Society in The Speckled Band by Conan Doyle

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Society in The Speckled Band by Conan Doyle

I feel that 'The Speckled Band' reflects much about Victorian society.

The Victorians had a real sense of work and duty in their lives. This

is shown in the attitude of Sherlock Holmes and his friend Watson. In

their devotion to their task of solving this crime Watson says about

Holmes "He did rather for the love of his art than for the acquirement

of wealth."

Sherlock Holmes underlines his sense of duty to his profession and

intellectual challenge when he says "As to reward, my profession is

its reward."

Upper middle class Victorians would feel that was the right thing to

do and Sherlock Holmes would have been a hero to many of them.

The sense of work and duty is further seen in the dedication of

servants to their masters in the Victorian society.

Holmes remarks "I am glad to see that Mrs Hudson has the good sense to

light the fire."

Victorians are also keen in progressing in all aspects of life, as

they saw Englandas the most advanced country technically in the world.

As a result they would have enjoyed Holmes attitude to his profession

when Watson speaks about "admiring the rapid deductions, as swift as

intuitions, and yet always founded on a logical basis."

Evidence of progress which made the Victorians proud is the references

to travel mainly by train which seemed to be efficient. There are

several mentions in the story of different modes of transport used

successfully by Holmes and Watson.

Watson refers to their travel out of Londonto Surreywhen he says that

at "Waterloowe were fortunate in catching a train for Leatherhead,

where we hired a trap at the station inn."

Further the Victorians admired people who were thoughtful and planned

carefully. We see from the opening of this case that Holmes is

thoughtful and intelligent in his observations he says to Helen Stoner

"I observe the second half of a return ticket in the palm of your left

glove, you must have started early.
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