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By chapter 13 of And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie, half of the tenguests that ventured out to Indian Island are killed. These incidents cause theremaining guests to react in bizarre ways. These reactions are common to mostpeople that are placed in this situation. They protect themselves and reactdifferently around each other. There are also accusations that are made aboutwho may have done the killing of the first five guests, and there are alliancesthat are made to help find out who the murdered really is. Out of ten guestsplus the boat handler, who brought them over to the island, one of them is themurderer.

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 placefurniture in front of all there doors. “There were sounds of bolts andlocks, 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 asafely locked place and that the keys be given to two people so that the stuffwill be safe. ” By the judge’s direction, the various drugs were placed inthe box and it was locked. The judge then gave the key of the chest to PhilipLombard and the key of the cupboard to Blore.” (pg 141) The final way thatthe guests protected themselves was to keep close together as much as possible.”By all means.

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But in doing so let us be careful to keep together, if weseparate, the murderer gets his chance.” (pg 142) ” I think, my dearyoung 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 actaround each other. One of the first act was to become testy and aggressive witheach other.

Each person, with there nerves running on high octane, all reactedin the same manner. They hated each other. “You damned pig-headed fool! Itell you it’s been stolen from me!” (pg 141) “He said stiffly, justas you please Miss Brent.

‘” (pg 134) “Lombard threw his head back. Histeeth showed in what was almost a snarl.” (pg 139) The next reaction aftertestiness was inquisitiveness.

The guests all had there worries, so they startedto asks questions and started to become suspicious. “Four pairs of eyesfastened on him. He braced himself against the deep hostile suspicion of thoseeyes.” (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 tobecome untrusting to one another. “There was an unpleasant tone in hisvoice, the two men eyed each other.” (pg 153) “I didn’t put anythingin it. That’s what you are getting at, I suppose.

” (pg 149) Anotherreaction that occurs naturally in this situation is the tendency to accusepeople before they can be proven innocent. Each remaining guest has a differentsuspicion 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 fartherfor the author of these deaths than the dining-room at this minute.” (pg135) After the death of Miss Brent he then believed it was Dr Armstrong.

“Armstrong- eh? So he’s our pigeon!” (pg 161) Philip Lombard alsothought that the culprit was Dr Armstrong. “Expected you to pass outthrough 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 otherhand, thought that the killer was Blore. “He said dubiously: H’m tastesalright.” (pg 150) Justice Wargrave was the only one who really didn’t makeany real assumptions on who may have pulled off this amazing murder mystery. Hewas very quiet and to himself about his thoughts. The final reaction was to makealliances between the remaining guests, so it would be easier to trap thevictimizer.

Each of the remaining guest all paired up with at least one person.Justice Wargrave and Armstrong paired together and came up with a plan to catchthe killer. It didn’t work like a charm. “Armstrong was keen on theidea.

” (pg 201) Blore and Lombard also became closer together as timepassed on. “It would be difficult for either of you to get the key from theother.” (pg 141) “We’ll get him, Blore ..

. This time, we’ll gethim!” (pg 161) Vera became allies with Lombard after the death of Wargraveand Armstrong.” One has got to trust someone.

..” (pg 173) So after thelong and gruelling days on the island no one has found out who the murderer isbut they had a lot of different reactions to all the different murders that wentalong with all the other festivities.

There was how they protected themselves,and how they reacted towards each other. Then there were all the accusations andfinally the alliances that were made. If you ask me I think that the murdererwas Mr Justice Wargrave.English Essays


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