Virginie Mesnard is the deuteragonist in Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot short story, "The Chocolate Box", which would be included in Poirot's Early Cases in 1974. She is a friend of Hercule Poirot, a former familiar to Paul Déroulard and his family, and the cousin of the late Marianne Déroulard.

She was portrayed by Anna Chancellor in Agatha Christie's Poirot.


After the sudden death of her cousin's husband, Paul Déroulard, Virginie firmly believed that he never died of heart attack as the authority in Brussels proclaimed, considering all of the complicated circumstances surrounding his death, before she asked Poirot, who was a police officer at the time, for his assistance.

She and Poirot once believed St. Alard, Paul's political rival and the future mayor of Brussel, was responsible for Paul's death due to discovering an empty bottle of trinitrin tablets of John Wilson, which was used for poisoning Paul's chocolate, until it was revealed to be otherwise. It was stated by Poirot that after the investigation, Virginie moved on to live in a normal life after serving as a nun in monstary.

In the short story's 1993 adaptation from Agatha Christie's Poirot, Virginie's role remained the same except for the ending. By the end of the story, Poirot met Virginie once more after discussing the case with Japp. Virginie was now married to Jean Louis-Ferraud, the local chemist who once helped Poirot in this investigation, and had two sons together; Henri and Hercule, the latter named after Poirot himself.



Agatha Christie's signature Heroes

Main Detectives
Hercule Poirot | Jane Marple
Secondary Detectives
Parker Pyne | Mr. Quin | Tommy and Tuppence Bresford
Amateur Detectives
Colonel Johnnie Race | Superintendent Battle | Bobby Jones | Frances Derwent | Arthur Calgary | Reniseb | Charles Hayward | Mark Easterbrook

Righteous Culprits
Mary Debenham | Princess Natalia Dragomiroff | Hector MacQueen | Edward Henry Masterman | Colonel John Arbuthnot | Linda Arden | Count Andrenyi | Countess Andrenyi | Greta Ohlsson | Pierre Michel | Antonio Foscarelli | Hildegarde Schmidt | Cyrus Hardman | Edith de Haviland | Hercule Poirot
Short Stories
Madame Déroulard | Ronnie Oglander

Supporters, Victims & Others
Captain Arthur Hastings | Inspector Japp | Felicity Lemon | Ariadne Oliver | George the Butler | Superintendent Spence | Colonel Johnnie Race | Superintendent Battle | Countess Vera Rosakoff | Raymond West | Joyce Lemprière
Victims & Attempted Victims
Alexander Bonaparte Cust | Miranda Butler | Mrs. Otterbourne | Pilar Estravados | Olga Seminoff
Bella Duveen | Colonel Carbury | Dr. Constantine | Dr. Gerard | Dulcie Duveen | Ginerva Boynton | Hori | Judith Butler | Lydia Lee | Miss Bulstrode | Monsieur Bouc | Monsieur Giraud | Nadine Boynton | Rosalie Otterbourne | Sarah King | Sophia Leonides | Stephen Farr | Tim Allerton | Valerie Saintclair | Virginie Mesnard

Adaptational, Homage & Non-canonical
Benoit Blanc | Marta Carbera | Linda Drysdale

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