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How Do Roald Dahl And Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Create Mystery And Suspense In 'The Landlady' & 'The Adventure Of The Speckled Band'?

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How Do Roald Dahl And Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Create Mystery And Suspense In 'The Landlady' & 'The Adventure Of The Speckled Band'? The two stories "The Landlady" & "The Adventure Of The Speckled Band" both create a lot of mystery and suspense. "The Landlady " is a story about a 17-year-old boy who has recently been hired by a firm based in London and the boy is placed in Bath. The story starts with Billy arriving at a train station in Bath. As he has only recently arrived he inquires about accommodation and The Bell & Dragon Inn is recommended. On his way he sees a Bed & Breakfast in a run down area. As he is walking past he debates with himself about which place he should reside at and decides to stay at The Bell & Dragon, as it would be more fun and probably cheaper. But as he starts walking away a strange thing happens the sign draws him in. Before he knows he is ringing the doorbell. This is the first mysterious thing that happens as the sign almost magically draws him in and he suddenly finds himself on the doorstep pushing the doorbell which he does not get to take his finger off before the door is opened. ...read more.

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'The Speckled Band' is similar but on a larger scale it takes place in an old country manor that is falling into disrepair that is the home of Helen Stoner & Dr Roylott. 'The Landlady' gives clues but almost in a discrete manner but leaves only one answer if the clues are followed. The clues aren't really clues for example one of the "clues" is that the landlady stuffs her 'little pets'. The landlady also keeps looking at Billy as though she was appraising him. When Billy went to sign the guest book he noticed only two previous names one was Christopher Mullholland And Gregory Temple, but these entries where two and three years old. The landlady also kept talking about these two in the past tense and comparing Billy to them. The last clue was the tea which the landlady had offered to Billy Weaver, it tasted faintly of bitter almonds which is also what the poison cyanide tastes like, although Billy does not appear to realise this. The clues in 'The Speckled Band' are very different they can lead down many paths and the true path is a very unobvious one. ...read more.

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What actually had happened was that Dr Roylott had a poisonous snake in his bedroom locked in a safe, which he let out at night to try and kill Julia because if she got married she would get his money. He then called the snake back by a whistle explaining the whistling sound. Then Dr Roylott would shut the safe explaining the metallic bang. There are several lines of clues in this story like the gypsies murdered Julia which is the obvious one but Sir Arthur Conan Doyle disguises the small clues to the true line which creates mystery as certain bits do not fall into place. These two stories are set 100 years apart so the language is very different. But even 'The Landlady' uses very different language to today. For example the author describes Billy wearing a 'Trilby Hat' that I have never heard of. But most of the language is similar. In 'The Speckled Band' the language is very descriptive unlike in 'The Landlady' where it is less descriptive and feels more like the real word. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle & Roald Dahl use every device they can to fill these books with mystery. But although 'The Landlady' has some suspense it has little compared to 'The Adventure Of The Speckled Band'. ...read more.

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