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What is a famous quote Sherlock Holmes uses in "The Red-Headed League"?

When Watson remarks that Holmes is the benefactor of the human race, Holmes replies with a quote. He shrugged his shoulders. “Well, perhaps, after all, it is of some little use,” he remarked. “...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2013 10:05 pm UTC

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what are three clues that led the Holmes' conclusion in the red-headed league?

The first clue that helps Sherlock Holmes to solve the mystery of the red-headed league is the fact that Mr. Wilson’s assistant at the pawn shop is willing to work at half wages just so that he can...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2018 4:06 pm UTC

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What was Holmes's solution to the mystery in "The Red-Headed League"?

Holmes deduced that The Red-Headed League did not exist, and it was actually nothing more than a ruse to get Mr. Wilson out of his shop so Clay and his accomplice could dig a tunnel. Mr. Wilson...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2013 10:46 pm UTC

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What was Jabez Wilson's job for the Red-Headed League?

There is a short answer and a long answer to this question. The league was ostensibly a society established by an eccentric rich man that benefited red-headed men by employing them. The league...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2018 4:17 am UTC

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Why does Jabez Wilson come to see Sherlock Holmes?

Jabez Wilson not only needs money but is characterized as, among other things, a man who deals in money as a pawnbroker and who is very tight with his money. A detective as famous as Sherlock...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2015 8:14 am UTC

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Holmes lists the “obvious facts” that he deduces from Mr. Wilson’s appearance.  What are they and how did Holmes...

When Watson comes to visit his friend Sherlock Holmes and meets Jabez Wilson for the first time, Watson amuses himself by trying to make deductions about Wilson in imitation of Holmes. But Watson...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2015 4:18 pm UTC

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 What methods did Sherlock Holmes use to solve mysteries? 

When Holmes first meets Dr. Watson in the novel A Study in Scarlet, he describes himself as "a consulting detective." There are many police detectives and many private detectives, but Holmes is the...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2016 7:08 pm UTC

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What literary devices does Sir Arthur Conan Doyle use in "The Red-Headed League?"

One literary device that Arthur Conan Doyle uses in this, and other Sherlock Holmes stories, is characterization. Through the narrator, John Watson, the reader gains a very clear picture of what...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2020 2:36 am UTC

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What are all the clues in "The Red-Headed League" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that led to Holmes' conclusion?

First of all, the whole idea of the Red-Headed League was obviously to keep the pawnbroker out of the office for a number of hours each day. He could not leave the little office they placed him,...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2012 5:30 pm UTC

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What exactly was John Clay attempting to do and how?

When Holmes sets a trap for John Clay and is waiting in the bank's basement strongroom for him to emerge through the flooring, the reader is shown the prize the notorious criminal is after. Mr....

Latest answer posted February 4, 2016 7:45 pm UTC

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What is the connection between Sherlock Holmes and C. Auguste Dupin?

In creating Sherlock Holmes, Doyle was deeply influenced by Edgar Allen Poe's description of what makes a great detective, such as Dupin, stand out. It is not merely analytic ability or a...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2019 12:28 am UTC

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What are the clues that helped Holmes to solve the problem in "The Red-Headed League?"

In “The Red-Headed League” Holmes uses logic to solve a seemingly bizarre case of a man who is given a job copying the encyclopedia because he realizes that the suspects are trying to get the man...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2012 4:21 pm UTC

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How did Sherlock Holmes know Jabez Wilson went to China in "The Red-Headed League" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?

Watson describes Jabez Wilson as having fiery red hair. Arthur Conan Doyle took pains to make it plausible that Wilson would not have heard about the so-called Red-Headed League before his new...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2014 6:31 pm UTC

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Why does Holmes pretend to be lost and ask the way of Mr. Wilson’s assistant?  What other odd thing does he do in...

Holmes is suspicious of Mr. Wilson's assistant, and so he visits Wilson's shop and pretends to be seeking directions in order to make observations about the assistant's appearance. Before doing so,...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2013 2:10 am UTC

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How did Holmes solve the mystery in "The Red-Headed League"?

The answer to your question can be found in detail in the last few pages of the story. It is characteristic of many of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories about Sherlock Holmes that the master...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2013 1:42 pm UTC

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What are the similarities and differences between the movie and the story of "The Red-headed League?" 

Differences between Conan Doyle's short story "The Red-Headed League" and the 1954 film adaptation (actually a BBC T.V. series episode, one of several such series episodes) are many, but...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2019 10:18 pm UTC

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What are the five clues that help Holmes solve the crime in "The Red-Headed League"?

There are many clues. Holmes determines the identity of Wilson's helper through his description:“Small, stout-built, very quick in his ways, no hair on his face, though he's not short of thirty....

Latest answer posted November 5, 2008 4:21 am UTC

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What methods did Sherlock Holmes use to solve mysteries in "The Red-Headed League"?

Sherlock Holmes used reason and deduction from minute clues to solve the puzzles with which he was faced. He begins by demonstrating his prowess in this area to his client in this story. He says...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2009 10:19 am UTC

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In "The Red Headed League" what is a detail that suggests that Holmes already knows who Vincent Spaulding is?  

Holmes and Watson listen to Mr. Jabez Wilson tell his story of the Red-Headed League. They both found the story to be fantastic and humorous. However, Sherlock tells Mr. Wilson that his problem...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2016 9:04 pm UTC

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How does Mr. Wilson get the job in the Red-Headed League?  

Jabez Wilson is the victim of an elaborate scheme to get him out of his shop during the day so that his new employee John Clay, who calls himself Spaulding, can work on a long tunnel from Wilson's...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2012 10:37 pm UTC

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In "The Red-Headed League," who are Mr. Jones and Mr. Merryweather?

Peter Jones and Mr. Merryweather come into the story as it is nearing a climax. Jones is "the official police agent." He is from Scotland Yard. Mr. Merryweather is chairman of the bank directors....

Latest answer posted November 22, 2015 1:04 am UTC

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In "The Red-Headed League," what does Holmes think of Wilson?

Sherlock Holmes meets Mr. Jabez Wilson, the pawnbroker, when he comes to Holmes's rooms on Baker Street to seek his help. Wilson is upset that he has suddenly and without any reason been fired from...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2020 2:06 pm UTC

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At the time this story was written, how much was 4 British pounds a week worth in American money?

There are several ways to try to evaluate how much money the phony Red-Headed League paid Jabez Wilson for copying pages of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. The exchange rate for American dollars to...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2016 4:40 am UTC

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Examine Watson as a foil and explain how he differs from Holmes in his observations of Wilson.

Although people who have not read the Sherlock Holmes books carefully, or only watched film versions, may dismiss Watson as bumbling and incompetent, that is not actually the case. Watson is a...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2015 11:30 pm UTC

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What are some key events from "The Red-Headed League"?

The key events of the story, in chronological order, are as follows: The City and Suburban Bank gets a shipment of 30,000 gold napoleons. John Clay interviews for a job as assistant to Jabez Wilson...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2016 6:20 am UTC

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What is the theme of "The Red-Headed League"?

Like many Sherlock Holmes stories, "The Red Headed League" is a celebration of the human intellect. We see this most notably with Holmes himself. As he does in many stories, Sherlock Holmes is able...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2019 1:08 am UTC

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"The Red-Headed League" depicts a world in which everyday life is filled with bizarre occurrences. Justify this...

In the short story "The Red-Headed League," even the great detective Sherlock Holmes thinks the events that occur to Wilson are bizarre. Holmes even tells Watson they both share a "love of all that...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2018 1:24 pm UTC

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What suspicious details about the red headed league did Mr/ Wilson fail to recognize?

Wilson should have seen that the office of this supposedly important organization established by a millionaire was very sparsely furnished. There was only one room, and nothing in it but one table,...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2014 7:17 am UTC

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Why did Sherlock Holmes bang the stick on the ground outside Wilson’s house?

At the end of the story, Sherlock Holmes explains why he banged his stick on the ground in front of Wilson's home. As he states: I was ascertaining whether the cellar stretched out in front or...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2018 2:51 am UTC

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What happened on the night of the attempted robbery in the story "The Red-Headed League?"  

On the night in question, Holmes and Watson meet with Peter Jones, a police officer, and Mr Merryweather, a bank director, at Baker Street. From there, the four men travel to the vault of Mr...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2016 6:07 pm UTC

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In "The Red-Headed League," how did Holmes guess when the crime would be attempted?

Arthur Conan Doyle freely acknowledged that he had gotten his inspiration for the Sherlock Holmes mysteries from Edgar Allan Poe's tales of ratiocination about C. Auguste Dupin, particularly from...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2013 12:47 pm UTC

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In "The Red-Headed League" by Arthur Conan Doyle, why was the league suddenly ended?

The league ended when the criminal, John Clay, no longer needed Mr. Wilson away from his shop during the day. The Red-Headed League was highly unlikely. It was brought to Mr. Wilson’s attention...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2016 3:22 am UTC

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What is the red-headed league? How does Jabez Wilson find out about it? What are the conditions for getting and...

Jabez Wilson finds out about the Red-Headed League through an advertisement which had been placed in the newspaper. This advertisement said that a salary of £4 per week would be payable to members...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2018 7:18 pm UTC

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If Watson's portrait of Holmes is accurate, what is Holmes planning to do as the story ends?

At the end of "The Red-Headed League," Sherlock Holmes responds to Dr. Watson's enthusiastic praise and congratulations with these words: “It saved me from ennui,” he answered, yawning. “Alas! I...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2016 11:02 pm UTC

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In "The Red-headed League," what deductions does Holmes make about Mr. Wilson, and what were the criminals' goal and...

Sherlock Holmes' quick eye took in my occupation, and he shook his head with a smile as he noticed my questioning glances. “Beyond the obvious facts that he has at some time done manual labour,...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2009 11:16 am UTC

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Can you give me examples of personification and onomatopoeia used in "The Red-Headed League"? Thank you.

Onomatopoeia refers to the formation of words that imitate sounds. Good examples include "cuckoo," "sizzle," and "bang." You will often hear people referring to the "clinking" of glasses when they...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2017 5:36 pm UTC

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In the story The Red-Headed League, what did the advertisement say was the purpose of the Red-Headed League?

The advertisement itself doesn't give much information about the Red-headed League. It simply says there is an opening which will give a red-headed man a well-paying job doing "nominal," which...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2018 3:41 am UTC

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How does Holmes's outlook on life at the beginning of "The Red-Headed League" compare or contrast with his outlook at...

Sherlock Holmes has a cynical view of human nature that remains unchanged throughout the story "The Red-Headed League." At the beginning of the story, Holmes tells Dr. Watson that "for strange...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2018 9:49 pm UTC

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In "The Red-Headed League," how does Sherlock Holmes contrast with Peter Jones, the police agent from Scotland Yard?

In this story, as in many of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Holmes seems so superior to the police that they barely seem to be engaged in the same profession. That said, Jones actively seeks Holmes'...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2007 10:32 am UTC

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The Red-headed League How does Sherlock Holmes compare and contrast with Dr. Watson?

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson have been depicted in many motion pictures and television series over the years. Holmes is invariably portrayed as tall, thin, nervous, sharp-featured, ascetic- and...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2015 6:11 pm UTC

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What methods did Sherlock Holmes use to solve mysteries?

Early in his career Sherlock Holmes trained himself to become a "private consulting detective." He told Watson when they first started sharing rooms at Baker Street that he was not interested in...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2016 3:53 pm UTC

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How does Holmes compare and contrast with his antagonist, John Clay?

Sherlock Holmes and John Clay have some attributes in common, although they are on opposite sides of the law. We learn from Mr. Jones, the police agent, that John Clay is "at the head of his...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2016 3:29 pm UTC

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Why does "Spaulding" want Wilson to join the Red-Headed League? Discuss the situation with examples.  

John Clay, who uses the name Vincent Spaulding, went to work for Jabez Wilson because Wilson's pawn shop was well situated for tunneling about one block to the bank where the gold French napoleon...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2016 4:34 pm UTC

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In the climax of "The Red-Headed League," who gives the exposition about what the thieves are trying to steal? Who...

Your first two questions are interrelated, so I can answer them both without going against eNotes policy of answering only one question per posting. Mr. Merryweather, the pompous bank director, is...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2013 7:38 pm UTC

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Why did Mr. Jabez Wilson consult Sherlock Holmes?

Mr. Jabez Wilson consults Sherlock Holmes for the purpose of solving the mystery of his sudden loss of employment with the Red-Headed League. Accordingly, Wilson is a pawnbroker at Saxe-Coburg...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2015 6:38 pm UTC

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How does Mr. Wilson learn of the newspaper ad in "The Red-Headed League"?

Jabez Wilson is a very thrifty man. As such, he does not subscribe to a newspaper or go out and buy one off a news vendor, although newspapers in those days probably only sold for a penny. Even if...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2014 9:23 pm UTC

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In "The Red-Headed League," how are Watson and Holmes different in terms of their powers of observation?

In terms of their powers of observation, Watson makes many broad observations but is unable to deduce things form them, while Holmes hones in on smaller details and uses those to get a greater...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2016 9:42 pm UTC

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In "The Red-Headed League," what details about Jabez Wilson enable Holmes to deduce several facts about him when they...

All of Sherlock Holmes' deductions about Jabez Wilson are contained in a single short paragraph. "Beyond the obvious facts that he has at some time done manual labour, that he takes snuff, that he...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2013 12:14 am UTC

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In "The Red-Headed League," what 3 deductions does Holmes make about what he learns at Saxe-Coburg Square, and what...

When Holmes and Watson visit Saxe-Coburg Square, Holmes surprises Watson by beating on the pavement with his walking stick. Later he explains: "I was ascertaining whether the cellar stretched out...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2015 5:46 am UTC

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Why does the case of the "Red-Headed League" interest Holmes?

What interests Holmes about the information given by Jabez Wilson is the strong possibility that Vincent Spaulding is a master criminal known to the detective as John Clay. The most significant...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2014 5:49 am UTC

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