Now this chapter is where the cinematic potential of this story to be redone as a really scary slasher flick comes to the fore.

I love the levels of paranoia in this chapter – five people just sitting watching one another’s every move, checking that the drinks aren’t tampered with.

And then, despite all that, they’re still outsmarted by our very clever killer. Actually, with the whole costume thing – all the missing objects of the last few chapters now being revealed – I’d say a very clever, very twisted killer.

Hang in there, folks . . . only a few days more.

Oh yeah, Dan, and they gave you all the inner thoughts of everyone while they were sitting in the lounge room as well . . .

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4 thoughts on “And Then There Were None – Chapter 13 (6 Dead; 4 Alive)

  1. Hmmm. My theory that Vera was prime suspect seems dead with this chapter. She seemed genuinely fearful for her life. I can’t remember whether any of the other remaining characters have had similar candid moments.

    But if not, that would seem an easy way to determine the killer (from the reader’s perspective). So I keep coming back to the killer not being one of the ten. Or one of my other early theories that the murderer doesn’t know they’re doing it. No idea how that would work however.

  2. It does start to get a bit tricky.

    Anyway, I can now say what I foolishly almost put up yesterday, which would have spoiled today’s chapter. I was just thinking that there’s two clichés that have been set here.

    One, by the book in general, is the genre of starting with a large cast and killing them off one by one till you only have a small number left. And this formula has been used in many, many types of films and stories – especially creature films and horror films, where it is a staple. In fact, what reminded me of this, was I was watching the director’s commentary recently for “Alien” and Ridley Scott said that the story for the film was really simple – it was basically “Ten Little Indians” in space. What made it classy was the way he told the story. When this is all over, I’ll do some research (ie look on Wikipedia) and see if this was the first story of this type – in which case Agatha Christie unleashed a genre that was to become widely imitated.

    Also, the second cliché, to me, was the death of the leader-type figure. In most of those films and stories where people are getting picked off, once the danger kicks in, one person usually moves to the fore as a leader. In “Alien” it was Tom Skerritt, the Captain of the Nostromo. In “Deep Blue Sea” it was Samuel L Jackson. In Jurassic Park, it’s not quite so clear, but the English guy who gets the “Clever girl!” line before being eaten by velociraptors is a pretty close contender.

    So anyway, from now on, I’m going to label these characters the “Justice Wargrave” and the moment where they get picked off (thus throwing the audience and the remaining characters into complete and utter chaos) as the “Justice Wargrave moment”.

  3. That comment makes more sense today. Such an elaborate costume for the judge: seems like a lot of trouble to go to!

    The candles were a clever touch; and the whole drowning subplot feels like it hasn’t been fully explored yet: maybe the ex-Beau is somehow involved?

  4. I do love Samuel L Jackson’s Justice Wargrave moment in Deep Blue Sea. One of my favourite movie moments of all time (sad, but true. I have an insane love for that movie. They’re deliberately breeding super-intelligent sharks! What’s not to love?)

    BTW, I think I said this earlier, but AC’s solution to the getting inside character’s head problem is very neat indeed. The whole summary of all the thoughts in the room without naming them – very neat.

    I also liked the observation that if you were just sitting in a room with four other people, saying nothing, waiting for the weather to pass, trying to work out which one is a murderer, then that day might pass really rather excruciatingly slowly indeed.

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