"That's the meaning of the whole business. We're not going to leave the island... None of us will ever leave."
General John Gordon Macarthur was one of ten guests invited to Nigger Island. He was the third to die, in the manner laid out in the poem.
Macarthur was a retired World War I war hero, who sent his late wife's lover (a younger officer, Arthur Richmond) to his death by assigning him to a mission where it was practically guaranteed he would not survive. Leslie MacArthur had mistakenly put the wrong letters in the envelopes on one occasion when she wrote to both men at the same time. The general tells Vera that no one will leave the island alive.
Invited to the island to meet up with some buddies from his days in the war.
"John Gordon Macarthur, that on the 14th of January, 1917, you deliberately sent your wife's lover, Arthur Richmond, to his death."
On January 4th, 1917, he deliberately sent his wife's lover, Arthur Richmond, to his death. Richmond was under his command during the war, and a love letter to Richmond from Leslie Macarthur was accidentally mailed to Macarthur. The general sent the young Richmond on a suicide mission that killed him.
"One said he'd stay there and then there were Seven."
Macarthur was hit with a life preserver or some other heavy object on the head while sitting outside, resigned to his inevitable death. Armstrong found his body and carried it to the house.
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Ten Little Indians (1959)
Portrayed by Peter Bathurst (as General Mackenzie)
Zehn Kleine Negerlein (1969)
Portrayed by Fritz Haneke (as General Mackenzie)
And Then There Were None (1945)
Portrayed by C. Aubrey Smith (as General Mandrake)
Ten Little Indians (1965)
Portrayed by Leo Genn (as General Mandrake)
Ten Little Indians/And Then There Were None (1974)
Portrayed by Adolfo Celi (as General Andre Salve)
Desyat Negrityat (1987)
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Voiced by Ian Abercrombie (as General SMA)