Who is Helen Stoner in "The Adventure of the Speckled Band"?

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Miss Helen Stoner is a woman around the age of thirty who comes unannounced to Holmes's apartment early one morning in April. She is living with her stepfather near Surrey, having lost her mother and her twin sister. Her stepfather, Dr. Roylott, is a man of violent temper, and she...

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Miss Helen Stoner is a woman around the age of thirty who comes unannounced to Holmes's apartment early one morning in April. She is living with her stepfather near Surrey, having lost her mother and her twin sister. Her stepfather, Dr. Roylott, is a man of violent temper, and she lives in fear of him, suspecting that he is in some way responsible for her twin sister's death.

Dr. Roylott has lost his fortune and depends on the stipend that he gets from his late wife's estate as long as her unmarried daughters live with him. Helen's sister, Julia, had been engaged, which would have reduced Roylott's stipend. Helen fears that Roylott may also be planning to kill her in order to collect the inheritance for the rest of his life.

Holmes quickly suspects that Roylott has indeed engineered Julia's death, and after hearing Helen's story and seeing the bruises Roylott has left on her wrist, he agrees to travel from London to her home at Stoke Moran, where he quickly solves the case.

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Helen Stoner is the young woman who travels to London to seek out Holmes' help with a problem involving her stepfather. Helen and her sister Julia lived with their stepfather, Dr. Roylott, after the death of their mother. Dr. Roylott is a miserly, bad-tempered man whom Helen suspects was involved in the death of her sister some years earlier.

The plot of the story involves a small inheritance the girls' mother left for them should they marry. This would, of course, cut into the money left to Dr. Roylott, and he devises an elaborate scheme to prevent the daughters from marrying by ensuring their deaths. Before he can kill Helen, however, Holmes and Watson are called in and naturally solve the case!

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