“Looking At Miss. Helen Stoner”
“The Adventure of the Speckled Band”, by Sir Author Conan Doyle is based on Sherlock Holmes and his meticulous approach to solving a puzzling mystery. The murder of Helen Stoner’s twin sister Julia Stoner is under investigation. Holmes is accompanied by Dr. Watson, “an intimate friend and associate” (Doyle). Dr. Roylott is the stepfather of Helen and possibly the one at fault for the murder of Julia. This scrutiny takes place in the Victorian Countryside of Surrey, England. Helen is a fearful, victimized, lonely, and kind-hearted woman, who desires for others to be responsible for her. Helen Stoner seeks help from the notorious Sherlock Holmes, Sir Author Conan Doyle’s masterpiece character investigator. Helen is introduced as an extremely frightened woman who merely wants to find the killer of her sister’s mysterious death. In the beginning of the story Holmes catches Helen “shivering” while speaking, it is obvious she is frightened, by which Holmes asks if she would like some hot coffee (Doyle). She then explains to Holmes that” it is not cold which makes me shiver; it is fear, Mr. Holmes. It is terror” (Doyle). The stress of her sister’s mysterious death has taken a toll on her appearance. Doyle depicts that Stoner’s “features and figure were those of a woman of thirty, but her hair was shot with premature gray” (Doyle). Helen is working so hard to find out the truth that it has physically made her age. Her body is changing drastically. She is worried that she knows who has committed the murder of her sister. Helen is naive to whom the real killer is. Helen Stoner has a premonition that her step father will kill her before her marriage. Helen being a woman who thinks that she cannot do for herself has not tried to stand up for herself against her stepfather. When Doyle describes that the “five livid spots, the marks of four fingers and a thumb, were printed upon the white wrist” of Helen’s arm from Roylott, which goes to...
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