And Then There Were None Quotes

"Who were these Owens, he wondered?" (Anthony Marston, chapter 1, p. 9)

Most of the people who were invited to Indian Island had the name of either Mr. or Mrs. Owens signed at the bottom of their invitation. The problem was, none of the invitees had ever met the Owens. This was the first mystery the guests needed to solve during their stay on the island, but in fact, one person, Justice Wargrave, knew the name was fiction. If the initials U.N. Owen were put together to form a word, the word it made was unknown. This meant the owners of the island, who were the hosts for the weekend, were unknown to most of the inhabitants of the island.

"Ladies and gentlemen! Silence, please!" (The Voice, chapter 3, p. 30)

This is the opening line from the recording, which read the charges against each of the ten people assembled on the island. They were terrified by The Voice and what it had to say, because they each were accused of being responsible in some way for the death of people they had come into contact with. The Voice caused various reactions from those assembled, ranging from Mrs. Rogers fainting, to denials, by several of those in the room, of any criminal activity.

"'The motor boat's not coming,' he said." (General Macarthur, chapter 5, p. 68)

The survivors on the island are looking for the motor boat from the mainland to return and rescue them from the island. Mr. Marston and Mrs. Rogers have already died, causing the others to come to the conclusion a murderer must be on the island. The boat is late and hope is fading that it will appear at all, which prompts General Macarthur's statement, which proves to be correct.

"It is perfectly clear. Mr. Owen is one of us..." (Mr. Justice Wargrave, chapter 9, p. 101)

After having discovered the body of General Macarthur, the remaining people on the island gathered to discuss their situation. Some of the men had already searched the island, the out buildings, and the house extensively and found no trace of anyone else there. Justice Wargrave reached the conclusion, the only way Mr. Owen could be on the island, would be if he was one of the survivors. This conclusion changed the climate in the household, instead of looking for some unknown assailant, they now looked at each other as a potential murderer.

"Oh, don't you understand? Haven't you read that idiotic rhyme? It's up in all your bedrooms-put there for you to study!" (Vera Claythorne, chapter 10, pp. 125-126)

Vera was referring to a nursery rhyme, which described how ten little Indian boys were killed. The murders on the island followed the rhyme, because each person's death in some way related to the rhyme. Vera was concerned, because the next line mentioned the boys played with a hive. She was proven correct, after Miss Brent was found dead next to a window where a bumble bee crawled across its pane. Vera felt everyone should pay more attention to the rhyme, because it would give them a clue as to how the next murder would be committed.

"Ten people dead on an island and not a living soul on it. It doesn't make sense!" (Sir Thomas Legge, Epilogue, p. 184)

The bodies were found by Fred Narracott, after he was alerted to an SOS signal that was seen coming from the island. In spite of his orders from Mr. Owen to ignore pleas for help from the island, Fred made the trip anyway. He notified the police of his discovery and Sir Thomas Legge was put in charge of the investigation. The policeman could not understand how ten people died without anyone having witnessed a person as they fled the island. The SOS was discovered by a group of boy scouts who watched the island to see if anyone left. They saw no one leave the island from the time the SOS was signaled, also the sea was too choppy for anyone to have escaped the island by boat or by swimming. The entire scene was a mystery to everyone involved.

"That," said the AC., "seems to be the point. U.N. Owen dealt with cases that the law couldn't touch." (Sir Thomas Legge, Epilogue, p. 188)

After having investigated each of the victims, the police came to the conclusion that each of them in some way was responsible for another person's death. They felt the murderer was dispensing justice in his own way, to make sure the dead were avenged. U.N. Owen decided it was his responsibility to provide closure not only for the dead, but also for the families of those who lost their lives. He felt, just because a person could legally get away with murder, does not mean they are not guilty of murder. He decided to make sure the guilty party would be punished in the same manner as if they were legally found guilty.

"From an early age I knew very strongly the lust to kill. But side by side with this went a contradictory trait-a strong sense of justice." (Mr. Justice Wargrave, A Manuscript Document Sent To Scotland Yard By The Master Of The Emma Jane, Fishing Trawler, p. 194)

This is part of the note, which was put into a bottle and thrown out to sea by the killer, Mr. Justice Wargrave. It was turned into the police and gave them the answers they had been seeking regarding the murders on Indian Island. Justice Wargrave was a unique individual, in that he drew great joy from killing any living thing, but at the same time he felt justice must prevail. He fed this need by becoming a judge, who could dispense justice, while at the same time satiating his need to kill by sentencing murderers to death. He found out he was dying and so went on a quest to find ten people who had eluded justice, to fulfill his lifelong desire to commit murder. He wanted to quench his desire in a big way, which is why instead of killing one person, he decided to kill ten. He with the help of Dr. Armstrong faked his own murder, so he could go on killing without anyone suspecting him. Then after he was done with the others, he cheated his illness from killing him by committing suicide.

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