In "The Adventure of the Speckled Band," Sherlock Holmes is his usual self: cold, abrasive, and demanding. Watson notes that Holmes "refused to associate himself with any investigation which did not tend towards the unusual, and even the fantastic." This passage promises that "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" will be good reading, because Holmes eagerly takes the case brought by Helen Stoner. His companion Dr. Watson is his usual courageous but somewhat confused self.
Their client, Miss Stoner, is in "a pitiable state of agitation, her face all drawn and gray, with restless,...
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