"The Man with the Twisted Lip"
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Sir Arthur Canon Doyle's "The Man with the Twisted Lip" is a Sherlock Homes mystery where Sherlock is asked to solve the mystery of one man's disappearance. In the review of this story, the writer discusses the interesting twists in the story, but also takes a look at the historical aspects of the story, largely eyeing the Victorian customs of the era. Towards the end of the paper, the writer discusses their feelings on opium dens and the use of such a drug during that time.
From the Paper:"Another interesting fact about this story is how Holmes does not explain how he came to his conclusion. He admits that he does it 'by sitting upon five pillows and consuming an ounce of shag'. We can assume Holmes reaches his conclusion by not assuming what everyone else does. In most cases, he eliminates all impossible outcomes and discovers the truth by what remains. If St. Clair is not dead, Holmes must figure out how he is connected to Boone. It is Holmes' ability to see things from a different perspective that allows him to arrive at a conclusion about St. Clair. Things are never as they seem, as Doyle points out early in the story with Isa Whitney being Principal of the Theological College of St. George and St. Clair being a disheveled beggar. This aspect makes the story compelling because the answer is not spelled out for us. The reader is left to put the pieces together.
"'The Man With the Twisted Lip' is one of Doyle's most compelling stories because it show us slices of Victorian life. The concept of opium dens seems unusual in our day and most of our heroes are not addicted to illicit drugs. St. Clair's deception becomes the crux of the story. He was not committing a crime and had it not been for his wife's attentive eye, he could have carried on with the game indefinitely. One things I would like to know is how St. Clair cleared things up with his wife. Did he tell her the truth? I also wondered what he did after Holmes blew his cover. I'm assuming he returned to reporting but the story is not clear about this."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Doyle, Arthur. "The man with the Twisted Lip." The Classic Illustrated Sherlock Holmes. 1987. Stamford: Longmeadow Press. Print.
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