I just finished Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie. Yes, devotees of this blog will know that I should be working on my Summer Reading List and continuing researching my novel instead, but once in a while I need something trivial! (By the way, definitely one of her most satisfying mysteries. And by that I mean, the villain was suitably surprising and wacko!) Anyway, as it was a Poirot novel, who is known for using his "little grey cells" and being quite the judge of character, there is quite a lot of philosophy in the book. I found the following quote particularly interesting:
"As a matter of fact it wouldn't be safe to tell any man the truth about his wife! Funnily enough, I'd trust most women with the truth about their husbands. Women can accept the fact that the man is a rotter, a swindler, a drug-taker, a confirmed liar, and a general swine without batting an eyelash and wishout its impairing their affection for the brute in the least. Women are wonderful realists."
See? Agatha Christie seems to know what she's talking about.