221Blog:Questioning The Canon

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

From the Adventures - The Noble Bachelor

First published in the Strand Magazine, Mar. 1892, with 8 illustrations by Sidney Paget.

1. How many years before Watson’s writing did the Lord St. Simon marriage occur?

2. Where had Watson spent the day?

3. What is bothering Watson during this rainy windy autumnal day?

4. Holmes received several epistles on this day. Who had sent them?

5. What affect dies the position of Holmes’ new client have on the Master?

6. How does Watson help “post Holmes up?”

7. Relate the contents of the letter from Lord St. Simon.

8. What does Holmes use as a reference to find out about Robert St. Simon?

9. Give some details about Lord St. Simon revealed by Holmes’ reference.

10. Relate the events that Watson takes from the newspapers.

11. What editorializing does Watson find in the newspapers about money and position in England?

12. Did the scheduled marriage take place?

13.What were the details of the marriage and disappearance?

14. Who is Miss Flora Miller? What do the police think she has to do with this affair?

15. How does Watson describe Lord St. Simon? How would you describe him?

16. What of the page-boy? Who would have employed him? Holmes and Watson or Mrs. Hudson?

17. Where does Holmes place Lord St. Simon in his hierarchy of cases?

18. Describe the circumstances surrounding St. Simon’s meeting and marriage to Hatty Doran.

19. How does St. Simon describe Ms. Doran?

20. How did Holmes respond to the likeness of Ms. Doran?

21. How did Hatty Doran behave as the wedding approached?

22. What incident occurred as the bridegroom and his new wife were leaving the church?

23. What did you make of the conversation between Lady St. Simon and her maid?

24. What did Lady St. Simon do after leaving the dining table?

25. How was St. Simon involved with Flora Miller?

26. Who was Hatty St. Simon seen walking with into Hyde Park?

27. What did Flora do after the wedding?

28. What does St. Simon think has happened to his new wife?

29. How does Holmes respond to the questioning of St. Simon?

30. What does Holmes appear to think of Lord St. Simon?

31. So, how is Lestrade doing with the case? Where has he been looking for Hatty?

32. What is Holmes’ response to Lestrade’s efforts?

33. What had Lestrade found in the Serpentine?

34. How does Holmes react to Lestrade’s evidence?

35. What had Lestrade found in the pocket of the wedding dress?

36. How did the evidence implicate Flora Miller?

37. What did Holmes focus on when he read the note?

38. What did Holmes tell Lestrade upon his leaving? How did Lestrade respond?

39. Describe the menu for the “epicurean little cold dinner” delivered and set out at 221B. Who had paid for it?

40. Who are the five individuals expected for dinner?

41. How did St. Simon react to the note he received from Holmes?

42. Who are Mr. and Mrs. Francis Hay Molton?

43. Relate the story told by Mrs. Molton.

44. How does St. Simon react to Hatty Molton and her husband’s story? What would you have done?

45. What does Holmes see in the future for America and Great Britain?

46. Summarize Holmes’ analysis of the case:

a. What two facts were obvious to him?
b. Who might Hatty have seen?
c. What had St. Simon told Holmes about the ceremony that brought all of the details to a conclusion?
d. How had Holmes Located the couple?


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