In these three of his best stories,. Holmes has three visitors to the famous flat in Baker Street — visitors who bring their troubles to the only man in the world who . INTERMEDIATE. Three Adventures of. Sherlock Holmes. S U M M A R Y. 'The Speckled Band'. What is the speckled band? A headscarf? A group of gypsies?. Sherlock Holmes is a great detective. There are few cases that he cannot solve. In this collection, Sherlock Holmes skills are put to the test in three adventures.
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One morning at around 7am, two men come to Watson's house from nearby Paddington train station. Statue in London. Dracula Dr. This Spaulding comes to Wilson one day with a strange advertisement in the paper looking for a red-headed man who can fill a vacancy in the "Red-Headed League," a club funded by the will of an eccentric American millionaire looking to support red-headed dudes. He takes the train to London, meets up with a helpful guard, and that's how he wound up at Watson's. Its Cause and Conduct , which argued that the UK's role in the Boer War was justified, and which was widely translated.
The wife, Hatty Doran is the daughter of a rich American millionaire who made his fortune in mining, and it is made clear that her dowry is the main reason for this match. Holmes learns that the bride had dropped her bouquet at the wedding and was jittery immediately after the wedding and left from the breakfast table to never be seen again.
Lestrade arrests a woman who is claimed to be harassing Lord St. Simon and whose note is found in the abandoned clothes of the bride. Holmes notes the hotel mentioned in the back of the note and arrives at the conclusion that Doran left on her own account with the man, Francis Moultan, who picked her bouquet.
It is revealed that they were married already with no knowledge to her father, and presuming him to be dead, Doran decides to marry Lord St. However, on having found Moultan in church, she decided to flee with him but Holmes convinces them to reveal their marriage.
Holmes receives a banker, Alexander Holder, who describes the robbery of the Beryl Coronet. Since the Coronet is the property of a royal person, he decided to keep the Coronet with him at all times out of anxiety over its security. He narrates of having told his shy niece Mary and wayward son Arthur about it. Arthur denied stealing the item while Mary was inconsolable about the implication on Arthur. Holmes deduces that Mary is having an affair with Sir George Burnwell, a charismatic friend of Arthur who led him into gambling, and she was the person who stole the Coronet and gave it to Burnwell.
Arthur however, discovered her in the act and tried to get it back when the Coronet broke in the scuffle between Arthur and Burnwell. Holmes traces the Coronet corner and gets it back to the banker when they discover that the niece has deserted Holder.
Holmes receives a call from a woman, Violet Hunter , asking for advice in a case in which she has been offered a position as a governess. The household sounds strange, but the money is good. Holmes asks her to accept but to inform him if something gets wrong.
She telegrams him sometime later. When they meet her, she says that the family is quite strange, her employer Jephro Rucastle is unpredictable and cunning, and his second wife is strangely sad but devoted to the family.
Their child is unusually cruel. They have two servants, the Tollers, who keep to their own and take care of the mastiff.
Rucastle and so has left for America. Violet is periodically asked to wear a dress and sit at a window outside where she spots a man, at which point she is asked to wave the person away. She finds a lock of hair similar to her own and a wing of the house which seems locked up but appears to be occupied.
The three lock up Mrs. Toller as her husband passes out from drinking and decide to let out Miss Rucastle while her parents are away. But, they find nobody when they break open her door. Rucastle arrives and tries to set the mastiff on them, but is bitten grievously as only Toller can handle the hound.
Toller reveals that she had already planned to let Miss Rucastle out. Why was Simpson arrested on what charge. Explain Holmes' statement that doctors make the greatest criminals.
Why do you think he came to that conclusion? In the statement, Holmes speaks to the doctor's profession as being an advantage to the criminal element. Doctors are familiar with different types of medications and poisons, what is traceable and not traceable, what call kill, and what can make The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes study guide contains a biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.
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He managed to grab the cloak without being seen and got away. Turner agrees to sign a confession so that, if James McCarthy is convicted of murder, Holmes can get the young man off. But Turner is dying, and doesn't want to spend his final days in prison for justifiable homicide what with the blackmail and all. Holmes agrees that Turner's about to meet a higher judge than England can provide.
Fortunately, James's case is dismissed due to lack of evidence, James marries Miss Turner, and John Turner takes his secret to the grave seven months later. It's a dark and stormy night and Watson's wife is out of town, so he's sleeping over with Holmes. Their peaceful evening is suddenly interrupted by the appearance of a young man, John Openshaw, who's worried about a series of weird events that have happened to his family.
We get the whole back-story on John's family: John's father, Joseph Openshaw, is a bicycle factory owner. Joseph's brother Elias, on the other hand, heads to Florida to start a plantation in the mids. Once the Confederacy loses, even though he's made lots of money in the South, Elias Openshaw flounces off back to England to retire with his fortune. Elias is a real tool and has no friends.
But he's taken a liking to his nephew John Openshaw, and so he invites John to live with him. Elias uses John as a kind of household manager and go-between with everyone else in the world. Elias mostly likes to stay locked up in his room drinking a lot.
One day, Elias receives an envelope that says, on the back flap, "K. Inside the envelope are five orange pips. Elias freaks out , runs to his locked room, and burns a bunch of papers he's been keeping locked up.
After getting this envelope, Elias's bad behavior really becomes extreme: Finally, one night, he gets drunk and winds up dead the next day. It seems that he ran out of the house and drowned in a small pool at the foot of the garden during that drunken spell. The coroner rules his death a suicide, but John doesn't think it is.
Next up, Joseph, Elias's brother, inherits his brother's fortune. What's weird, though, is that Joseph then receives the same envelope, also with the same instructions, initials, and orange pips. And he also winds up dead, from a fall in a rock quarry. The coroner decides it's an accident, but, again, John Openshaw's not certain. It's come down to John himself. He, too, has now received the fatal envelope.
He has also found one tiny scrap of paper with some names and dates he doesn't understand, still in the fireplace where his uncle burned the papers before drowning. Now John wants Holmes's help. Holmes tells Openshaw to go home right away, put the scrap of paper and the envelope on the sundial with a note saying everything else has been burned, and above all not to do anything dumb like confront the murderers.
They are known, Holmes tells Watson, for arranging unlikely deaths for people who support, among other things, African-American voting rights. Holmes continues that Elias must have been connected to this group: But despite Holmes's solution of the case, he's too late: Holmes knows it's no accident, though. He resolves to get justice by tracking down the postmarks of the three fatal envelopes, all of which lead him to one ship, the "Lone Star," which was in the three origin cities at the right time to send these awful orange pips.
Holmes cables Savannah, Georgia with the news that there are men on the "Lone Star" wanted for murder in the U. The ship sinks on its way across the Atlantic, and Holmes never gets his direct revenge on the murderers of his client.
One night, one of Mrs. Watson's friends, a lady named Kate Whitney, turns up at the Watsons' home. She's at her wit's end because her husband Isa, an opium addict, has been away from home for some time. She begs Watson to visit her husband's opium den to fish him out. Even though it's late at night, Watson agrees to head straight over. While there, who should he bump into but his good pal Sherlock Holmes, wearing the disguise of an addict. Holmes invites Watson to walk home with him, and explains that he's at the den trying to trace a missing person, one Neville St.
This St. Clair lives in a small town called Lee with his wife and two children. He has regular habits that include going into the city at the same time every morning and coming home on the same train at night. He earns good money doing something vague in investments. The Monday before, St. Clair went into town early after promising to get some toy blocks for the kids.
Soon after he leaves, Mrs. Clair decides to go into the city as well, to run an errand. This errand brings her into kind of a bad part of town.
As Mrs. Clair is walking down this nasty street, she looks up to see her husband's face looking down at her from a second-story window in fact, from the window of the exact same opium den Holmes has been staking out. She tries to get in to see him, but the owner of the opium den stops her. Clair runs to get some cops, the cops go in, but they don't find anyone on the second floor except this exceptionally ugly beggar, Hugh Boone.
No one buys Mrs. Clair's story that she saw her husband until they find the blocks St. Clair had promised to buy on a table in the den.
So they arrest Boone on suspicion of murder.
He's well known throughout London as one of the cleverest beggars in the city. He's got blood on his sleeve, but he also has a cut on his finger that, according to Boone, explains this. He swears he's innocent. The police find St. Clair's coat weighed down with coins in the nearby Thames, but not a trace of his body. Holmes and Watson go to visit Mrs. She greets them happily with the news that she's certain her husband is still alive.
How does she know?
She's received a letter from him, in his handwriting, with his wedding ring as further proof. Holmes is up all night thinking about this new evidence, but he finally gets it, and feels dumb for not seeing it sooner. Watson is like — what?
Holmes asks him to come for a morning drive into the city. Holmes and Watson arrive at the police station and ask to see Boone. He's fast asleep. Holmes pulls out a large sponge from his bag and suddenly gives Boone a vigorous face wash. Underneath the grease, face paint, fake scar, and wig, the famous beggar Boone turns out to be none other than Neville St.
It all becomes clear: Clair was once a journalist. He posed as a beggar to research an article once and made the accidental discovery that he could make more money as a beggar than he ever did in regular business.
So all of those regular hours he's been working in the city, he's really been sneaking off to the room he's rented in that opium den to change into his Hugh Boone disguise. When his wife happened to walk by that one afternoon, he was just changing back into his Neville St.
Clair clothes. He was too ashamed of being discovered to admit to her or, later, to the police what had actually happened. So he weighed down his coat with coins and tossed it out the window into the river, and then rapidly put his Hugh Boone disguise back on. He handed the owner of the opium den that letter for his wife and then waited for the police to arrive. Since he hasn't actually committed a crime, Inspector Bradstreet agrees to let St.
Clair go — with the strict promise that they'll see no more of Hugh Boone around. If St. Clair goes back to his old tricks, his secret will become public and his family will be shamed. Clair promises, and that's that! When Watson comes over two days after Christmas to wish Holmes a happy holiday, he finds Holmes contemplating a battered old hat.
This hat has been brought to Holmes by Peterson, a hotel employee they both know. Here's the story behind the hat: Peterson surprises a group of guys harassing some older fellow on the street. Startled, the old guy runs away, dropping his hat and a goose.
The goose is labeled "To Mrs. Henry Baker," but there are so many Henry Bakers in London that the note's not much help. Peterson brings both objects to Holmes to trace their ownership.
Holmes gives Peterson the goose but keeps the hat to see what he can reason from it to narrow down which Henry Baker. Holmes figures out that the hat's owner is a smart, well-educated guy who's fallen on hard times and perhaps into drink? Holmes and Watson are chatting over his deductions when Peterson comes running back into to Holmes's place.
As his wife was preparing the goose for cooking, she found a blue diamond in the bird's throat. Holmes identifies it at once as a jewel belonging to the Countess of Morcar, called the Blue Carbuncle, which was recently stolen from the Hotel Cosmopolitan.
On the evidence of hotel employee James Ryder, a plumber named John Horner has been arrested, but the jewel still hasn't been found. Holmes puts an ad in the newspaper — Found: Holmes figures that Henry Baker the name attached to the goose's leg will definitely answer because he's poor and probably really misses his hat.
Holmes also asks Peterson to buy Holmes a second goose. Indeed, Baker answers the ad, and he is exactly as Holmes described in the first scene: The guy is relieved to get his hat back, but he shows no signs of distress that this second goose is not the original — in other words, he knows nothing about the blue diamond.
Baker does put Holmes on the trail of the original goose, though, by telling the detective that he got the goose from the owner of the Alpha Inn.
Holmes uses this information to get to a Covent Garden poultry seller, where he's surprised to find someone else trying to figure out where a certain goose has gotten to. This someone else is James Ryder, the hotel employee who ratted out John Horner, the plumber. But Holmes knows better: Ryder basically disintegrates. He starts crying and carrying on.
Holmes is disgusted, and demands that the guy pull himself together and tell Holmes how the diamond got into a goose's throat in the first place. Ryder explains: The two set up poor John Horner, and then Ryder made off with the stone. He planed to bring it to a friend of his who's been in prison and who knows how to sell stolen jewelry for gold. But how should Ryder get the precious gem to his friend without getting caught?
Well, Ryder had been staying over with his sister that night. She raises geese, and she had already offered him one.
Ryder took a chance by stuffing the gem into the throat of one of the geese and then claiming it for his own. But when he opened the goose up later on, he saw that he's killed the wrong goose in the shuffle. Hence his efforts to try and figure out where his particular goose got to once his sister brought her flock to market.
Ryder weeps and begs Holmes not to ruin him, and Holmes tells him to get out. After all, Holmes tells Watson, 1 Ryder's so scared he'll never do anything wrong again, and 2 it's not Holmes's job to make up for the fact that the police suck.
Watson jumps pretty far back in time in this story, to the period before his marriage when he and Holmes were still roomies at B Baker Street. One morning, Holmes wakes Watson early because he has a client he wants Watson to see.
She's a lady of about thirty with prematurely white hair who's shaking with terror. The situation is this: The lady's name is Helen Stoner.
She has a stepfather, Dr. Grimesby Roylott, who is the last representative of a great family that has utterly used up all of its resources.
Helen's mother died eight years ago in a train accident. Her will left Roylott a steady income, but it also included provisions for Helen and for her twin sister, Julia, if they ever get married. A marriage of either or both of his stepdaughters would leave Roylott really struggling financially. Personally speaking, Roylott is also a pretty terrible guy: Apparently, he was lucky to escape a death sentence there.
And yet, the Stoner sisters' mother married him. So, anyway, flash to two years ago when Julia, Helen's sister, gets engaged. She complains to Helen that her sleep is being disturbed by a strange whistling sound in the middle of the night. Helen dismisses this as nothing, but one night two weeks before Julia's wedding, Helen hears a horrible scream. It's Julia in the bedroom next door. Helen runs over to find Julia looking terrified and ill. Julia slips into convulsions, but before she falls unconscious never to awaken , she makes reference to "a speckled band.
Now Helen herself has become engaged to a nice young fellow, Percy Armitage. Her stepfather has started some random construction on the wall outside her bedroom that has made Helen move into her sister's old bedroom next to her stepfather's. And she's pretty freaked out because she, like her sister before her, has begun to hear a low whistle in the middle of the night.
Holmes reassures her that he'll do what he can, and offers to come out to their estate that night. As soon as Stoner leaves Holmes's office, Dr. Grimesby Roylott announces himself. He makes a threaten and says that if Holmes gets involved, he'll be sorry. Holmes doesn't take this warning very seriously. So he and Watson head out to Roylott's estate that afternoon to set up a plan. Holmes tells Stoner to go to bed early but not to stay in her sister's former bedroom.
He and Watson plan to sneak in and spend the night there to find out what's up. Holmes and Watson do in fact manage to sneak into Julia Stoner's old room.
It has some weird features: All of these changes to the house date to about two years ago. At around 3am, Holmes and Watson hear an eerie low whistle. Holmes strikes a match and starts beating the bell pull with his cane. Suddenly, they hear a yell from the next room. It's Roylott, and he's stone dead. He's been killed by his own trained poisonous snake, which he has been sending into the next room through the ventilator to try to murder his second stepdaughter. It's all about money: Roylott doesn't want Stoner to marry Percy Armitage and take away her part of the inheritance.
But he's gotten his just desserts: Holmes seems totally OK with that. One morning at around 7am, two men come to Watson's house from nearby Paddington train station. One of the two is a guard who knows Watson. He's come to drop off a patient. The other guy is, well, the patient: After treating Hatherley, Watson brings him to Holmes so they can get to the bottom of Hatherley's weird adventure.
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