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The Adventure of the Speckled Band
Transcript of The Adventure of the Speckled Band
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
"Working as he did
rather for the love of his
art than for the
acquirement of wealth"
stepdaughter to Dr. Roylott
Inquiring assistance for her
sister's mysterious death.
The Speckled Band
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Creatures from India - strange, dangerous, evil
India was thought to be "Godless" or pagan, which may have rubbed off on the Doctor while he was there, bringing back an evil sickness that eventually leads to his downfall
Mother - protection
The daughters are protected from their abusive stepfather until she dies, at which point they are left at his mercy
The Sherlock Structure
A case is brought to Sherlock Holmes
Typically very strange
Sherlock and Watson go to the site of the disturbance and take a look around
The reader sees what is going on through Watson's eyes, and you get the feeling that you are missing something
Sherlock develops a plan to catch the criminal and he and Watson lie in wait until they catch the criminal
A short time after the case is solved, Sherlock explains to Watson and the reader how he solved the crime.
The story begins with Helen Stoner arriving at Sherlock Holmes' house early in the morning. She explains her situation with her stepfather, Dr. Roylott, and her twin sisters mysterious death just days before her marriage. She recounts her sister speaking of a hissing sound, a slam or bang and saying "the speckled band!" before her death. After this, she explains she is now sleeping in her sisters room and is hearing the same sounds her sister did. Her terror leads her to Sherlock Holmes to help her find whom/what murdered her sister and why.
Doyle's Most Notable Works
The Sherlock Holmes Adventures (compilation of short stories)
The Mystery of Coomber
Narrative of John Smith (2011)
The Captain of the Pole-Star
The Lost World
Good Vs. Evil
Don't jump to conclusions
Born irish catholic, a wealthy uncle funded his christian school education. After his first year in college he denounced faith and became Atheist
Parents seperated for 3 years because of dad's alcoholism, sepearting the family across Edinbourough, no worries they got back together!
Went to medical school at University of Edinburough
After private practice failed he studied and became an opthmologist
In his down time is when he chose to write his stories, poems, plays.
His first published work was "Sassass Valley"
Follwed by a medical publication on "Gelsemium as a Poison"
After graduating med school he became a Dr on a whaling ship the
Hope of Peterhead
Then worked on the
as their surgeon
Holmes' sidekick, roommate, and friend.
Intellectual, not as observant, very protective of Holmes
mean old man
Sherlock and Watson agree to meet Helen later that evening because her stepfather will be out of the house. After Helen leaves, her stepfather storms in demanding to know what she told them. Sherlock finds his anger somewhat comical and laughs off the threats he gives, although he worries for Helen's safety, as she had bruises from her stepfathers brutality.
Holmes and Watson examine the room where Helen's twin sister was murdered. Holmes found it strange that there is a dummy bell-pull next to the bed, a ventilator above the bell-pull, and that the bed is secured to the floor. The group goes into Dr. Roylott's room where Holmes examines the desk chair and a safe in the room. After this investigation, Holmes and Watson have Helen sleep in her old room despite the remodeling and to signal them when she leaves the room so they may catch the attempted murder in the act.
Once Holmes and Watson are in the bedroom, they stay awake in order to stay alive. They hear a hissing sound, and Holmes starts beating madly at the bell-pull with his cane. After hearing a scream come from the stepfather's chambers, they go and see the truth behind the murders. Dr. Roylott had an exotic snake that look liked a speckled band around his head, which was very poisonous and he had used to murder, but which killed him after being beaten by Holmes.
"Violence does, in truth, recoil around the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another."
"He had a passion also for Indian animals".
"What a fool a builder must be to open a ventilator into another room, when,
with the same trouble, he might have communicated with the outside air!"
"It goes to the
"Why, it's a dummy".
What did you think the speckled band was at the beginning of the story?
Why do you think the murder was so elaborate?
Why did Dr. Roylott approve both engagements if he didn't want the twins to marry in the first place?
What was Dr. Roylott's motive?
Susan Hileman, Stacy Flanery & Grace Diaz