Boekverslag: The Hound of the Baskervilles
Sir Charles Baskerville.
Sir Henry Baskerville.
Mr. and Mrs. Barrymore.
brother and sister Stapleton.
On the 14th of June the body of Sir Charles Baskerville is found lying in the garden of his house, on Dartmoor. Everybody thinks he died of a heart attack because he has a very weak heart. But his friend and doctor does not know what to think. He has seen the footprints of a large dog close to Sir Charles's body. Maybe the old man died of fright, because he has seen the ghostly animal called the Hound of the Baskerville. That dog murdered a long time ago one of Sir Charles's grandparents and now is the Hound of the Baskerville subject of a legend. However, Dr. Mortimer doesn't believe in ghosts, so he visits Sherlock Holmes to clear up this mystery.
Now is Sir Henry the only living member of the family Baskerville. One day after his arrival in London, he and Dr. Mortimer go to see Holmes to discuss the whole case. Sir Henry tells Holmes that somebody had stolen one of his boots the day before and that he had received a letter. There was only one sentence in the letter: 'If you value your life keep away from the moor.' The letter had to be a warning that something was going to happen. So Holmes says to his assistant Watson to accompany Sir Henry and Dr. Mortimer to Baskerville Hall. At the station of Baskerville, they hear that an escaped prisoner hides himself in the moor and that he's very dangerous. At Baskerville Hall, Watson and Sir Charles meet Mr. and Mrs. Barrymore, the servants of the house. They also meet brother and sister Stapleton who live in the Merripit house not far away from Baskerville Hall. Mrs. Stapleton warns Sir Henry that something terrible is going to happen.
One day Mrs. Barrymore comes to Watson with a burnt paper she had found in the fireplace in the study of Sir Charles. He looks to the paper and reads: 'Please, please, burn this paper and be at the gate of the moor by ten o'clock. L.L.' Watson finds, with a little bit of research, that the letters L.L. mean Laura Lyons, a lady who lives in Coombe Tracey and who is in love with Mr. Stapleton. When Watson pays her a visit and tells her about the letter he has found, she says, she wrote that letter because she had a money problem and Sir Charles would help her. However, that night, she never went to the gate because something happened but the woman would not tell what had happened.
Watson finds, with the help of a friend, the hiding place of a man who's called Holmes, Sherlock Holmes. He had been in Baskerville all the time but it was safer if nobody knew he was there. Holmes has discovered that Stapleton is the enemy of Sir Charles, and that his sister actually is his wife. When the both of them walk to Baskerville Hall, they hear a terrible scream. When they arrive by the dead body, they recognise the clothes of Sir Henry Baskerville. Therefore, Stapleton has beaten them. Now they turn the body and they see that it is not Sir Henry but the escaped prisoner. When it all comes out, the escaped prisoner has these clothes from Mrs. Barrymore, his sister and the house cleaner of Baskerville Hall. After this accident, they go for the second time to Miss Lyons and they tell her that her fianc? is married. Now she's very upset and she begins to tell everything she know. Mr. Stapleton pushed her to write this letter and he also said after she has written the letter not to go to the gate because he wanted to help her with her money problem. Back in Baskerville Hall, Holmes looks to the picture of one of the grandparents of Sir Henry and he recognises the face of Mr. Stapleton, who's actually a member of the family Baskerville. Therefore, he must have been hoping to get Baskerville Hall and the fortune after Sir Henry dies. That evening Mr. Stapleton has invited Sir Henry for dinner. After the dinner, Sir Henry walks home across the moor. But what he doesn't know is that Stapleton would kill him. When he's about 200 metres from the house, a very large dog rush out of the fog, the Hound of the Baskerville. Luckily for him, Watson and Holmes are hiding themselves behind the rocks, and when they see the dog they start shooting, and finally they kill the dog. Now, the hound is dead but they haven't caught the murderer yet. Mr. Stapleton must have heard the shots and now he's hiding himself somewhere in the moor. They look for him but they don'tfind him. so they guess that he's fallen into one of the bog-holes on the moor.
That evening Holmes tells the whole story with the explanation of Sir Charles's death. The evening of his death he went to the gate of the moor, but there was no Laura to see. Only Stapleton was hiding himself behind the hedges with his large dog. When he saw Sir Charles, he let his dog chase after him. The running has killed Sir Charles Baskerville.
Now the mystery of the ghostly Hound of the Baskerville is solved.
Nice Book but it was very difficult to read. It was easy to put the book away and forget it at the same time. It is a detective story but there were only a few exiting things in the hole book. What I said before is that it was difficult to read and that it contains many dufficult words that made it very onplesent to read.
Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was een Brits arts die vooral bekend werd als schrijver van verhalen over de detective Sherlock Holmes en zijn assistent Dr. Watson. Doyle was een schrijver met een breed oeuvre en publiceerde naast zijn verhalen over Holmes ook nog historische romans, sciencefiction, toneelstukken, poŽzie en non-fictie.
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