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  1. says:

    In this story, Mr Cyril Overton of Trinity College, Cambridge comes to Holmes seeking his help in Godfrey Staunton s disappearance Staunton is the key man on Overton s rugby team who plays at the three quarters position, hence the story s title , and they will never win the important match tomorrow against Oxford if Staunton cannot be found Holmes has to admit that sport is outside his field, but he shows the same care he has shown to his other cases.Staunton had seemed a bit pale and bothered earlier in the day, but late in the evening, according to a hotel porter, a rough looking, bearded man came to the hotel with a note for Staunton which, judging from Staunton s reaction, contained rather devastating news He then left the hotel with the bearded stranger, and the two of them were seen running in the direction of the Strand at about half past ten No one has seen them since.Overton has wired to Cambridge to find out if Staunton has been seen there he has not He has also wired Lord Mount James, Staunton s very wealthy and thoroughly miserly uncle and nearest living kin, but has heard no answer Staunton is the almost eighty year old Lord Mount James s heir, but he must meanwhile live in relative poverty owing to his uncle s miserly behavior.At the hotel, Holmes questions the porter This bearded man who brought the note was neither a gentleman nor a workman, and he seemed to be bothered by something, too, for his hand was trembling as he handed Staunton the note The only word that the porter overheard of their short conversation was time.At six o clock, the porter had brought Staunton a telegram, and he saw Staunton write a reply Staunton told the porter that he would send it himself Holmes looks at the telegraph forms in Staunton s room, and then at the blotter, finally finding a clue The impression on the blotter yields a part of the message that Staunton sent Stand by us for God s sake Obviously at least one other person is involved us , and there is some kind of danger Other papers left in the room yield clues.Lord Mount James also briefly visits, and can give Holmes no useful information as to his nephew s whereabouts The old miser seems utterly aghast at the possibility that it might be a kidnapping whose object would be to extort his wealth.Holmes and Dr Watson then go to the telegraph office where Holmes uses a ruse to get the woman there to show him the counterfoil of the message that Staunton sent It was addressed to Dr Leslie Armstrong, an academic at Cambridge They go to see him.Dr Armstrong tells Holmes that Staunton is an intimate friend of his He does not react when told that Staunton has disappeared, and claims not to know where he is, and not to have seen him recently He also says that Staunton is very healthy, but Holmes then produces one of Staunton s papers, a thirteen guinea bill from Dr Armstrong Furious, Armstrong refuses to answer any questions, and denies that he had the telegram from Staunton He then has his butler show Holmes and Watson out They lodge at an inn just across the street from Armstrong s, where they can watch him.Holmes conducts some inquiries A man in the yard before the inn tells Holmes that Armstrong, although not in actual medical practice, regularly rides in his brougham out into the country somewhere The roundtrip seems to take about three hours Holmes tries following the brougham on one of its outings, hiring a bicycle for the purpose He is thwarted by Dr Armstrong, who makes it quite clear that he is aware that Holmes is following him He gives Holmes the slip.The next day, Holmes s inquiries in all the local villages come to naught no one has seen the doctor s brougham passing through their village.The mystery is at last unlocked by Pompey, a beagle foxhound cross by appearance, who tracks the doctor s brougham to a cottage in the countryside after Holmes had coated the wheels in aniseed oil What Holmes finds is not pleasant Staunton is there, but is grieving over his young wife, who has just died of consumption Her existence was kept secret, because Lord Mount James would not have approved of the marriage and would have disowned his nephew Dr Armstrong had told the woman s father about her condition, and he, the bearded stranger, had unwisely told Staunton, who felt compelled to rush off forthwith.As there is no broken law, Holmes decided to keep everything quiet.I recommend this story to all readers that appreciate a very well written mystery.


  2. says:

    In this story, Mr Cyril Overton of Trinity College, Cambridge comes to Holmes looking for his assistance in Godfrey Staunton s vanishing Staunton is the key man on Overton s rugby group who plays at the seventy five percent position, subsequently the story s title , and they will never win the essential match tomorrow against Oxford if Staunton can t be found Holmes needs to concede that game is outside his field, however he demonstrates a similar care he has appeared to his different cases Staunton had appeared somewhat pale and irritated before in the day, however late at night, as indicated by an inn watchman, an unpleasant looking, hairy man went to the lodging with a note for Staunton which, in light of Staunton s response, contained rather destroying news He at that point left the lodging with the hairy outsider, and both of them were seen running toward the Strand at about half past ten Nobody has seen them since I will not recommend this story to anyone.


  3. says:

    3.5 5


  4. says:

    Liked this one quite a bit, so I guess I don t need


  5. says:

    The story was wrapped in mystery I liked the mood in which was situated the plot.I was surely not expecting this outcome, but I can t help but be a little disappointed with how it ended


  6. says:

    Not his most interesting case but it s interesting Simply, there s no case itself because since the beginning the character hasn t been missing, he just left without any evidence of him being kidnapped or anything I got very curious about the doctor and I would really want to know about him, especially in opposite sides of Sherlock, it s interesting that Sherlock finds him dangerous than Moriarty itself.


  7. says:

    This is a case of a person gone missing under circumstances that appear dubious and possibly foul The build up held my attention through the first half of the story however, the actual resolution and climax left me only mildly entertained.


  8. says:

    The eleventh short story in The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle A young man is missing, and Sherlock Holmes is on the case Entertaining, but sad.


  9. says:

    It is a good Sherlock Holmes mystery as the master detective must solve a possible kidnapping case, though the ending was far from satisfactory.


  10. says:

    I say it was meh


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