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Agatha Christie ·  264 pages

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“Ten little Indian boys went 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 travelling in Devon; One said he'd stay there and then there were seven.
Seven little Indian boys chopping up sticks; One chopped himself in 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.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from And Then There Were None


“But no artist, I now realize, can be satisfied with art alone. There is a natural craving for recognition which cannot be gain-said.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from And Then There Were None


“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....”
― Agatha Christie, quote from And Then There Were None


“The amount of missing girls I've had to trace and their family and their friends always say the same thing. 'She was a bright and affectionate disposition and had no men friends'. That's never true. It's unnatural. Girls ought to have men friends. If not, then there's something wrong about them....”
― Agatha Christie, quote from And Then There Were None


“One little Indian left all alone, he went out and hanged himself and then there were none.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from And Then There Were None


“Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from And Then There Were None


“It had come about ex­act­ly in the way things hap­pened in books.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from And Then There Were None


“One of us in this very room is in fact the murderer.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from And Then There Were None


“Be sure thy sin will find thee out.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from And Then There Were None


“Best of an island is once you get there - you can't go any farther...you've come to the end of things...”
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“The oth­ers went up­stairs, a slow unwilling pro­ces­sion. If this had been an old house, with creak­ing wood, and dark shad­ows, and heav­ily pan­elled walls, there might have been an eerie feel­ing. But this house was the essence of moder­ni­ty. There were no dark corners - ​no pos­si­ble slid­ing pan­els - it was flood­ed with elec­tric light - every­thing was new and bright and shining. There was noth­ing hid­den in this house, noth­ing con­cealed. It had no at­mo­sphere about it. Some­how, that was the most fright­en­ing thing of all. They ex­changed good-​nights on the up­per land­ing. Each of them went in­to his or her own room, and each of them automatical­ly, al­most with­out con­scious thought, locked the door....”
― Agatha Christie, quote from And Then There Were None


“ Fear, what a strange thing fear was...”
― Agatha Christie, quote from And Then There Were None


“When the sea goes down, there will come from the mainland boats and men. And they will find ten dead bodies and an unsolved problem on Indian Island.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from And Then There Were None


“When a man's neck's in danger, he doesn't stop to think too much about
sentiment.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from And Then There Were None


“You're very young...you haven't got to that yet. But it does come! The blessed relief when you know that you've done with it all - that you haven't got to carry the burden any longer. You'll feel that too someday...”
― Agatha Christie, quote from And Then There Were None


“Unpleasant to feel that people were discussing you”
― Agatha Christie, quote from And Then There Were None


“There was something magical about an island—the mere word suggested fantasy. You lost touch with the world—an island was a world of its own. A world, perhaps, from which you might never return.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from And Then There Were None


“Ulick Norman Owen—Una Nancy Owen—each time, that is to say, U. N. Owen. Or by a slight stretch of fancy, UNKNOWN!”
― Agatha Christie, quote from And Then There Were None


“This is no time for refusing to look facts in the face.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from And Then There Were None


“Oh, yes. I've no doubt in my own mind that we have been invited here by a madman-probably a dangerous homicidal lunatic.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from And Then There Were None


“She looked at them with shining eyes. Her chin went up. She said:
"You regard it as impossible that a sinner should be struck down
by the wrath of God! I do not!"
The judge stroked his chin. He murmured in a slightly ironic voice:
"My dear lady, in my experience of ill-doing, Providence leaves the work
of conviction and chastisement to us mortals-and the process is often
fraught with difficulties. There are no short cuts.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from And Then There Were None


“Diez negritos se fueron a cenar;
uno se asfixió y quedaron nueve.

Nueve negritos estuvieron despiertos hasta muy tarde;
uno se quedó dormido y entonces quedaron ocho.

Ocho negritos viajaron por Devon;
uno dijo que se quedaría allí y quedaron siete.

Siete negritos cortaron leña;
uno se cortó en dos y quedaron seis.

Seis negritos jugaron con una colmena;
una abeja picó a uno de ellos y quedaron cinco.

Cinco negritos estudiaron Derecho;
uno se hizo magistrado y quedaron cuatro.

Cuatro negritos fueron al mar;
un arenque rojo se tragó a uno y quedaron tres.

Tres negritos pasearon por el zoo;
un gran oso atacó a uno y quedaron dos.

Dos negritos se sentaron al sol;
uno de ellos se tostó y sólo quedó uno.

Un negrito quedó sólo;
se ahorcó y no quedó… ¡ninguno!”
― Agatha Christie, quote from And Then There Were None


“A sound of laughter was heard-they turned sharply. Vera Claythorne was standing in the yard. She cried out in a high shrill voice, shaken with wild bursts of laughter:
"Do they keep bees on this island? Tell me that. Where do we go for honey? Ha! ha!"
They stared at her uncomprehendingly. It was as though the sane well-balanced girl had gone mad right before their eyes. She went on in that high unnatural voice:
"Don't stare like that! As though you thought I was mad. It's sane enough what I'm asking. Bees, hives, bees! Oh, don't you understand? Haven't you read that idiotic rhyme? It's up in all of your bedrooms-put it there for you to study! We might have come here straightaway if we'd had sense. Seven little soldiers chopping up sticks. And the next verse, I know the whole thing by heart, I tell you! Six little soldier boys playing with a hive. And that's why I'm asking-do they keep bees on this island- isn't it damned funny...?”
― Agatha Christie, quote from And Then There Were None


“I have, let me confess it in all humility, a pitiful human wish that someone should know just how clever I have been”
― Agatha Christie, quote from And Then There Were None


“I have, let me confess it in all humility, a pitiful human wish that someone should know just how clever I have been. . . .”
― Agatha Christie, quote from And Then There Were None


“Will you pour out tea, Miss Brent?' The el­der wom­an replied: 'No, you do it, dear. That tea-​pot is so heavy. And I have lost two skeins of my grey knitting-​wool. So an­noy­ing.' Ve­ra moved to the tea-​ta­ble. There was a cheer­ful rat­tle and clink of chi­na. Nor­mal­ity returned. Tea! Blessed or­di­nary everyday af­ter­noon tea! Philip Lom­bard made a cheery re­mark. Blore re­spond­ed. Dr. Arm­strong told a hu­mor­ous sto­ry. Mr. Jus­tice War­grave, who or­di­nar­ily hat­ed tea, sipped ap­prov­ing­ly.

In­to this re­laxed at­mo­sphere came Rogers. And Rogers was up­set. He said ner­vous­ly and at ran­dom: 'Ex­cuse me, sir, but does any one know what's become of the bath­room cur­tain?'

Lom­bard's head went up with a jerk. 'The bath­room cur­tain? What the dev­il do you mean, Rogers?'

'It's gone, sir, clean van­ished. I was go­ing round draw­ing all the cur­tai­ns and the one in the lav -​ bath­room wasn't there any longer.'

Mr. Jus­tice War­grave asked: 'Was it there this morn­ing?'

'Oh, yes, sir.'

Blore said: 'What kind of a cur­tain was it?'

'Scar­let oil­silk, sir. It went with the scar­let tiles.'

Lom­bard said: 'And it's gone?'

'Gone, Sir.'

They stared at each oth­er.

Blore said heav­ily: 'Well - af­ter all-​what of it? It's mad - ​but so's everything else. Any­way, it doesn't matter. You can't kill any­body with an oil­silk cur­tain. For­get about it.'

Rogers said: 'Yes, sir, thank you, sir.' He went out, shut­ting the door.”
― Agatha Christie, quote from And Then There Were None


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Agatha Christie
Born place: in Torquay, Devon, England, The United Kingdom
Born date September 15, 1890
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