lemon: The trouble is, Mr Poirot, they just don’t understand the letters.
Hercule Poirot: Why not?
Miss Lemon: They’re Chinese, Mr. Poirot.
Hercule Poirot: The Bulldog Breed laundry is Chinese?
Miss Lemon: Yes, Mr Poirot.
Hercule Poirot: What is the world coming to Miss Lemon?
Miss Lemon: I’m sure I couldn’t say, Sir, but when the boy brings your laundry back, he brings the letters back too for me to explain to him.
Hercule Poirot: And you do.
Miss Lemon: No?
Hercule Poirot: Why not?
Miss Lemon: I don’t speak Chinese.
Hercule Poirot: So what do you say to him?
Miss Lemon: Well, I… I say “Him collar no vely good starchy.” I show him the collars and say it.
Hercule Poirot: Hastings my friend, you spent some years in China, did you not?
Captain Hastings: Oh absolutely. Fine fellows, fine fellows.
Hercule Poirot: Did you ever have any trouble with your laundry.
Captain Hastings: Yes I did as a matter of fact.
Hercule Poirot: And what did you say to them?
Captain Hastings: Well, I said “Him collar no vely good starchy.”
Miss Lemon: That’s where I got it from, Sir. I asked the Captain, knowing he’d been in the East.
Hercule Poirot: But Hastings, my collars they do not get any better.
Captain Hastings: No. Mine didn’t either, now I come to think about it.”

Hercule Poirot

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