Foreshadowing In And Then There Were None
Give three examples of foreshadowing in the first two chapters of And Then There Were None.
Christie peppers chapters 1 and 2 of And Then There Were None with foreshadowing comments and thoughts, some of them ironic. For example, in chapter 1, Lombard recalls Isaac Morris, the man who hired him to go to the island. Morris said, "There you will hold yourself at the disposal of my client." To be at someone's disposal means to do his bidding, yet the word "disposal" also means "to get rid of," which is what Justice Wargrave does to Lombard.
In chapter 2, Dr. Armstrong reflects on how much he needs this vacation. He says to himself, "I'll imagine to myself that I'm not going back." He thinks an island lends itself to being "a world of its own. A world, perhaps, from which you might never return." Of course, Armstrong never returns from the island because he dies there.
Both Vera and Wargrave think about Mrs. Rogers in ways that predict her death. Vera thinks, "She looked like a woman who walked in mortal fear," and Wargrave thinks she looks "scared to death." Mrs. Rogers proves to be quite mortal and is one of the first to die.
Two powerful examples of foreshadowing are the "Ten Little Indians" rhyme that Vera reads when she finds it posted over the fireplace and the scripture Miss Brent reads to herself. The poem foreshadows how all ten guests will meet their deaths. The scripture foreshadows that the guests all have performed the "crimes" for which they are about to be punished; their feet are about to be taken in their own nets.
In chapter one, Mr. Blore is riding on the train and encounters a drunk old man. Before the man leaves, he remarks to Mr. Blore "Watch and pray. The day of judgment is at hand." Mr. Blore thinks "He's nearer the day of judgment than I am." Then Agatha Christie tells us "And there, as it happens, he was wrong." This foreshadows that the day of judgement is indeed at hand for Mr. Blore. (pg 17)
In chapter two, Vera sees the island for the first time. "But there was no house visible, only the boldly silhouetted rock with its faint resemblance to a giant head. There was something sinister about it. She shivered faintly." This foreshadows that something evil is going to happen on this island. (pg 24)
Also in chapter two, the characters are impressed with the arrival of Anthony Marston. " It was a fantastic moment. In it, Anthony Marston seemed to be something more than mortal. Afterwards more than one of those present remembered that moment." This foreshadows that something is going to happen to Anthony Marston to show that he is very mortal. (pg 27)
Here is an extra example. When Fred Narracott brings the visitors to the island, he says "Can't land on Soldier Island when there is a southeasterly. Sometimes 'tis cut off for a week or more." This foreshadows the weather and the length of time they will spend on the island. (pg 29)