And Then There Were None

Agatha Christie

Chapters XIII–XIV

Summary Chapters XIII–XIV

Christie’s decision to leave us in the dark about Wargrave’s faked death also marks the moment when she irrevocably violates the rules of the detective-fiction genre. Typically, a detective story offers a set of clues that readers can use to solve the case for themselves. By withholding the crucial information about Wargrave’s seeming death, however, Christie makes the case practically impossible to solve.