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by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A Study in Scarlet study guide contains a biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.

A Study in Scarlet begins with Dr. John Watson, the narrator, settling in London to recover from a wound and illness he sustained while acting as a military doctor during the Second Afghan War. One day he runs into an acquaintance, Stamford, while at a bar. Watson confides in his friend that he needs a new living arrangement, as his previous one was too expensive. Stamford responds that another friend of his has also expressed this desire, and takes Watson to the university laboratory where his friend –Sherlock Holmes –is working on an experiment.

Stamford gives some background information on Holmes, such as the fact that his true profession is unknown, that he is eccentric and brilliant, and that his knowledge is specialized but diverse…

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Posted By rachael b #379008 at Jul 17, 2014 1:59 PM

what is the plot summary for this novel?

what is it mainly about? how do part 1 and part 2 relate?

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Posted By elise y #363218 at Mar 25, 2014 4:41 PM


Posted By virgen g #335283 at Oct 18, 2013 5:31 PM

Tom refers to cities as “dead leaves” because

they have no meaning to him
they have been destroyed by World War II
Laura is not with him

the glass menageire

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