SUMMARYS of the adventures of....(sherlock holmes)?
can someone give me SHORT summaries of the man with the twisted lip, the three students, and the empty house? well, not even the summary, but can someone tell me how the stories END? thanks so much!!! happy thanks giving!
- Anonymous1 decade agoBest Answer
The Adventure of the Empty House
the three students
Sherlock Holmes finds himself in a famous university town (probably either Oxford or Cambridge) when a tutor and lecturer of St Luke's College, Mr. Hilton Soames, brings him an interesting problem. Someone got into Soames’s office and had a look at some galley proofs of an Ancient Greek exam that were lying on his desk. Soames had gone to a friend’s for tea and locked his office. When he came back an hour later, he found a key in the lock. It turned out to be the servant’s key. The 50–year–old servant, Bannister, claims that he had entered the office to ask whether Soames wanted tea, but had withdrawn again at once when he saw that no-one was there. Nevertheless, the proofs were found out of place, with one near the window, another on the floor, and the last still on the desk. Bannister swears that he did not touch the papers. Interestingly, Holmes can tell Soames which of the papers was in which place.
Soames found other clues in his office: pencil shavings, a broken pencil lead, a clean, new cut in his new desk surface about three inches (7.5 cm) long, and a small hollow pyramidal blob of black clay speckled with sawdust. He could find no footmarks or other physical evidence.
Daulat Ras, a student, had been to see Soames while the proofs were on his desk, but as far as Soames can recall, they were rolled up and likely would not have been recognizable as such. Ras is one of three students who lodge in the same building as Soames, where he also keeps his office.
Holmes examines the office window from outside, standing on tiptoes to look in. Inside, there are no clues in the carpet. The cheater obviously took the papers over to the window one by one so that he could see Soames returning, but as it happens, he did not come back the usual way. When Soames came in, he was not aware of any hurried footsteps.
Holmes examines the blob of clay, and pays particular attention to the cut in the desk. This then leads him to ask where a nearby door leads. It is Soames’s bedroom. Upon examining that, Holmes finds another, similar, sawdust-speckled blob of clay. Then, he stuns Soames by telling him that the cheater, upon hearing his approach, hid in Soames’s bedroom. He was there, hiding behind a curtain, all the time that Soames was questioning Bannister.
Holmes questions Bannister and is apparently interested in the fact that anyone in the room could have got out after having entered with the key. He also asks Bannister why he sat several chairs away when he suddenly felt unwell at what had happened. Bannister will not venture an hypothesis as to a suspect.
Nevertheless, Holmes naturally suspects a student, one of the three in the building whose rooms have a common stairway which leads by Soames’s room. Through the windows, Daulat Ras can be seen pacing, but then he is one of the exam candidates, and the exam is to be held tomorrow.
Holmes decides to call on all three students. In Gilchrist’s room on the first floor, and Ras’s room on the second, Holmes cleverly contrives a ruse which will make it necessary for him to borrow a pencil, and a knife to sharpen his own. In neither case was there a promising clue to match evidence found in Soames’s room.
On the third floor, Miles McLaren is rude and will not let anyone in. Curiously, Holmes then asks Soames how tall McLaren is. Soames reckons McLaren’s height is about five foot six (165 cm), making him taller than Ras but much shorter than Gilchrist, who is quite tall, and also quite athletic, being a hurdler and a long-jumper.
Holmes has now deduced almost everything — all but Bannister’s rôle in this business.
The next morning, the day of the exam, Holmes surprises Dr. Watson by showing him a third, identical, blob of clay. Holmes now knows everything. He confronts Bannister with the evidence. Bannister will not own up to anything, and insists that there was no-one in Soames’s office while he was there. Holmes, however, sends for Gilchrist, and proceeds to lay out his results.
Gilchrist crying.The cheater was someone who knew the exam proofs were there. This could only be Gilchrist because the proofs’ whereabouts had been kept secret, and Gilchrist was the only one tall enough to have been able to look in through Soames’s window to see them there. Holmes has also identified the blobs as the special clay found in the long-jump pit, which is where the third one came from, further implicating Gilchrist. Gilchrist does not help his own position very much by reproaching Bannister for his apparent treachery. Bannister was indeed the one who covered for Gilchrist. He felt that he had to, for old times’ sake: Bannister was once Gilchrist’s father’s butler.
The Man with the Twisted Lip
Dr. Watson is called upon late at night by a female friend. Her husband has been absent for several days and, as he is an opium addict, she is sure he has been induSource(s): Sh big fan
- BarbaraLv 44 years ago
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
- VidocqLv 61 decade ago
It can be summed up with 9 words
TURN THE COMPUTER OFF AND OPEN THE DAMN BOOK.