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|“||I'm just a simple farm girl; I never wanted any of this. Holy Mother and all the saints, sir, but I'm a wicked bitch!||„|
|~ "Rosaleen" revealing her true identity to Poirot|
|“||- David Hunter: I will never harm my sister.
- Poirot: Non. But the lady presently watching you from over there, she is not your sister.
(People all around started panicking)
- Dr. Woodward: Good heavens!
- Poirot: No. Her name is Eileen Corrigan, a simple farm girl, as she defined herself to me at the church. And, whatever the papers may say, she did not die in Mayfair two years ago. No. But the real Rosaleen Cloade; she did. WHY? Because you murdered her!
|~ Poirot revealing Eileen Corrigan's true identity (in TV Series)|
Eileen Corrigan, also known as Rosaleen Cloade, is the secondary antagonist of Agatha Christie's 1948 Hercule Poirot novel, Taken at the Flood, as well as one of the novel's two central victims (alongside Enoch Arden).
Eileen Corrigan was an accomplice to David Hunter in his murder of Gordon Cloade, and later took the identity of Rosaleen Corrigan, David's sister and Gordon's wife, who was killed in the explosion. She was later killed by David in a fake suicide when he decided to dispose of her and married Lynn Marchmont instead.
She was portrayed by Eva Birthistle in Agatha Christie's Poirot, who also portrayed the real Rosaleen in the flashbacks. In the BBC Radio 4 adaptation, she was voiced by Fritha Goodey.
In the Novel
In Agatha Christie's Poirot
In the 2006 television film adaptation from Agatha Christie's Poirot, Eileen's involvement is significantly changed and became much more tragic than her novel counterpart.
Eileen an Irish Catholic in the adaptation, who was raped and impregnated by David, and then forced into an induced abortion. Her experience broke her and forced her to submit to David's will after being threaten by him that she would burn in hell if she refused to obey, so she became an accomplice to him in murdering Gordon for his wealth and murdering Rosaleen for revenge (because of her marriage with Gordon indirectly denied David's incesteous fantasy, exclusive to this adaptation).
Eileen did not die in the adaptation, but she was constantly being verbally abused by Katherine Corrigan, so much that she became suicidal. Nevertheless, she was saved by Poirot from dying of a morphine overdose after a suicidal attempt over her guilty conscious, in courtsey to Dr. Woodward's addiction to the drug leading him to steal some and replaced it with castor oil. Eileen later appeared in the denouement and assisted Poirot to testify against David, but it became unknown what happened to her after David's arrest and execution.