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How does Setting add to the atmosphere in the two Sherlock Holmes Stories - the Speckled Band and the Man with the Twisted Lip

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How does Setting add to the atmosphere in the two Sherlock Holmes Stories - the Speckled Band and the Man with the Twisted Lip In the beginning of the story, The Speckled Band, a young woman arrived at Sherlock Holmes house at quarter past seven in the morning, with a very urgent matter that she needed to talk to him about. The matter being that the young woman, Miss Helen Stoner, is fearful for her life, because her sister, Miss Julia Stoner died in the usual circumstances such as she died two weeks before her wedding. She died in her room, and before she died, she would regularly hear low whistling and low metallic clanging noises at around three in the morning. Miss Julia Stoner died in her own room, where there was no chance of anybody getting in because her door was locked from the inside every night and the windows were crammed by old fashion shutters with broad iron bars. We learn that the windows were tightly shut, like an old-fashioned house, like a prison, nowhere to escape. This prepares us by telling us that no one could get through by the windows. This adds to the atmosphere of that there is fear and a need of protection. The walls were completely solid. The flooring of Miss Julia Stoner's room was also solid, with no trap doors or openings. The chimney, also being wide in size, but was barred by four large staples. So it was usual that she died the way she did, because it is obvious now that no was in her room when she died. And the reason why Miss Helen Stoner worries for her life is that Helen is experiencing the same circumstances of which her sister, Miss Julia Stoner, experienced before her death. And because Miss Helen Stoner was worried, her life might end the way her sisters did, she came straight away to Sherlock Holmes as she felt he could help her, in her time of need. ...read more.


these articles, with two small wicker - work chairs, made up all the furniture" To stand in this room, it would feel very large and spacious, but at the same time very empty and not at all welcoming, because a bedroom is to be like your own personal quarters, and for your room to be so plain, does not seem to be a room, more like a place where you sleep and that's it. The atmosphere in that room would be quite empty and cold. They then all walk into the next bedroom, which belonged to Doctor Roylott, to see: "A camp - bed, a small wooden shelf full of books, mostly of technical character an armchair beside the bed, a plain wooden chair against the wall, a round table and a large iron safe" This room, just as the one described before, is very plainly furnished, and with not enough objects to decipher the character of whom occupied this room, apart from, the books on the shelf. From which we can learn Doctor Roylott had a thirst for knowledge. However, apart from the books, there is nothing else in the room that would help picture the type of person who used this room. Again a very plain and bare atmosphere. After Holmes and Watson, inspected the two rooms thoroughly, they decided on their next move, which was to spend the night in Miss Helen Stoner's room, while she slept in her own room for the night. In the meanwhile Holmes and Watson, would stay in an Inn, in the local village, and would only then return to Stoke Moran, when Miss Helen Stoner, flashed a light through the window. To signal that Doctor Roylott has gone to sleep and that it will be safe for Holmes and Watson, to stay in her room, so they could carry out their investigation. While she retired in her own room for the night. ...read more.


They decide to stay at Mrs. St Clair's house, because they are both exhausted from a hard night of travelling. "A large and comfortable double-bedded room had been placed at out disposal... collecting pillows from his bed and cushions from the sofa and armchairs" This setting creates an exotic atmosphere to the Victorian bedroom so that it seems that there is almost a mystical process. Holmes and Watson get up early to travel back to London as Holmes has solved the puzzle. "the lines of the villa on either side were as silent and lifeless as some city in a dream" This setting makes the villa have an atmosphere of being desolate and isolated from communication. Like being stranded in the middle of nowhere. As they travel back to London, they go to the police station to see Hugh Boone who is really Mr. St Clair "He led us down a passage, opened a barred door, passed down a winding stair and brought us to a whitewashed corridor" The setting gives of an atmosphere and feeling of mystery, like this place dies not want to be found, that is why you have to through so many obstacles to reach the cell, of Neville St Clair, who disguised himself as Hugh Boone. The Speckled Band is about a murder, whereas The Man with the Twisted Lip is just a puzzle with no real crime. The most tense part in the story of The Speckled Band was when Holmes and Watson was waiting for something to appear in Miss Julia Stoner's room, and when they found it, what happened to Doctor Roylott was the most tense part I believe in the story of The Speckled Band. In the story The Man with the Twisted Lip, was the part, when, Mrs. St Clair saw her husband from a window, when she went to see him there, she only found his clothes. I believe that was tense apart in the story because if she saw Mr. St Clair there, then the story would loose its edge. Taranjit Kaur Bedi, Ms.Kennedy, Sherlock Holmes Coursework ...read more.

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