Essay Sample on The Speckled Band

One thing that every detective has is a good use of observational skills. At the beginning of the story when Sherlock says to Helen “You have come in by train this morning, I see” Helen is confused by this comment at first and then asked Sherlock if he knows her? Holmes simply explains that he observed the half ripped dogcart ticket in the left palm of her hand. This points out that he has already examined the client’s hands and clothes as he goes on to say that “the left arm of your jacket has been splattered with mud”

He continues by saying that she was sitting on the left hand side of the driver and mud was splashing onto her with the roads being bumpy. Most of his observations could have been noticed by anyone but Sherlock Holmes has the intelligence to acknowledge the clues that make him the perfect detective. The other aspect that makes this detective a good character and an enjoyable read, he is calm under pressure, for instance in the scene when Dr Roylett barges into Holmes and Watson’s apartment, Roylett confronts Holmes with extreme anger.

Under this particular situation most people would be scared of such a man like Dr Roylett, as he is a very strong and violent man. Holmes keeps calm and as the man is interrogating him he talks about the season and how it is different to the others! This has no relationship to what the big Dr is confronting him about. After the argument the Dr says “see that you keep yourself out of my grip” Roylett then bends the fire poker and storms out.

Holmes the does something extremely unexpected he picks up the poker and bends it back to the original shape, which was completely straight. Holmes at the end bends the law. In his confrontation with the snake, he drives the animal back to its evil source and kills doctor Roylett. Although this could be classed as an action of manslaughter Holmes does not care as he cares a lot about his job and is a professional as most detectives are.