England Book Club: The Hound of the Baskervilles – Part 2
In the beginning, Sherlock Holmes was presented with the legend of The Curse of the Baskervilles. He seemed to dismiss the story as a mere fairy tale, leading the reader to believe that Holmes does not believe in supernatural stories.
However, in the next chapter Holmes is told a story of something that had just happened recently that suggests the Hound of the Baskervilles might have some truth behind it.
Right away in the book Holmes shows us how his mind works – solving the mystery of who left a walking stick in his home. Dr. Watson, who is a smart man, explains his theories on the walking stick, but then Holmes shoots some of those ideas out of the water with his own ideas. The author did this on purpose to show you how Holmes comes to his deductions – now we’re going to see him figure out the mystery of the Baskerville’s curse and the mysterious hound.
At this point, the best thing you can do for yourself is get a better idea of the setting of the story. Most Holmes stories take place in the big city, but this one takes place in the English countryside – the moor. Research the moor. Find out what it is. Look at pictures of it.
The moor is almost a character in the story, because the way it looks, the way it feels, helps create the mood of The Hound of the Baskervilles.
Here’s the assignment:
- Read the third and fourth chapters of the book, and try to picture the setting — the moor.
- Do a little research on the moor. In your own words explain how you think it may become an important part of the story.
Every student in our England group is required to participate. You must comment on this post with your thoughts, then come back and comment on what other people have said – you are required to make an effort to keep the conversation going by replying to at least 2 other students (more than just “I agree” or “you are right.” Give them reasons why you agree/disagree or what they said that was meaningful – make this a discussion).