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Tintin’s history

Published in The Times, 12 January 2009.

Sir, I enjoyed Matthew Parris’s article (“Of course Tintin’s gay. Ask Snowy”, Jan 7).

I was a little disappointed, however, that he seems not to have taken to check all his facts. Contrary to what he writes, there is no uncertainty over where Tintin and Haddock meet – it was in the ship the latter was captain of in The Crab with the Golden Claws. It is not in this book that Tintin moves into Marlinspike,  but he has done so without exposition by the beginning of Destination Moon. And rather than being in the unfinished Tintin and Alph-Art that he wore the CND badge on his helmet, this is in Tintin and the Picaros, the last completed book.

WILLIAM QUILL

Dublin

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