Agatha Christie’s short story: And Then There Were None This book is a book about consequences for actions. Basically, everyone has done some sort of evil to lead to someone else’s death, and then they die themselves.
Emily Caroline Brent, a rigid, repressed elderly spinster holding harsh moralistic principles. She accepted the vacation on Soldier Island largely due to financial constraints. Years earlier, she had dismissed her young maid, Beatrice Taylor, for becoming pregnant out of wedlock. Beatrice, who had already been rejected by her parents for the same reason, drowned herself in a river, which Miss Brent considered an even worse sin. She refuses to discuss the matter with the gentlemen, but later confides what happened to Vera Claythorne, who tells the others shortly before Miss Brent is found dead herself. Having been sedated with chloral hydrate in her coffee, leaving her disoriented, she was left alone in the kitchen and injected in the neck with potassium cyanide with one of Dr Armstrong’s hypodermic syringes (the “bee sting”). Right before her own murder, due to the chloral hydrate she has ingested, she has a lurid daydream about Beatrice and imagines hearing the girl’s footsteps (they are actually the footsteps of the murderer).
Is this fair? Would a holy Catholic’s responsibility be to “not judge”, thus keep the maid? What if she frustrated you because you thought she could have controlled her behavior and you thought she would be poor, her unwed child would be poor and this situation could have been easily avoided so you felt deep resentment? Would your responsibility then be, if you were Emily Brent, to find her another position with someone who was more sympathetic?