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Kitsune
05-31-2008, 08:32 PM
What do you think of the foreshadowing Nursery Rhyme in Agatha Christie's book, And Then There Were None, originally Ten Little Indians, or rumored to be originally titled, Ten Little Niggers. What do you think of the way it intertwines with the story, and eventually [spoiler] describes each characters' downfall?

Ten little Indian boys went out to dine;
One choked his little self and then there were nine.

Nine little Indian boys sat up very late;
One overslept himself and then there were eight.

Ten little Indian boys traveling in Devon;
One said he'd stay there and then there were seven.

Seven little Indian boys chopping up sticks;
One chopped himself in halves and then there were six.

Six little Indian boys playing with a hive;
A bumblebee stung one and then there were five.

Five little Indian boys going in for law;
One got in Chancery and then there were four.

Four little Indian boys going out to sea;
A red herring swallowed one and then there were three.

Three little Indian boys walking in the zoo;
A big bear hugged one of them and then there were two.

Two little Indian boys sitting in the sun;
One got frizzled up and then there was one.

One little Indian boy left all alone;
He went and hanged himself and then there were none.

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