SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Hound of the Baskervilles
THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
An old family document says that everyone who lives at Baskerville Hall is in danger from a terrifying animal which lives on Dartmoor. When Sir Charles Baskerville dies in a mysterious way, his nephew, the young Sir Henry Baskerville, comes to live on Dartmoor. Is he in danger too? Is there really a dangerous animal on the moor, or did someone murder Sir Charles? Sherlock Holmes, the world-famous detective, is the only person who can solve the case. Or can he? Even Holmes is worried.
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SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
In this reader you will ﬁnd: - information about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s life - a section focusing on background and context - a glossary of difﬁcult words - comprehension activities - an exit test
– Can Sherlock Holmes solve the mystery? –
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‘No. I have an interesting problem and I need your help. I’ve got a document in my pocket.’ ‘I saw it when you came in,’ said Holmes, ‘It’s an old one. Probably about 1730.’ ‘But how do you know that?’ ‘You love your work and I love mine. All good detectives can look at a document and give it a date. Am I right, to ten or fifteen years?’ ‘Yes, the date on the document is 1742. It’s a Baskerville family document. My friend and patient, Charles Baskerville, gave it to me before he died. He wanted me to look after it. This document was very important to him. He was very superstitious*. It’s about the curse* of the Baskerville family. Can I read it to you?’ Holmes sat back in his chair and closed his eyes. He looked bored. Dr Mortimer began. ‘Baskerville Hall, 1742. To all Baskervilles. Read this story carefully. Do what it says. ‘This happened in 1647, when Hugo Baskerville lived at Baskerville Hall. He was a very bad man. One day, he kidnapped* a young girl from her home. He took her to a room upstairs, but she escaped*. She ran out of the house and ran and ran across the moor*. Hugo was very angry. He followed her with his dogs. His friends followed too, but Hugo was very fast. When Hugo’s friends found the girl, she was dead. They saw Hugo’s dogs and they saw Hugo’s body. He was dead too. His friends also saw a large black animal in the distance. It was the killer. It was a dog, but it wasn’t an ordinary dog. It was a strange and terrible hound*. superstitious superstitious people think some things are lucky and some things are unlucky curse bad luck
to kidnap to make someone a prisoner to escape to get away from something or somewhere moor a typical type of British countryside. There aren’t many trees on a moor. hound a dog
Reading Comprehension 1
Choose the best answer A, B or C. 1 What does Holmes tell Sir Henry to do? A go to Merripit House for dinner B go to London C marry Miss Stapleton
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2 Who does the ﬁrst telegram come from? A Laura Lyons B Inspector Lestrade C Cartwright
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3 What does Holmes tell Mrs Lyons? A that Stapleton’s married B that Stapleton’s divorced C that Stapleton’s engaged
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4 Where do Holmes, Watson and Lestrade go after dinner? A to Lafter Hall B to Baskerville Hall C to Merripit House
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5 What does the hound look like? A it’s a black and white dog with a green ﬁre in its eyes B it’s a large black dog with a green collar C it’s a large black dog with a green light in its mouth and a green ﬁre in its eyes
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6 Holmes and Watson think that Stapleton’s probably dead. How did he die? A he died in the Grimpen Mire ■ B the hound killed him ■ C his wife killed him ■ 7 Miss Stapleton’s real name is Garcia. Where does she come from? A Brazil ■ B Mexico ■ C Costa Rica ■
Writing and Grammar 2
Complete this extract from Sherlock Holmes’s ﬁnal report. Choose verbs in the box to help you. Remember to put the verbs into the Past Simple. change
Rodger was a bad man, like his father. He ____ a lot of money. The police wanted to talk to him, so he changed his name to Vandeleur. Mr and Mrs Vandeleur ____ to England. Here, they ____ their school in the north. Then, when the three schoolboys died, the Vandeleurs ____ their name again to Stapleton. They ____ to Dartmoor. Stapleton knew he was a Baskerville. He knew Sir Charles was rich. He decided to kill Sir Charles. Beryl pretended to be Stapleton’s sister and they ____ a house near Baskerville Hall. Here, Stapleton ____ friends with Sir Charles Baskerville. Sir Charles ____ Stapleton about the Hound of the Baskervilles. Stapleton _____ that Sir Charles was afraid of the Hound and he knew that Sir Charles had a weak heart. This gave Stapleton the idea.
Interview your partner.
Are you a bookworm? How many books do you read a year? ■ none ■ a few ■ a lot 2 How often do you read a newspaper? ■ never ■ sometimes ■ often
What type of books do you like? Tick (✓). mysteries ■ romantic novels ■ classics ■ historical novels ■ sci ﬁ ■
thrillers ■ horror stories ■ ghost stories ■ cartoons ■ others _____________
Did you enjoy the story of the Hound of the Baskervilles? Why/Why not?
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Early Life Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1859. He went to a famous Roman Catholic boarding school* in England. The training he received from the Jesuits at school was important in his later life, although he was an atheist*. When he ﬁnished school, he returned to Edinburgh. He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh. While he was still a student he started writing short stories. One of his stories was published when he was only nineteen.
The Real Sherlock Holmes One of the professors at the University of Edinburgh was Dr Joseph Bell. He was very famous. He believed that observation, logic and analysis were very important for doctors. Sometimes Bell made deductions* about his patients’ lives and jobs and his students were often very surprised at his ability. Dr
Bell’s observational and analytical skills inspired Conan Doyle to invent the character of Sherlock Holmes - the detective with the same great skills. Another Scottish writer who studied at Edinburgh, Robert Louis Stevenson, even recognised Dr Bell when he ﬁrst read the Sherlock Holmes stories.
A Medical Man When Arthur Conan Doyle qualiﬁed as a medical man, he began working as a ship’s doctor. He travelled to the Arctic and West Africa. When he returned to Britain, he 74
worked in Portsmouth in southern England. He wasn’t always successful as a doctor, so he often had enough time to write his stories and novels.
The Works of Conan Doyle Conan Doyle wrote 56 short stories and four novels about the detective. His ﬁrst Sherlock Holmes story was A Study in Scarlet (1887). Many of the short stories were published in Strand Magazine, a monthly publication. When the Hound of the Baskervilles was serialized in the magazine, it was a great success. Readers queued up outside the ofﬁces to buy the next instalment of the story! Conan Doyle wrote many other different types of books too. One of his other famous characters is a mad scientist called Professor Challenger.
Holmes and Dr Watson, from the Sherlock Holmes story The Greek Interpreter (1893)
Conan Doyle was married twice. His ﬁrst wife, Louisa, died in 1906. The next year, he married for the second time. His second wife was called Jean. He had two children with Louisa and three with Jean. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a very keen sportsman. He was a good footballer, cricketer and golfer.
Conan Doyle’s later life was very sad. His son Kingsley died of pneumonia during the First World War. His brother and two brothers-in-law also died and Conan Doyle became depressed. As a result of his depression, he became very interested in spiritualism and mediums*. He wrote “The History of Spiritualism” in 1926. He travelled all around the world promoting spiritualism. Arthur Conan Doyle died on 7th July 1930.
Task Complete the form with the information about Arthur Conan Doyle. Name: Place of birth: Date of birth: Studied: Occupation: Name of ﬁrst Sherlock Holmes story: Number of Sherlock Holmes stories: Number of children: Date of death: boarding school a school away from home where you live atheist a person who doesn't believe in God
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deduction a decision about something based on facts medium a person who communicates with spirits