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 him in such a place as this ... It’s enough to scare any man." The moors that surround the house are similarly described as dark, brooding and melancholy.
Sherlock Holmes had an unromantic view of the countryside at the best of times. In "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches," when Watson remarks on the beauty of the country through which they are travelling, Holmes replies that it fills him with...
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