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What are the red herrings in Agatha Christie's play The Mousetrap?

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A red herring is literally a smoked herring fish. Smoking a herring turns its flesh red. Samuel Pepys of diary fame in England in the 1660s records that one day he ate red herring for breakfast whilst having his shoes unsuccessfully cobbled. Since red herring have a strong smoked fish odor, the metaphoric idiomatic meaning has come to be that of a misdirecting clue, a distraction in an argument or mystery that keeps a person diverted from the true meaning or true event.

As used in a murder mystery like Chrisite's The Mousetrap a red herring is a false clue that will direct the audience to suspect the wrong person as the culprit and villain. Some red herrings in the play are these. One is the...

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there are a lot of red herrings in this play- some of them are: sergeant trotter is the killer- he has an alter ego, mollie and giles went up to london while they were supposed to be doing something else (they were getting their wedding anniversary gifts for eachother's first year of marriage)  and miss casewell is katherine from the longbridge farm case. christopher wren is thought to be the killer from the beginning of the play,but eventually, you find that he is not the killer, he is just neurotic. i am doing my thesis on this play. if you have more questions, please ask away!