So far in the story Dr Mortimer has come to see Sherlock Holmes and Watson about the death of sir Charles and his fears for the new arrival Sir Henry. Dr Mortimer reads Holmes and Watson an old manuscript about the curse of the Baskervilles and the mysterious circumstances that Sir Charles died in, as there were huge dogs footprints near to his body. They go and meet sir Henry in the hotel. Holmes looks through the signing in book and enquires about the people staying trying to find out as much as he can about them by saying he thinks he knows them.
When Holmes and Watson reach the room Holmes is showed the threatening letter Sir Henry has been sent. Holmes is able to deduce that the letter has been cut out of the Times Newspaper due to the font and then send of one of the boys to look through all the rubbish under the pretences that he is looking for a lost wire when Holmes has told him to look for a copy of the Times Newspaper with words cut out of it this shows not only Holmes intelligence but also his cunning. Setting In this scene the setting does not play a very big part but is merely there to add more detail to the story and make it real.
As a 21st century reader it also allows glimpses into pre 20th century life as Holmes can just go into a hotel book and look at who has checked in who has checked out and what they are like whereas now we have privacy laws and you wouldn’t be able to do that. Holmes chases a Hansom cab down the street. Now of-course we use cars and so it shoes us that the horseless carriage (the first car) had not been invented yet. Why this scene is important? In this scene we hear the myth of the hound of the Baskervilles, which is what the whole story is founded on.
It is also our introduction to Sherlock Holmes and so there are many bits added to ensure we know just how clever, derogatory, vain and conceited he really is. Who Narrates this Episode? For the duration of this scene it is Watson narrating the scene in 1st person, which is to not only help us see Holmes intelligence against Watson’s but also to show his extreme arrogance and how sure of himself he is. Entertainment Value In this scene Watson is used and the butt of Holmes’ jokes which is fairly funny. It is also very well written in the way that it has several little things that leave you curious and make you want to read on.
It is so intoxicating that you feel that you almost cant put the book down without finding out the mystery, which is a good way of making you read on by hooking you from the start. Characterisation So far we have not had much time to discover anyone else characters apart from Holmes, Watson and an bit of Dr Mortimer’s character. We know about Holmes putting people down and believing he is better then them. We know about Watson looking up to Holmes and being in owe of him and you also get the idea that Dr Mortimer is very scatter brained and quite young. Episode 2 The Story so far
There have been no real developments in the actual story apart from that Dr Mortimer, Sir Henry and Watson have arrived at Dartmoor and have gone up to the house without Holmes. Setting In this Episode as there is little development in the actual story and so the setting is vitally important. The house and the mire are used to scare the reader. The author does this very well as the house is big, dark and mysterious, with the Grimpen Mire as a deadly trap for the unwary. The moors also I think are used to reflect the theme of the story its self “there rose in the distance a grey, melancholy hill”.
The house its self is also a big mystery as it is old with big portraits and tapestries without much light. It is very empty and part of it is dilapidated and fallen into disrepair. The author has also added an escaped convict on the moor, which makes you wary that something will happen. The fog as well contributes to the mystery to the story and in thick fog you can’t see properly and wouldn’t be able to defend your self or escape. Why This Scene is Important This scene is important because you first hear about the neighbours and also you learn about the mire.