Summary Of The Adventure Of The Speckled Band By Sherlock Holmes

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Sherlock Holmes once again uses his mystery solving talents in “The Adventure of the Speckled Band”. This brilliant literary work was written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes is an incredible detective who has solved plenty of mysteries. His loyal sidekick is Dr. Watson, who was a medical doctor. The client was Helen Stoner, a young woman who lived alone with her stepfather. Helen’s stepfather, Dr. Grimsby Roylott, had a medical degree and an extremely violent past. This particular mystery novel occurs at the Stoke Moran Manor in England. Helen seeks out Sherlock’s assistance weeks before her wedding in the April of 1883. Helen Stoner travels a vast distance in hopes that Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson will agree
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Roylott has been in prison for murdering his servant in India. Helen shares her traumatizing amount of losses in her family with the detective; yet, Sherlock Holmes was more interested in how controlling Helen’s stepfather was. Sherlock Holmes tells Dr. Watson and Helen that he feels it is best to investigate immediately, but that he will only search Stoke Moran when Dr. Roylott is not at home due to the fact that he feels it is safest that way. After Helen leaves the boarding house where Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick reside, Dr. Roylott bursts into the room and threatens the mystery solving duo. Sherlock decides to ignore the man’s threats, and decides to investigate the manor anyway. Sherlock is shown to be outstandingly brave by ignoring dangerous threats to ensure his client’s safety. Dr. Roylott’s aggressive behavior towards Sherlock and Dr. Watson is extremely suspicious. Dr. Watson decides to bring his pistol on their journey to Stoke Moran to provide assistance in protect himself and Sherlock. The mood of the story at this point was anxious due to the fact that all characters are uneasy after Dr. Roylott’s outburst and the tone that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle portrayed at this point in the story was serious. After Dr. Roylott threatened Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, a new, smaller conflict was added to the story. That conflict was Sherlock Holmes versus Dr. Roylott because there was now tension between two …show more content…
A few of the false clues that lead Sherlock to form a false hypothesis were the presence of gypsies on the property, Julia’s use of the word “band” before she died, and the fact that a coroner believed her death was natural and not from any type of poison. Snake venom would not show in a chemical test which only a trained professional, like Dr. Roylott, would know. Sherlock realized that the whistle and milk was used to train the snake to crawl through the ventilator onto the fake bell rope and fall onto the bed which could not be moved. Eventually, the snake would have bitten poor Miss. Stoner. At the time when the whistle was blown, it would return to Dr. Roylott. Helen’s stepfather did not want the girls to marry, because they would each receive one-third of their dead mother’s fortune which would leave him with barely any money. The mood at the end of the story is happy and the tone is uplifting because Helen Stoner is finally free from her controlling stepfather and is at peace now that she knows how her sister died. She is now able to live a long, happy life with her future husband and not have to worry about Dr. Roylott ruining her future. Sherlock states how he was indirectly responsible for Dr. Grimesby Roylott’s death due to the fact that he caused the snake to become aggravated and retaliate; although, he doubts he will carry the weight of his death on his shoulder and

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