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  • 0:04 Emily Brent Background
  • 0:28 Emily's Invite to the Island
  • 1:11 Emily's Harsh Personality
  • 2:10 Emily's Guilt & Death
  • 3:08 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

In Agatha Christie's ''And Then There Were None,'' Emily Brent represents the hypocritical religious fanatics that judge other people harshly while lacking empathy and compassion. In this lesson, we'll learn about Emily Brent.

Emily Brent Background

In Agatha Christie's novel And Then There Were None, the character of Emily Brent is a 65-year-old woman who's afflicted with such a degree of 'religious mania' that she's lost her sense of compassion. She doesn't smoke or drink and harshly judges those that fall short of her expectations. Let's find out more about Emily Brent from Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None.

Emily's Invite to the Island

Emily goes to Indian Island because she's been invited on a free vacation from someone by the name of U.N.O. This person claims to have similar conservative values and to have met Emily on another vacation a few years back. Emily thinks she remembers meeting someone with the last name Oliver. It is not until she arrives on the island that she realizes that the person who invited her has the last name Owen. She doesn't know anyone by that name.

Most of the time, Miss Brent is content to sit in her room on the island, reading Bible verses about the price of sin. She finds that she has a few friends in common with General Macarthur, another person who has been invited to the island.

Emily's Harsh Personality

When the recording plays on the gramophone indicating that each of them has been accused of murder, Miss Brent remains unmoved. ''Emily Caroline Brent, that upon the 5th November, 1931, you were responsible for the death of Beatrice Taylor,'' says the voice.

Beatrice worked for Emily at one time. She seemed to come from a nice family and to have good manners, but when Emily finds out that Beatrice is pregnant, she fires her immediately. ''Naturally I did not keep her an hour under my roof. No one shall ever say that I condoned immorality.''

After her parents also turn her away, Beatrice kills herself by jumping into the river. Emily accepts no blame for the girl's death, blaming the girl's sin instead. Emily proves that she has lost sight of love and replaced it with self-righteousness. Emily never suffers legally for Beatrice's death as it was not a crime, but Emily's hardness clearly led to Beatrice's demise.

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