In "The Adventure of the Speckled Band," why is Helen Stoner shivering when she arrives at Sherlock Holmes' house?

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Sherlock Holmes is, of course, renowned for his skill in deduction; he is normally able to judge how someone is feeling, and even why, from his observations. When he meets Miss Helen Stoner, however, his initial deduction is incorrect. Seeing that his client is shivering, he tells her that she...

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Sherlock Holmes is, of course, renowned for his skill in deduction; he is normally able to judge how someone is feeling, and even why, from his observations. When he meets Miss Helen Stoner, however, his initial deduction is incorrect. Seeing that his client is shivering, he tells her that she should draw close to the fire which has been drawn in his rooms, and that he will make her a cup of hot coffee. He assumes that she is cold, but Helen Stoner tells him directly that it is not cold which is making her shiver at all. On the contrary, she is shivering because she is afraid; she is shivering out of terror.

As she tells her story, it becomes clear that the young woman is in fear for her life. Her sister having died under very mysterious circumstances, Helen is afraid that something similar may happen to her. She is sure her frightening stepfather has something to do with it all.

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The reason Helen Stoner is shivering from fear when she arrives at Sherlock Holmes office is because she is afraid for her life.  Recently Helen has been asked by her step-father, Dr. Roylott, to sleep in her dead sister, Julia's room.  And because of this experience, she is terrified.

"Their client, Miss Stoner, is in "a pitiable state of agitation, her face all drawn and gray, with restless, frightened eyes, like those of some hunted animal." In spite of her miserable appearance Holmes sees in her the courage to fulfill a daring plan to trap the villainous Roylott."

At night in Julia's bed, Helen hears noises, smells pipe smoke and has a sense of foreboding.  She is scared that she will die suddenly just like Julia.  In fact Helen is afraid of her step-father. 

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