In "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" by Arthur Conan Doyle, how is Helen Stoner's situation when she comes to Holmes similar to Julia's just before her death?  

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thanatassa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In The Adventure of the Speckled Band by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, several circumstances create parallels between Helen Stoner's situation and those of her deceased sister, arousing the suspicions of Holmes and the reader that there is some evil afoot. 

First, Helen's room is being repaired and thus Helen is compelled to move into the room where her sister died. As the repairs appear to be unnecessary and are being carried out under the orders of her unpleasant stepfather, Sir Grimesby Roylott, this makes her uncomfortable.

Next, Helen is now engaged to be married, just as Julia was immediately before she died. In both cases, the stepfather had control over the family fortune in a manner that would end with the marriage of the sisters. 

Finally, Helen has been hearing strange noises in the night. 

pmiranda2857 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When Helen Stoner visits Sherlock Holmes seeking his help in discovering how her twin sister, Julia died suddenly two years earlier, she is having experiences similar to Julia's before she died.

Helen has recently gotten engaged to be married, Julia was going to be married when she suddenly died from mysterioius causes.

Helen has been sleeping in Julia's old bedroom, at the request of her step-father; the house is undergoing renovation.

Helen has, of late, since she is sleeping in Julia's old room been hearing whistling sounds in the night.

"Because during the last few nights I have always, about three in the morning, heard a low, clear whistle. I am a light sleeper, and it has awakened me." (Conan Doyle)

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