In the very beginning of the novel, Mr. Blore encounters an old man on the train who warns him of a coming storm. Mr. Blore does not believe him because it looks bright and sunny outside. Yet the storm does come. The slow approach of this bad weather mirrors growing danger on Soldiers Island. At the same time, the storm itself puts the guests on the island in even greater danger. No one can get to or leave the island when there is any bad weather so this random act of nature traps the characters – the weather only clears up once they are all dead. The storm also highlights how separated they all are from all civilization. Soldier's Island is completely isolated and still controlled by the natural environment. The ten guests on the island have returned to a more primitive state of nature, a world totally consumed by the struggle to survive.
The Storm Quotes in And Then There Were None
The And Then There Were None quotes below all refer to the symbol of The Storm. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Harper edition of And Then There Were None published in 2011.).
Chapter 1 Quotes
“Watch and pray,” he said. “Watch and pray. The day of judgment is at hand.”
Related Symbols: The Storm
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Epilogue 2 Quotes
When the sea goes down, there will come from the mainland boats and men.
And they will find ten dead bodies and an unsolved problem on Soldier Island.
The Storm Symbol Timeline in And Then There Were None
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