England Book Club: The Hound of the Baskervilles – Part 3
The author of the Sherlock Holmes books often used the setting of his stories to create a particular mood. Pay careful attention to the way he describes Baskerville Hall in the night time when Watson and Sir Henry first arrive there. Then, focus on the words he uses to describe it the next morning – in the day light. Watson even makes a comment on the psychological effect the change in light has.
Think about when you were a little kid (or maybe even now) the basement is scary when the lights are off, but once they’re on – there’s nothing frightening anymore. The power of suggestion plays a huge role in how we look at things, and light vs. dark suggests an awful lot to our mind.
Here’s the assignment:
- Think about someplace you’ve been that feels different in the daytime than it does at night.
- Describe it to us. Describe what it’s like at night, then describe it during the day. What’s the difference?
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).