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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for the death of two children by reckless driving, but rather than be properly prosecuted, he simply had his licence withdrawn; Vera Claythorne willingly let a small boy in her care swim out to sea and drown but was cleared by a coroner's inquest; Armstrong fatally operated on a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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nakedboywithanalbead Featured By Owner May 28, 2012  Professional Filmographer
im naked as shit and want a black cock in my butthole so tight hmu if your horny enough to bang
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mewmewwarriorcat Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012
Lombard was totally my favorite.
I always pictured him really sexy. :meow:
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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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Greypeacock13 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
LOVE THIS BOOK.
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GreyCorbie Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010   Traditional Artist
My favorite of Christie's books. ^^
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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.
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TheSpiritOfSolo Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010   Photographer
I I thought they were 10 little sailor boys.
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Nick-oceanchild Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010
In the game it is but not in the actually book :)
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TheSpiritOfSolo Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2010   Photographer
Oh I see
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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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froggi-13 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009
That is amazing, this was the first book we read in Modern Lit this year and I love the poem.
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Nutmeg-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
That is my FAVORITE book of all time! :D

Only in my copy of the book (I have the newer copy) it says "Ten Little Indians"
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blondeewolf Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I thought it was 'Ten Little Sailor Boys'? Eh, many versions, I suppose...

I really want to read that book, but for now I'm just playing the game... Thank you for giving me the ending! It's, like, the perfect cheat-code! xD
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Arline Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008   Photographer
You have been featured:

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nightbox Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008
Oh my, I just checked it and... it's a surprise, I didn't expect something like this at all! (as my latest journal post can testify!).
Thank you again! (what else can I say? I'm speechless)
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Arline Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008   Photographer
:) you are welcome...
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Arline Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2008   Photographer
awesome!
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nightbox Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008
Thank you! :)
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diamondrubylove Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008  Student
i simply LOVED the book! have you read it?
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nightbox Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008
Of course! ^0^ That's why I decided to make this little omake, I loved the story so much.
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diamondrubylove Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008  Student
yeah that book was really good, I didn't expect it to be the former judge!
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nightbox Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008
Me neither! That's why the ending totally fascinated me.
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diamondrubylove Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2008  Student
yeah my friend kept talking about it so i decided to read it after... sadly she ruined the ending for me -_- but it was still really good!
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androidian Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2008
Ah, that's really nice! I love the little illustrations.
I showed this to my language arts teacher because we're reading the book and she loved it!

Anyways, nice work. :)
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nightbox Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008
Aww, thank you - and thanks to your teacher too!
I started it as a quick sketch to have some fun in the making, but I fond of the project and I'm so glad there're many that appreciate the book and this little omake of mine! :)
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ShenTsumi Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not sure if anyone's told you this yet, but that's not the order they die in... Very cool picture, though. One of my favorite books.
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nightbox Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
I know it's not the exact order, while I was making this thing I was puzzled, I wanted to combine the book and the song but eventually I kept the order of the song. Thanks for telling me anyway, I love the book so much it's nice to see that others think the same. I just had to do something like this, as omake.
By the way, thank you so much for the fav! :3
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ShenTsumi Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Actually, I was kicking myself after I typed that. You DID get the order right, with the exception on one character who you think is dead, but it spoils the end if you put his/her name last. You were right. I was too quick to say something.

But I really like this. It's super-cool.
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nightbox Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008
Ahh, now I get what you meant! Yeah, I'm totally against spoilers, sooo... my brain just worked out the thing to not spoil anyone :3
(by the way, how wit is that ending?)
Thank you so much again!
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ShenTsumi Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my god, the ending! Have you seen the movie If not---don't! The movie totally changes the ending. Anyway, no problem again, this is great!
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nightbox Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008
No, to tell you the truth I didn't even know there was a movie of 10 Little Indians out there. So, my being-out-of-the-world is a luck, this time! XD
I don't appreciate often movies inspired by books, if I read the book before. I mean, I continue to notice differences and similarity, and I can't really focus on it. But if the movie changes the (marvellous! wonderful! breathtaking!) ending it's not worth watching ;_;
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ShenTsumi Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh yes... The movie is just strange... it's such a fairy-tale-happily-ever-after ending in the movie, unlike the book's... amazing ending. And no, it is not worth watching. : )
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halfbakedxcookie Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AHH i love it!
We just read that book for English.
I love you're little indians.
But watch out, ima post mine pretty soon...
Lol We have to do a project and make up 10 little 'somethings'
But I do love your little indians.
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nightbox Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2007
Thank youuuu~
I loved the book too, and I just had to do something 10-little-indians-related XD I wish I had to do something like yours for school, it'd have been fun!
I'm going to see yours 10 little 'something'--
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NutziLand Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2007
my all time favorite book. have you seen the movie? haha, it's really old. and hilarious. i mean, it's not supposed to be, but it is. the ending is so stupid. but anyways.. love it!
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nightbox Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2007
i love the book too! but I didn't know there was a movie of it. I'll try to find and see it :)
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Wasabichan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2007
AWESOME!!!!!!!!
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nightbox Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
thank you! :D
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TheDramaticMonarch Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2007
This is just awesome. "And Then There Were None" is one of my favorite books ever and this is such a great tribute to it. I'm definitely favoriting this!
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nightbox Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2007
Thank you so much :)
I'm happy we share the love for this book.
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TheDramaticMonarch Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2007
Aww, not a problem. :) It really is a fantastic book that should get all the praise and accolades it deserves. :)
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fantana Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007
Oh I read this a long time ago...a really good book...although I adore Poirot cases more :love:
lovely idea to do this, really enjoyable :D
oh, memories come alive...
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nightbox Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007
I love Poirot too, but I'm someway attached to this story. Maybe because there isn't a single protagonist/detective and you have to concentrate on every person, instead of following the actions of a detective as Poirot (and in this case, for the most part I'm thinking "what is he doing next?" :P)
Thank you so much :)
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elanitakira Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2007
Wasn't the poem 10 Little Soldiers? Or did it change after the original context?
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GreyCorbie Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010   Traditional Artist
Actually, in the first edition, it was "10 little n*****s", but obviously, that had to be changed. XD
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Punctuation Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2006   Photographer
I love that book, and this picture is increadible!
And cute, even though they are like.. dying!
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nightbox Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2007
Thank you :)
Yes, they're all dying, that's pretty sad ;_;
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nightbox Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2007
I nearly forgot to say, thanks so much for the fav!
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tutku Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2006
perfect graphical expression about 10 little Indians from Agatha Christie!

bravo!...
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nightbox Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2007
Your comment is so nice :)
And thank you for the fav, too!
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