Abbreviation: COPP (J. F. Christ, 1947)
Word length: 9,948 (C. E. Lauterbach, 1960)
First published: Strand Magazine, June 1892
- Through the eyes of Holmes, what is the relationship between the countryside and the law?
- Do you think Holmes’ ideas of crime in the city vs. the country could still apply today? If so, why?
- In what way does the mistreatment of animals (the child mistreating small creatures) and the Rucastle’s mistreating the dog) relate to what happens in the story?
- When Holmes says, “Data! data! data! [...] I can’t make bricks without clay.” — what does this suggest about Holmes’ desire for concrete evidence before coming to a conclusion?
- When female characters act to progress to the plot, it is often described as “woman’s instinct.” What does this suggest about gender roles of the time?
- Describe the irony that Mr. Rucastle survives, but is “kept alive solely by the care of his devoted wife.”
- If this crime were to have taken place in the city, how could it have unfolded differently?
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