By: Alyssa Robar
Analysis of the Mood
“Choking, he lost consciousness…”
This is suspenseful because you don’t know what just happened or who did it. Also you don’t know if he died or just passed out.
“But his arm was jerked down sharply. At the same time he felt something hard and round being poked between his ribs.”
This leads off a suspenseful mood because the Duke would not have put a gun to just anyone. So either, this isn’t the Duke or Mr. Bunt did something wrong. What did he do? Who was this person? Is it a Russian spy.
“He hurried to the bedside, lifted Miss Logan’s hand and uttered a sharp exclamation.”
This lead to suspense because you don’t know why he uttered the word, or what the word was. Was Miss Logan dead, or unconscious?
Elements of Mystery
Mystery rule number one was used. Rule number one states that the reader should be at equal with the detective to know what the clues are and should be able to guess the culprit just the same as the detective. Christie uses this by putting the different clues in the dialogue. When Tommy and Tuppence talk about clues it is written in the text as part of their conversation.