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What is "The Adventure of The Speckled Band" mainly about? no

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Posted December 8, 2008 at 9:12 AM via web

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What is "The Adventure of The Speckled Band" mainly about?


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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted December 8, 2008 at 10:33 AM (Answer #1)

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This case is told to Holmes by a woman named Helen Stoner. Holmes and Watson, invite her to share her problem. Miss Stoner tells them that when their mother died Helen and Julia were left in the custody of their stepfather, a dangerous Dr. Grimesby Roylott.  They lived in fear and misery, despite of the being wealthy because of money left by their mother.  Julia mysteriously died two weeks before her marriage, and before she dies she said to Helen the words ‘speckled band’, but Helen doesn’t have a clue as to the meaning.  After two years Helen got engaged, her stepfather approved of it. A renovation of their house forced Helen to sleep in Julia’s room and she heard a whistle.  She lit a lamp found nothing, stayed awake and in the morning came to Sherlock Holmes for help. After she told him all her concerns they agreed to meet at her house but she should keep it secret from her stepfather. But she did not know Dr. Roylott followed her and threatened Holmes to back off, after she had left. Worried of Helen’s safety Holmes and Watson came to Stoke Moran and examined the room of Julia and Dr. Roylott. And Holmes noticed some odd things. Holmes asked Helen to signal to him and Watson to come back when Dr. Roylott sleeps. She does this and in the end Holmes and Watson solve the mystery.

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