Chapter 6 Notes from And Then There Were None

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And Then There Were None Chapter 6

Armstrong is having a nightmare. In his dreams, he relives the botched operation, he believes he's supposed to kill someone. Everything is chaotic. It's too hot, he can't tell what he's doing, and the body seems too small. And the Nun is there watching him. He uncovers the face - it's Emily, her eyes staring maliciously. He's supposed to kill Emily Brent. But then the body changes, now it's Marston, but he's alive, and laughing. Armstrong wakes up suddenly - Rogers is right in front of him. He needs Armstrong's help - there's something wrong with his wife. Armstrong quickly dresses and rushes upstairs, but it's too late. Mrs. Rogers died sometime during the night. Armstrong asks about her health, but Rogers doesn't know much, other than that she never slept well. Armstrong searches the room for any sleeping aid Mrs. Rogers might have taken, but Rogers tells him "She didn't have nothing last night, sir, except what you gave her..." Chapter 6, pg. 85

By the time the nine O'clock bell is rung, everyone is already up and milling about. Macarthur and Wargrave make small talk. Lombard and Vera climb to the highest point of the island, but find Blore already there, looking for the boat. Vera says they shouldn't worry, because everything moves at a slower pace out in the country. As the three of them walk back down to the house, Blore mentions that he doesn't believe Marston killed himself, but he can't figure out why anyone else would have murdered him.

Back at the house, after everyone has had breakfast, Armstrong announces that Mrs. Rogers is dead. Everyone wants to know if it a murder or not. Armstrong announces that there's no way to be sure without an autopsy. Emily suggests that Mrs. Rogers probably had a heart attack from shock, after being accused of murder. Armstrong says that there's no way to know if she had a weak heart or not. Emily suggests that Mrs. Rogers death was an act of god. Everyone finds this far-fetched. Emily responds: "You regard it as impossible that a sinner should be struck down by the wrath of God! I do not!" Chapter 6, pg. 89

Everyone discusses what could have happened to Mrs. Rogers. Blore's theory is that that she and her husband probably did murder their former employer, but Mrs. Rogers had always felt guilty about it. After the Voice made its accusation, Rogers was sure that his wife would crack under the pressure, so he poisoned her during the night, and then got rid of all the evidence. Not everyone agrees with Blore, but no one has a better theory. Rogers enters, and informs them that the boat is two hours late.

Out on the terrace, Lombard and Blore discuss the missing boat. They're both convinced that something sinister is going on, and that the boat won't be coming for them. Macarthur wanders out of the house, and, half-dreamingly, tells them that none of them will be leaving the island. Lombard and Blore watch him go, fairly sure that the General has lost his mind.

Armstrong comes out on the terrace and moves to speak to Wargrave, but he's interrupted by Rogers. Rogers ushers him into the house and shows him the dining room table. Another Indian is missing - now there are just eight figurines left.

Topic Tracking Trust and Suspicion 3

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