|Plot Summary of The Adventure of the Speckled Band|
The 'Speckled Band' is about the Roylotts of Stock Moran, who were once very rich. Since then, they lost there wealth. One of the step daughters wants to get married, but then her stepfather, Dr Roylott, an old doctor who was arrested for murder, again kills but this time kills his stepdaughter so as he does not have to give up some of his money. The story ends with the stepdaughter getting killed, however Dr Roylott also getting killed, byt the same techinique that he used against his step daughter. Sherlock Holmes solver the murder.
This synopsis report prepared by Lawdown
Both the author and a poll of readers by the London Observer judged this to be the very best Holmes short story. It concerns a young woman who comes to Holmes because her older sister, soon to be married, died under mysterious circumstances -- the smell of cigar smoke, a whistle, and a metallic clang -- several years before; and now the client herself is about to marry and has experienced several of the same portents. Both lived in the run-down mansion of their uncle, Dr. Grimesby Roylott, a man of violent temper and unsociable ways, on his estate with a baboon and a cheetah....
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
|Chapter Analysis of The Adventure of the Speckled Band|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 40%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 40%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Very obvious
Time/era of story:
- 19th century
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
- nearly 100%
Murder of certain profession?
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- cooped up in spooky house
- character killed during/after sexing
- Big focus on forensic evidence
Kind of investigator
- british mystery (I say!)
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Any non-mystery subplot?
- animal antics
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- government investigator
- private investigator
- fancy mansion
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Unusual forms of death
Unusual form of death?
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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