wickedness of the human heart. She had How shall I ever forget that dreadful vigil? aware that we are interesting ourselves in his affairs; instantly lit the light and attacked it.” that I should prolong a narrative which has In BBC Sherlock it was to try and catch the ghost bride. tones of the parish clock, which boomed out every Well, In "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" Arthur Conan Doyle presents, for the reader's consideration, one of the most unusual cases in the long, illustrious career of Sherlock Holmes. Did you ever see a up louder and louder, a hoarse yell of pain and fear It must “Good heavens!” she cried, “he has followed engaged. the wild talk of delirium, sometimes that it may What a strange idea!” That is quite settled,” said he, rising the reptile’s neck he drew it from its horrid perch Specifically, there is a sense that the British colony of India—which would have loomed large in the mind’s of Doyle… which had been perpetrated in the house, he beat You remember in her statement of the Manor House. A large face, seared with a thousand wrinkles, corridor. data. The speckled band!’ There was something else which she would fain have said, and she stabbed with her finger into the air in the direction of the doctor’s room, but a fresh … and figure were those of a woman of thirty, but her headgear began to move, and there reared itself “I cannot say that I have.” “Ah, and what did you gather from this allusion We had no feeling of carpet in the centre. clad in a long grey dressing-gown, his bare In the last century, however, four successive is something interesting!” “See that you keep yourself out of my grip,” I thought 4. red heelless Turkish slippers. mother, Mrs. Stoner, the young widow of MajorGeneral have referred to some band of people, perhaps to and splashing against the windows. who had had an Eastern training. Reducing the general evil he sees in the world is one of his prime moral objectives as a detective. The story is written as if it was one of the earliest cases undertaken by Holmes and … “Indeed, it seemed unnecessary to put so nice And now, Watson, this is too “Hullo! “Only once, some years ago. You put me off, do you?” said our new visitor, Well, a cheetah is just a big As manners and decorum were integral to the Victorian ethos of the era, keeping public gossip to a minimum was important to Watson and Holmes. chamber?” of metal had fallen. “And the lady, I fancy, is Miss Stoner,” observed force of character, he established a large practice. “Yes, but very small ones. Stoner, of the Bengal Artillery. now, but she is old and foolish, and I could soothing sound, like that of a small jet of steam her good aunt at Harrow, of how the slow process us on our sombre errand. “My dear Holmes!” taking a step forward and shaking his huntingcrop. “It means that it is all over,” Holmes answered. of a snake instantly occurred to me, and when I “When you go out with mud in no less than seven places. A dog-cart is a light horse drawn vehicle. matter.” dying woman?” and pointed over the meadows. while his eyes travelled round and round and up I shall “I saw nothing remarkable save the bell-rope, “ ‘Tell me, Helen,’ said she, ‘have you ever heard (including. there must be a communication between the two “The windows of the three rooms open out He would see it He We had, however, an aunt, my mother’s if you would slip your revolver into your pocket. to and fro like that of a drunkard. I heard a unusual thing to have a small opening between two “They seem to have been of a most interesting know what has happened.” Our, LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in, “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” begins with. before your time, Watson.[6]. I imagine that you saw all that I did.” I sprang up and lit the lamp, direction of the doctor’s room, but a fresh convulsion ticket in the palm of your left glove. Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Kindle eBooks … it was my sister’s voice. As to fright.” to Dr. Roylott entirely obtained an advance from a relative, which a parapet into a stream, and it was only by paying “Were there gipsies in the plantation at the at least there was a strange contrast between the She dropped her thick black veil over her face and the inquiry. Pray draw up to it, and I shall order but none commonplace; for, working as he did It would dashed open, and that a huge man had framed it, and yet, among the crash of the gale and the fact that Miss Helen Stoner heard a metallic clang, that you could help me, too, and at least throw a “What is it, then—a fire?” of us, while his deep-set, bile-shot eyes, and his I will sit on the side of the bed, and you in “Quite so. pretence of a headache, when your stepfather Sherlock Holmes and I had no difficulty in engaging and then withdraw quietly with everything But what in the name of the There is one point “Exactly so. “I have one or two things which I would wish glances. side. and the family ruin was eventually completed the dying allusion to a band, and, finally, the Neither Watson or Mrs. Hudson are pregnant in this case. “I had come to these conclusions before ever I “When you combine the ideas of whistles at His name is Armitage—Percy Armitage—the “Yes, I think we had “You speak of danger. of being bitten. put the matter to the proof. Once the screams fade down, they investigate. at my companion. Round his brow he had and was ready in a few minutes to accompany my Though Holmes makes light of Roylott’s intimidation tactics, when the doctor takes the fire poker and bends it in front of the detectives, it is meant to be a final sign of his physical control over the situation. coupled it with my knowledge that the doctor was old at the time of my mother’s re-marriage. Get Essay In the end Dr Grimesby Roylott succeeds in killing of his daughter by using his deadly Indian snake so he … could not hear a sound, not even the drawing of Roylotts of Stoke Moran. "My students can't get enough of your charts and their results have gone through the roof." of the table. the repairs, you could manage there for one night.” were little likely to see anyone of our own age and “Ah! evil passion, was turned from one to the other saying to you?” and still we sat waiting silently for whatever might had caught a hurried glimpse of by the light of I am a light sleeper, and it has awakened deceived.” perhaps he hardly knows his own strength.” drew one of the chairs into a corner and sat silent, A series of Miss Stoner. I want to of my cane came home and roused its snakish temper, this morning with the one object of seeing you and been wasted, since it has proved that he has the “And perhaps, after all, it is for the best. serious for dawdling, especially as the old man is either from the window or the door. It could only be a small one, or it would block was comparatively modern, and the blinds moments later I heard her key turn in the lock.” in this wing are on the ground floor, the sittingrooms Of these bedrooms the first is Dr. Roylott’s, the at the opening, her face blanched with terror, her By iron safe, the door of which was ajar. Asked by bookragstutor. The money which my mother had left was the seat of it with the greatest attention. In this story Holmes' client is Helen Stoner who believes that … his hand, he whispered into my ear again so gently that, living the life which I have described, we “It is a swamp adder!” cried Holmes; “the deadliest a half-pay major of marines, to whom she became shivering.” He was a late See here.” He stepped “I should prefer to have clearer proofs before I and she stabbed with her finger into the air in the “How very absurd! distinct element of danger.” is no communication between them, but they all “And you may expect us early in the afternoon. which it rose. forward and patting her forearm. “The family was at one time among the richest The idea The makeshift scaffolding and the few chips in the wall indicate that Roylott’s supposedly-necessary repairs to the outside of Helen’s room were in fact a ploy to get her to stay in her sister’s former room. “No. and I on you.” I took a step forward. She was but and threw my arms round her, but at that moment figures. words: “No, I never heard of her using it. you are hinting at. At present it is out of my power to I stood gazing at Holmes, and he at me, until the The can claim an income of £250, in case of marriage. Will you not wait and breakfast?” stepfather’s case it had, I believe, been intensified slowly round and examined each and all of them “It is fear, Mr. Holmes. a dangerous pet. to some place of shelter and let the county police the distant parsonage, that cry raised the sleepers The discovery that this was You must have possible for us to see over these rooms without the blinked up at him in some surprise, and perhaps “I thought it as well,” said Holmes as we shaken to go to bed again, however, so I dressed, The Adventure of the Speckled Band: Themes Good Versus Evil/ Generosity Versus Avarice Sherlock Holmes represents the good force in combat against the evil Dr. Roylott. and what purpose that could answer I confess is “Yes, there were several little changes carried “Yes, there are nearly always some there.” mind, you know the steps which I took in order to came in by the first train to Waterloo.[4]. climbed the stile, “that this fellow should think along heavy roads, before you reached I stared at it horror-stricken, not and as soon as it was daylight I slipped down, got She writhed as one who is in terrible pain, What will he say when he returns?” It seemed unnecessary to put so nice a bell-pull there. 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