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The Hound of The Baskervilles

By: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Isaac Miller

on 27 August 2011

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The Hound Of The Baskervilles By: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Vocabulary Luminous brilliant intellectually; enlightened or enlightening, as a writer or a writer's works: a luminous concept; luminous prose. a seat for two or more persons, having a back and usually arms, and often upholstered. Settee "It may be that you are not yourself luminous," Page 10 "as he returned to his favorite corner of the settee." page 11 Erroneous "that most of your conclusions were erroneous" page 11 Amiable having or showing pleasant, good-natured personal qualities; affable: an amiable disposition.
friendly; sociable: an amiable greeting; an amiable gathering. agreeable; willing to accept the wishes, decisions, or suggestions of another or others.
Obsolete . lovable or lovely. "if i remember right, amiable, unambitious, and absent-minded. page 13- 14" Frock-Coat "for his frock-coat was dingey and his trousers frayed." Page 15 desire to do good to others; goodwill; charitableness: to be filled with benevolence toward one's fellow creatures. Benevolence "and he walked with a forward thrust of his head and a general air of peering benevolence." Page 15 Dabbler to work at anything in an irregular or superficial manner: to dabble in literature. "A dabbler in science," Page 15 containing error; mistaken; incorrect; wrong: an erroneous answer. a man's close-fitting, knee-length coat, single-breasted or double-breasted and with a vent in the back. 1889 Sherlock Holmes and watson
find the intruders' cane. containing error; mistaken; incorrect; wrong: an erroneous answer. long-headed; having a cephalic index of 75 and under. Dolichocephalic "I had hardly expected so dolichocephalic a skull" Page 16 Supra-orbital situated above the eye socket. "or such a well marked supra-orbital development" Page 16 Parietal Anatomy . of, pertaining to, or situated near the side and top of the skull or the parietal bone. "Running my finger along your parietal fissure" Page 16 Monograph a highly detailed and thoroughly documented study or paper written about a limited area of a subject or field of inquiry "read my little monograph upon the subject." Page 18 Sherlock Holmes and Watson
meet Dr. James Mortimer. Dr. Mortimer tells Holmes about his case
concerning The Hound of The Baskervilles. Sherlock Holmes cannot leave to
go to the case but Watson can so he agrees
to go with the Doctor and note all the events. Holmes and Watson see the
warning letter. Holmes and Watson meet Sir Henry. BAKER STREET Sir Henry loses one of
his boots. Characters Timeline Holmes -– Holmes is the famed 221B Baker Street detective with a keen eye, acute intelligence and a logical mind. He takes a back seat to Watson for much of this adventure, but throughout the story we always feel his presence. In the end, it takes all of his wit, intelligence and intuition, to identify the killer, save the life of the next intended victim, and solve the mystery. Sherlock Holmes is the most famous detective of all time and is so well known that in this story, he has customers at a very high stature. In this story Holmes' customer is Dr. James Mortimer and he wants to find the answer to the murder of his client Sir. Charles Baskerville. "You tell me now that it is useless to ivestigate Sir Charles's death, and that you desire me to do it?" Dr. Watson - The good doctor plays the sidekick to Holmes' self-obsessed hero figure. Watson is a lowly apprentice and live-in friend, who spends most of the book trying to solve a difficult case in his master's stead. Always on hand to stroke Holmes' ego, Watson is nonetheless intent on proving his own mettle by applying Holmes' techniques. When Holmes arrives at Devonshire. Holmes announces that he meant for Watson to think he was in London, and a pouty Watson reacts: "Then you use me, and yet you do not trust me!" Sir Hugo Baskerville - Hugo Baskerville is the ancestor said to have started the legend of the hound during the 17th century. He lived as the outcast of the Baskerville family until he was killed by a "demonic" hound. Sir Charles Baskerville– - The former owner of the house of the Baskerville estates, Sir Charles was an old man in bad health conditions. Long terrified by the Baskerville legend, his footprints show that he must have been running from something at the time of his death on the grounds of the estate. The paw-prints of a huge demonic dog marked the soil near his resting place. His enlightened plans to invest funds in the isolated district surrounding Baskerville Hall prompts his heir, Sir Henry, to want to move there and continue his uncle's good works. Sir Henry Baskerville- Sir Henry Baskerville is the closest living relative to Sir Charles Baskerville. When he heard that his uncle was killed he was sorry to hear it but very quick to leave his life in America to live in Baskervill Manor. The only problem was the idea that his uncle might have been murdered so Sir Henry and Dr Mortimer asked Sherlock Holmes for help with the case. Sir Charles finds the second
boot that was stolen. Watson, Charles, and
Mortimer leave for the
Baskervile Manor. Dr. Mortimer.- A doctor and friend of the Baskervilles. Dr. Mortimer is tall, thin and good-natured. He is, a competent doctor who was made the executor of Sir Charles' will. He sets the book's plot in train by traveling to London to inform Holmes and Watson about the strange events surrounding Sir Charles' demise, and alerting them to the dangerous situation that Sir Henry now faces as Sir Charles' heir. Mortimer continues to assist Holmes and Watson in their twin roles as investigators/bodyguards until the conclusion of the case. Jack Stapleton–-A former schoolmaster, Stapleton chases butterflies on the moors and Outwardly a polite gentleman, he inwardly possesses a hot temper which reveals itself at key moments. It transpires that Stapleton —in reality, a long-lost relative of Sir Henry's who stands to inherit the Baskerville fortune—is a scheming, manipulative and money-hungry criminal that Holmes and Watson come to respect and fear. Miss Stapleton–-Supposedly Stapleton's sister, this dusky Latin beauty turns out to be his wife. Eager to prevent another death but terrified of her violent spouse, she provides enigmatic warnings to Sir Henry and Watson. Watson and Charles arrive
at Baskerville Manor and
meet the butler. Baskerville Manor Foreshadowing
"I stood upon the hearth-rug and picked up the stick which our visitor had left behind him the night before. It was a fine, thick peice of wood, boulbous-headed, of the sort which is known as a "Penang lawyer." This is a forshadowing to the scene when the Holmes is talking to Watson about where the stick came from. Page 9. When Holmes picks up the stick and starts making comments about it in his head we know that he will
analyze the stick's properties soon. Literary Devices Personal Reactions One of the biggest things in the book that suprised me was when the author put Holmes back into the plot and gave Watson the help that he needed to solve the case. In my opinion the part of the book when
Holmes and Watson killed the Hound intrigued me the most because it was almost the only action of the book. I think the lack of action actually helped the ending to be more interesting because it was different from the rest of the book. Sir Charles and Watson first
hear about the escaped criminal. Watson hears the woman
crying at night in the manor. Barrymore says that the only two
women in the manor were his wife and the scullery maid. Watson meets a man named
Stapleton who lives on the
moor with his wife. Watson hears the hound moan
for the first time. Watson gets the odd warning
to go back and stay away from
the moor. This warning was meant for Sir Henry Baskerville. Watson and Sir Charles hear Barrymore walking the halls of the manor at night. Watson and Sir Charles find that Barrymore is walking to a room in the manor to signal his wife's brother who turns out to be the escaped prisoner. Watson sees in the shadow of the
moon a man watching over the moor. Watson finds a hidden encounter
between Sir Henry Baskerville and
a woman named Laura Lyons. Watson interviews Laura Lyons and
finds that she was supposed to meet
Sir Henry Baskerville the night of his death
but she didn't go. Watson finds that the man he saw
looking over the moor lives in one
of the stone huts up in the hills.
Watson goes to find which one he
is in and decides to wait for the
man there. The man comes back and
turns out to be Holmes. Holmes discovers that Mr. Stapleton is
related to Sir Charles and he is now
the prime suspect on the case. It turns out
Stapleton hired Laura Lyons to schedule a
meeting with Sir Henry and then skip the
meeting. In the final showdown, Holmes and Watson use
Sir Charles as bait to lure the hound out.
Holmes and Watson subdue the demonic hound
and in his frantic flee for his life, Stapleton
drowns in the marshland of the moor. Mrs. Byron Stapleton turns out to be
Mr. Stapleton's wife, and she is found
tied up in the house due to lack of
cooperation in Stapleton's plan. The story opens with the tale of the Baskerville curse. The reproduction of the curse, both in the novel and in Mortimer's reading, serves to start the story off with a bang or a shadowy folk tale, nothing if not mysterious. At the same time, it offers a nice contrast to Watson's straight-forward reporting, a style insisted upon by the master and one which will ultimately dispel any foolish belief in curses and demonic hounds. Theme Questions Why did Doyle choose Watson to narrate Hound instead of having Holmes tell the story himself? What are the benefits and drawbacks of doing it this way? Simile
",and I saw her making quick little movements of her hands as if she were very earnest in what whe was saying," Page 117 The words as if imply that the author is comparing her making quick movements with her hands to her being very earnest. Allusion
"There's a light in the woman's eyes
that speaks louder than words." Page 120
The allusion is to the woman's eyes having a light in them that speaks to Sir Henry. The eyes don't actually speak. The author is just making reference to the eyes lighting up. Metaphor
"His sister is everything in his life, he says."
Page 121. His sister is not everything to him, it is just an exaggeration that means that his sister means a lot to him. Allegory
"And now I pass on to another
thread which I have extricated
out of the tangled skein." Page 122
Watson is not really passing on a thread, he just means that he is moving on to another mystery within the mystery. Analogy
",and yet we were helped through it by the same sort of patient interest which a hunter must feel as he watches the trap into which he hopes the game may wander." Page 123.
In this analogy, the author compares Watson and Sir Henry's waiting to a hunter waiting by his trap. Allegory
"and the light of the candle framed it in darkness and shot one single yellow beam across the gloom of the corridor." Page 123. The author used an allegory here to give the idea that one beam of light was being shot from a candle but it was relly just one strand of light that wasn't covered in shadow. Allegory
",and as he did so Barrymore sprang
up from the window with a sharp hiss
of his breath," Page 124
The author implied here that the hiss of breath was "sharp" just to give the word a little more meaning and so the reader could tell the difference between this breath of suprise and a breath from being scared. Analysis Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote "The Hound of The Baskervilles" in
a very factual format. Whenever Holmes would deduce somthing, it
would never be an opinion but based on facts.
On page 169, Holmes says, "I am giving you information
now, in return for all that you have given me." Sherlock Holmes says to
Watson that he knows that Mrs. Stapleton is really Mr. Stapleton's wife. He knows this because Stapleton was protective over her when Sir Henry
was in the prarie with her. Why do you think Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
made the beast in the story a hound and not something more ferocious like a bear? Who started the story of the Hound? What was the name of the messenger
boy that Holmes hired in Devonshire? Why did Stapleton want Sir Henry dead? Who was the hound's first victim? What did Holmes's surprise visitor
leave at the start of the story? Thank You For Watching
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