Witness for the Prosecution

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"Witness for the Prosecution  is a typical murder mystery originally written in short story form by Agatha Christie. The story takes place in a small English city where Leonard Vole and his wife, Romaine, struggle to make ends meet. A wealthy woman named Emily French is murdered. Because Vole had spent much time with Miss French in the previous weeks, he is the prime suspect. Vole finds a good council and pleads his case to the judge. Then there is a twist “ Vole's wife ends up being a witness for the prosecution. Some years later, the short story was made into a movie. During this process three major changes were made: the characters' names were changed, the story changed from an investigation to a courtroom defense, and a surprise ending was added.

The biggest change I found in the characters' roles and their names is the switch of solicitor and barrister. In the short story, the solicitor is Mr. Mayherne. He takes the case for Leonard Vole and handles most everything in the investigation. Since Sir Charles is the barrister, there is only one short paragraph set in the courtroom in which he plays the lead role in Vole's case. In the movie, however, Mr. Mayhew is the solicitor. He has

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