The Illustrious Client


Basic Information

Abbreviation: ILLU (J.F. Christ, 1947)
Word length: 9,834(C.E. Lauterbach, 1960)
First published: Collier's Weekly, November 8, 1924; Strand Magazine in two parts, February and March 1925

Discussion Questions

  • Why does Holmes remark to Watson that he hopes “that it is not a false scent and that he has some real need for our assistance”?
  • What do you think it is that convinces Holmes to take on the case, despite being “in the dark” on both ends of the mystery?
  • This story is entitled “the Illustrious Client.” Based on what you have learned about the said client, do you think “illustrious”  describes him as a character?
  • How does Chinese pottery play into the story? 
  • Why must Holmes resort to such extremes to convince Ms. de Merville that her fiance is not a good person?
  • How does Holmes utilize Kitty Winter to achieve his goal? How does Kitty Winter use Holmes to achieve her own goal?

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