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The Adventure of the Speckled Band by Arthur Conan Doyle

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ann lashley

on 9 October 2014

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Transcript of The Adventure of the Speckled Band by Arthur Conan Doyle

Holmes' client, Helen Stoner, comes to visit him and Dr. Watson to seek their advice on her sister's murder. After hearing her story about her soon to be wed sister being murdered, Holmes and Watson go with Helen to her house where her and her stepfather live, and she has been staying in the room where her sister died. They arrange for Helen to spend the night in another bedroom, and without Dr. Roylott's knowledge, they sneak into Helen's previous room. They hear the whistle and see that the sister's last words "the speckled band" were referring to "a swamp adder, the deadliest snake in India." Holmes attacks the snake with a walking stick and the snake is sent back toward it's home in Dr. Roylott's room, where it injects its venom into the murderous physician.
A woman named Helen Stoner comes to visit Holmes and Dr. Watson.
Rising Action
The climax of The Adventure of the Speckled Band is when Holmes attacks the snake and it goes back into the hole, attacking its owner and killing him.
The falling action is primarily when Holmes explains how he knew what was going on.
Falling Action
Ann Lashley
The Adventure of the Speckled Band by Arthur Conan Doyle
The theme of The Adventure of
the Speckled Band is " Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the
violent, and the schemer falls into
the pit which he digs for another."
This meaning that you cannot act
violently without violence coming
to you.
The Adventure of the Speckled
Band is initially set in London.
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson
live on Baker Street, but the
actual story takes place in Surry,
England in April of 1883.
Dr. Roylott come to Holmes' and Dr. Watson's home and threaten them physically.
Sherlock Holmes
Dr. Watson
Helen Stoner
Dr. Roycott
The resolution of The Adventure of
the Speckled Band is that the "speckled band," also known as a swamp adder, kills Dr. Roylott instead of the planned victim, Helen Stoner.
Julia Stoner
Holmes and Watson place Helen in another room and they sneak into hers.
The conflict is that Dr. Roylott, the stepfather of the two girls, killed the first daughter right before she was to be married, and now the other daughter is engaged.
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