And Then There Were None
By Agatha Christie
Literature Terms, Reading Schedule,
Chapter Summaries, Chapter Notes,
Clue—in In a mystery story, information that points the reader to the solution.
Foreshadowing—information that an author gives the reader that hints or suggests what might happen later in the story.
Metaphor—a figure of speech that describes one thing in the terms of something else.
Mood—how the author intends a story to feel to a reader. (Some moods would be happy, scary, suspenseful, exciting, and sad.)
Point of view—who the narrator is in relation to the story and what information the narrator can reveal
First person point of view—the narrator is in the story. First person narrators know only their own thoughts and what they experience first hand.
Third person objective point of view—the narrator is not in the story and does not reveal any character’s thoughts.
Third person omniscient point of view—the narrator is not in the story and can reveal any character’s thoughts.
Third person limited omniscient point of view—the narrator is not in the story and reveals only the main character’s thoughts.
Red Herring or Distraction—In a mystery story, information that points the reader away from the solution.
Simile- a figure of speech that compares two unlike things using like or as.
Chapter 1 reading questions due Wednesday, February 3
Chapter 1 Summary
The novel is set in England in the 1930’s. Chapter 1 introduces us to eight of the ten main characters in the story. All of the characters are traveling to Indian Island, a small, private island off the coast of England. Each person is traveling there for a different reason and overall the eight people are very different and don’t have much in common besides their destination.
Justice Lawrence Wargrave is travelling in a first- class car of a train. He is retired and has a letter from an old eccentric friend, Constance Culmington, inviting him to visit her on the Island. He is thinking about the various rumors about who purchased Indian Island as he travels. (1-3)
Vera Claythorne is travelling on the same train in a third class car. She was hired by the owner of the island, Mrs. Owen, to be her private secretary temporarily. Vera works as a physical education teacher and has taken this job over her summer break. Her thoughts tell us something traumatic happened to her in the past involving someone named Hugo and someone else named Cyril who apparently drowned. (3-5)
Philip Lombard is also in the third class car. He was hired by Mr. Owen through a mysterious man named Morris for an unspecified job on the island. He was asked to bring a revolver and to be ready to do what Mr. Owen asked. The impression is given that perhaps the job is not entirely legal. (5-7)
Miss Brent is an older unmarried woman travelling in a different third class train car. She was invited to the island by an acquaintance whose name she cannot quite remember. She is very old-fashioned.
General MacArthur is travelling to the island on a different train. He is retired and is hoping to meet some old army buddies there, though he is not exactly sure who Mr. Owen, who invited him, is. He seems lonely and thinks that most of his friends have been avoiding him lately for some reason. (9-10)
Dr. Armstrong is travelling by car. He is a successful doctor, but seems to make most of his money from women who just think they are sick. It is hinted that he may have done something wrong once, about ten years earlier, while he was drunk. He no longer drinks. He was hired by Mr. Owen to come to Indian Island to check on Mrs. Owen. (10-12)
Tony Marston is also travelling by sports car, but much faster than Dr. Armstrong. He is young and seems to come from a family that has a lot of money. He has an expensive sports car and wishes the roads were better so he could travel even faster. He stops off for a drink more than once on the way. He seems to expect a wild party at Indian Island. (12-13)
Mr. Blore is travelling on another train. He has a list of all the people heading to Indian Island and for some reason has decided to pretend he is someone else. He decides to pretend he is from South Africa. An old man on the train warns Blore that a storm is coming and that he will die soon. (13-16)
Chapter 1 explanatory Notes
A guinea is a British coin worth a little more than a pound that is no longer in use. (A pound is generally worth about twice what an American dollar is worth, so a hundred guineas would probably be worth between $200 and $250.)
Chapter 1 Questions
1a. Define illegible.
b. Paraphrase the sentence that illegible is used in on page 2. (2 points)
2a. Define recumbent.
b. Paraphrase the sentence that recumbent is used in on page 15. (2 points)
3. What is so mysterious about Indian Island? (3 points)
4. What point of view is the book written in? (Be specific—i.e. which type of Third Person?) Explain your
answer. (5 points)
5. Who is the wealthiest person who is traveling to Indian Island? Explain your answer using details from the
book. (5 points)
6. Pick a passage that you believe to be foreshadowing. Explain what you believe it is suggesting will happen. Why do you think Christie included it? (10 points)
Chapter 2 reading questions due Friday, February 26
Chapter 2 Summary
Two taxis are waiting for the travelers at the train station. The judge and Miss Brent take one to Sticklehaven, a town on the coast near Indian Island. Lombard and Vera wait at the train station for another guest traveling on a different train. This turns out to be General MacArthur. In Sticklehaven, Mr. Blore is added to the party. (He is pretending to be Mr. Davis from South Africa.) Just before the boat leaves to take them to the island, Anthony Martson roars up in his sports car. (16-24)
Fred Naracott, a local fisherman, takes the travelers to Indian Island on his boat. As they travel, Naracott thinks about how odd the group of people is.(25-27)
On the island, the travelers meet Mr. and Mrs. Rogers, the newly hired maid and butler. Mrs. Rogers is described as “ghostlike.” (27-28)
In her room, Vera reads a framed copy of the nursery rhyme “Ten Little Indians.” And then her mind turns to someone drowning again and she tries not to think about it. (28-32)
Dr. Armstrong arrives at dusk. Justice Wargrave becomes suspicious when he learns that Constance Culmington, the woman who invited him, is not on the guest list. Then we are given very brief descriptions of the guests’ actions before dinner, many of which are suspicious. (32-38)
Chapter 2 explanatory Notes
“Secretarial position” refers to Vera’s job as secretary for Mrs. Owen.
Chapter 2 Questions
A. Define malevolently.
B. What did Justice Wargrave think of the doctor he went to see on Harley street? (3 points)
Why does Vera volunteer to wait to make the trip in the second taxi? (3 points)
Why does Lombard wait to make the trip in the second taxi? (3 points)
Why does Fred Narracott think his passengers are odd? (3 points)
What is the overall mood of Chapter 2? Support your answer with passages from the book. (10 points)
Chapter 3 reading questions Due Wednesday, March 3
Chapter 3 Summary
The guests enjoy a good dinner and then they go into the drawing-room for coffee. During her conversation with Vera, Miss Brent realizes something is wrong because she never knew anyone named Owen; she thought the signature on her invitation said Oliver. They are interrupted by a mysterious voice accusing each person present of a specific murder.(39-43)
Most seem shocked but show it in different ways. Mrs. Rogers faints. Others loudly deny doing what the voice accused them of. Only Miss Brent and Justice Wargrave did not seem to react. Lombard discovers a gramophone (an old record player) in the next room. The Voice was from a record titled “Swan Song.” (A swan song is the last performance of an artist before he dies.) (43-49)
Mrs. Rogers, who had fainted, is helped to bed by her husband and Dr. Armstrong. The others discuss why they have been invited or how they were hired. Lombard does not tell the truth. The others discover that “Mr. Davis” is actually Mr. Blore and that he was a private detective hired by Mr. Owen (by mail) to protect Mrs. Owen’s jewels.(49-55)
Justice Wargrave points out that U.N. Owen could be a play on words for Unknown.(56)
Chapter 3 Explanatory notes
…some little china figures. “Indians,” said Tony.” In this case “china” means the material the little
figures are made out of. Basically they are little ceramic statues of Indians.
Gramophone is British for phonograph or record player. In this case it is one of the really old fashioned ones with a big horn over the turn table.
Chapter 3 Questions
A. Look up caustic in the dictionary and record at least 2 of the definitions for it. (2 points)
B. Using the appropriate definition, explain what the sentence that includes caustic on page 39 means. (3 points)
What is in the center of the table? (2 points)
Who turned on the gramophone? Why did he or she turn it on? (2 points)
Whose real reason for being at Indian Island is still unknown to the other guests? (2 points)
Pick one character who you think is definitely guilty of the crime that he or she was accused. Citing details from the book, explain why you believe the character is guilty. (10 points)
Chapter 4 and 5 reading questions due Friday, March 5
Chapters 4 and 5 Summary
The chapter starts with the judge explaining who had invited him—his old friend Constance Culmington. The judge then gives his side of the story regarding the record’s accusations. He presided over a trial where a man was convicted and sentenced him to death. Judge claims the man was really guilty. However, as he explains this, we are given Armstrong’s thoughts as he remembers hearing about the case when it happened. A lawyer friend told him that the man was innocent and that the Judge seemed to have a grudge against him. (58-60)
After the judge explains his case, the others, one by one, address their own charges. Vera was the governess (nanny) of a boy named Cyril when he drowned. She says it was an accident and neither the coroner or Cyril’s mother blamed her. (60)
The general explains that the man he is accused of killing was an officer in his command who was sent on a mission and died, which is what happens in war. He also defends his wife’s honor. (The record claimed the officer was having an affair with the general’s wife.) (60-61)
Lombard is amused at everyone’s horror when he readily admits to abandoning 21 natives in the jungle and leaving them to die. He claims that the natives don’t mind dying the way Europeans do. (61)
Anthony Marston remembers suddenly that he ran over two children while drinking and driving. He is more concerned about getting his license suspended than the loss of life. (61-62)
Mr. Rogers explains that the woman he and Mrs. Rogers are accused of killing was the woman they worked for. She was sick and dies while they were caring for. Mr. Rogers claims that they did all that they could. After Blore asks, Mr. Rogers admits inheriting some money from the woman. (63)
Blore, a former policeman, testified against a man that later died in prison. Blore received a promotion for getting the man convicted. But it is implied that Blore lied in order to get the promotion. (64)
Dr. Armstrong denies knowing the woman he is accused of murdering, but his thoughts reveal what happened. He operated while drunk and killed a woman. (“The Sister” whom he remembers knowing what happened was a Catholic nun, not a relative of the patient.) (65)
Miss Brent refuses to explain what happened with the woman she is accused of murdering. (66)
The guests learn that the only way off the Island is Fred Narracott’s boat, which will not be back until the next day. (67)
The chapter ends with Anthony Marston choking on his drink and falling to the floor. (67)
Anthony Marston is dead. The doctor determines that he died because his whiskey was poisoned with cyanide, but no one knows who poisoned him. Because nothing else seems to make sense, the guests decide that Marston committed suicide even though that doesn’t seem to make sense either. (68-70)
We are given Wargrave’s thoughts as he gets ready for bed. He admits to himself that he was responsible for Seton’s death. (72-73)
General Macarthur also thinks about his “crime” as he goes to bed. His wife Leslie was indeed cheating on him. And he feels like people knew he did it on purpose and that this is why most of his Army buddies have drifted away. (74-78)
Vera Claythorne thinks about Cyril, the boy who drowned, and Hugo, his uncle and at one time, her boyfriend. Hugo would have married her if had money, but all of his father’s money went to his brother and then to his brother’s son, Cyril. (79-81)
Chapters 4 and 5 Explanatory Notes
When Britain colonized India, pukka sahib meant a British man who treated Indian people well. Lombard is saying that he realizes a better man would have acted differently than he did, but he still believes that there was nothing really wrong with what he did.
“He’d cooked Seton’s goose all right!” To cook someone’s goose is to defeat the person in some way; in this case it means he had arranged things so that Seton would be killed.
Doggerel refers to rhyming poetry of low quality. In this case it refers to the nursery rhyme.
Chapter 4 and 5 questions
a. Define incoherent.(2 points)
b. Why did the killer pretend to be Constance Culmington, who wrote incoherent letters, to lure the
Judge to the island? (3 points)
How did General Macarthur kill Arthur Richmond? (3 points)
How did Vera cause Cyril’s death? (3 points)
What was Vera’s motive for killing Cyril? (4 points)
Which character do you have the least sympathy for? Support your answer with details from the book. (10 points)
Chapter 6 and 7 reading questions due Tuesday, March 9
Chapters 6 and 7 Summary
The chapter starts by describing a dream that Dr. Armstrong is having. He is operating on a woman, thinking about killing her. The woman turns out to be Emily Brent. Emily Brent turns into Anthony Marston, purple from being killed by cyanide. (82-83)
Armstrong’s dream is interrupted by Mr. Rogers. His wife will not wake up. The doctor pronounces her dead.(83-85)
Unaware of Mrs. Rogers’ death, the other guests visit with each other before and during breakfast. Blore is unconvinced that Marston committed suicide.(85-86)
After they are told of Mrs. Rogers death, they speculate about what may have caused it. Miss Brent believes it was her conscience, or that God struck her down to punish her for murder. At the end of breakfast, they realize that the motor boat is two hours late.(87-92)
The general seems to have gone crazy and says that none of them will ever leave the island. (93)
Rogers shows Armstrong that the ten little ceramic Indians have dwindled to eight.(102-108)
Miss Brent and Vera Claythorn take a walk on the beach while they wait for the boat to come pick them up. They discuss the other guests and their “crimes” as well as the two deaths. Miss Brent explains her “crime” to Vera; Miss Brent’s servant, Beatrice Taylor, killed herself after Miss Brent fired her and kicked her out of the house. Vera is horrified at Miss Brent’s lack of sympathy for the girl.(98-101)
Dr. Armstrong and Philip Lombard discuss the situation. They decide there is too much of a coincidence for two people to die under such odd circumstances after the incident with the record. They decide that the deaths had to have been murder. They also link the deaths to the poem. They decide to search the island for U. N. Owen.(102-108)
Chapter 6 and 7 Explanatory notes
Chateau Neuf de Pape is a type of wine.
Miss Brent describes a young woman as “in trouble.” “In trouble” is a euphemism for being unwed and pregnant. (Euphemisms are alternative ways to talk about something so that it sounds less negative or crude. For example, saying “passed away” instead of “dead.”)
Chapters 6 and 7 Questions
a. Define acquiesce. (2 points)
b. What does Christie show about Vera’s attitude toward Miss Brent when she uses the word acquiesce on page 97. (3 points)
Explain what Miss Brent thinks caused the death of Mrs. Rogers. (Put the answer in your own words—do not simply repeat the words of the text.) (3 points)
What frightens Rogers at the end of Chapter 6? What does this fact imply?
What causes Vera to change her opinion of Mrs. Brent from “slightly ridiculous” to “terrible”? (3 points)
Identify a character that you believe is mentally unstable. Support your answer with details. (10 points)
Chapter 8 reading questions and vocab due Thursday, March 11
Chapter 8 Summary
Blore, Lombard, and Armstrong search the entire island for U. N. Owen, whom they assume is hiding there.
General Macarthur sits alone on the beach staring into the sea. He speaks very little to Lombard, Blore, and Armstrong when they stop by as they search the island. However when Vera stops to speak with him, he talks to her for a while. Over the course of the conversation, he confesses to Vera and predicts that none of them will leave the island.
Armstrong, Lombard and Blore search carefully. They even going so far as to lower Lombard by rope to check a cliff face. While checking the house, they think they hear the killer in the room where Mrs. Rogers body is. It turns out to be only Mr. Rogers gathering some of his clothes.
After checking the attic, they decide that the eight remaining guests are the only souls on the island.
Chapter 8 Explanatory notes
On page 24, the torch they refer to is a flashlight.
Chapter Eight Questions
a. Define dubiously. (2 points)
b. The use of dubiously on page 113 shows that Blore thinks what about Lombard’s theory?(3 points)
a. Define impassive. (2 points)
b. Define countenance. (2 points)
c. Paraphrase the sentence containing the words impassive countenance on page 121. (3 points)
Who is Armstrong suspicious of? Why? (3 points)
Why is Blore suspicious of Lombard? Who does he tell this to? (3 points)
What point of view are sections v, vi, and vii of Chapter 8 written in? Explain your answer.
Cite a passage that you believe is a clue. Explain why you believe it is a clue and what you believe it is
pointing toward. (see front cover for definition of clue) (10 points)
Chapter 9 reading questions due____________
Chapter 9 Summary
Because they found no one in their search of the Island, Blore, Lombard, and Armstrong decide that they were being overly suspicious. Still, they think that the coincidence of the two deaths is hard to believe. As they discuss what may have caused the deaths, they grow suspicious of each other and start to accuse each other. When Blore questions Lombard about his revolver, Lombard reveals the real reason he is on the island. (125-129)
When the guests gather for lunch, the possibility that a storm may be coming that would cut them off from the mainland is brought up. General Macarthur does not show up, so Armstrong volunteers to go get him. He returns with the news that the general has been killed. He was hit in the back of the head with a blunt object.(129-132)
The storm hits just as they carry the general’s body into the house. When they return to the dining room they discover there are only seven Indians now. As they accept the fact that there is a murderer on the island despite their fruitless search. The judge makes the observation that the killer, whom they refer to as U.N. Owen, must be one of them. (132-135)
After the other guests accept this, the judge leads them through a discussion to prove two points. First, that they cannot eliminate any suspects based who they claim to be. And second, they can eliminate suspects based on opportunity. If any of the guests can prove they could not have possibly killed one of the victims, it would show their innocence. However, no one is able to do this, so all the living guests are all still suspects. (135-150)
Chapter 9 Explanatory notes
Dope can be slang for any drug, even legal ones. In this case, it refers to sleeping pills.
Chapter 9 Questions
a. Define eventuality. (2 points)
b. Paraphrase the Judge’s statement that contains the word eventuality on page 143. (4 points)
a. Define exonerate. (2 points)
b. Paraphrase the Judge’s statement that contains the word exonerate on page 145. (4 points)
How does the third death match the third stanza of the poem? (4 points)
Vera is surprised when she realizes that Justice Wargrave dislikes her (Christie 139). What does this
tell us about Vera? Explain your answer. (4 points)
In addition to the dead, who do you believe is definitely not Mr. (or Mrs.) Owen? Support your answer
with passages from the book. (10 points)
Chapter 10 and 11 reading questions due____________
Chapter 10 and 11 Summary
Alone in the living room, Vera and Lombard discuss their situation. They both decide they don’t think the other is the killer and they confide in each other who they believe is the killer. (151-155)
Mr. Blore and Mr. Rogers are also by themselves discussing the killings. Mr. Blore tells Rogers he has an idea of who the killer is. Rogers, on the other hand, has no idea and says this is what frightens him so much. (155-156)
Dr. Armstrong and Judge Wargrave have a private discussion as well. The judge tells the doctor he suspects someone, but doesn’t reveal who. (156-157)
Miss Brent, alone in her room, drifts off while writing in her journal and writes “THE MURDERER IS BEATRICE TAYLOR.” This is the girl whose death Miss Brent caused. Miss Brent fears she is going crazy. (158-159)
When the group meets for afternoon tea, it is revealed that two skeins of yarn and a red shower curtain are missing. (159-161)
The chapter ends with Rogers locking the door to the dining room with the intention of preventing the killer from taking more Indians. (162)
The chapter begins with Lombard waking up to discover no one else is up although it is nearly 9:30. He gets the others and when they go downstairs, they find that there are now only six little Indian figures.
Outside they find Rogers where he had been splitting firewood. He was killed by a large ax. Vera becomes hysterical when she realizes that they are being killed in the same way the Indian boys die in the poem. Armstrong slaps her to bring her out of it.
On their own, as the ladies fix breakfast, Blore tells Lombard that he suspects Miss Brent. Lombard badgers Blore into confessing to the crime he was accused of. Lombard tells Blore he doesn’t think Blore is smart enough to survive.
While Miss Brent and Vera cook breakfast, they each think about the reasons they are on the Island. Vera thinks about Cyril, the boy who drowned, and Hugo, his uncle whom she wanted to marry. Miss Brent thinks about the girl, Beatrice Taylor, who drowned herself when Miss Brent fired her.
The last scene of the chapter shows the group having breakfast. As they chat normally, they think suspicious and scared thoughts.
Chapter 10 and 11 Explanatory notes
A skein is a bundle of yarn.
Mackintosh is another name for a raincoat.
Chapters 10 and 11 Questions
a. Define tenacious. (2 points)
b. What does it mean to be “tenacious of life”? (page 156) (2 points)
a. Define surreptitiously (2 points)
b. Explain how the characters are watching each other on page 159. (2 points)
What are the reasons that Lombard suspects Justice Wargrave? (3 points)
What point of view is Chapter 10, Section iii written in? (3 points)
What does the number of Indian Figures on page 167 foreshadow the discovery of in the next section.
Why do Vera and Lombard each conclude that the other is not U.N. Owen at the beginning of Chapter 10? Support your answer with details from the book. (10 points)
Chapter 12 and 13 reading questions due____________
Chapters 12 and 13 Summary
After breakfast, Vera and Lombard begin to clean up. Miss Brent says she would help, but she feels “giddy.” (Giddy means light-headed in this sense.) Everyone but Miss Brent leaves the dining room to finish cleaning up in the kitchen. Miss Brent thinks she hears a buzzing and then sees a bee. She seems to be a little out of it. Random thoughts run through her head. The first section ends with her feeling a bee sting. (178-180)
The others are in the drawing room to discuss the situation. They are waiting for Miss Brent to join them before they begin. Before they go get her, Blore explains that he thinks that she is the killer. Of course when they go to find her, they see that she is dead. (180-182)
Dr. Armstrong says she was killed by poison that was injected into her neck with a hypodermic syringe. Vera sees the bee that Miss Brent saw. The doctor insists that it was an actual hypodermic needle, not a bee that killed her. Lombard explains that Owens just added the bee for effect because he wanted to stay as close to the rhyme as he could. The judge asks if any of the guests have a syringe. The doctor says that he does. When they all go up to his room to get it, they discover it is missing. (183-185)
Certain that one of the five people left alive is the murderer, the Judge suggests that anything that could be used to kill should be collected. He includes some sleeping tablets he has and the drugs the doctor has as well as Lombard’s revolver. He gets Lombard to give up the revolver by saying that the other four would all attack him together if he did not. When Lombard goes to get the revolver, it, like the Doctor’s syringe, is missing. (185-187)
All of the guests are strip searched. (The men allow Vera, the only woman, to simply strip to a swimsuit.) The confiscated drugs were locked in the silver chest. The silver chest was locked in the plate cupboard. (187-190)
They search the house for the gun. They do not find it, but they do find the hypodermic syringe and the little Indian boy outside the dining room window where the killer threw them after injecting Miss Brent. Blore is the person who suggested where they would find the syringe. (190)
The five surviving guests all sit together in the drawing room. The first section of the chapter describes in detail how the pressure is making them less human. They have become careful. If anyone leaves, they go alone while the other four stay and watch each other. When it starts to get dark in the early evening, Lombard goes to switch on the lights, but they do not come on. The houses electricity comes from a generator and it had not been run that day. (Rogers normally took care of this.) Afraid of going out in the dark to start it, they instead light candles.(191-196)
At 6:20 PM, Vera leaves the drawing room to splash some water on her face. As she walks upstairs, she smells the sea more strongly than before and it reminds her of Cyril. Something wet touches her throat as she walks into her room. She screams and screams in fright. The men rush upstairs to her room to check on her. Vera collapses just as they arrive. With their candles, they are able to figure out what made her scream. (196-201)
After reviving and calming Vera, Armstrong, Blore, and Lombard realize the judge is not with them. They return to the drawing room together to find the judge as well as the missing yarn and red shower curtain. The judge has a gunshot wound in his forehead, is wearing a wig made of Miss Brent’s yarn, and a robe made out of the shower curtain. (He has been dressed up like judges dress in England.) (201-203)
Chapter 12 and 13 Explanatory notes
At one time, silverware was actually made of silver. Silver is very valuable so to prevent the theft of the silverware, it was kept in a heavy lockable box called a silver chest. The cupboard, a closet used to store plates and dishes, would also have a heavy lock on it to protect all of the valuable dishes.
Chancery refers to a type of court of law in England.
A British Judge wears a red robe and a stylized wig as in this picture.
Chapter 12 and 13 questions
a. Define acquit. (2 points)
b. What has been the only way any of the guests on the island have been acquitted of being U.N. Owen?
a. Define ferocity. (2 points)
b. Why would someone with “a look of mingled ferocity and stupidity” (page 190) be dangerous.
a. Define hearse. (2 points)
b. Explain what the character is thinking about when he or she recalls the line “A hearse is at the door.”
In general, what does Christie compare each of the Characters to at the beginning of Chapter 13? Why
does Christie do this? (4 points)
Cite a specific passage that contains a comparison in Chapter 13. Identify the comparison as a simile or metaphor and explain your answer. (4 points)
Why does Blore assume that Wargrave will keep the key to the silver chest? (3 points)
Explain how Judge Wargrave actually planned to keep the drugs locked up? (3 points)
Chapter 14 and 15 reading questions due____________
Chapters 14 and 15
After putting the judge in his room, the four surviving guests return to the kitchen for dinner. As they eat, each professes that he or she is quite sure who the killer is. After dinner they all go upstairs and lock themselves in their rooms. (204-206)
In his room, Lombard discovers something very interesting in his bedside table. (207)
Alone in her room, not sleeping well, Vera thoughts once again go to Cyril and Hugo. The reader is told the exact circumstances surrounding Cyril’s death.(207-209)
Also unable to sleep, Mr. Blore stews over the situation and eventually Landor, the man whose death he is responsible for, slips into his mind. His not-so-happy thoughts are interrupted by the sound of footsteps in the hall. Blore listens carefully, and taking a heavy lamp with him as a weapon, slips after the unseen person. He glimpses someone (he can’t tell who) slip out the front door. Blore slips back upstairs knowing that one room will be empty and believing that whoever left is most likely the killer. (210-214)
Blore finds both Vera and Lombard in their rooms. Dr. Armstrong is gone. After telling Vera that she should only open her door if both Blore and Lombard are present, Blore and Lombard head out into the stormy night after Armstrong. (214-216)
On the way out the door, Blore mentions that Armstrong has a gun. When Lombard reveals that Armstrong no longer has the gun, but that Lombard has it again Blore hesitates. However when Lombard charges out into the storm, Blore does follow. (217)
Both Blore and Lombard return to Vera with the news that Armstrong has disappeared and there are now only 3 Indian figures left. (217-220)
The chapter opens with the three surviving guests discussing what happened to Armstrong. They are optimistic now, but not entirely unsuspicious of each other. They are out of the house, out in the open, enjoying the sun. Vera believes the words “red herring” in the poem are a clue that Armstrong is only pretending to be killed. (Red herring can mean distraction.) (221-226)
Blore gets hungry and decides to return to the house. Vera refuses to go to the house and Blore refuses to go to the house with Lombard alone. Vera says she is not afraid that Lombard will suddenly shoot her. (226-229)
As Lombard and Vera chat, Lombard gets Vera to confess to murdering Cyril. (230-231)
Lombard and Vera hear a dull thud at the house. They find Blore killed by a large marble clock that had been pushed out of the window. The clock had been shaped like a bear. (232)
Convinced Armstrong is loose in the house, Vera and Lombard return to the beach to decide what to do when night comes. Then Lombard notices something in the water, caught on some rocks. It turns out to be… (read the bookJ )(233-236)
Chapter 15 Explanatory Notes
Heliographing is the technique of using a mirror to flash sunlight across long distances in order to send messages. The messages would be sent using Morse code.
Chapter 14 and 15 Questions
a. Define hypocrite. (2 points)
b. Why does Blore think Wargrave is a hypocrite? (page 210) (3 points)
Was Cyril’s murder premeditated (planned in advance)? Support your answer with a detail from the book.
What point of view is Chapter 15 written in? Explain your answer. (3 points)
Who does Vera think the sixth line of the poem implies is the murderer? Why? (3 points)
The discovery of the body at the end of Chapter 15 shocks Lombard and Vera. What conclusion will they each draw from it? Explain. (4 points)
Who do you think will live longer, Vera or Lombard? Support your answer with details from the text from Chapter 15 or earlier. (10 points)
Chapter 16 and Epilogue reading questions due____________
Chapter 16 Summary and Epilogue
This chapter is pretty straightforward. I don’t want to ruin anything by including a summary. Please ask me if you have any questions.
Two new characters are introduced as all of the others are now deceased. Inspector Maine and his boss Sir Thomas Legge work for Scotland Yard, the British law enforcement agency. The entire epilogue consists of the two discussing the mystery of Indian Island. Most of the information they have is accurate, but they cannot figure out who did it. Read this part carefully. There is at least one major discrepancy between how we saw the Island left in Chapter 16 and what the police found.
Chapter 16 Explanatory notes
Aeon is British for eon- which means a very, very long period of time—thousands or millions of years. Christie is using it hyperbolically to show how slowly the time seems to be passing after Vera and Lombard make the shocking discovery.
Reread page 209. Identify the foreshadowing that prepares the reader for the final death. (3 points)
Identify two characters who the police believe are innocent of the murders that U.N. Owen accused them of committing. (3 points)
Identify a discrepancy between the way the house was left in Chapter 16 and the scene the police find in the Epilogue. (3 points)
Manuscript Document reading questions & vocab due___________
A Manuscript Document sent to Scotland Yard
by the Master of the Emma Jane, Fishing Trawler
The killer wrote a confession, put it in a bottle, and threw it into the ocean. A fishing boat found it and sent it to Scotland Yard. Read the letter to find out who the killer is and how he or she did it.
Manuscript Document Questions
a. Define contradictory. (2 points)
b. Why are the two impulses the killer mentions contradictory? (3 points)
a. Define recognition. (2 points)
b. Put the sentence containing the word recognition on page 273 in your own words. (3 points)
What are two clues that the killer claims he left? (5 points)
Who was the killer’s tenth victim? (3 points)
Why was the killer actually innocent of the crime he was accused of on the island? (3 points)
Identify a passage that is a distraction from anywhere in the book. Explain why it is a distraction. (10 points)
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