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We are introduced to Justice Wargrave as he is traveling to the island. At first glance, he is much like the other guests. One of the first really detailed descriptions we get is when Dr. Armstrong first sees him. The doctor wonders, ''Where had he seen that frog-like face, that tortoise-like neck, that hunched up attitude - yes, and those pale shrewd little eyes?''
The doctor realizes it is a judge he had presented evidence to in the past. The doctor remembers that this judge could convince a jury of almost anything. He was called a ''hanging judge.'' This was a term once used to describe a judge who was known for handing down harsh punishments, such as hanging when it was legal.
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Just because he was involved with the law, did not mean that Justice Wargrave was any less guilty of a crime. Like all the guests on the island, Wargrave had murdered someone. When the voice booms over the speaker announcing the crimes, Wargrave's is described as follows ''Lawrence John Wargrave, that upon the 10th day of June 1930, you were guilty of the murder of Edward Seton.'' When he decides to speak about it, he explains that a man came into his court and was accused of murdering an elderly woman.
The man on trial received the death penalty, and Wargrave proclaims, ''My conscience is perfectly clear on the matter. I did my duty and nothing more. I passed sentence on a rightly convicted murderer.''
Despite this claim, Wargrave thinks about Seton a lot throughout the book. In fact, he takes pleasure in remembering the case. Before he goes to sleep one night, the narrator tells us that as Wargrave remembered the sentencing, he ''smiled to himself. He'd cooked Seton's goose all right!'' These are not the reactions of a man who simply performed an act of justice.
Wargrave is the sixth person to turn up dead. He is found sitting in his chair wrapped with a curtain to represent a judge's robe. He also has a scrap of wool on his head representing a judge's wig. Here is an interesting side note: Judges in the UK used to (and still do) wear wigs as a part of their formal dress code. Dr. Armstrong removes the wool and finds what appears to be a gunshot wound to the judge's head.
Just kidding! The judge isn't dead. That's right; he faked it. Oh yeah, and he's also responsible for all the murders. In the epilogue, we find out that Wargrave planned everything. He even left a letter describing what he did and why. Basically, Wargrave was obsessed with death as well as enforcing justice. When he learned about people who got away with murder, he decided to lure them to the island and kill them one by one. He is terminally ill and kills himself (for real) by shooting himself.
Justice Wargrave seems to be just like the other characters. He is described as a ''hanging judge'' who is known for giving out harsh punishments and finds himself on the island accused of murder. He is charged with the death of Edward Seton. The judge claims that the man was executed after he killed an elderly woman.
The judge fakes his own death by pretending to have been shot in the head. The epilogue of And Then There Were None reveals that Wargrave is responsible for all the deaths. He wanted to enforce his own version of justice. Wargrave commits suicide by shooting himself.
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Justice Wargrave in And Then There Were None
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