Essay on Sherlock Holmes

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Sherlock Holmes: Hound of Baskervilles

Sherlock Holmes: Hound of Baskervilles is a book set up in the early nineteenth century in England and has many realistic occurrences in the book. Sherlock Holmes, is himself Famous, but the book also has a great cast of characters, like Dr. Watson and Mr. Stapleton. the plot is remarkable and keeps you wondering. The story is pretty well written. Mainly this is a good book with a lot of problem solving in it. The historical tie-ins in the story are mainly based of real life people, Doyle said that the character of Sherlock Holmes was inspired by Dr. Joseph Bell for whom Doyle had worked as a clerk. Like Holmes, Bell was noted for drawing large conclusions from the smallest observations. However, some years later Bell wrote in a letter to Conan Doyle: "you are yourself Sherlock Holmes and well you know it.".the English is the same as the time period because of the time the author wrote the book. The Hound of the Baskervilles opens with a puzzle, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson speculate on the identity of the owner of a cane that has been left in their office. impressing Watson with his powers of observation, Holmes predicts the appearance of James Mortimer, owner of the object. Entering the office and unveiling an 18th century manuscript, Mortimer recounts the myth of the lewd Hugo Baskerville. Hugo captured and imprisoned a young country girl at his estate in Devonshire, only to fall victim to a marauding hound, as he pursued her along the lonesome moors late one night. Ever since, Mortimer reports, the Baskerville line has been plagued by a supernatural black hound. The recent death of Sir Charles Baskerville has rekindled fears. The next of kin, the duo finds out, has arrived in London to take up his post at Baskerville Hall, but he has already been intimidated by a note of warning and, the theft of a shoe.
Agreeing to take the case, Holmes and Watson quickly discover that Sir Henry Baskerville is being trailed in London by a bearded stranger, and they speculate as to whether the man be friend or foe. Holmes, however, announces that he is too busy in London to accompany Mortimer and Sir Henry to Devonshire to get to the bottom of the case, and he sends Dr. Watson to be his eyes and ears. Once in Devonshire, Watson discovers a state of emergency, with armed guards on the watch for an escaped convict roaming the moors. He meets potential suspects in Mr. Barrymore and Mrs. Barrymore, the domestic help, and Mr. Jack Stapleton and his sister Beryl, Baskerville neighbors. A series of mysteries arrive in rapid succession: Barrymore is caught wandering around the mansion at night; Watson spies a lonely figure keeping watch over the moors; and the doctor hears what sounds like a dog's howling. Beryl Stapleton provides an obscure warning and Watson learns of an encounter between Sir Charles and a local woman named Laura Lyons on the night of his death. Doing his best to unravel these threads of the mystery, Watson discovers that Barrymore's nightly trips are just his attempt to aid the escaped con, who turns out to be Mrs. Barrymore's brother. The doctor interviews Laura Lyons to determine her involvement, and discovers that the lonely figure surveying the moors is none other than Sherlock Holmes himself. It takes Holmes—hidden so as not to tip off the villain as to his involvement—to piece together the mystery. Mr. Stapleton, Holmes has discovered, is actually in line to inherit the Baskerville fortune, and as such is the prime suspect. Laura Lyons was only a pawn in Stapleton's game, a Baskerville…