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Shvoong Home>Books>Poetry>Summary of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’S “a Case of Identity” Review

Summary of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’S “a Case of Identity”

Book Review   by:akso6o175     Original Author: Andy Kester Sawian
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Like all Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this one is also narrated by Dr. Watson, the equally famous assistant of the famous fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes. The story opens with a discussion between the two in Holmes house in Baker Street. Holmes believes that real life reveals strange facts than all the fiction the creative mind could invent. But Dr. Watson differs with him and says that the happenings that come out in the newspapers are all dull and expected. Sherlock Holmes then takes up a practical test He takes up the morning paper and goes through the headlines of a particular item that speaks of a husband’s cruelty towards his wife. Dr. Watson immediately jumps into the conclusion that the reasons would be quite familiar ones like the existence of another woman, drinking habits, physical assaults, over-imposing sister or landlady. But Holmes clarifies that Dr. Watson is mistaken and this man had the weird habit of hurling his false teeth at his wife after finishing his meal every time.
Then the two sits to appreciate the various gifts that Holmes had received from his clients as souvenirs. Just then Holmes looks outside the window and sees a lady making a hurried move towards his house. After getting inside she identifies herself as Miss Mary Sutherland and asks Holmes to help her find her fiancé Mr. Hosmer Angel, as her step father, Mr. Windibank has not been taking a serious concern on this matter. Holmes goes through the details of Mr. Hosmer Angel which had been provided by Miss Sutherland. An ace detective that he is, Holmes realizes that the tinted glasses, the whispering voice and the moustache of this Mr. Angel as described by Mr. Sutherland are part of a disguise. He also takes from her four letters believed to be written by Holmer. Meanwhile Holmes summoned Miss Sutherland’s step father who sent a note intimating his time of appointment, surprisingly type-written. Through this Holmes unravel this mystery. There was no Holmer in actuality and it was just a fictitious person that was taken up by Miss Sutherland’s step father.
He realized that when Miss Sutherland would be married off, he would be losing major annual money from her. So he cooked up a treacherous plan and he disguised himself as one Mr. Hosmer Angel, courts her and even promises to marry her with the pledge that she should be loyal to him even if something happens to him in the morning of the wedding day. Accordingly, Mr. Windibank ceases to be Holmer giving her the impression that something had really happened to the supposed person Mr. Holmer. The mystery comes to light amoung other things, through the type written letters because the letters believed to be written by Holmer but actually written by Mr. Windibank bears the same characteristic feature as in the case of the note typed by Mr. Windibank to Holmes intimidating his arrival at Holmes’ residence.

Published: November 18, 2010   
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