Marston’s death is very similar to first part of the poem wich reads: “One choked his little self and then there were nine.”
Ten little Soldier boys went out to dine;One choked his little self and then there were nine.Nine little Soldier boys sat up very late;One overslept himself and then there were eight.
In her bedroom, Vera remembers her time as Cyril’s governess.
Vera was in love with Cyril Hamilton’s cousin, she knew that if Cyril died, Hugo would inherit the family fortune. One day Cyril begged her again and again to be allowed to swim to a rock in the ocean.
Vera passes the mantelpiece, she notices the similarity between Marston’s death and the first verse of the “Ten Little Indians” poem, which reads, “One choked his little self and then there were nine.”