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hwo does conan doyle keep the readers intrest throughout the three stories

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Sherlock Holmes is the main character in the story, as in all the Sherlock Holmes stories. He is a very proper and intelligent man with an extraordinary gift. He is Observant and analytical person and can obtain a large amount of information from a small amount of clues, which most others would overlook. From early on in the story Holmes does not hesitate to show off his detective skills when he meats Helen Stoner: "You have come in by train this morning, I see. I observe the second half of a return ticket in the palm of marks are perfectly fresh. There is no vehicle save a dog-cart which throws up mud in that way, and then only when you sit on the left-hand side of the driver". This shows that Holmes considers these observations to be trivial, and that they do not stretch his talent whatsoever. Doctor Watson is Holmes' assistant. He is a fully qualified doctor and so a clever man, but next to Holmes he often comes across as a clumsy, less intelligent person. This contrast makes Holmes and Watson an interesting duo to read about. ...read more.


The murder in this case is also similar to the murder in 'The Speckled Band'. It is a very horrific and mysterious murder that some in the story believe to be of a supernatural nature. Murders like this were often present in stories of this time and genre and were designed to fascinate and shock the reader. Holmes, however, says: "if it is beyond this world then it is certainly beyond me". This makes the reader believe that there must be a logical or scientific explanation. The crime is again solved by Holmes, who solves the mystery by noticing small clues and gathering information, in this case, noticing the link of combustible powder between the two rooms in which the murders took place. To support his idea of this powder being the cause of the deaths, Holmes puts his life on the line and tries it on himself. This eccentricity and willingness to go so far to solve a crime makes Holmes all the more interesting and unusual to the reader. Another similarity reader is left guessing. As it turns out, the murderer of Brenda Tregennis was in fact Mortimer. ...read more.


The shaft into which the river hurls itself is an immense chasm, lined by glistening coal-black rock, and narrowing into a creaming, boiling pit of incalculable depth, which brims over and shoots the stream onward over its jagged lip. The long sweep of green water roaring forever down, and the thick flickering curtain of spray hissing forever upward, turn a man giddy with their constant whirl and clamour". After such a description, it seems obvious to the reader that the location is significant, and the reader would be satisfied, and yet sad, about the ending: "A contest between the two men ended, as it could hardly fail to end in such a situation, in their reeling over, locked in each other's arms". In conclusion, I think that the many ways in which Conan-Doyle keeps the reader interested throughout the stories are effective. They are typical of the time and genre and all three stories (especially the first two) follow the same trend. The third story is slightly different in that there is no mystery, and the story is about Holmes' demise, however, Conan-Doyle still uses his methods of keeping the reader interested effectively, especially the use of tension. ...read more.

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