It was the band! The author himself considered this one to be his best Sherlock Holmes story. It is now published as the eighth of the twelve stories collected in "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes", although it was first published in Februaryin "The Strand" magazine. A few years late "Oh, my God!
A short time before the planned marriage of her sister Julia, the latter died without identifiable cause after uttering these mysterious last words: Now, it is Helen's turn to get married and her step-father Doctor Roylott, an unsociable and violent man, has forced her to move into Julia's bedroom under false pretences.
Holmes, worried, decides to go with Watson to Stock Moran the very same day. During the travel, he explains to his friend that, in accordance to his wife's will, Roylott can dispose of his stepdaughters' income, until they get married.
While looking over Julia's bedroom, Holmes notices that its ventilator opens onto Roylott's bedroom and that the bell rope is a dummy. So, he lies in ambush with Watson in the garden pavilion. When Roylott has retired to his room, Helen warns our heroes by means of a light signal and leaves Julia's bedroom, where they take up position.
After a long and agonizing wait, they hear something hissing: Holmes strikes it with a rod and the angry reptile returns to his owner and bites him. Roylott, who refused to lose his stepdaughters' income because of their marriage, had trained the snake to slip, through the ventilator and along the bell rope, to the bed of its victims and to come back when he whistled for it.
But Roylott's living weapon turned against the villain and killed him! Story's Text In 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 there are widespread rumours as to the death of Dr. Grimesby Roylott which tend to make the matter even more terrible than the truth. It was early in April, in the year '83, that I woke one morning to find Sherlock Holmes standing, fully dressed, by the side of my bed.
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. Ha, I am glad to see that Mrs.About Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born on May 22, , in Edinburgh. He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh and began to write stories while he was a student.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born on May 22, , in regardbouddhiste.com studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh and began to write stories while he was a student.
Over his life he produced more than 30 books, short stories, poems, plays, and essays across a wide range of genres. 12 best Sherlock Holmes stories handpicked by creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - BBC's 'Sherlock' season 3 debuted on January 1 with the first episode drawing from 'The Empty House' short story.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of the character Sherlock Holmes released his 12 favourite Sherlock Holmes stories to The Strand Magazine in . Complete summary of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Adventure of the Speckled Band. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Adventure of the Speckled Band.
The speckled band!" The Adventure of the Speckled Band is one of the most ingenious of the 56 short stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle about his fictional detective Sherlock Holmes.
The author himself considered this one to be his best Sherlock Holmes story/5. Arthur Conan Doyle KStJ, DL (–) was a Scottish writer and physician.
In addition to the series of stories chronicling the activities of Sherlock Holmes and his friend Dr John Watson for which he is well-known, Doyle wrote on a wide range of topics, both fictional and non-fictional.
In Doyle entered the University of Edinburgh Medical .