History Literature / TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles

26th Apr '16 8:13:33 PM PaulA
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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: The escaped SerialKiller Seldon is still loved by his sister Elisa Barrymore. Upon seeing her completely heartbroken reaction after Seldon is accidentally killed by the Hound, Watson comments [[LampshadeHanging "Evil indeed is the man who has not one woman to mourn him."]] Which, although Watson doesn't make the connection explicit, tells us something about the villain of the novel, whose death at the end is mourned by nobody; the one woman who might have been expected to mourn him, his much abused wife Beryl, is positively glad to see him go.

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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: EvenEvilCanBeLoved: The escaped SerialKiller Seldon is still loved by his sister Elisa Barrymore. Upon seeing her completely heartbroken reaction after Seldon is accidentally killed by the Hound, Watson comments [[LampshadeHanging "Evil indeed is the man who has not one woman to mourn him."]] Which, although Watson doesn't make the connection explicit, tells us something about the villain of the novel, whose death at the end is mourned by nobody; the one woman who might have been expected to mourn him, his much abused wife Beryl, is positively glad to see him go.
14th Feb '16 8:24:42 PM PaulA
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* HighHeelFaceTurn: Both female characters involved with the villain end up helping the heroes. It's actually subverted: Beryl helps not just because of Henry's love, but as ''her revenge against the villain who treated her like shit for years'', which smacks of TheDogBitesBack. (Though in some adaptations she ''also'' loves Henry [[InLoveWithTheMark because he]] [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe was kind to her]].) Laura Lyons, meanwhile, is furious that Stapleton lied to her about the possibility of marrying her and used her to help kill Sir Henry, who she owed so much to, and helps the heroes out of spite as much as anything else.

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* HighHeelFaceTurn: Both female characters involved with the villain end up helping the heroes. It's actually subverted: Beryl helps not just because of Henry's love, but as ''her revenge against the villain who treated her like shit for years'', which smacks of TheDogBitesBack. (Though in some adaptations she ''also'' loves Henry [[InLoveWithTheMark because he]] [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe was kind to her]].) Laura Lyons, meanwhile, is furious that Stapleton lied to her about the possibility of marrying her and used her to help kill Sir Henry, Charles, who she owed so much to, and helps the heroes out of spite as much as anything else.
12th Feb '16 4:25:31 AM Ciara25
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* BittersweetEnding: Holmes manages to save Henry Baskerville's life, but he is left a nervous wreck. Beryl is free after years of abuse and neglect, but it's uncertain what type of future she can have, either with Sir Henry or on her own.

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* BittersweetEnding: Holmes manages to save Henry Baskerville's life, but he is left a nervous wreck.wreck and heartbroken by the fact that Beryl was (probably) playing with his heart, albeit to save his life. Beryl is free after years of abuse and neglect, but it's uncertain what type of future she can have, either with Sir Henry or on her own.
12th Feb '16 4:23:46 AM Ciara25
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* BittersweetEnding: Holmes manages to save Henry Baskerville's life, but he is left a nervous wreck. And then we find out what Beryl was put through.
* BookEnds: Near the beginning of Dr. Watson's stay on Dartmoor, Stapleton runs into the Grimpen Mire. Near the end, he does it again -- but unfortunately for him, a thick fog has risen, and he can't see the markers which allow him to do it safely.

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* BittersweetEnding: Holmes manages to save Henry Baskerville's life, but he is left a nervous wreck. And then we find out what Beryl was put through.
is free after years of abuse and neglect, but it's uncertain what type of future she can have, either with Sir Henry or on her own.
* BookEnds: Near the beginning of Dr. Watson's stay on Dartmoor, Stapleton runs into the Grimpen Mire. Mire to catch a butterfly. Near the end, he does it again again, this time to escape the people who'll be comig after him -- but unfortunately for him, a thick fog has risen, and he can't see the markers which allow him to do it safely.



* BoundAndGagged: Beryl Stapleton, near the end. It's because she had intended to warn Henry, so BigBad Stapleton hit her and then got her restrained.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Dr Mortimer, is skull obsessed, absent minded, constantly accompanied by his spaniel and has yellow nicotine stained fingers -- but he is also a skilled surgeon of high esteem.

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* BoundAndGagged: Beryl Stapleton, near the end. It's because she had intended to warn Henry, so BigBad Stapleton hit her and then got restrained and locked her restrained.
in a room upstairs so she couldn't interfere.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Dr Mortimer, Mortimer is skull obsessed, absent minded, constantly accompanied by his spaniel and has yellow nicotine stained fingers -- but he is also a skilled surgeon of high esteem.



* ContrivedCoincidence: Seldon is making a break for freedom, dressed in Sir Henry's clothes which his sister provided him with, on one of the nights Stapleton lets the hound loose.



* FrightDeathtrap: How Sir Charles Baskerville was killed.

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* FrightDeathtrap: How Sir Charles Baskerville was killed.killed, since his heart gave up on him as he was fleeing in terror from the Hound.



* HighHeelFaceTurn: There is a female character involved with the villain who ends up helping the heroes. It's actually subverted: Beryl (said woman) helps not just because of Henry's love, but as ''her revenge against the villain who treated her like shit for years'', which smacks of TheDogBitesBack. (Though in some adaptations she ''also'' loves Henry [[InLoveWithTheMark because he]] [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe was kind to her]].)

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* HighHeelFaceTurn: There is a Both female character characters involved with the villain who ends end up helping the heroes. It's actually subverted: Beryl (said woman) helps not just because of Henry's love, but as ''her revenge against the villain who treated her like shit for years'', which smacks of TheDogBitesBack. (Though in some adaptations she ''also'' loves Henry [[InLoveWithTheMark because he]] [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe was kind to her]].)) Laura Lyons, meanwhile, is furious that Stapleton lied to her about the possibility of marrying her and used her to help kill Sir Henry, who she owed so much to, and helps the heroes out of spite as much as anything else.



** He also used Laura Lyons (the estranged daughter of GrumpyOldMan Frankland) as such. Laura was desperate after being abandoned by her JerkAss husband so he tricked her into writing a letter asking Sir Charles for help, which he'd use to stage the FrightDeathTrap.

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** He also used Laura Lyons (the estranged daughter of GrumpyOldMan Frankland) as such. Laura was desperate after being abandoned by her JerkAss husband husband, so he tricked her into writing a letter asking Sir Charles for help, which he'd use to stage the FrightDeathTrap.



* KickTheDog: almost literally: Stapleton feeds Dr. Mortimer's pet spaniel to the hound.

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* KickTheDog: almost literally: Stapleton feeds Dr. Mortimer's pet spaniel to the hound. He also treats his wife appallingly, essentially pimping her out to Sir Henry.



* QuicksandSucks: The Grimpen Mire. Which is the perdition of the BigBad.
* RedHerring: There are a lot of suspicious characters lurking in the vicinity of Baskerville Hall. None of them did it.
* ScoobyDooHoax: The Hound isn't paranormal after all.

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* QuicksandSucks: The Grimpen Mire. Which is the perdition fate of the BigBad.
* RedHerring: There are a lot of suspicious characters lurking in the vicinity of Baskerville Hall.Hall, from John Barrymore the stoic butler, to his distraught wife, to an escaped convict roaming the moors. None of them did it.
* ScoobyDooHoax: The Hound isn't paranormal after all.all; it's merely an enormous dog painted with phosphorous to make it glow in the dark.



* SiblingYinYang: The Stapleton siblings. Older brother Jack is coolheaded, polite and blond. Younger sister Beryl is tall, darkhaired and HotBlooded. Subverted, they're ''not'' siblings.
* SignatureItemClue: The protagonists find the boot used by Stapleton to set the hound onto Henry Baskerville in the Grumpen Mire after he fled, but they didn't find him, and assumed he fell into the mire.

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* SiblingYinYang: The Stapleton siblings. Older brother Jack is coolheaded, polite and blond. Younger sister Beryl is tall, darkhaired dark haired and HotBlooded. Subverted, as they're ''not'' siblings.
* SignatureItemClue: The protagonists find the boot used by Stapleton to set the hound onto Henry Baskerville in the Grumpen Mire after he fled, but they didn't don't find him, and assumed assume he fell into the mire.



* AdaptedOut: Lestrade in several adaptations, replaced with the already established character of Dr Mortimer, and thus rather fitting in having him be involved in bringing Sir Charles' murderer brought to justice.

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* AdaptedOut: AdaptedOut:
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Lestrade in several adaptations, replaced with the already established character of Dr Mortimer, and thus rather fitting in having him be involved in bringing Sir Charles' murderer brought to justice.justice.
** Laura Lyons is almost always left out as well, since her plot thread is rather superfluous.
12th Feb '16 3:58:15 AM Ciara25
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* AdaptedOut: Lestrade in several adaptations, replaced with the already established character of Dr Mortimer.

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* AdaptedOut: Lestrade in several adaptations, replaced with the already established character of Dr Mortimer.Mortimer, and thus rather fitting in having him be involved in bringing Sir Charles' murderer brought to justice.
9th Dec '15 10:00:21 PM PaulA
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** FridgeLogic: What woman will mourn ''Holmes''?
9th Dec '15 8:13:50 AM Conradus
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** FridgeLogic: What woman will mourn ''Holmes''?
27th Nov '15 11:04:26 AM jamespolk
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* WholeEpisodeFlashback: Averted--and this is probably why ''The Hound of the Baskervilles'' is the most famous Holmes novel. All of the other three Holmes novels include extended flashback sequences in the second half where the narrative follows the person Holmes is investigating and explains how matters came to where they are. ''The Hound of the Baskervilles'' is the only Holmes novel where the narrative sticks with Holmes and Watson and their investigation for the entire book.
7th Jun '15 8:16:32 AM Bissek
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* SherlockScan: Holmes, of course. Watson makes an semi-successful attempt at one in the first chapter. Dr Mortimer also makes one off-screen, correctly deducing something that Holmes found quite interesting (There was a significant amount of cigar ash on the ground near the moor gate the morning Sir Charles was found dead, suggesting that when Sir Charles went out for his evening walk and smoke on the night of his death, he lingered by the gate for several minutes).
7th Jun '15 8:06:50 AM Bissek
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* CutAndPasteNote: Sir Henry receives one warning him to stay away from Baskerville Hall. Holmes is able to identify the newspapers that had been chopped up, by the font, and the type of scissors used to do it. It came from Beryl, locked away in an hotel room by Stapleton to not lose sight of her as he made his evil plans; she still managed to grab the nearest newspaper and make the letter.

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* CutAndPasteNote: Sir Henry receives one warning him to stay away from Baskerville Hall. Holmes is able to identify the newspapers that had been chopped up, by the font, and the type of scissors used to do it. It came from Beryl, locked away in an hotel room by Stapleton to not lose sight of her as he made his evil plans; she still managed to grab the nearest newspaper and make the letter. She ended up having to manually write the word 'moor' in crude letters that disguised her handwriting, as that isn't a word that is generally found in the typical daily newspaper of a city that isn't near one (Why she didn't piece the word together by cutting up and rearranging the letters of the commonly used word 'room' isn't mentioned).
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