Watson opens the story with the information that he has been freed to tell this story by the premature death of the client, Helen Stoner. Helen comes to Holmes and Watson in April,terrified that she may meet the same fate as her sister, who died mysteriously two years earlier. Encouraged and reassured by Holmes, she recounts the reasons for her fears. Because of repairs on the house, she has had to move into the bedroom used by her sister when she died and has heard a low whistle in the night, just as her sister did on several nights before her death.
The Adventure of the Speckled Band On glancing over my notes of the seventy odd cases in which I have during the last eight years studied the methods of my friend Sherlock Holmes, I find many tragic, some comic, a large number merely strange, but none commonplace; for, working as he did rather for the love of his art than for the acquirement of wealth, he refused to associate himself with any investigation which did not tend towards the unusual, and even the fantastic.
Of all these varied cases, however, I cannot recall any which presented more singular features than that which was associated with the well-known Surrey family of the Roylotts of Stoke Moran. The events in question occurred in the early days of my association with Holmes, when we were sharing rooms as bachelors in Baker Street.
It is possible that I might have placed them upon record before, but a promise of secrecy was made at the time, from which I have only been freed during the last month by the untimely death of the lady to whom the pledge was given.
It is perhaps as well that the facts should now come to light, for I have reasons to know that there are widespread rumours as to the death of Dr.
Grimesby Roylott which tend to make the matter even more terrible than the truth. He was a late riser, as a rule, and as the clock on the mantelpiece showed me that it was only a quarter-past seven, I blinked up at him in some surprise, and perhaps just a little resentment, for I was myself regular in my habits.
Hudson has been knocked up, she retorted upon me, and I on you. It seems that a young lady has arrived in a considerable state of excitement, who insists upon seeing me.
She is waiting now in the sitting-room. Now, when young ladies wander about the metropolis at this hour of the morning, and knock sleepy people up out of their beds, I presume that it is something very pressing which they have to communicate.
Should it prove to be an interesting case, you would, I am sure, wish to follow it from the outset. I thought, at any rate, that I should call you and give you the chance.
I rapidly threw on my clothes and was ready in a few minutes to accompany my friend down to the sitting-room. A lady dressed in black and heavily veiled, who had been sitting in the window, rose as we entered.
This is my intimate friend and associate, Dr. Watson, before whom you can speak as freely as before myself. I am glad to see that Mrs. Hudson has had the good sense to light the fire. Pray draw up to it, and I shall order you a cup of hot coffee, for I observe that you are shivering. Her features and figure were those of a woman of thirty, but her hair was shot with premature grey, and her expression was weary and haggard.
Sherlock Holmes ran her over with one of his quick, all-comprehensive glances. You have come in by train this morning, I see. You must have started early, and yet you had a good drive in a dog-cart, along heavy roads, before you reached the station. The marks are perfectly fresh. There is no vehicle save a dog-cart which throws up mud in that way, and then only when you sit on the left-hand side of the driver.
Sir, I can stand this strain no longer; I shall go mad if it continues."The Adventure of the Speckled Band" begins in the familiar setting of B Baker Street in London, where so many of the Sherlock Holmes stories begin and end. It is still a time when Watson is. Speckled Band is a Sherlock Holmes mystery and one of the twelve stories that Doyle wrote in his “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” series (Wikipedia).
Doyle was said to have felt that “Speckled Band” was his best Sherlock Holmes story (Wikipedia). Doyle included four of the twelve stories from this collection in his twelve favourite Sherlock Holmes stories, picking 'The Adventure of the Speckled Band.
English - "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" study guide by katerinaballerina01 includes 17 questions covering vocabulary, terms and more. Quizlet flashcards, activities and games help you improve your grades. Sherlock: The Adventures contains twelve short stories first published in The Strand magazine between and and then published as a collection in October It includes some of Conan Doyle's best tales of murder and mystery, such as 'The Adventures of the Speckled Band', in which the strange last words of a dying woman .
Sep 22, · The Adventure of the Speckled Band The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his famous detective. They were originally published in the.