The Devil’s Foot


Basic Information

Abbreviation: DEVI (J. F. Christ, 1947)
Word length: 10,055 (C. E. Lauterbach, 1960)
First published: Strand Magazine, December 1910; in the American edition of the Strand, January and February 1911, two episodes

Discussion Questions

  • This is one of the first times that Holmes shows some genuine concern and appreciation for Watson, which the latter notes. Why is this? What caused Holmes to express his gratitude for Watson, along with an apology? What is different about this situation compared to others, where he may have put Watson in harm’s way?
  • Why did Dr. Sterndale take the actions that he did?
  • How did Dr. Sterndale’s traveling experience influence the crime he committed?
  • What role does the “Devil’s Foot” root play in the story?
  • Do you agree with Holmes’ decision to leave the matter alone; solving the case and not turning his discoveries over to the police investigation? Why or why not?

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