Hercule Poirot: I pity you, Norton… how very sad to find that this great and beautiful world is so foul and disappointing. And your mother, I pity even more.
Stephen Norton: M-my m-m-mother? You pity my mother?
Hercule Poirot: To endure the agony of bringing you forth only to discover that she had nurtured in her loins such wickedness – is that not worthy of pity?
Stephen Norton: It is you who is n-not worthy! She m-m-meant the world to m-me!
Hercule Poirot: And you to her?
Stephen Norton: She l-loved me… l-loved me m-m-more than… m-more than…
Hercule Poirot: Did she ever hold you, Norton, as mothers do? Stroke your hair… kiss your cheek?
Stephen Norton: She… she… she…
Hercule Poirot: Scared you, did she not? She pushed you away!
— Christie (1975) ITV adaption (2013)
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- Christie, Agatha. (1975) Curtain: Poirot's Last Case. Collins Crime Club.