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Comparison of‘The Speckled Band’ and ‘The Landlady’

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Comparison of 'The Speckled Band' and 'The Landlady' In some ways these two short stories are alike but at the same time totally different. 'The Speckled Band' written by Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle and 'The Landlady' written by Roald Dahl. FRAME 'The Speckled Band' was another adventure of one the most well known detectives Sherlock Holmes and was set in April of '83. The short story begins with a frame. This is to set the story apart from the other Sherlock Holmes mysteries and it also helps to show the reader that it is unlike the others too. 'The Landlady' doesn't need a frame because all of Roald Dahls' stories are different, they have different plots and different characters so most of his stories can be called singular. The frame starts with an exposition where something out of the ordinary transpires i.e. In 'The Landlady' there is a sign saying BED AND BREAKFAST which seems to have strange effect on Billy Weaver. ...read more.

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There are quite a number of mysteries in both 'The Speckled Band' and 'The Landlady'. Starting with 'The Speckled Band' before Julia Stoner died she told her sister about some soft whistling she had being hearing for the last few nights but she couldn't tell where they were coming from but in the end she settled for it just being the gypsies on the lawn. Another thing was when Helen found her sister dead she heard a metal clang coming from inside her sisters room. After her death more mysteries were found like a ventilator which didn't actually work as a vent because it didn't go to the outside. It was connected to Dr Roylotts room, but it wasn't big enough to fit a person through it. There was also strangely a bell pull dangling from the vent just above Julia's bed. ...read more.

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Holmes was there and he heard the snake hiss so he lashed out at it with his cane then a few seconds later there was a tremendous yell of pain coming from the next room Dr Roylott had been bitten by the snake and died. In 'The Landlady' Billy drinks the strange smelling tea and the landlady reveals the two other men were still there but on the fourth floor together and a remark which she said about one of the other guests she said there wasn't a blemish on his body- his skin was just like a babies. RESOLUTION The endings of the two stories and what happened when it was all over. The resolution of 'The Speckled Band' was Helen Stoner was told by Sherlock Holmes to report all that had happened to the police and he found himself responsible for Dr Roylotts death but it wasn't likely to weigh heavily on his conscience. 'The Landlady' had a totally opposite resolution because there wasn't one at all. By Adam Rodgers ...read more.

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