The conflict in this story is of the character vs. character variety, developing between Miss Helen Stoner and her stepfather, Dr. Grimesby Roylott. Dr. Roylott killed Helen's sister, Julia, some two years prior to the start of the story by training a snake to crawl through a small ventilator passage into her bedroom and bite her while she slept, though the characters only realize this after discovering the death of Dr. Roylott.
On the night that Holmes and Watson go to stay in Miss Stoner's bedroom—while she absconded, according to plan, to a local inn—Dr. Roylott sends that same snake through the ventilator to kill her, but Holmes bludgeons it with his cane, sending it back to bite its master. In hiring Holmes and following his every directive, Miss Stoner overcomes her stepfather's nefarious plans.
There is a definite man-versus-man conflict in "The Adventure of the Speckled Band ." Helen Stoner comes to Sherlock Holmes for help and advice because she is afraid someone is trying to...
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