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And Then There Were None
By chapter 13 of And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie, half of the ten guests that ventured out to Indian Island are killed. These incidents cause the remaining guests to react in bizarre ways. These reactions are common to most people that are placed in this situation. They protect themselves and react differently around each other. There are also accusations that are made about who may have done the killing of the first five guests, and there are alliances that are made to help find out who the murdered really is. Out of ten guests plus the boat handler, who brought them over to the island, one of them is the murderer. Who is it, and what do the guests do to find out who he or she is?
First of all some of the precautions that the guests take is to lock and place furniturein front of all there doors. “There were sounds of bolts and locks, and of moving furniture.” (pg 155) After the death of Miss Brent, Justice Wargrave advised that all items that may cause danger be place in a safely locked place and that the keys be given to two people so that the stuff will be safe. ” By the judge’s direction, the various drugs were placed in the box and it was locked. The judge then gave the key of the chest to Philip Lombard and the key of the cupboard to Blore.” (pg 141) The final way that the guests protected themselves was to keep close together as much as possible. “By all means. But in doing so let us be careful to keep together, if we separate, the murderer gets his chance.” (pg 142) ” I think, my dear young lady, we would all prefer to come and watch you make it.” (pg 146)
The next thing that happened to the guests was the way they started to act around each other. One of the first act was to become testy and aggressive with each other. Each person, with there nerves running on high octane, all reacted in the same manner. They hated each other. “You damned pig-headed fool! I tell you it’s been stolen from me!” (pg 141) “He said stiffly, just as you please Miss Brent.'” (pg 134) “Lombard threw his head back. His teeth showed in what was almost a snarl.” (pg 139) The next reaction after testiness was inquisitiveness. The guests all had there worries, so they started to asks questions and started to become suspicious. “Four pairs of eyes fastened on him. He braced himself against the deep hostile suspicion of those eyes.” (pg 138) “That’s all very well , but who’s to have the key? You, I suppose?” (pg 140) Some of the remaining guests even started to become untrusting to one another. “There was an unpleasant tone in his voice, the two men eyed each other.” (pg 153) “I didn’t put anything in it. That’s what you are getting at, I suppose.” (pg 149)
Another reaction that occurs naturally in this situation is the tendency to accuse people before they can be proven innocent. Each remaining guest has a different suspicion of who the killer is. William Blore had many suspicions on who did it. One of his suspicions was that Miss Brent did it. “We needn’t look farther for the author of these deaths than the dining-room at this minute.” (pg 135) After the death of Miss Brent he then believed it was Dr Armstrong. “Armstrong- eh? So he’s our pigeon!” (pg 161) Philip Lombard also thought that the culprit was Dr Armstrong. “Expected you to pass out through fright! Some people would have, wouldn’t they, doctor?” (pg 150) Vera Claythorne, along with Blore and Lombard, also thought it was Dr Armstrong. “It’s Armstrong……….He’s a lunatic, escaped from some doctor’s house- pretending to be a doctor.” (pg 145) Dr Edward Armstrong, on the other hand, thought that the killer was Blore. “He said dubiously: H’m tastes alright.” (pg 150) Justice Wargrave was the only one who really didn’t make any real assumptions on who may have pulled off this amazing murder mystery. He was

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The None” by Agatha Christie, they didnt say

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The author: Agatha Christie was born in 1890 in Torquay in England. Her father was called Frederick Miller so she was born as Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller. She was educated at home and studied singing and piano in Paris. In 1914 she married Archibald Christie, but then World War I had broken out. Agatha worked as a nurse in a Red Cross hospital in Torquay at that time and that experience was useful later on.

The book: I recently read a mystery book by the name of “And Then They Were None” by Agatha Christie. I read this book because a lot of people that read Agatha Christies books recommended them to me and because I like mystery stories. One of the mysteries to this book was, of course, who killed all of the innocent people. Another mystery was that every time another person was killed a little Indian figure would disappear from the edges of a serving plate.

SUMMARY: Ten people are invited to an island, called “Indian Island”, by letters that were signed by people they had met before. When they got to the island, they found out that their host, U.N.Owen, had not arrived yet. At dinner, they heard a voice, accusing each of them of a murder, which they were all guilty of. After one of them is killed, according to the first verse of a poem that is framed above each of their beds called “Ten Little Indians”, they figure out that the murderer is one of them! As more people are killed off, one by one, the group narrows the suspect list down, until only one is left alive but she figured that she would never get off the island anyway, and she hung herself from the ceiling by putting a noose around her neck and kicking the chair away on which she was standing, but she was not the
SETTING: In “And Then There Where None” by Agatha Christie, they didnt say when it took place, but I wouldnt be surprised that it was in the 1900s because thats when she wrote it. It was on an island in the middle of the ocean. You couldnt see any other land that surrounded it because it was really in the middle of nowhere! The general atmosphere was dark because there was a lot of trees and the ocean was nice but cold. They didnt exactly say where it was located, but Im pretty sure it was in the Indian Ocean because they said it was called “Indian Island”!
ANALYSIS: I really thought that this mystery story was very well written, and, in that case, very interesting! What I learned about this story is that you should never go somewhere with people you dont really know and like I said before: ” Ten people are invited to an island, called “Indian Island”, by letters that were signed by people they had met before”.I would never go somewhere far away with people I just met! This is a mystery story so anything can happen, which I know now! It has a lot of changing meanings and its a very doubtful story. You never know what is going to happen or how its going to finish! Its a very invented story(I think!) and the ideas of the author are almost impossible to happen in reel life, but I guess thats what makes the story interesting!
CONCLUSION: I really enjoyed this book and thought it to be entertaining. It was a hard book to put down and I read about half of the book in one day because it was so interesting. And since it is a mystery, I thought I knew exactly what was going to happen, but it had a strange twist right towards the end. I really enjoyed that all the murders where done exactly how the famous poem “Ten Little Indians” said, which reads:
“Ten little Indian boys went out to dine;
One choked his self and then there were nine.

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One overslept himself then there were eight.

Eight Indian boys traveling in Devon;
One said he’d stay there then there were seven.

Seven Indian boys chopping up sticks;
One chopped himself in halves then there were six.

Six Indian boys playing with a hive;
A bumble-bee stung one then there were five.

One got in Chancery then there were four.

A red herring swallowed one then there were three.

Three Indian boys walking in the zoo;
A big bear hugged one then there were two.

Two Indian boys sitting in the sun;
One got all frizzled up then there was one.

He went and hanged himself and then there were none.”
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes a good mystery.

CHRISTIE, Agatha; “And Then There Were None”; May 1995; Berkley Pub Group; Reissue edition (May 1995); 208 pages.
CHRISTIE, Agatha; “And Then There Were None”; May 1995; Berkley Pub Group; Reissue edition (May 1995); 208 pages.

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