Abbreviation: FINA (J. F. Christ, 1947)
Word length: 7,203 (C. E. Lauterbach, 1960)
First published: Strand Magazine, December 1893; McClure's Magazine, December 1893
Part One: The Tragedy of Birlstone
- Why do you think Douglas didn’t bother to hide his brand?
- Who acted the most suspicious about Douglas’ death and why?
- Why is the murder weapon questionable? How does it uncover some untruths in the sequence of events that the police and Holmes are given?
- What was Mrs. Douglas’ intentions when she asked Watson if Holmes had an obligation to tell the police everything he knew? What was she trying to find out?
- Why did Holmes spend time alone in the study? What did he accomplish when doing this?
- Why does Holmes advise the police to halt their investigation?
- How is the singular dumbbell the key to solving this case?
- What is the real reason that Mrs. Douglas and Barker were seemingly unbothered by the death of Mr. Douglas when Watson saw them a few hours later?
- Why and how was the scene of the crime staged? Who was the real murder victim?
Part Two: The Scowrers
- Why is McMurdo so rude to the police when they speak to him on the train?
- Who are the Scowrers? What sort of reputation do they have and why?
- What is the role of a bodymaster?
- Why do you think McMurdo doesn’t consider what the Freemen do “crime” when speaking to Morris?
- Why does Morris feel trapped in his role as a Freeman?
- What is McMurdo’s true identity, and how does he reveal himself? Were there any hints that may have given him away?
- What happens at the end of the story?
- How do these two parts of the book tie together? What role does each part play in the other?
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