Mrs. Rogers in And Then There Were None

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  • 0:04 Mrs. Ethel Rogers
  • 0:46 The Death of Jennifer Brady
  • 1:41 Mrs. Rogers' Death
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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,'' Mrs. Ethel Rogers is a cook and caretaker that has been hired to work on Indian Island. In this lesson, we find out why she seems so afraid.

Mrs. Ethel Rogers

Mrs. Ethel Rogers has come to Indian Island for a job. Mrs. Rogers is a good cook and eager to please, so it isn't a surprise that she and her husband have been hired by Mr. and Mrs. Owen to tend to the guests at the hotel. However, since arriving just two days earlier, they have not yet met the Owens. Let's find out more about Mrs. Ethel Rogers from Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None.

As the guests arrive, Mr. Rogers takes the men to their rooms while Mrs. Rogers tends to Vera Claythorne. When Mrs. Rogers shows Vera to her room, Vera thinks that Mrs. Rogers seems like a pale, shell of a woman. Dressed in black, 'She looked like a woman who walked in mortal fear...' muses Vera. Who is Mrs. Rogers afraid of?

The Death of Jennifer Brady

After the gramophone plays the accusation, 'Thomas Rogers and Ethel Rogers, that on the 6th of May, 1929, you brought about the death of Jennifer Brady,' Mrs. Rogers faints. As her husband tends to her, he sternly says, 'Pull yourself together, Ethel.'

Jennifer Brady was once the employer of Mr. and Mrs. Rogers. She was in poor health when she hired them, but they took care of her. On the night she fell ill, the phone was not working because of a storm. Mr. Rogers walked to the doctor, but it was too late. No one ever accused them of wrongdoing until now. However, being remembered in Miss Brady's will, Mr. and Mrs. Rogers benefited.

It's likely that Jennifer Brady died because amyl nitrites were withheld from her during a heart attack. Rather than actually doing something to cause her death, the Rogers likely just failed to save her. Miss Brady's doctor did not feel like the Rogers actively did anything to kill her but may have neglected her in some way.

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