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what are three clues that led the Holmes' conclusion in the red-headed league?

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mbdje | eNoter

Posted May 14, 2013 at 9:50 PM via web

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what are three clues that led the Holmes' conclusion in the red-headed league?

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crmhaske | College Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted May 14, 2013 at 10:11 PM (Answer #1)

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The three clues that lead Holmes to conclude who Spalding's real identity is are:

  1. Appearance: short, stout, quick, and no facial hair
  2. There is a white splash of acid on his forehead
  3. Pierced ears for wearing earings from a Gypsy

There are five clues in total in the novel that Holmes uses to solve the mystery:

  1. Spalding was frequently in the cellar
  2. From 10am-2pm, Jabez was at his job with the red-headed league
  3. The ground in front of Jabez's pawn shop is solid
  4. Spalding's knees were covered with soil
  5. Jabez's pawn shop is located behind the City and Suburban Bank

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mbdje | eNoter

Posted May 16, 2013 at 6:51 PM (Reply #1)

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Thanks so much!

 

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tjbrewer | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted May 14, 2013 at 10:24 PM (Answer #2)

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Holmes also observed:

  1. The Red-Headed League appeared shortly after Jabez hired Spalding. 
  2. Spalding encouraged Jabez to remain in line when he found everyone in the city with a trace of red in their hair had responded to the ad in the paper.

These clues told Holmes that Spalding may not be who he seemed to be.  The clues listed by crmhaske identified confirmed Spalding's identity.  The 5 clues related to what Spalding was doing, and the shop's location relative to the bank told Holmes what Spalding and the fictitious Red-Headed League were up to. 

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Posted May 16, 2013 at 6:51 PM (Reply #1)

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thank you so much! (:

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