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Charles Trenton, also known as Enoch Arden and Robert Underhay, is a major antagonist of Agatha Christie's 1948 Hercule Poirot novel, Taken at the Flood. He is the first victim in the novel, and one of the story's two central victims along with Rosaleen Cloade.

He was portrayed by Tim Woodward in Agatha Christie's Poirot.

History

Charles Trenton was a professional fraud who was a second cousin of Frances Cloade, whom he conspired with to blackmail Rosaleen Cloade and David Hunter. Using the name Enoch Arden, he claimed to be Rosaleen's first husband, Robert Underhay.

It was stated by Robert Underhay himself, according to Major Porter, was that he would rename himself as the poetry figure of Enoch Arden if he got married. Charles stole this identity and attempted to blackmail Rosaleen using the evidence of her adultery.

However, he was later found dead near his fireplace. His death had first been believed to be murder, but it turned out that he had been killed accidentally by Rowley Cloade, who tried to negotiate with him but with no avail. Poirot later uncovered the true identity of "Arden" and discovered, that after accidentally killing him, Rowley faked it to be a murder and framed David for killing "Robert Underhay".

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Agatha Christie's Poirot (title card).png Villains

Murderers
Novels
Alfred Inglethorp | Alistair Ravenscroft | Ann Shapland | Anne Meredith | Bella Tanios | Claude Darrell | David Hunter | Dorothea Jarrow | Dr. Geoffrey Roberts | Dr. James Sheppard | Elsa Greer | Evelyn Howard | Franklin Clarke | Gerda Christow | Jacqueline de Bellefort | Jane Wilkinson | Jessie Hopkins | Lady Westholme | Lanfranco Cassetti | Marthe Daubreuil | Martin Alistair Blunt | Michael Garfield | Miss Chadwick | Miss Gilchrist | Nick Buckley | Nigel Chapman | Norman Gale | Patrick Redfern | Rowena Drake | Simon Doyle | Sir Charles Cartwright | Stephen Norton | Superintendent Sugden
Short Stories
Marrascaud | Nurse Harris | Roger Havering | Zoe Havering

Villainous Victims
Abandoned Accomplices
Anne Morisot | Carlotta Adams | Eileen Corrigan | Leslie Ferrier
Abusers
Lady Boynton | Lord Edgware | Simeon Lee
Blackmailers
Angèle Blanche | Charles Trenton | Henry Reedburn | Leopold Reynolds | Louise Bourget | Madame Giselle
Killers
Lanfranco Cassetti | Mrs. Lorrimer | Paul Déroulard | Stephen Norton
Unscrupulous
John Christow | Linnet Doyle | Mrs. Clapperton | Paul Renauld | Sir Reuben Astwell

Accomplices & Others
Alice Cunningham | Anne Morisot | Big Four | Carlotta Adams | Christine Redfern | Countess Vera Rosakoff | The Crofts | Eileen Corrigan | Frances Cloade | Freddie Rice's husband | George Challenger | Henrietta Savernake | Leslie Ferrier | Madame Daubreuil | Miss Van Schuyler | Rowley Cloade

Adaptational, Homage & Non-Canonical
Agatha Christie's Poirot: Grace Springer | Harrington Pace | Marie McDermott | Sister Agnieszka |

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