What sort of threshold has been crossed, and how will the story be different from this point on, considering the last sentence of chapter 8? Reread the  last sentence of chapter 8. which is:...

 What sort of threshold has been crossed, and how will the story be different from this point on, considering the last sentence of chapter 8?

 Reread the  last sentence of chapter 8. which is: "There was no one on the island but their eight selves."  Identify the possible as well as the inevitable implications of this last sentence for the plot of this novel and the fate of its characters.What sort of threshold has been crossed, and how will the story be different from this point on, considering the last sentence of chapter 8?

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Since the chapter ends with this sentence, it has specially ominous implications. We can almost feel the growing coldness and darkness as the sun is setting. These eight people have crossed a threshold from civilization into what is virtually a deserted island. They are all in the same boat, although none of them know each other. They are stranded and helpless. There is nothing they can do but await whatever is going to be done for them, and to them. They realize for the first time that they are in the heart of a mystery. Naturally they will continue trying to find answers to obvious questions, such as: Who are these others? Why am I here? Why are they here? Where is our host? When will we be able to leave this island? What's going to happen?

Agatha Christie has created a wonderful mystery story--possibly her best. Not only is the reader suspecting everybody, but all the characters are suspecting each other. She had to go to considerable trouble with the exposition, but with this sentence she has gotten her characters introduced and in place, and the murders can begin.

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