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264 pages, Paperback
First published November 6, 1939
“Be sure thy sin will find thee out.”
“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.”
¹The politeness and overt show of respect to one another even in the face of imminent murder by someone in their midst - because, of course, you would not want to offend anyone. Continuing to socialize and take meals together. Insisting on chivalry when a woman could be the murderer just as well as a man - these are just some of the examples.
² Just think of everyone expecting the impeccable service by the butler even though HIS WIFE JUST DIED! Everyone deciding to stick together and be careful - but never including the servants in it. The belief by some that people of 'proper class' would be incapable of murder. The list can go on and on. And all of these assumptions prove to be wrong.
"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."
عشر عساكر صغار ذهبوا الي العشاء
اختنق احدهم ..ثم تبقي تسعة
تسع عساكر صغار سهروا لوقت متاخر
نام احدهم طويلا..ثم تبقي ثمانية
ثماني عساكر صغار سافروا لديفون
قرر احدهم البقاء..ثم تبقي سبعة
سبع عساكر صغار يشطرون الاخشاب
شطر احدهم نفسه نصفين..ثم تبقي ستة
ست عساكر صغار يلعبون جوار خلية نحل
لسعت نحلة غاضبة احدهم..ثم تبقي خمسة
خمس عساكر صغار يذهبون للحكم
تحفظ علي حكم احدهم..ثم تبقي اربعة
اربع عساكر صغار يذهبون لبحر
تخدع سمكه حمراء احدهم..ثم تبقي ثلاثة
ثلاث عساكر صغار يذهبون لحديقة الحيوانات
اخذ الدب احدهم..ثم تبقي أثنان
اثنان عساكر صغار جلسا في الشمس
اصيب احدهم بضربه شمس..ثم تبقي واحد
عسكري واحد صغير تبقي وحيدا..ذهب وشنق نفسه
ثم لم يتبق احد
And Then There Were None
"Ten literary Goodreads reviewers chatting online;
One bot was discovered and then there were Nine.
Nine literary Goodreads reviewers on a thread until late;
One lost his Wi-Fi signal and then there were Eight.
Eight literary Goodreads reviewers groupreading Austen;
One only read males and then there were Seven.
Seven literary Goodreads reviewers averse to using pics;
One blasphemed with GIFs and then there were Six.
Six literary Goodreads reviewers booktubing live;
One revealed too much and then there were Five.
Five literary Goodreads reviewers trying out Coelho;
One rushed back home and then there were Four.
Four literary Goodreads reviewers adored Harper Lee;
One sequel led to suicide and then there were Three.
Three literary Goodreads reviewers re-reading Pooh;
One thought it only for children and then there were Two.
Two literary Goodreads reviewers engrossed in Hamsun;
One died of hunger and then there was One.
One literary Goodreads reviewer left all alone;
He deleted his account and then there were None."
"Ten little soldier boys went out to dine;Loved the idea of this novel.
One choked his little self and then there were Nine.
Nine little soldier boys sat up very late;
One overslept himself and then there were Eight.
Eight little soldier boys travelling in Devon;
One said he'd stay there and then there were Seven.
Seven little soldier boys chopping up sticks;
One chopped himself in halves and then there were Six.
Six little soldier boys playing with a hive;
A bumblebee stung one and then there were Five.
Five little soldier boys going in for law;
One got in Chancery and then there were Four.
Four little soldier boys going out to sea;
A red herring swallowed one and then there were Three.
Three little soldier boys walking in the Zoo;
A big bear hugged one and then there were Two.
Two little soldier boys sitting in the sun;
One got frizzled up and then there was One.
One little soldier boy left all alone;
He went and hanged himself and then there were None."
Note: Eating tinned tongue, Ewwwww!