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"In the Adventure of the Speckled Band" how do we see that Holmes has...

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dannna | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) eNoter

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"In the Adventure of the Speckled Band" how do we see that Holmes has patience and wariness And the quote to prove it.

and after a conclusion to show that with patience,wariness and attention to details led Holmes to a successful case.

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 8, 2008 at 6:53 AM (Answer #1)

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In order to solve this case, Sherlock Holmes and Watson risk their lives by spending the night in Julia's room to determine what events were causing her to feel so afraid for her life. First they have to get a room at a nearby inn and wait for Dr. Roylott to leave the house, because he has threatened Sherlock Holmes to stay away from his step-daughter.

Holmes and Watson sit patiently in the room waiting for a sign from Julia. In Julia's dark room, Holmes and Watson must wait for any clue that will alert them to what the danger to Julia really is.

"How shall I ever forget that dreadful vigil? I could not hear a sound, not even the drawing of a breath, and yet I knew that my companion sat open-eyed, within a few feet of me, in the same state of nervous tension in which I was myself. The shutters cut off the least ray of light, and we waited in absolute darkness." (Conan Doyle)

Holmes is very observant, he sees that the bell pull near the bed is a dummy and that the bed is nailed to the floor. He notices a vent, which alerts him to the connection to Dr. Roylott's room since Julia said she could smell cigar smoke.

"The discovery that this was a dummy, and that the bed was clamped to the floor, instantly gave rise to the suspicion that the rope was there as a bridge for something passing through the hole and coming to the bed." (Conan Doyle)

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