What is the climax of "The Adventure of The Priory School" by Arthur Conan Doyle?

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litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Climax is a literary term referring to turning point of a story.  This is also usually considered the most interesting point.  After the climax, things cannot return to the way they were.  This is what makes it climactic.  The initial conflict is either resolved or changed.

This story centers around the disappearance of 10 year old Lord Saltire from Priory School.  Holmes is called in to investigate that kidnapping at the request of the boy’s father.  The investigation essentially ends when Holmes asks the Duke for the reward money, tells him where the boy is, and accuses the Duke.  This is the climax because the story completely changes.  The boy is no longer missing, so the search for him is over.

As it turns out, the kidnapper was the Duke’s personal secretary, who turns out to be his illegitimate son.  The man he hired murdered the teacher and ran off, and Wilder confessed to the Duke, who tried to save further family embarrassment by hiding the boy.

 

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

No.  As I said,

The investigation essentially ends when Holmes asks the Duke for the reward money, tells him where the boy is, and accuses the Duke.  This is the climax because the story completely changes.  The boy is no longer missing, so the search for him is over.

I consider the duke's confession part of the falling action.  It does not compltely change anything.  Holmes does that.

scorpio37 | Student

In simpler words, what is the setting of the story??

scorpio37 | Student

so you mean that the words of holmes count as the climax, right?
Thnx a ton!!
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My ideas about the setting are:
"The location of this story, Mackleton, is a fictional name. It is believed the name is a combination of two real places, Matlock and Castleton. "

Any suggestions wheather its right or wrong??

scorpio37 | Student

So do you mean that the climax was the duke's confession??

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