In And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, there are six red herrings in chapter 16. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of a red herring is “something that distracts attention from the real issue.” In literature, particularly in murder mysteries, red herrings are used to make the reader believe that one person is the killer when, in fact, the killer is someone else entirely.
The chapter opens with Vera and Philip “standing looking down on a dead man…” The presumption is that they are the last two left alive, so one of them must be the killer. This is the first red herring, because they are not alone on the island, and neither of them is the killer.
The second red herring is when Vera looks at Philip and thinks, "Why did I never see his face properly before. A wolf-that's what it is-a wolf's face. . . . Those horrible teeth.” This is a red herring because it is intended to make the reader believe that Philip Lombard is the killer. However, it soon...
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