The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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What is the setting of The Hound of the Baskervilles?

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The Hound of the Baskervilles is set in the late nineteenth century. The story takes place partly in London but, for the most part, in and around Baskerville Hall, an ancient house on Dartmoor. The bleak, wild setting of the moors does much to create the atmosphere of the book, as does the gloomy grandeur of Baskerville Hall itself. Conan Doyle describes the house as dark and covered in ivy. There are two towers, "ancient, crenelated, and pierced with many loopholes," high chimneys and mullioned windows.

Sir Henry Baskerville observes: “It’s no wonder my uncle felt as if trouble were coming on...

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Most of the scenes in the novel took place in Devonshire, at the Baskerville Hall, the lonely moorlands, and the rundown Merripit House where the Stapletons lived.

The surrounding of the moor compliments the atmosphere of gloom and doom that went throughout the story.  Besides being essential to the mood, the moor also lends itself to the plot, where Stapleton raised and hid his gigantic hound and where Stapleton, Selden, and Sir Charles Baskerville met their grotesque deaths.

 

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