The Priory School


Basic information

Abbreviation: PRIO (J. F. Christ, 1947)
Word length: 11,507 (C. E. Lauterbach, 1960)
First published: Collier's, January 30, 1904; Strand Magazine, February 1904

Discussion Questions

  • Why is Holmes so upset that it took so long for someone to contact him about the Duke’s son going missing?
  • Why is Holmes so incredulous of the presumed story told to him by the school? 
  • Why doesn’t Holmes believe that bikes were used when the boy went missing? 
  • Holmes is very observant of the cows whenever he and Watson encounter them. Why? How does this observation pay off in the end?
  • Why was the Duke really trying to keep the disappearance of his son a secret, if not in an attempt to keep his unhappy home life from coming to light?
  • Why does Holmes demand money from the Duke? Why does the Duke agree?

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