Anthony Eastwood’s imagination is what led him to meet a foreign woman who in part inspired him to write his new novel.
In “The Mystery of the Spanish Shawl” by Agatha Christie, Anthony Eastwood’s imagination went wild as he was trying to think of new material for a story. Eastwood discusses the female characters he writes most about with an ivory pallor and big eyes. His editor also prefers female characters with exotic, foreign qualities. Then in his daydream, he meets a woman that matches this description precisely. “She really had the ivory pallor… And her eyes!… She was not English, that could be seen at a glance. She had a foreign exotic quality” (190-191). This description of the woman in the upstairs shop room describes the type of character Eastwood was thinking about right before his daydream began. It would be too coincidental for this to have been reality. Her ivory pallor is parallel to the character of Sonia or Dolores in which Eastwood was debating about putting in “The Mystery of the Second Cucumber.” Being able to tell she is foreign at a glance and describing her as having exotic qualities implicates that she is the type of character Eastwood’s editor would want in a story. Eastwood’s desire to think of a great new mystery novel to make money would encourage him to want to include elements that his editor would pay a lot of money for. Eastwood’s worry about finding a new plot and his ideas impacted his daydream by pulling in pieces of his thoughts into a coherent, mysterious adventure.