And Then There Were None Chapters 5 - 7 Summary

Anthony Marston choked on his whisky and soda, then he collapsed. Dr. Armstrong after checking him over, pronounced him dead. The others thought he had died from choking, but Dr. Armstrong determined he had died of cyanide poisoning. The poison is found only in Mr. Marston's glass, which leads to the supposition he has committed suicide. The problem is Mr. Marston did not seem depressed, in fact, he seemed full of life.

The guests reluctantly decide, because it is past midnight, they will go to bed, only Mr. Rogers remains behind, so he can clean up the dining room. The others lock themselves into their rooms and try to go to sleep.

Sleep is not easy to come by for Justice Wargrave, as he reviews in his mind the Edward Seton trial. He knew Mr. Seton had been defended well and he was an excellent witness on the witness stand. Justice Wargrave knew the prosecutor had not done a very good job of presenting the Crown's case against Mr. Seton. He also acknowledged he, through his summation of the case to the jury, had made sure the jury would find Mr. Seton guilty.

General Macarthur had found out his wife had been having an affair with Arthur Richmond, after receiving a letter she had intended for Arthur. He did make sure to send Arthur on the mission which he knew would, in all likelihood, kill him. He also thinks one of his men, named Armitage, had suspected his motives for sending Richmond on the mission.

Vera Claythorne lay awake remembering her lost love Hugo. Hugo, who would have inherited his brother's wealth, if the child Cyril Hamilton had not been born. Cyril had always wanted to swim in the ocean out to the rock, but it was too dangerous for the young boy to make the swim. Miss. Claythorne tries not to think about Cyril's drowning anymore. She instead concentrates on her desire to live.

Meanwhile, Mr. Rogers as he is cleaning up the dining room, notices one of the ten little Indian centerpiece figures is missing from the table.

The next morning Dr. Armstrong is awaken, from a dream about operating on the wrong person, by Mr. Rogers, who is urgently asking the doctor to look at Mrs. Rogers. The doctor hurries to Mrs. Rogers and finds her dead in her bed. He cannot find any obvious reasons for her death and after a search of the room, he and Mr. Rogers are still stumped as to why she has died.

Meanwhile, the others are looking for the boat to come and take them off the island. It becomes obvious after the boat is two hours late that it is not coming to the island. Mr. Rogers makes and serves the guests breakfast, without saying a word about his wife's demise. Dr. Armstrong informs the group of Mrs. Rogers' death after they have finished their breakfasts.

Mr. Blore feels Mr. Rogers is responsible for his wife's death, because he wanted her to shut up about the death of Jennifer Brady. General Macarthur feels Mr. Rogers would not kill his wife, but speculation is put on hold as Mr. Rogers enters the room.

He is very agitated and needs to talk to Dr. Armstrong at once, he is upset by the disappearance of another centerpiece figure. He tells Dr. Armstrong the night before one figure was missing and now another figure is gone. He can't understand where they are going and who is removing them from the table.

Emily Brent and Vera Claythorne are taking a walk and discussing the events that have transpired on Indian Island. Emily is certain Mr. Rogers killed his wife, in order to keep her from admitting they killed Jennifer Brady. Vera is not sure what to believe and she is also wondering if the other accusations made on the recording are true. Emily is certain that if a person has sinned, then that sin will one day be brought out for all to see.

Emily tells Vera about the death she is accused of causing. Beatrice Taylor was a young woman working as a servant in Emily's home, she at first seemed a respectable hard working young woman. This changed when Emily found out Beatrice was expecting a baby out of wedlock. Emily immediately threw the girl out and Beatrice's parents were against her also. The young girl, in despair, threw herself into the river and died. Emily feels no remorse at all for what happened to Beatrice, because she feels Beatrice brought the situation on herself, through her own actions.

While the women are talking, Dr. Armstrong and Philip Lombard talk about the recent deaths. They decide if taken alone each death might be explained away as suicide or natural causes, but together they need to be viewed as potential murders. Dr. Armstrong tells Mr. Lombard about the missing figurines and they speculate that another person must be on the island. They also realize the two deaths follow the nursery rhyme, which is posted in each of the bedrooms. The first Indian dies by choking and the second oversleeps, which is how Mr. Marston and Mrs. Rogers died. Dr. Armstrong and Mr. Lombard feel a thorough search of the island would be a good idea. They decide to enlist the help of Mr. Blore, to find the mysterious Mr. Owen or whoever it is that is taking the figurines and possibly murdering the people on the island.

The first two murders have occurred on Indian Island. The people left on the island realize the boat they are counting on to leave the island is not coming to pick them up. They try to device ways to solve the question of how people are dying and who is committing the murders, if it is indeed, murder.

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