How is "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" a tale of modernism?How is "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" a tale of modernism?

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I would say that "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" is not primarily a modernist work. That's not the most fruitful way to think of it. However, if we wanted to argue that it is modernist, I would raise the following points:

1) The centrality of language. As Holmes says  in the final pages: " “I had,” said he, “come to an entirely erroneous conclusion which shows, my dear Watson, how dangerous it always is to reason from insufficient data. The presence of the gipsies, and the use of the word ‘band,’ which was used by the poor girl, no doubt, to explain the appearance which she had caught a hurried glimpse of by the light of her match, were sufficient to put me upon an entirely wrong scent."

band/band is central to the story.

2) The snake being out of place. It's not very modernist, but this period became more aware of where specific animals belonged.

3) The general sense of change, especially women taking action.

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