Essay Sample on The Speckled Band

At this point Holmes asks Miss Stoner “Pray be precise as to details. ” This is where Holmes is beginning to absorb all the information he is being given into his final conclusion. Another strong part of information is that Holmes has noticed Dr Roylott has physically abused his stepdaughter. He knows this from the markings on her hand. As a character Miss Helen Stoner seems to be a very frightened person caused by the actions of Dr Roylott and the death of her sister.

The strange goings on in and around the house must have made her suspicious for example the death of her young healthy sister with no explanation, the weird animals wondering about the house, etc. No wonder she felt the need to lock her self in at night! On page 59 Holmes is now looking for clues to solve the murder mystery as the plot is now becoming even more thicker because its seems that Miss Stoner would have had to have been alone on the night of her mysterious end.

This is so because Helen is saying that the “flooring and walls are sound, and that the door, window, and chimney are impassable! ” Holmes asks if it would be possible to come and observe the room and other evidence. The next day they arrive at Stoke Moran to evaluate the possibilities of what could have happened. Dr Roylott suddenly appears at the home of Holmes after Miss Stoner has gone. He bursts through the door with rage shouting, “Which of you is Holmes? ” This is where Holmes gets his first experience with Dr Roylott.

He comes across as extremely aggressive and intimidating with ” A large face that seared with a thousand wrinkles, burned yellow with the sun, and marked with every evil passion, was turned from one to the other of us, while his deep-set, bile shot eyes, and the high thin fleshless nose, gave him somewhat the resemblance to a fierce old bird of prey. ” So from this description he doesn’t come across as very appealing! Unruffled by the entrance of Dr Roylott, Holmes calmly replies ” Indeed Doctor, pray take a seat. ” Holmes even starts to become sarcastic with Dr Roylott.