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Sherlock Holmes & The Speckled Band / Lamb To The Slaughter

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Sherlock Holmes & The Speckled Band / Lamb To The Slaughter

"Lamb to the slaughter", by Roald Dahl, and "The Speckled Band" by
Arthur Conan Doyle share many features, despite the difference in eras
in which they were written.

Each story has its own distinctive style when creating both tension
and an atmosphere of suspense.

"The Speckled Band" has a sense of urgency about it, yet manages to
build up suspense until the climax of the story.

"I have reasons to know....which tend to make the matter even more
terrible than the truth."

This quote, found in the first paragraph, immediately begins creating
an atmosphere for the story, and intriguing the reader as to what the
narrator (Dr. Watson) is talking about. The reader will now want to
continue reading to find out the truth.

Doyle also uses other character's speech to add to the tension:

"It is not cold which makes me shiver...it is fear, Mr. Holmes. It is
terror."

At this point, the events have not been explained - this character
(Miss Stoner) describing how she is feeling inceases the tension, as
the...

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