...three coincidences are a proof - It's real AC quote ?

MassimoFellettiMassimoFelletti Emilia-Romagna, Italy
In which Christie novel Poirot does pronounce the famous phrase (used and abused everywhere): "One coincidence is just a coincidence, two coincidences are a clue, three coincidences are a proof" ?


  • I don't remember such a sentence, but in "The A.B.C. murders" Poirot says: "It is the same motif three times repeated. That cannot be coincidence." In one of the James Bond books, I seem to remember a sentence: "Once is happenstance, Twice is coincidence, Three times is enemy action".  (I'm not sure I'm quoting exactly). Is it possible that you have rephrased Poirot's words in the format of the James Bond sentence?
  • AnubisAnubis Ontario, Canada
    "Poirot. Hercule Poirot." 
    Da da da daaaaaaaa da da da
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