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In "The Adventure of the Speckled Band," why does Helen Stoner come to see Holmes?

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Posted February 22, 2009 at 12:26 PM via web

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In "The Adventure of the Speckled Band," why does Helen Stoner come to see Holmes?

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lit24 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted February 22, 2009 at 10:45 PM (Answer #1)

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Helen Stoner seeks Holmes' help because she fears for her life as she is convinced that she will die just like how her sister died. Helen and her sister Julia live with their stepfather Dr.Roylott. Two years ago Julia got engaged and just a fortnight before her wedding she died a terrible death under mysterious circumstances screaming, 'Oh, my God! Helen! It was the band! The speckled band!' She had informed Helen earlier that she often heard a 'low clear whistle' at three in the morning.

Now, Helen is in a similar situation. She has been engaged to one Percy Armitage and is to be married in the coming Spring season. But two days ago some repairs were started in her room and she has been compelled to stay in the very same room in which her sister died. Last night when she was sleeping on the same bed in which her sister met her tragic end,to her horror, she heard the same low whistle which signalled her sister's tragic death. So, in sheer fright  she has taken the first train to London and rushed to meet Sherlock Holmes to seek his advice as to how to save her life from impending death.

 

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