I have a misunderstanding about the hound.My question is about the existence of hound at the time of Hugo's death?  How did he die?  Who killed him?  Reason? Please answer this question clearly...

I have a misunderstanding about the hound.

My question is about the existence of hound at the time of Hugo's death?  How did he die?  Who killed him?  Reason? Please answer this question clearly to me.

Thank you.

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The story about the hound who pursued Hugo Baskerville, the present Sir Henry's ancestor, is exactly that; a story.  The villain Stapleton used the story of Hugo Baskerville's horrible demise by a hell-hound to torment the current Baskerville baronet.  When Dr. Mortimer visits Holmes he brings a document, dated 1742, which describes the story of the evil Hugo who, a hundred years before the document was written, had attempted to assault a young woman and had been run down and killed by a spectral hound.

"but it was that, standing over Hugo, and plucking at his throat, there stood a foul thing, a great, black beast, shaped like a hound, yet larger than any hound that ever mortal eye has rested upon. And even as they looked the thing tore the throat out of Hugo Baskerville, on which, as it turned its blazing eyes and dripping jaws upon them, the three shrieked with fear and rode for dear life, still screaming, across the moor. One, it is said, died that very night of what he had seen, and the other twain were but broken men for the rest of their days." (Chapter 2)

Dr. Mortimer brings this to the attention of Holmes, because it appears that a spectral hound is stalking the Baskervilles again.  The story of what happened to Hugo in the seventeenth century is never fully explained, for it is so far removed in time that Holmes and Watson cannot possibly investigate it.  But the fact that it is a family legend gives Holmes and Watson a clue to who is the perpetrator of the modern crimes against Sir Henry, and the villain's motives, too.

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The Hound of the Baskervilles

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