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What are the differences in language and lifestyle between the time of Sherlock Holmes and the present day as depicted in the 'Yellow Face'?

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AMDG What are the differences in language and lifestyle between the time of Sherlock Holmes and the present day as depicted in the 'Yellow Face'? A famous author, named Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, wrote 'The Yellow Face'. The story was written between 1859-1930. Conan Doyle studied medicine and travelled to the Artic as a ships doctor. This tells us, that the author of 'The Yellow Face' was intelligent, rich and I also know that he was a traveller and that he travelled, as a doctor, on a ship heading to the Artic for an expedition. From the information gathered, you can come to the conclusion that he was a man with a different lifestyle from many other ordinary class citizens. This, in a way, may answer a part of the question. 'What are the differences in the lifestyle between the time of Sherlock Holmes and the present day?' On the opening line of the novel or short story, Conan Doyle introduces Sherlock Holmes as "A man who seldom took exercise for exercise's sake" This tells us straight away that Sherlock Holmes was not an energetic man. ...read more.

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Instead of gas-lamps and open fires, they had, "Candlelight" "Station Lamps" There is now electricity and central heating. Whereas, in the days of Sherlock Holmes, there were only "Lamps and Gas jets" which must had added to the mysterious atmosphere. Household appliances are not the only thing that has changed, currency has also changed dramatically over the last seventy years. In those days, they dealt in pounds and shillings and the pipe cost "Seven-and-sixpence" The value of money has increased. Effie, who is the wife of Mr. Munro, has been left with a respectable �4,000. In that time you would be descried as "Comfortably off" Today, you would need a considerably more than, the �4,000 that Mrs. Munro was left. You would need a few hundred thousand pounds to be described as "Comfortably off." In the story, Mrs. Munro gave all her money to her husband this is very peculiar now a days, but I can assure you that it was the norm then. The story was set in the nineteenth century. ...read more.

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Effie did not disown her child as she loved her so very much, although many people would have disowned the black child in that time. Nowadays black and white people have the same rights, in most civilized countries. . "It was our misfortune that our child took after his people rather than mine" In this story Effie had to hide Lucy from the other people, because it wasn't common to see a black girl in England; she also feared she would lose her dignity and her pride. So she would: "Cover her little face and hands, so that even those who might see her at the window should not gossip about there being a black child in the neighborhood". The ending of this story is very unusual, because in those times a white person wouldn't have accepted a black girl as her daughter, but Mr. Munro does just this: "He lifted the little child, kissed her, and then, still carrying her, he held his other hand out to his wife, and turned towards the door". His attitude links this story with more modern ones. L.D.S ...read more.

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