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And Then There Were None by AGATHA CHRISTIE. Pages·· MB· 12, Downloads. CHAPTER 1 IN THE CORNER of a first-class smoking. None of these people have anything to do with South Africa, and I've just been reading that travel folder so I can talk about it all right." Fortunately there were all . Hilary Strong, Executive Producer/CEO of Agatha Christie Ltd Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None is the best selling crime novel of all time, with.

Blore is understandably skeptical of Lombard's weapon, but Lombard assures him that they are all in the same boat. Although he doesn't want to believe the murderer is one of the guests, he does believe that they are in some sort of trap. Active Themes The lunch bell rings and Rogers apologizes that he is only serving cold ham and cold tongue along with other things he could find in the pantry.

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Lombard asks whether they have enough food and Rogers responds that they have more than enough. Rogers is trying to keep up the civilized order but he cannot fully succeed any longer as suspicions grow among the guests. Active Themes Miss Brent comes in and says it looks like a storm is coming. Vera apologizes for coming in late, but Miss Brent responds that General Macarthur still has not come.

Armstrong volunteers to go get Macarthur when Vera says he is sitting by the sea. The approaching storm mirrors the growing fear among the guests.

The social rules are deeply ingrained in all the guests; in spite of their fear they still show up to lunch on time. Active Themes As the men come back in with Macarthur's body, the storm breaks. Vera goes into the dining room, followed soon after by Rogers. They are both checking the soldier boys and now there are only 7. This third death makes it clear that the other two were not mistakes, and the breaking of the storm heightens the power of this realization.

Wargrave now takes over the conversation. Wargrave says that he has been sitting all morning thinking over the situation and decided that the two deaths yesterday were not accidental or suicides.

Wargrave has therefore concluded that Mr. Owen is on the island. He is one of the guests! Wargrave asserts what everyone has been suspecting.

Five little Nigger boys going in for law; One got in Chancery and then there were four. Four little Nigger boys going out to sea; A red herring swallowed one and then there were three. Three little Nigger boys walking in the zoo; A big bear hugged one and then there were two.

Two Little Nigger boys sitting in the sun; One got frizzled up and then there was one.

They have all previously been complicit in the deaths of others but have escaped notice or punishment. When they arrived, they were told that their hosts, a Mr.

Owen are currently away, but the guests will be attended to by Thomas and Ethel Rogers. Each guest finds in his or her room a framed copy of the nursery rhyme "Ten Little Niggers" hanging on the wall. Before dinner that evening, the guests notice ten soldier boy figurines on the dining room table. During their meal, a gramophone record plays, accusing each of the ten of murder.

The guests now realize they have been tricked into coming to the island, but find that they cannot leave. The boat which regularly delivers supplies has stopped arriving.

They are murdered one by one, each death paralleling a verse of the nursery rhyme, with one of the figurines being removed after each murder. First to die is the spoiled Anthony Marston, who chokes to death when his drink is poisoned with cyanide "one choked his little self".

That night, Thomas Rogers notices that a figurine is missing from the dining table. Rogers dies in her sleep that night, which Dr.

Armstrong attributes to a fatal overdose of sleeping draught "one overslept himself". General Macarthur fatalistically predicts that no one will leave the island alive, and at lunch, is found dead from a blow to the back of his skull "one said he'd stay there".

William Henry Blore, a former police inspector and now a private investigator, was accused of falsifying his testimony in court for a bribe from a dangerous criminal gang, which resulted in an innocent man, James Landor, being convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. Landor, who had a wife and young child, died shortly afterwards in prison.

Blore arrived under the alias "Davis" from South Africa, on the island for "security work. He denies the accusation against him from the gramophone recording, but later admits the truth to Lombard.

Philip Lombard, a soldier of fortune. Literally down to his last square meal when he met Isaac Morris who made the proposition which brought Lombard to the island, he carries a loaded revolver, as Morris had hinted he might wish to do. Lombard is accused of causing the deaths of a number of East African tribesmen, after stealing their food and abandoning them to their deaths.

Neither he nor Marston feels any remorse. He is the only one to theorize that U N Owen might be Wargrave, but the others reject this. He and Vera are the only victims not killed by Justice Wargrave. Vera Elizabeth Claythorne, a cool, efficient, resourceful young woman who is on leave from her position as a sports mistress at a third-rate girls' school. Her job as a governess was ended by the death of her charge, Cyril Hamilton. Claythorne let the boy drown so his uncle Hugo Hamilton could inherit the family estate and marry her.

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Hugo rejected her when he somehow realized what she had done. Justice Lawrence John Wargrave, a retired judge, known as a " hanging judge " for liberally awarding the death penalty in murder cases. Wargrave is accused of influencing the jury to hand a guilty verdict to Edward Seton, a man many thought was innocent of his crime of killing an old woman, and sentencing him to death unfairly.

As the two policemen discuss at Scotland Yard, new evidence after Seton's execution proved Seton's guilt. Wargrave admits in his postscript that he has a lifelong hidden sadistic urge to kill, but only the guilty.

Finding himself terminally ill, he devises and carries out this plot. Isaac Morris is a sleazy and unethical lawyer hired by Wargrave to download the island under the name U N Owen , arrange the gramophone recording, and make arrangements on his behalf, including gathering information on the near destitute Philip Lombard, to whom he gave some money to get by and recommended Lombard bring his gun to the island.

Morris's is the first death chronologically, as he died before the guests arrived on the island. Morris was responsible for the addiction and suicide of a young woman through his narcotics activities.

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The victim was the daughter of a friend of Wargrave. A hypochondriac, Morris accepted a lethal cocktail of pills from Wargrave to help treat his largely imagined physical ailments. Fred Narracott, the boatman who delivered the guests to the island.

After doing so, he does not appear again in the story, although Inspector Maine notes it was Narracott who, sensing something seriously amiss, returned to the island as soon as the weather allowed, before he was scheduled to do so, and found the bodies. Maine speculates that it was the normalcy and ordinariness of the guests that convinced Narracott to do so and ignore his orders to dismiss any signals requesting help.

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They reason out the events of the case, but are stymied as to which was the murderer until the confession comes to light. Literary significance and reception[ edit ] Writing for The Times Literary Supplement of 11 November , Maurice Percy Ashley stated, "If her latest story has scarcely any detection in it there is no scarcity of murders There is a certain feeling of monotony inescapable in the regularity of the deaths which is better suited to a serialized newspaper story than a full-length novel.

Yet there is an ingenious problem to solve in naming the murderer", he continued. The whole thing is utterly impossible and utterly fascinating. It is the most baffling mystery that Agatha Christie has ever written, and if any other writer has ever surpassed it for sheer puzzlement the name escapes our memory.

We are referring, of course, to mysteries that have logical explanations, as this one has.

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It is a tall story, to be sure, but it could have happened. For instance, an unnamed reviewer in the Toronto Daily Star of 16 March said, "Others have written better mysteries than Agatha Christie, but no one can touch her for ingenious plot and surprise ending. Maurice Richardson wrote a rhapsodic review in The Observer 's issue of 5 November which began, "No wonder Agatha Christie's latest has sent her publishers into a vatic trance.

We will refrain, however, from any invidious comparisons with Roger Ackroyd and be content with saying that Ten Little Niggers is one of the very best, most genuinely bewildering Christies yet written. We will also have to refrain from reviewing it thoroughly, as it is so full of shocks that even the mildest revelation would spoil some surprise from somebody, and I am sure that you would rather have your entertainment kept fresh than criticism pure. Her plot may be highly artificial, but it is neat, brilliantly cunning, soundly constructed, and free from any of those red-herring false trails which sometimes disfigure her work.

The closed setting with the succession of deaths is here taken to its logical conclusion, and the dangers of ludicrousness and sheer reader-disbelief are skillfully avoided.Christie imbues the situation with an even more ominous tone when she explicitly states that Blore is wrong to assume that the old-timer is closer to judgment than he is.

He wishes he could leave, but the motorboat has already left. Damnable, these slow branch line trains! November 5, , Beatrice Taylor commits suicide by throwing herself in a river after her employer, Emily Brent, fires her for becoming pregnant while unmarried.

Blore has been crushed by something thrown from Veras window: The Seton case! Awful in bad weather!