And Then There Were None

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William Henry Blore Character Analysis

An ex-police inspector who is tricked into coming to the island when he is told that he is supposed to protect Mrs. Owen's jewels from a thief. In his past Blore, in order to gain a promotion for himself, sent an innocent man named Landor to a penal colony, where he died. Blore is practical and careful, but he has very little imagination, which is possibly a reason why he was not able to get promoted on his own merit. In spite of his careful observance of the guests, he is always guessing the wrong person as the murderer and he is not careful enough to avoid his own death.

William Henry Blore Quotes in And Then There Were None

The And Then There Were None quotes below are all either spoken by William Henry Blore or refer to William Henry Blore. 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 2 Quotes

He might have noticed that a curious constraint came over the other members of the party. It was as though the mention of their host and hostess had a curiously paralyzing effect on the guests.

Related Characters: William Henry Blore
Page Number: 25
Explanation and Analysis:

Mr. Blore makes the first reference to the mysterious host on Soldiers Island. Everyone is notably unnerved at his comment.

This scene shows how little information the guests have about the development of the events in the novel and how unnerved they are by what is transpiring. That their response is “a curious constraint” emphasizes that it is surprising and suspicious—as if they all have something to hide from the others. The “curiously paralyzing effect” is similarly enigmatic, and Christie resists providing information on each person’s individual response that would clarify their silence.

Yet if the allusions to “curious” behavior distances the reader from the events, we are also given relatively more information than the characters themselves. That Christie writes, “he might have noticed” instead of, say, “he noticed,” draws the reader’s attention to what the characters fail to perceive. Christie implicitly informs us, then, to not make the same mistake and to notice details, thus putting us in a position of greater awareness than the characters. In this way, Christie interweaves information and mystery for the reader, tempting us with more knowledge than the characters while simultaneously leaving much undivulged.

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William Henry Blore Character Timeline in And Then There Were None

The timeline below shows where the character William Henry Blore appears in And Then There Were None. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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Mr. Blore is on the slow train from Plymouth, looking at a list of all the guests... (full context)
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Mr. Blore remembers Soldier Island from when he was a boy and wonders why anyone would want... (full context)
Chapter 2
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Mr. Blore introduces himself to the group as Mr. Davis from South Africa. When he mentions that... (full context)
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Mr. Blore worries that people know that he is lying. He notices the nursery rhyme and thinks... (full context)
Chapter 3
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Everyone feels better and starts to enjoy themselves after dinner. Wargrave is amusing, Mr. Blore (pretending to be Davis) discusses South Africa; Mr. Lombard continues to eye everyone suspiciously. Anthony... (full context)
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...seen Mr. Owen. Mr. Rogers shows the letter from Mr. Owen with their instructions. Mr. Blore looks at the letter and determines that there are no clues in it. Marston comments... (full context)
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Wargrave then turns to Mr. Blore and says that his given name, Davis, was not mentioned in the recording. Mr. Blore... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Mr. Blore explains that he was on a bank robbery case and he got the evidence that... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...of the island to look down at the house. They tell the others that Mr. Blore is up there now, looking for the boat, but nothing has come. (full context)
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...that she died from a guilty conscience; she calls it an Act of God. Mr. Blore thinks that Mr. Rogers killed his wife so she wouldn't spill the beans about the... (full context)
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Outside, after breakfast, Lombard asks Blore what he thinks about the motorboat not arriving. Blore thinks that it is not an... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...There is a “raving maniac” on the island. They decide to search the island with Blore's help. (full context)
Chapter 8
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Blore agrees to search the island but he thinks that maybe one of the guests is... (full context)
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...“there is so little time” and that no one should disturb him. As they leave Blore says Macarthur looks insane. (full context)
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When the three men get to the top of the island Blore suggests that they light a bonfire but the others think that the murderer might have... (full context)
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...he should climb down and see if there are any hidden recesses in the cliff. Blore goes to look for a rope. (full context)
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Blore comes back with a rope and Lombard has gone to test some theory. Armstrong tells... (full context)
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...see that it is just Rogers who has decided to move to a different room. Blore comments that Rogers moves very quietly; none of them heard him come upstairs. (full context)
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The search ends and Blore, Lombard and Armstrong are all very dirty and dusty. There is no one on the... (full context)
Chapter 9
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Lombard says that they must have been wrong – the deaths were just coincidences. Blore asks Armstrong whether he may have accidentally overdosed Mrs. Rogers on a sleeping pill. Armstrong... (full context)
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Blore then turns on Lombard and asks why he brought a revolver on a social visit.... (full context)
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...Brent believes that Wargrave's theory is true: one of them is possessed by the devil. Blore blurts out that Lombard has a revolver and Lombard explains why he does. Lombard then... (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 an idea... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...wondering why no one has called to wake the guests 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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...room. Rogers' room is also empty. Miss Brent comes back from a walk outside and Blore tells her that taking a walk was a foolish thing to do. (full context)
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Blore comments to Lombard that he finds it suspicious that Vera cracked up and then immediately... (full context)
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Lombard adds that he's glad Blore no longer suspects him. Lombard then asks Blore for more details about what he was... (full context)
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Blore says he's not going to die like the others, but Lombard responds that he will... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...room waiting for Miss Brent to come in. Vera volunteers to go get her, but Blore asks her to wait a moment, explaining that he thinks Miss Brent is the murderer... (full context)
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...where it would be noisy to break into. They still cannot find the revolver but Blore says he knows where the syringe must be. (full context)
Chapter 13
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...was shot. Vera realizes that the wig was made from Miss Brent's grey wool and Blore notices that the scarlet robe was made from the missing bathroom curtain. (full context)
Chapter 14
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Blore says “only four of us now . . . Who'll be the next?” And Mr.... (full context)
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...gives a name. They all decide to go to bed, and as they are going Blore wonders out loud where the revolver is. (full context)
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Blore sits in his room and thinks about how cocky Wargrave had been. But even with... (full context)
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The clock strikes one and Blore hears a sound as if someone were moving in the darkened house. He noiselessly goes... (full context)
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Blore continues to listen and then all of a sudden he hears cautious footsteps. He definitely... (full context)
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There is no answer on Armstrong's door, Lombard responds at once as does Vera. Blore explains to Lombard and they go check on Armstrong's room where they realize that the... (full context)
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Blore says to Lombard that they should be careful because Armstrong must have the revolver, but... (full context)
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...in her diary but all of a sudden hears footsteps. Finally she hears Lombard and Blore asking to come in. They tell her that Armstrong has disappeared. (full context)
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Lombard and Blore have looked all over both the island and the house cannot find Armstrong anywhere. They... (full context)
Chapter 15
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Blore wonders what happened to Armstrong. He suggests that the doctor might have been thrown into... (full context)
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Blore says that the only fair thing to do now is lock up the revolver and... (full context)
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But Blore says that they searched the island and Armstrong wasn't there. Vera brings up that they... (full context)
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But, referencing the next verse, Blore says that there is no zoo on the island. But Vera says “Don't you see?... (full context)
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...safer outside and they agree to stay out of the house for a while, although Blore says they will have to go back in for the night. Vera says she can't... (full context)
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Vera feels almost happy in the sunlight. She feels like she can't die. Blore says he wants some lunch but Vera refuses to go back into the house. They... (full context)
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Lombard starts to tell Vera that Blore's story about Armstrong and the footsteps clears both of them, but it doesn't clear Blore.... (full context)
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Lombard says that with his revolver he is going to take good care that Blore doesn't get them. He asks Vera why she trusts that he won't just shoot her... (full context)
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They both hear a thud and a cry and run back up to the house. Blore has been crushed by a great bock of white marble shaped like a bear –... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...the island except the two of them. Vera asks how he was able to hit Blore with the marble bear. Lombard tells Vera that in killing Blore she pulled off quite... (full context)
Epilogue 1
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...cyanide poisoning, Mrs. Rogers died of an overdose of chloral, Rogers head was split open, Blore's head was crushed, Armstrong drowned, Macarthur's skull was fractured, and Vera was hanged. (full context)
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...diaries kept on the island by Vera, Emily Brent and some notes by Wargrave and Blore. The death occurred in this order: Marston, Mrs. Rogers, Miss Brent, Wargrave. Blore then has... (full context)
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...Armstrong's body was dragged above the high water line. Then the people left were Vera, Blore and Lombard. (full context)
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...with fingerprints on it. Then it seems like Vera could have pushed the statue on Blore, shot Lombard and hung herself. But there is one problem with this theory: the chair... (full context)
Epilogue 2
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...committed similar offenses; he heard about Miss Brent while traveling in Majorca. He heard about Blore through his own line of work in the legal system and a man who had... (full context)
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...now be terrified of each other and one of them would have a revolver. When Blore came up to the house, Wargrave pushed the marble clock onto him. From the window... (full context)