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by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Why does Helen Stoner come to see Holmes in "The Adventure of the Speckled Band?"

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The short answer to this is that Helen Stoner, in the story “The Adventure of the Speckled Band,” comes to see Sherlock Holmes because she fears that someone is going to try to kill her.  The longer answer explains why she believes someone wants to do so.

Stoner lives with her stepfather, who is a doctor named Grimesby Roylott.  He married Stoner’s mother when Helen was a little girl in India.  Helen’s mother had “a considerable sum of money” that she gave to Roylott when they married subject only to the stipulation that

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