The Speckled Band


Basic Information

Abbreviation: SPEC (J. F. Christ, 1947)
Word length: 9,880 (C. E. Lauterbach, 1960)
First published: Strand Magazine, February 1892

Redmond's Question

Much has been written about the sexual elements in this tale, ranging from the supposedly phallic snake to the suggestive juxtaposition of the stepfather and his nubile daughters. It is the business of Sherlock Holmes to reveal the secrets of rapacity and murder; is it also his business to make improper sexual behavior known?