The Thirty-nine Steps Questions and Answers

The Thirty-nine Steps

At the end of The Thirty-nine Steps, Hannay tries to find the man who posed as the First Sea Lord by remembering Scudder's book, in which Scudder wrote down that the enemy would try to escape when...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2016 1:23 pm UTC

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The Thirty-nine Steps

The novel The Thirty-Nine Steps is a political thriller written in 1915 by the Scottish writer John Buchan. In the novel, Richard Hannay, the hero, who has been living in Africa, returns to London....

Latest answer posted March 25, 2016 11:08 pm UTC

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The Thirty-nine Steps

John Buchan’s The Thirty-Nine Steps is a spy novel with some plot twists. The characters are largely stereotypes that help advance the plot. The hero, Richard Hannay, is a stock character. At the...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2019 1:56 am UTC

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The Thirty-nine Steps

John Buchan’s 1915 espionage novel The Thirty-Nine Steps, was written during the early phase of the Great War, which would become known as World War I, and is told from the perspective of the...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2014 3:45 am UTC

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The Thirty-nine Steps

The Black Stone is the name of an anarchist group which has pledged to carry out the assassination of the Greek Prime Minister. Richard Hannay uncovers the group and its dastardly plot by using the...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2018 10:47 am UTC

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The Thirty-nine Steps

Richard Hannay, the protagonist and narrator of The Thirty-Nine Steps and a character in several other John Buchan novels, was born in Scotland in the late 1870s. When he was six years old, his...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2020 11:18 am UTC

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The Thirty-nine Steps

Buchan uses the narrative convention of making his protagonist Richard Hannay the first-person narrator of his adventure. This brings us close to Hannay, so that we know his thoughts and see his...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2020 7:16 am UTC

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The Thirty-nine Steps

One day, when Richard Hannay is going back home as usual, a man who lives in a flat on the top floor of the same building asks to speak to him in Richard’s flat. Richard lets him in and the man...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2018 11:07 pm UTC

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The Thirty-nine Steps

Hannay has a long series of reactions when he finds the dead body of Scudder on his apartment floor. First, he feels a sense of horror. He has to cover the corpse with a tablecloth and drink some...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2021 4:14 pm UTC

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The Thirty-nine Steps

Hannay experiences a shock when he returns to his apartment to find the corpse of the American Scudder with a long knife stabbed through his heart and pinning him to the floor. Hannay had allowed...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2021 2:50 am UTC

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The Thirty-nine Steps

Hannay meets Sir Harry when his stolen car barely misses hitting Sir Harry's car. After the stolen car crashes into the river while Hanny gets stuck on a bush, Sir Harry takes Hanny home. Sir...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2021 3:41 pm UTC

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