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How does Conan Doyle sustain the interest of the reader Throughout “the Adventure of the Speckled Band”?

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How does Conan Doyle sustain the interest of the reader Throughout "the Adventure of the Speckled Band"? In the story "the Adventure of the Speckled Band" a girl dies mysteriously. No one knows how she died, and her sister, fearing for her own life, goes to see Sherlock Holmes. She tells him all about the mysterious death of her sister and he goes to her home, with his assistant Dr Watson, to investigate. They stay in the room that the girl was in when she died and discover that there's an air-vent that runs from the stepfather's bedroom to the girls' bedroom. The bed is bolted to the floor so it can't be moved away from the wall and there's a bell-pull by the bed that isn't connected, its fake. ...read more.


Conan Doyle keeps the reader in suspense throughout the story. He does this by giving the reader clues, which don't make sense when they're first given, and lead you down the wrong path completely. These are called red herrings, something that make you think one thing when it's actually something completely different. In the end all the clues Conan Doyle has given make sense. The story keeps the reader in suspense because it's a mystery story. As its to do with a murder, that makes the story more exciting and makes you want to read on and find out what actually happens at the end and what conclusion Sherlock Holmes comes to at the end and whether or not its correct. ...read more.


India. He kept a cheetah, an orangutan, which everyone knew about in the village, and an Indian swamp adder, (the speckled band), which no one except the doctor, knew about. In the story the doctor rents out some of the land he owns to some gypsies. At first when people hear about the mysterious death at the manor, some think that it was the cheetah or the orangutan that had killed Julia, and some think "the speckled band" was a bandanna that the gypsies wore and that it was one of them that had murdered her. Others didn't know what to think. After some investigating, Sherlock Holmes solved the mystery, with the help of his assistant, Dr Watson, and the story had a happy ending. Helen, Julia's sister got married and the doctor, her stepfather, got killed by the swamp adder he was going to use to kill Helen like he did Julia. ...read more.

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