And Then There Were None

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The butler on Soldier Island, Mr. Rogers is a dedicated and professional servant. He always brings the drinks and food on time and is always polite and deferential. Yet he killed an old woman he used to work for, Jennifer Brady, by not administering her medicine so he could receive the money that Mrs. Brady had left to him and in his wife in her will.

Thomas Rogers Quotes in And Then There Were None

The And Then There Were None quotes below are all either spoken by Thomas Rogers or refer to Thomas Rogers. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 7 Quotes

“I mean – it explains Soldier Island. There are crimes that cannot be brought home to their perpetrators. Instance the Rogerses'. Another instance, old Wargrave, who committed his murder strictly within the law.”

Related Characters: Philip Lombard (speaker), Justice Wargrave, Thomas Rogers, Ethel Rogers
Related Symbols: The Island
Page Number: 114
Explanation and Analysis:

With Dr. Armstrong, Lombard reviews the information on the visitors to the island. He concludes that everyone who was invited is guilty of some form of murder.

Lombard articulates, here, the unifying concept for the island and for Christie’s text. He is thus the first character to be an effective detective, providing a model for the reader to follow as we take on a similar investigating role. Like any good reader, Lombard first reviews the information available to him and then makes a final pronouncement—“it explains”—that can connect all the threads of information.

The common feature for those who have been invited to the island deserves some consideration: The guests are not just murderers but rather ones whose crimes resist traditional methods of prosecution. They cannot be tried in normal courtrooms and thus the island becomes itself a pseudo-courtroom—a place where culpability is punished in a way that normal social regulations do not permit. Christie thus complicates the ethics of the ensuing murders, casting them as cruel but also as providing a form of vigilante justice that could not be dealt out elsewhere in society.

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Chapter 15 Quotes

“But don't you see, he's mad? It's all mad! The whole thing of going by the rhyme is mad! Dressing up the judge, killing Rogers when he was chopping sticks – drugging Mrs. Roberts so that she overslept herself – arranging for a bumble bee when Miss Brent died! It's like some horrible child playing a game. It's all got to fit in.”

Related Characters: Vera Claythorne (speaker), Justice Wargrave, Thomas Rogers, Ethel Rogers
Page Number: 248
Explanation and Analysis:

Blore and Lombard continue to fixate on the revolver, but Vera becomes frustrated with their narrow-mindedness. She argues that each of the murders must fit into the ten little soldiers nursery rhyme in some way.

Vera’s impassioned tone shows how a sense of desperation has sunk into the characters at this point. Overwhelmed with false clues and misinformation, they have become increasingly disoriented and uncertain in how to proceed. Ironically, Vera exclaims repeatedly about madness even as she herself is becoming less mentally hinged. She thus comes to mimic the manic role of the murderer, a pattern followed by many of the characters.

Perhaps due to this increased similarity, her assertions actually interpret quite accurately the murderer’s intentions. Whereas Blore and Lombard are focused on traditional symbols in a murder case like the revolver, Vera is attentive to the specific conditions of this event. She correctly links each murder to a line in the poem and demands that each event has “got to fit in” to the metaphorical whole. That Christie makes symbolic interpretation of the poem the key to solving the murder further renders Vera an analog to a good reader of the novel.

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Thomas Rogers Character Timeline in And Then There Were None

The timeline below shows where the character Thomas Rogers appears in And Then There Were None. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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The guests enter the house, where the butler, Mr. Rogers, is waiting for them. The house is lovely, as is the view of the ocean.... (full context)
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Vera is brought into her room by Mr. Rogers's wife, Mrs. Rogers who Vera thinks looks “frightened of her own shadow.” Vera becomes uncomfortable... (full context)
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Vera thinks that it's strange the Rogers have never seen Mr. Owen. She also thinks that the guests seem odd. She walks... (full context)
Chapter 3
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The men enter before the women can finish their conversation. Mr. Rogers serves coffee and all the guests feel satisfied with their meals. All of a sudden... (full context)
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When the recording ends, Mr. Rogers drops the coffee tray and at the same time there is a scream and a... (full context)
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Wargrave asks Rogers if he put the record on. Mr. Rogers tells them that he was told to... (full context)
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Mr. Rogers and Dr. Armstrong take Mrs. Rogers to bed. Marston says that the needs a drink... (full context)
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...about the situation. It turns out that no one has ever seen Mr. Owen. Mr. Rogers shows the letter from Mr. Owen with their instructions. Mr. Blore looks at the letter... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Rogers explains that he and Mrs. Rogers were taking care of an old woman and when... (full context)
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...has been presented, Wargrave suggests that they should try to leave as soon as possible. Rogers tells him that there is no boat on the island and the man who delivers... (full context)
Chapter 5
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Mr. Rogers checks on his wife and says that she is sleeping well. Everyone goes upstairs, says... (full context)
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...a great final speech but then Wargrave summed it up and sealed Seton's execution. Downstairs, Rogers notices that one of the Soldiers on the dining-room table has gone missing. (full context)
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Armstrong goes down to see Mrs. Rogers and sees that she is in fact dead. Armstrong asks Mr. Rogers if he gave... (full context)
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After breakfast Armstrong tells the rest of the guests that Mrs. Rogers died last night. Armstrong says that he cannot tell how she died. Miss Brent thinks... (full context)
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Mr. Rogers then comes in and Wargrave asks him what time the motorboat normally comes to the... (full context)
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Rogers calls Armstrong into the dining room and says very nervously that something is wrong. Rogers... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...tries to tell herself to calm down. She asks Miss Brent whether she thinks the Rogerses are really guilty and Miss Brent says that they certainly are. (full context)
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...the others are guilty. Brent says that besides Lombard who killed the natives and the Rogers, all the other stories seem rather ridiculous. (full context)
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...he doesn't want to speak with him and instead chooses Lombard. They go over the Rogers's story and Armstrong points out that Mr. and Mrs. Rogers could have killed the old... (full context)
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...that Anthony Marston must have been murdered. And if Anthony Marston was murdered then Mrs. Rogers must have been murdered, too. They then go over the poem that is hung on... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...as it's a very modern home without hidden areas. As they are finishing their search Rogers comes out with a tray of cocktails. As the three men are up in the... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...the deaths were just coincidences. Blore asks Armstrong whether he may have accidentally overdosed Mrs. Rogers on a sleeping pill. Armstrong says that this is ridiculous and Lombard says that they... (full context)
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The lunch bell rings and Rogers apologizes that he is only serving cold ham and cold tongue along with other things... (full context)
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...Macarthur's body, the storm breaks. Vera goes into the dining room, followed soon after by Rogers. They are both checking the soldier boys and now there are only 7. (full context)
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...at the facts. They agree that anyone could have drugged Marston but Armstrong or Mr. Rogers are most likely to have killed Mrs. Rogers. But then Wargrave states that really anyone... (full context)
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...alibi, but no one seems to stand out as the killer. They then call in Rogers and he doesn't have much to add either. (full context)
Chapter 10
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Meanwhile, elsewhere, Rogers asks Blore if he has an idea who the criminal is. Blore says he has... (full context)
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...storm is getting stronger and everyone sits huddled in the living room watching each other. Rogers brings tea and the mood lightens. Then Rogers comes in again and asks if anyone... (full context)
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Dinner is eaten and cleared and everyone goes to bed and locks their doors. Rogers checks the table before he goes to bed, sees that there seven little china figures... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...up. He goes to find Blore and tells him that although it is almost 10, Rogers is not up yet. (full context)
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...wake the rest of the guests except Miss Brent, who is not in her room. Rogers' room is also empty. Miss Brent comes back from a walk outside and Blore tells... (full context)
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They check the dining room where Rogers has laid the table for breakfast. But Vera notices that there are only 6 china... (full context)
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After a search, they find Rogers dead in the woodshed where he had been cutting wood for the kitchen fire. Someone... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...realize that no one has been running the engine that keeps the lights on since Rogers died. Wargrave has seen some candles in the larder and Lombard goes to get them. (full context)
Epilogue 1
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...evidence. Wargrave and Lombard were shot, Miss Brent and Marston died of cyanide poisoning, Mrs. Rogers died of an overdose of chloral, Rogers head was split open, Blore's head was crushed,... (full context)
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...and some notes by Wargrave and Blore. The death occurred in this order: Marston, Mrs. Rogers, Miss Brent, Wargrave. Blore then has a note “Armstrong disappeared.” (full context)
Epilogue 2
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...touch. The doctor then told the letter writer about the case of Mr. and Mrs. Rogers. The doctor believed that they had withheld medicine from the old woman in their care,... (full context)
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...the longest. He believed that Marston had no conscience or moral responsibility and that Mrs. Rogers had been influenced by her husband. For Marston he used potassium cyanide which one can... (full context)
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On the morning of August 10th Wargrave killed Rogers while he was chopping sticks. While they were looking for Rogers, Wargrave slipped into Lombard's... (full context)