It quickly emerges from this chapter that pretty much every one of our cast of suspects has been responsible for a death in the past – whether they would admit to it or not is another matter, and whether they would view it as murder is another thing altogether.

It reminds me a bit of The Usual Suspects – the main group pulled together are a group of criminals, and so there’s a sense that whatever happens to them, they probably deserve it – at least a little bit.

Either way, the die has been cast – and our first little Indian (or Soldier, if you’re reading an American version) or another word, if you’ve got the really, really old version – drops dead at the end of the chapter.

Nine to go. Question for the day: who would you bump off next?

See you tomorrow. No peeking ahead to the next chapter in the meantime…

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5 thoughts on “And Then There Were None – Chapter 4 (1 Dead; 9 Alive)

  1. Not sure who I’d bump off next. They’re all still pretty much ciphers at this stage. I’m assuming there will be a bit of time to ponder the first death and let the suspense build before the next one falls.

    Or not.

    I’ll cast my vote for the doctor to go next. He’ll examine the first victim, tell everybody what’s what, poison-wise, then he’ll go.

    What the heck. It’s a one in nine shot. There are worse odds.

  2. How much of modern cinema pacing owes itself a debt to just this scene? I’m left at the end of this chapter wondering if it’s just going to be natural causes.

    Though perhaps it’s puff’s tendency to put too much food in his mouth that makes me predisposed towards accidental choking.

    I think it will be whoever else has no secrets left. Maybe Blore?he lost his secret identity. No-one else knows the doctor was drunk yet.

  3. It does have a cinematic feel to it, doesn’t it? There have been (as a bit of trivia) about three or four movies made of this – none of which I’ve seen completely – but apparently, they all have an alternate ending which Christie worked out for the stage version.

    I don’t want to speak about that until you actually find out the ending for yourself, however, so I’ll revisit that later.

    But by far, the most interesting thing about this chapter – the hallmark of all good whodunnits – is that, as the tension grows, we peel back layers from our suspects/victims and find out more about them. All of them have shady pasts and we’ll completely understand them by the end…

  4. Funny you mention the stage version. We were flipping through the television the other night and caught the back half of an episode of Frasier, where he (for convoluted reasons) must become part of a high school play.

    The play? Ten Little Indians.

    I averted my eyes just in case.

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