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Sherlock Holmes and the Speckled Band was written in the 19th century.

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Wider Reading Assignment Sherlock Holmes and the Speckled Band was written in the 19th century. You can tell this by the lack of modern things in the story. For instance in the first part of the story Sherlock Holmes says to Helen Stoner '...and yet you must have had a good drive in a dog cart before you arrived' and also Helen says 'I came in on the first train from Waterloo' cars aren't mentioned at all. Inn 'Wrong Pigion however cars have well been invented. Planes have also been well invented. In the story they mention 'Los Angeles International Airport' Also another difference is that Helen Stoner lives in a big mansion she says that' the manor house, as I have already said very old and only one wing is now inhabited ' Most houses don't have wings. That proves that the house is very old.' On the other hand, however Ikky Rossenstein lives in a crummy apartment Marlowe calls it a dive, which proves it's not very nice. In the Speckled Band People in higher social circles are let off with a lot more. You get the impression that if someone kept such dangerous pets as the cheetah and the baboon in the city where 'Wrong Pigion' is set the animals would be taken off them or the person would be sent to jail. ...read more.

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a sexual distraction to him and can stop him from doing his work for example at one point in the story they almost kiss but then they pull apart and he says he's not good enough for her. Sherlock Holmes however probably wouldn't dream of going out with one of his work associates. Sherlock Holmes doesn't use strong language at all but Marlowe however uses it all the time for example he says 'God dam you' and 'go to hell' Holmes obviously lives in a less dangerous time than Phillip Marlowe does because he doesn't feel the need to carry a gun whereas inadvertently 'Wrong Pigion' is based around them as Marlowe is always talking about them right the way through the story. Marlowe also seems to be a lot more streetwise than Holmes is. He knows a lot of things relevant to the city that he lives in for example back onto the gun subject, in the story when Grimes, a member of the mafia comes up to him the first thing he narrates is 'he pulled out a Colt- Woodsman with a short silencer on it' Anne Riordan also seems to be quite streetwise. You get the impression that if Helen Stoner was mugged she wouldn't know what to do but Anne probably would give as good as she got. ...read more.

Conclusion

Holmes is either a very conceited character or very realistic about his abilities. Neither Holmes nor Marlowe seems to get on very well with the police. Both seem to try as hard as they can to avoid them. You get the impression that Holmes thinks they are a load of duffers. When I think of Marlowe and his relationship with the police what springs to mind is that possibly in the past he may have done something or been arrested for a crime he hasn't committed because he doesn't seem to trust them very much. The fact that he has a friend in the force may help him to get insider information and good hints for some of his cases. In my opinion, there aren't really any links between the two stories. There is completely different historical backgrounds, the characters are completely different and lets face it one story is about a crime ridden city in America and the other is a clever story set in England with a good twist in the end. I think that 'The Spackled Band ' was better. I thought it had a good ending and a good plot. I didn't really like 'Wrong Pigion' I didn't really like the end of the story and it went over my head a bit. Also I didn't really like the American slang as I found it a bit hard to understand. ...read more.

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