The Crooked Man


Basic Information

Abbreviation: CROO (J. F. Christ, 1947)
Word length: 7,183 (C. E. Lauterbach, 1960)
First published: Strand Magazine, July 1893; Harper's Weekly, July 8, 1893

Discussion Questions

  • Why would Miss Morrison deny having knowledge of the events leading up to Mr. Barclay’s death even in the name of secrecy?
  • How may Nancy Barclay’s perspective have influenced the outcome of this story?
  • If Harry had returned from the enemies’ hands in the war, would James have betrayed him again? Would Harry have won over Nancy?
  • Do you believe Mr. Wood would have killed Mr. Barclay if the initial shock hadn’t? Why or why not?
  • What role did the biblical name David have in the overall story?

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