Sherlock Holmes – Hound Of Baskervilles – Chapter 6 – Baskerville Hall

The duo arrived at the railway station on the planned day, and Holmes told Watson that he should only report the facts ? to the people around the moor.

He himself had tried learning them but had failed.

Watson suggests removing the butler and his wife, but Holmes says that that would  be unwise and it would be better to keep those people on the list of potential suspects.
The other people of note needing to be found quickly were Stapleton and his sister, as well as Mr Frankland.

Holmes checked that Watson was sufficiently armed, and told him to be on alert at all times. They meet their friends who say that they had kept together as well as evading any signs of trouble. Also they say that they split up yesterday afternoon.

Holmes found the latter statement of concern, and thus advised Sir Henry to be accompanied
whenever he should set food around the area, and furthermore to stay indoors during nightime.
The three board the first-class train and Watson enjoyed a swift and comfortable journey.

Sir Henry explained that he never saw Baskerville Hall as a boy since he was in his fathers’ cottage far away so the sight would as new to him as it would be to Watson.
The first sight of the bleak moor appeared to fascinate Sir Henry and then Watson could see how true was his reputation of being a suitable descendant in the long line of his proud forefathers.

The train stopped by a small field so they could go on a wagonette to take them to the hall – they noticed two stern soldiers as they moved their luggage.

Sir Henry seemed to enjoy the countryside but Watson did not quite agree, the season of Autumn had made its downbeat mark.

Mortimer noticed another soldier on a hill and asked the driver Perkins where it was. He said warders were after an escaped prisoner, who was most likely a madman. His name was Selden , the Notting Hill murderer. People would not give details for they would be killed if the prisoner should find out.
Everyone was chilled thinking about the ..cast-out man. Through the now infertile country the driver pointed out Baskerville Hall. Judging by the lool of the building, Henry could tell why his uncle felt danger was near.

The butler stepped out and greeted Sir Henry. He then handed the bags to his wife. Mortimer turned down the offer of dinner by Sir Henry and said he needed go to his house.

Watson and Sir Henry sat down in a spacious apartment. where the fireplace crackled. Barrymore came in and told them dinner would be soon, before going on to shakily explain that his wife and he wished to leave when suitable, THe death of Sir Charles  was one reason, but also the large amount of money they had acquired meant that they could go off and establish a new business.\

The bedrooms looked bright and modern, so helping to relieve the gloominess of the Hall.
However the dining room was dark and mysterious. The black beams and the silent statues made it truly sombre.
Sir Henry reflected and stated that there woud be a more cheerful feel upon the following morning.

BASKER ch 6

At night, Watson gazed at the moor, before closing the curtains and the door and finally lying down on his bed.
Closing his eyes, the wailing and sobbing of a lady suddenly made him shift. He was kept alert for half an hour but the weeping did not continue from thence on.

The only  noises came from the ticking of the clock and the ivy rustling outside

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