The Sign of Four

Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

Publisher: BookRix

ISBN: 3736802358

Category: Fiction

Page: 173

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The Sign of Four, is the second novel featuring Sherlock Holmes written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The Sign of the Four has a complex plot involving service in East India Company, India, the Indian Rebellion of 1857, a stolen treasure, and a secret pact among four convicts ("the Four" of the title) and two corrupt prison guards. It presents the detective's drug habit and humanizes him in a way that had not been done in the preceding novel A Study in Scarlet. It also introduces Doctor Watson's future wife, Mary Morstan. In 1888 a client, Mary Morstan, comes with two puzzles for Holmes. The first is the disappearance of her father, British Indian Army Captain Arthur Morstan in December 1878. According to Mary, her father had telegraphed her upon his safe return from India and requested her to meet him at the Langham Hotel in London. When Mary arrived at the hotel, she was told her father had gone out the previous night and not returned. Despite all efforts, no trace has ever been found of him. Mary contacted her father's only friend who was in the same regiment and had since retired to England, one Major Sholto, but he denied knowing her father had returned. The second puzzle is that she has received 6 pearls in the mail from an anonymous benefactor once a year since 1882 after answering an anonymous newspaper query inquiring for her. With the last pearl she has received a letter remarking that she has been a wronged woman and asking for a meeting. Holmes takes the case and soon discovers that Major Sholto had died in 1882 and that within a short span of time Mary began to receive the pearls, implying a connection. The only clue Mary can give Holmes is a map of a fortress found in her father's desk with the names of Jonathan Small and three Sikhs named Dost Akbar, Abdullah Khan, and Mahomet Singh.

Sign of the Four AQA Practice Tests: York Notes for GCSE (9-

Author: Jo Heathcote

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781292236858

Category:

Page: 56

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The only way to feel fully prepared for your English Literature exam is to practise, practise, practise. This York Notes Practice Tests with Answers book makes it easy and will give you the vital experience you need to properly test your skills, build your confidence and feel exam-ready.

Anita and Me

Author: Meera Syal

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007378521

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 8318

Nine-year-old Meena can’t wait to grow up and break free from her parents. But, as the daughter of the only Punjabi family in the mining village of Tollington, her struggle for independence is different from most.

The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Text and Critical Introduction

Author: Ray Moore,Ray Moore M a

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781508821342

Category:

Page: 236

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Everything you need in one book! If you want more than a simple study guide, this is the book for you. The Introduction to this edition sets out the development of the detective genre so that the reader can appreciate the substantial contribution Conan Doyle made. It also details the basic elements of a detective mystery. The characters are outlined, and essential historical background is explained. Together this information will help you develop your own ideas about this early detective novel. Side-by-side with the text of the novel, probing questions, commentary, notes and vocabulary aid the reader's understanding of the plot, characters, and themes. The commentary and notes aid understanding of British places and phrases as well as historical references. To enhance the reading of the text vocabulary definitions of selected words is also provided. The Critical Analysis section provides character analyses of Holmes and Watson, detailed analysis of the plot and of Holmes' methods, and a background to British Colonialism in India. The Appendix offers graphic organizers which help the reader to understand what Holmes means by "scientific" detection. If you are studying for an exam or simply wanting to read "The Sign of Four" at a deeper level this is what you need.

A Christmas Carol

Author: Charles Dickens

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Christmas stories

Page: 82

View: 3588

Everyone is familiar with this classic Christmas story. Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserly, unpleasant man who despises Christmas and overworks his clerk Bob Cratchit. As he prepares for another Christmas Eve without celebration, Scrooge is greeted by his dead business partner, Jacob Marley who warns him that his greed will not go unpunished. At first, Scrooge doesn't heed Marley's warning, but soon he is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Christmas Yet to Come. He is made to face his cruel nature, and to consider whether he should change his ways. This is a free digital copy of a book that has been carefully scanned by Google as part of a project to make the world's books discoverable online. To make this print edition available as an ebook, we have extracted the text using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology and submitted it to a review process to ensure its accuracy and legibility across different screen sizes and devices. Google is proud to partner with libraries to make this book available to readers everywhere.

The Illustrated Sherlock Holmes

Two unabridged mysteries from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Publisher: Canterbury Classics

ISBN: 9781607108979

Category: Fiction

Page: 64

View: 3672

“My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people don't know.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created the most curious detective that literature has ever known. The distinguished Sherlock Holmes has captivated the minds and hearts of readers worldwide, and he has inspired many to become detectives in their own rights. Now this compilation provides a whole new insight into his accounts. How, you ask? Well, it’s elementary, my dear readers. You won’t need a magnifying glass for this adventure, as the clues will pop up before your very eyes! After all--“What one man can invent, another man can discover.” * This elegant and beautifully illustrated edition is great for adults with a childlike sense of wonder. * The Illustrated Sherlock Holmes contains two unabridged and intriguing tales from the masterful mind of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle--Scandal in Bohemia and The Blue Carbuncle--complete with exciting pop-up illustrations. The Illustrated Sherlock Holmes in pop-up proves there is always a new way of seeing things.

Lord of the Flies

Author: William Golding

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780399529207

Category: Fiction

Page: 315

View: 4727

The classical study of human nature which depicts the degeneration of a group of schoolboys marooned on a desert island.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Author: Mark Haddon

Publisher: Anchor Canada

ISBN: 0307371565

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

View: 8902

Narrated by a fifteen-year-old autistic savant obsessed with Sherlock Holmes, this dazzling novel weaves together an old-fashioned mystery, a contemporary coming-of-age story, and a fascinating excursion into a mind incapable of processing emotions. Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, Christopher is autistic. Everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning for him. At fifteen, Christopher’s carefully constructed world falls apart when he finds his neighbour’s dog Wellington impaled on a garden fork, and he is initially blamed for the killing. Christopher decides that he will track down the real killer, and turns to his favourite fictional character, the impeccably logical Sherlock Holmes, for inspiration. But the investigation leads him down some unexpected paths and ultimately brings him face to face with the dissolution of his parents’ marriage. As Christopher tries to deal with the crisis within his own family, the narrative draws readers into the workings of Christopher’s mind. And herein lies the key to the brilliance of Mark Haddon’s choice of narrator: The most wrenching of emotional moments are chronicled by a boy who cannot fathom emotions. The effect is dazzling, making for one of the freshest debut in years: a comedy, a tearjerker, a mystery story, a novel of exceptional literary merit that is great fun to read.

The Kite Runner

Author: Khaled Hosseini

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408803720

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 420

The first of the defeated kites whirled out of control. They fell from the sky like shooting stars with brilliant, rippling tails, showering the neighbourhood. Amir and Hassan grow up together in Kabul. Amir in the beautiful house his father built, filled with marble, gold, tapestries and mosaics; Hassan in the modest mud hut in the servants' quarters. The two are inseparable, and when twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win the local kite-fighting tournament, his loyal friend promises to help him. But neither boy can predict what will happen to Hassan that afternoon – as the kites soar over the city – and how it will change their lives forever.

Touching the Void

Author: Joe Simpson

Publisher: Direct Authors

ISBN: 0957519303

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 216

View: 4321

The 25th Anniversary ebook, now with more than 50 images. 'Touching the Void' is the tale of two mountaineer’s harrowing ordeal in the Peruvian Andes. In the summer of 1985, two young, headstrong mountaineers set off to conquer an unclimbed route. They had triumphantly reached the summit, when a horrific accident mid-descent forced one friend to leave another for dead. Ambition, morality, fear and camaraderie are explored in this electronic edition of the mountaineering classic, with never before seen colour photographs taken during the trip itself.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Author: Linda Beech,Mildred D. Taylor

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

ISBN: 9780590389273

Category: Education

Page: 16

View: 7703

Winner of the Newbery Medal, this remarkably moving novel has impressed the hearts and minds of millions of readers. Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, this is the story of one family's struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice. And it is also Cassie's story Cassie Logan, an independent girl who discovers over the course of an important year why having land of their own is so crucial to the Logan family, even as she learns to draw strength from her own sense of dignity and self-respect. * " A] vivid story.... Entirely through its own internal development, the novel shows the rich inner rewards of black pride, love, and independence." Booklist, starred review"