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Ethel Rogers is one of ten people summoned to Indian Island by Lawrence Wargrave in Agatha Christie's novel And Then There Were None, who have committed murder in a way that the law cannot possibly sentence them.
She, along with her husband Thomas, was hired by Mr. Owen as houseservants. She is described as a pale-faced, ghostlike woman with shifty light eyes, who is frightened quite easily. Despite her respectability and efficiency, she helped her domineering husband, Thomas, kill their elderly employer Jennifer Brady by withholding her medicine, so they could inherit her money.
Since she was mostly manipulated by her husband in the crime, Wargrave decides she is one of the least guilty of the ten guests, and by his planned order of death, she is in the first group to die, being spared the mental strain reserved for the later victims. After she faints upon hearing her crime repeated to her, she is given brandy, carried up to bed and given a sedative by Dr. Edward George Armstrong. It is later revealed that Wargrave has slipped in chloral hydrate, a sleeping agent, into the brandy after Thomas placed the brandy on the table. This, combined with Armstrong's sedative, led to her death by overdose. She dies consistently with the poem's second verse: "One overslept himself and then there were eight."
Wargrave later confesses that she and Rogers were the first victims he discovered, learning of their crime from a doctor who treated their employer and guessed their motive, but was unable to prove it.
(Non-Poirot & Non-Marple)
And Then There Were None
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