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The Case of Lady Sannox

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Journal Prompt Telling a tale of jealousy, revenge, and horror! Literary Elements Questions Who's Cheatin' Who? by: Alan Jackson The Case of Lady Sannox Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Born on May 22, 1859, in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Growing up, Doyle's mother was a lovely and well educated woman. She had great enthusiasm and animation while spinning wild tales to young Doyle that sparked his imagination.

Later in his life, he went to a Jesuit preparatory school in 1868-1870. However, the boarding school experience was brutal because of bullying. He then found solace in his flair for storytelling and developed an eager audience for younger students. After his experience at the boarding school, he then went to Stonyhurst College and majored in Medicine. In 1881 he got his degree in his majoring choice.

Doyle's favorite authors were Edgar Allen Poe and Bret Harte.

In 1890, his novel A Study in Scarlet introduced the character of Sherlock Holmes. Which went on to a series that were published in a compilation of 12 stories entitled The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes. Spiritualism & Faith

Doyle strove to spread spiritualism and faith through a series of books that were written from 1918 to 1926. Through his writings he then realized his faith was more important than his writing and attempted to prohibit his choice in finishing his Sherlock Holmes book, and attempted to cut the massive popular series.

After he graduated from college and got his bachelor of medicine, he steped down from his Catholic faith and discovered his calling in Spiritualism or "Physic Religion."

Later in his life, he strove to spread his new found religion in a series of his written works. Marriages and Family

In August 1885, Doyle married Louis Hawkins. They had two children, Mary Louise and Alleyne Kingsley.

In 1893, Louise was diagnosed with tuberculosis, and supposedly died in Doyle's arms later in 1906.

The following year, September 18, 1907, he would remarry to Jean Lackie. With her, he had 2 sons and a daughter. Denis, Adrian, and Alleyne Kingsley. Deaths & Diagnosis

Doyle was diagnosed with a disease called Angina Pectoris. Stubbornly he ignored his doctor's orders and warnings and proceeded on a Spiritualism tour through the Netherlands.

Soon after he returned home with chest pains so severe he had to be carried to his house. Thereafter, he was almost was entirely bedridden at his home in Crowborough, New England.

Soon, On July 7, 1930, Doyle collapsed and died in his garden with one hand on his chest and with his left a flower in his hand. Puppet Show Hurt, Rage, Confrontation, Revenge, Resolution, and Forgiveness; they are the steps to recovery from the emotional devastation of adultery. Lord Sannox obviously missed that last step, forgiveness.

If you found your spouse cheating, how would you react? Would you plot revenge, forgive and forget, or be filled with hurt? What would be the steps you take to cope with the devastation? Explain. The meaning of the song is exactly as it sounds. It talks about how it is hard to tell who is being true to their marriage and who is unfaithful. It talks about how he was close with a girl, but he could not see that she had another lover on her mind. Alan sings about how "love is stolen in the shadows of the night" and "it keeps going on as long as you keep outta sight."

This relates to the story because Lady Sannox was having a love affair with Douglas behind Lord Sannox's back. It was happening "in the shadows of the night." Then when Lord Sannox found out he decided to get rid of Douglas by killing him. Why does Douglas agree to look at the Turk's wife? What do we learn about Douglas with the interaction with the Turk? Do you think it was right for the doctor to agree to not use any anesthetics? Douglas agrees to take a look at the Turk's wife because he owed money to his creditors and the exorbitant fee was going to be too much to refuse. From this interaction, we learn that Douglas has a lot of dept that is overdue and is living well beyond his means. Yes, we think it was right for Douglas to agree not to use any anesthetics. The Turk said that she was in a deep sleep from the poison and the opium he had given her. At this point, the doctor knew he could not give her the anesthetic on top of the opium in fear of killing the patient. Lord Sannox's favorite flowers (chrysanthemums) are a symbol in the story. What do they represent? What does this reveal about him? We think that they represent the macabre humor of a disturbed mind. Chrysanthemums are considered the flower of death. They are used frequently in funeral arrangements. This reveals that he is a narcissistic sociopath who premeditated a murder. If he cared for his wife, then he would not have caused the destruction of her face, therefore he is a person who only cares for himself, and takes no value in other people. Where did the story get its' title? Would it have been better to call it "The Case of Douglas Stone"? If so, why? The story got its' title from the medical terminology, “what is the case,” which is what Stone asked the Turk at the beginning of page four. The details of the case are surrounding Lady Sannox, which is where The Case of Lady Sannox came from. No, it would not have been better to call it "The Case of Douglas Stone" because the mystery of the story surrounds the Lady. Without her, there would be no plot to the story. How does Doyle present the reader with different impressions of Stone? In public, Stone is portrayed as a greatly known surgeon. His self-confidence never faltered, and his intuition was extraordinary. However, he is having an affair with a married woman. People think highly of him, but seem to look past his faults while concentrating on his intelligence and good-looks. In other ways, Stone is also presented as avaricious. His greed for money and wealth is why he decided to help out the Turk in the first place. Prove why we not supposed to feel sympathy for Douglas and Lady Sannox. We are not supposed to feel sympathy for them because this was a result of their bad choices. I don't agree with what happened to each of them, but it is their own fault for having an affair that set these events in motion. To support this, in the story, Doyle's overall theme is that your bad decisions will have negative consequences. How do we know that Lord Sannox doesn’t feel badly about what he did? We know Lord Sannox doesn’t feel badly because he kills Douglas at the end. We also know that he doesn’t feel badly because at the end he is more concerned about his flowers than the dead body lying on the floor. Are Douglas and Lady Sannox’s feelings for each other equal? No, their feelings are hardly equal to each other. Douglas loves Lady Sannox unconditionally, and describes her as being "the only one to him." Earlier in the story, we learn that Lady Sannox has a significant amount of lovers. She doesn't really know what it is to be in love; just the excitement of new experiences. Exposition Rising Action Conflict Climax Falling Action Resolution Setting: England
Genre: Tragedy, Suspense
The introduction shows Douglas Stone as the man he was and the man he could have been. He was a brilliant surgeon, a master with the knife, and destined for greatness. However, we are left wondering what happened to poor Stone as the first paragraph leaves the reader a bit confused as to what happened to the great doctor when he is described as "his brain about as valuable as a cap full of porridge."

Lady Sannox is introduced next. She was one of the most beautiful women Douglas had ever met, and instintly held a place in his heart. However, he was not the only one to her. The Lady had a liking of "new experiences, and was gracious to most men who wooed her." From this we can infer that she has had multiple love affairs. Also, in the introductory paragraph, she was described as "for ever taken the veil, and that the world would see her no more."

A quiet, neutral man, with old features is included into the story. This is Lord Sannox, Lady Sannox's husband. His marriage had become distasteful to him, and had a strong hobby of gardening. He became aware of the scandal that his wife was taking place in. It was notorious all around town. It was as if Douglas and the Lady didn't even hide it. "He was at her house every evening, and she drove his carriage in the afternoons." Douglas sees the face of his Lady Sannox as she screams in pain after he had cut off her bottom lip unknowingly. The "Turk" deceived Douglas into cutting off Lady Sannox's lower lip. A Turk comes to Stone's house to ask for medical assistance for his ill wife, who accidentally cut her lip with a poisoned dagger, and offers the doctor 100-pounds of gold. He accepts the patient and begins to gather his medical equipment. The Turk stops him from bringing any anesthetics due to "religious purposes." They go to the Turk's eerie home and Douglas begins to examine the covered woman. At first, he is not sure if it is the right thing to do, but his greed for money gets the best of him. He had cut a V-shape out of the lip...and it began to quiver. Lady Sannox's screams began to die out, and the Turk is revealed to be Lord Sannox. Douglas was shocked beyond belief about what he just did to his lover. The Lord begins to explain his revenge that was necessary for Marion (Lady Sannox). He explains that he LONG INTENDED to make an example of her, and says that he intercepted a love note from the two lovers. The original "poison dagger" wound was really from a simple signet ring. Douglas had kept his appointment after all. Lord Sannox shot Douglas. We can tell this from the details of the paragraph, "he cocked the small revolver," and "something like fear sharpened and hardened." Lord Sannox's butler is told to take the doctor, and Lady Sannox home. Lord Sannox then runs away to Venice, at the Hotel di Roma, but not before first mentioning that Stevens should exhibit all of the purple chrysanthemums next Monday, and wire him the result. Author Background Books & Stories

His first short story was titled The Mystery of Sasassa Valley which was inspired by his works of his favorite authors, Poe and Harte.

Even though he was British, most of his books and stories were known in the United States. Initial Mood: Scandalous, mysterious, tense

In the first paragraph Doyle introduces the story in an intriguing way. There was a woman removed from society, and a brilliant doctor reduced to a bowl of porridge. This sets the mysterious mood.

The author uses specific quotations to set a scandalous mood. "He had a mad passion for Lady Sannox," "she was the loveliest woman in London," "She was the only one for him," "he was not the only one to her." We can infer that an affair is going on between the characters.

The initial mood was tense when Lord Sannox was introduced because most people would not react kindly to the fact that their wife was being unfaithful. Ending Mood: Horror, amusement, satisfied

By the end of the story, pure jealousy and rage led a man to feel the need for revenge. However, he would decide to go to the extremes to make sure his point was clear. Lord Sannox tricked Douglas into disfiguring his lover. There was "dreadful gurgling screams." In the reader's opinion, it would bring a mood of horror.

In Lord Sannox's point of view, I think that he feels satisfied and amused. He set up an elaborate plan, carried it out, and got the outcome he was hoping for. But in reality, he is just a murderer. Protagonist: Douglas Stone
Characteristics: His main concerns are seeing Lady Sannox and money. He is very selfish and arrogant. But at the same time, he was also a remarkable surgeon. Not to mention he was one of the most handsome men in England.

Antagonist: Lord Sannox
Characteristics: He was seemingly a quiet man who enjoyed gardening. Under the mask, however, he was a man consumed in jealousy. In reality, he is a heartless creature who he feels that he was allowed to do what he did. Theme:
Your actions will always come with outcomes - it's your responsibility to make sure they are not negative consequences.

Identifiers of theme: On the last page of the story, Lord Sannox says a key clue to what the intended theme is. "It was really very necessary for Marion, this operation, not physically, but morally, you know, morally." He was furious for the affair that had taken place, and he felt that this punishment was the only salvation. Also, the author does not make any of these people particularity likeable. Symbolism: Lord Sannox's favorite flower was chrysanthemums. In England, those flowers represent death. At the end of the story he even asks his butler to exhibit all purple chrysanthemums and wire him the result. Irony: Douglas Stone had not wanted to see one more patient that night. He was in a hurry to see his mistress. However, fueled by the greed of money, he was tricked into the operation. The irony of it all was that he was really going to meet Lady Sannox all along - but in different circumstances. Foreshadowing: In the very first paragraph of the story, the ending is being foreshadowed. When it says that Lady Sannox would be seen no more, it was referring to the veil that she would wear to cover up her disfigurement. When it compares Stone to a bowl of porridge, it is referring to how he was shot and killed. The Turk lived in a mean-looking, abandoned house. This foreshadows the fact that the house will eventually be empty at the end of the story. You would think that someone of of his standards would live in luxury with many expensive things. And finally, the dark and gloomy night that was filled with rain. Activity Rules Everyone will be given at least one sheet of paper. You will work together with your classmates to figure out the sequence of events that the papers follow. Put them in order accordingly.

YOU MUST DO IT WITHOUT TALKING
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