By Nina TorskaSun. 28 Apr. 20243min Read

10 Best And Then There Were None Quotes

In this blog, we explore key quotes from "And Then There Were None," delving into Christie's masterful use of suspense and moral intrigue.
10 Best  And Then There Were None  Quotes

In Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None," I am consistently captivated by the intricate plotting and the masterful suspense that unfolds on every page.

This novel, one of Christie's most celebrated works, intricately weaves a tale of mystery and moral reckoning, trapping its characters—and its readers—in a relentless tide of tension and psychological intrigue.

"Ten little Soldier Boys went out to dine; One choked his little self and then there were Nine." — Nursery Rhyme

This eerie rhyme sets the framework for the novel's plot, with each line foreshadowing the death of an island guest.

It encapsulates the methodical and inevitable decline of the characters' numbers, creating a relentless tension that drives the narrative forward.

"In the midst of life, we are in death." — Judge Wargrave

Judge Wargrave's somber reflection during the first dinner captures the novel's grim reality and the omnipresence of death that haunts the island.

This quote sets the tone for the existential reflections that characters face as they grapple with their past actions and impending doom.

"The legal life's narrowing! It narrows the mind—now doesn't it?" — Emily Brent

Emily Brent's comment on the legal profession reflects her rigid, moralistic worldview, hinting at the judgments she will later face.

Her perspective provides insight into the social critiques embedded in Christie's character portrayals, questioning the confines of societal roles and justice.

"Best of an island is once you get there—you can't go any've come to the end of things..." — Anthony Marston

Anthony Marston's remarks about the island symbolize the finality and isolation that each character experiences—geographically and metaphorically.

It foreshadows the ultimate reckoning that each guest faces, trapped by both the island and their past deeds.

"I don't know. I don't know at all. And that's what's frightening the life out of me. To have no idea...." — Vera Claythorne

Vera's admission of her fear of the unknown captures the psychological intensity of Christie's narrative, where the terror comes not just from death, but from the inability to understand or predict it, amplifying the characters' paranoia and suspense.

"We are all being hunted." — General Macarthur

General Macarthur's realization speaks to the core theme of the novel—being prey to an unseen predator. This line encapsulates the characters' growing awareness of their vulnerability and the inevitability of their fates.

"Justice? You get justice in the next world. In this world, you have the law." — Judge Wargrave

Judge Wargrave's cynical take on justice versus the law reveals his manipulative and calculating nature, which becomes central to the unfolding of the plot. His perspective challenges the conventional separation between legal right and moral good.

"Conscience is a dreadful thing when it accuses man or boy; but when, in the case of a murderer, it becomes the accuser..." — Dr. Armstrong

Dr. Armstrong's reflection on guilt and conscience delves into the psychological torture experienced by the characters, who are forced to confront their darkest actions under the pressure of imminent death.

"One little soldier boy left all alone; He went out and hanged himself and then there were none." — Nursery Rhyme

The final line of the nursery rhyme, repeated as the last death unfolds, completes the chilling prophecy that has hung over the characters, sealing the novel's fatalistic approach to the mystery.

"It's the silence that gets you. It's the blank, damnable, pressing silence." — Vera Claythorne

Vera's comment on the oppressive silence of the island encapsulates the intense atmosphere of isolation and the psychological strain it imposes on the guests, highlighting Christie's mastery in using setting as a character in its own right.

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