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The Man With The Twisted Lip: Analysis
Transcript of The Man With The Twisted Lip: Analysis
This mystery story had everything. The witness was the wife, because as said in the case she saw her husband befor he was killed. The Red Herrings where the coat on the shore and the clothes on the room. The main suspect is Hugh Boone; and the detectives of this story were Holmes and Watson
The setting of this story was June, 1889. In the very beginning of the story it starts off with Watson talking to Kate Whitney, wife of Isa Whitney. Kate claims Isa has not been home for 3 days from the opium den and asks Watson to go bring him home. When Watson does go retrieve Isa, he runs into Sherlock who is in disguise. He sends Isa home and then Sherlock introduces the case.
The direct passage from the text where Holmes is telling Watson what exactly is going on; "Last Monday Mr. Neville St. Clair went into town rather earlier than usual, remarking before he started that he had two important commissions to perform, and that he would bring his little boy home a box of bricks. Now, by the merest chance, his wife received a telegram upon this same Monday, very shortly after his departure, to the effect that a small parcel of considerable value which she had been expecting was waiting for her at the offices of the Aberdeen Shipping Company. Now, if you are well up in your London, you will know that the office of the company is in Fresno Street, which branches out of Upper Swandam Lane, where you found me to-night. Mrs. St. Clair had her lunch, started for the City, did some shopping, proceeded to the company's office, got her packet, and found herself at exactly 4:35 walking through Swandam Lane on her way back to the station. Have you followed me so far? "If you remember, Monday was an exceedingly hot day, and Mrs. St. Clair walked slowly, glancing about in the hope of seeing a cab, as she did not like the neighborhood in which she found herself. While she was walking in this way down Swandam Lane, she suddenly heard an ejaculation or cry, and was struck cold to see her husband looking down at her and, as it seemed to her, beckoning to her from a second-floor window. The window was open, and she distinctly saw his face, which she describes as being terribly agitated. He waved his hands frantically to her, and then vanished from the window so suddenly that it seemed to her that he had been plucked back by some irresistible force from behind. One singular point which struck her quick feminine eye was that although he wore some dark coat, such as he had started to town in, he had on neither collar nor necktie.
Neville St. Clair: a reporter, husband, father to two children. Reported missing, possibly murdered in opium den according to his wife.
Mrs. St Clair: Neville's wife, eyewitness to the case, mother of 2 children
Sherlock: Detective working on the case, sometimes undercover, not enforced by Scotland Yard.
Watson: Doctor, married, helps Holmes on cases
The exposition of the story was when Watson went to go retrieve Isa from the opium den at his wife's request; Then Watson sees Sherlock in disguise and the case is introduced.
The Man With The Twisted Lip: Analysis
Pg 6. "We should be rich men if we had 1000 pounds for every poor devil who has been done to death in that den" He doesn't mean every man who dide there was an actual poor devil, nor that he has been 'done' to death.
Pg. 8 " "You have a grand gift of silence, Watson," Sherlock does not actually mean that Watson has a grand gift of silence, he just mean he's being unusally quiet. Holmes is being sarcastic.
The rising action is when Holmes is explaining the case to Watson. Holmes talks to Mrs. St Clair and she says she's received a letter from St Clair after his death the following Monday. This excites Holmes because he believed that St Clair was dead.
The climax of the story is when Holmes finds out what's been missing all along. That Hugh Boone is Neville St Clair, just in disguise with a wig, his filth, different clothes and a fake scar across his face.
Falling Action and Resolution.
There's clear irony in this story in 2 parts.
The first part is when Watson finds Holmes in the Opium den and says "Holmes! What on earth are you doing here?" When Watson knows either he was feeding his drug addiction or working on a case. Irony was also found when the letter was sent to the wife after St Clair died. Another form of irony in the story is when you find out Hugh Boone never really killed St Clair, but that he is St Clair!