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And then there were none. by nightbox And then there were none. by nightbox
I had to do something while i was internetless, so here we go.
Inspired by the so famous novel by Agatha Christie and the namesake song 10 little indians (also known as 10 little niggers).
I chose to show the death of each character as it is described in the novel, even if it's often slightly different from the song.

The rhyme used in the novel is as follows:

Ten little Indian boys going out to dine;
One choked his little self and then there were nine.
Nine little Indian boys sat up very late;
One overslept himself and then there were eight.
Eight little Indian boys traveling in Devon;
One said he'd stay and then there were seven.
Seven little Indian boys chopping up sticks;
One chopped himself into halves and then there were six.
Six little Indian boys playing with a hive;
A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.
Five little Indian boys going in for law;
One got in Chancery and then there were four.
Four little Indian boys going out to sea;
A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.
Three little Indian boys walking in the zoo;
A big bear hugged one and then there were two.
Two little Indian boys sitting in the sun;
One got frizzled up and then there was one.
One little Indian boy left all alone;
He went and hanged himself and then there were none.

The characters, in order of death, are:

* Anthony Marston, a young, reckless playboy
* Mrs. Ethel Rogers, the housekeeper
* General John Macarthur, a retired World War I hero
* Mr. Thomas Rogers, the butler, Mrs. Rogers' husband
* Emily Brent, an elderly spinster and a religious zealot
* Justice Lawrence Wargrave, a retired judge
* Dr. Edward Armstrong, a Harley Street surgeon
* William Blore, a retired police inspector, now a private investigator
* Philip Lombard, a soldier of fortune
* Vera Claythorne, a young teacher and ex-governess

The story:

Shortly after their arrival, the ten realize that they have been brought to the island under false pretenses, but now have no means of getting away. A mysterious gramophone recording informs them that all ten of them are guilty of "murders," though in this case the killings cannot be dealt with by law. Marston, for instance, was responsible for the death of two children by reckless driving, but rather than be properly prosecuted, he simply had his licence withdrawn; Vera Claythorne willingly let a small boy in her care swim out to sea and drown but was cleared by a coroner's inquest; Armstrong fatally operated on a patient when he was drunk; Blore committed perjury against a gang leader who would later die in prison, and so forth.
On the first night, Anthony Marston dies of poisoning. In the morning, Mrs. Rogers fails to wake up and it is assumed that she had a fatal overdose of sleeping drugs.
At lunch the very same day, General MacArthur is found dead by a blow to the back of his head. After continuing to search the island for the murderer or possible hiding spots, the survivors realize that the murderer can only be one of them, and whoever it is is playing a game killing them in the manner poetically similar to a nursery rhyme, and also removing one of ten little figurines in the dining room after each murder. The survivors have a meeting and discover that none of them has an alibi for any of the deaths.
The next morning Rogers is found dead in the woodshed, having been killed with a large axe. Later that day, Emily Brent dies from an injection of potassium cyanide. The five remaining - Dr. Armstrong, Justice Wargrave, Philip Lombard, Vera Claythorne, and Inspector Blore become increasingly paranoid. Later, Justice Wargrave is found dead, having been shot through the head.
That night, Dr. Armstrong leaves the house, and when the rest of the survivors search for him, all they can find is a smashed figurine.
Vera, Inspector Blore, and Philip Lombard think it best to go outside when morning arrives. Blore decides to go back to the house to get some sustenance, and a dull thud is heard. When Vera and Philip check to see what happened, they find Blore crushed to death by a heavy marble clock. They assume Doctor Armstrong did it and decide to stay out of the house. The two survivors get back to the beach only to find Armstrong's body washed up on the shore. Vera and Lombard then realize that they are the only two left. Even though neither could possibly have murdered the Inspector, the suspicion has driven them to a breaking point and each of them assumes the other to be the murderer. Lombard reaches for his revolver, only to discover that Vera has pickpocketed it. She shoots him and then returns to the house, thinking she is finally safe. When Vera gets to her room, she discovers a noose hanging there, with a chair under it. Having finally been driven mad by the entire experience, she completely breaks down and hangs herself, thus fulfilling the final verse of the rhyme upon which the murders were based.
The final chapter of the story consists of a conversation between two police: their investigation, although thorough, cannot find any satisfactory explanation. By process of elimination, they have determined that Armstrong, Blore, Philip and Vera were the last four to die, but cannot determine which one of them did the killings: Blore was found crushed by the clock; Armstrong was found drowned on the beach, but dragged above the high-tide mark; Lombard was found shot outside the house, but the gun was found inside the house; and Vera was found hanged in her room, but the chair from which she jumped was found out of reach and pushed against the wall.
The postscript is in the form of a letter, written by the murderer, which was found in a bottle floating off the Island.
As it turns out, the Justice's "death" was simulated: He convinced Dr. Armstrong to pronounce him dead, so that he could sneak about unnoticed and determine the murderer's identity. Instead, he continued orchestrating the killings. In the end, after Vera hangs herself, the Justice explains his reasoning for this vengeful plot and shoots himself through the head - this time for real.

Thanks to Wikipedia as usual for the precious information.
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mewmewwarriorcat Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Lombard was totally my favorite.
I always pictured him really sexy. :meow:
WixkedLovely Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
I think you should have but Wargrave last in the description because he died last. Thanks for posting by the way.
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GreyCorbie Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010   Traditional Artist
My favorite of Christie's books. ^^
akatsuki0592 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
i remember reading that book. i loved it! i had to read it during this summer (for school) this is one of my favorite books.
TheSpiritOfSolo Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010   Photographer
I I thought they were 10 little sailor boys.
Nick-oceanchild Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
In the game it is but not in the actually book :)
TheSpiritOfSolo Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010   Photographer
Oh I see
DoctorCritical Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Armstrong is definitely my favourite character, and this is definitely my favourite book. ^^ Very good job on this!
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