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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.

Overview

She, along with her husband, were 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. Armstrong. It is later revealed that Wargrave has slipped in chloral hydrate, a sleeping agent, into the brandy after Mr. Rogers placed the brandy on the drinking table. This, combined with Dr. 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.

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Agatha Christie's signature Villains
(Non-Poirot & Non-Marple)

Tommy and Tuppence Beresford

Conspiracy (Mr. Brown | Mr. Brown's decoy | Mr. Whittington) | Elise | Sir Phillip Stark | Mrs. Lancaster | Miss Bligh | N & M


And Then There Were None
Anthony James Marston | Mrs. Ethel Rogers | General John Gordon Macarthur | Mr. Thomas Rogers | Emily Caroline Brent | Justice Lawrence John Wargrave | Dr. Edward George Armstrong | William Henry Blore | Philip Lombard | Vera Elizabeth Claythorne | Isaac Morris


Other Mystery Stories

The Sittaford Mystery (1931): Major Burnaby
Death Comes as the End (1944): Yahmose | Esa
Towards Zero (1944): Nevile Strange
Sparkling Cyanide (1945): Ruth Lessing
Crooked House (1949): Josephine Leonides
Destination Unknown (1954): Thomas Betterton
Ordeal by Innocence (1958): Jacko Argyle | Kirsten Lindholm

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