The ‘Gloria Scott’


Basic Information

Abbreviation: GLOR (J. F. Christ, 1947)
Word length: 7,892 (C. E. Lauterbach, 1960)
First published: Strand Magazine, April 1893; Harper's Weekly, April 15, 1893

Discussion Questions

  • Why is this particular case significant to Holmes? How has it contributed to his career following the case?
  • What is the “Gloria Scott”?
  • Why is Trevor Sr. wary of Holmes once he reveals how clever he is? What is he worried about Holmes inferring?
  • Why does Trevor Sr. work so hard to satisfy Hudson? Why does he endure the rudeness and an uncivil environment that Hudson causes at his home?
  • What code does the letter that caused Trevor Sr.’s death use? How does Holmes figure this out?
  • Do you agree with Holmes that Trevor Sr. misinterpreted the letter, and as a result died untimely? Why or why not?