The Adventure of the Speckled Band

by

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Stoke Moran Manor Symbol Analysis

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The decaying Stoke Moran Manor is Dr. Roylott’s ancestral home and the scene of the story’s central crime. While the manor—the property of one of the wealthiest and oldest families in England—was once grand and imposing, by the time Julia and Helen Stoner move to the manor with Dr. Roylott, the house is in near ruin. The manor once had three wings and a central portion, but only one wing remains—the rest of the house has a caved-in roof and boarded-up windows. As such, Roylott and the Stoner twins occupy adjacent rooms in the only inhabitable wing, an arrangement that leaves them simultaneously cut off from one another due to the lack of common space and uncomfortably close to one another because of the adjacent rooms. This slowly crumbling house represents the decline of the once prosperous and respectable Roylott family, which is now left with a sole descendant who is both destitute and unhinged. The house’s decay also parallels Roylott’s loss of Victorian morals, as Roylott becomes evil and deranged in tandem with the house falling apart.

Stoke Moran Manor Quotes in The Adventure of the Speckled Band

The The Adventure of the Speckled Band quotes below all refer to the symbol of Stoke Moran Manor. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dover Trade Editions edition of The Adventure of the Speckled Band published in 1986.
The Adventure of the Speckled Band Quotes

The family was at one time among the richest in England, and the estates extended over the borders into Berkshire in the north, and Hampshire in the west. In the last century, however, four successive heirs were of a dissolute and wasteful disposition, and the family ruin was eventually completed by a gambler in the days of the Regency. Nothing was left save a few acres of ground, and the two-hundred-year-old house, which is itself crushed under a heavy mortgage.

Related Characters: Helen Stoner (speaker), Dr. Grimesby Roylott
Related Symbols: Stoke Moran Manor
Page Number: 400
Explanation and Analysis:

Instead of making friends and exchanging visits with our neighbours, who had at first been overjoyed to see a Roylott of Stoke Moran back in the old family seat, he shut himself up in his house and seldom came out save to indulge in ferocious quarrels with whoever might cross his path. Violence of temper approaching to mania has been hereditary in the men of the family, and in my stepfather’s case it had, I believe, been intensified by his long residence in the tropics.

Related Characters: Helen Stoner (speaker), Dr. Grimesby Roylott
Related Symbols: Stoke Moran Manor
Page Number: 401
Explanation and Analysis:

So tall was he that his hat actually brushed the cross bar of the doorway, and his breadth seemed to span it across from side to side. A large face, seared with a thousand wrinkles, burned yellow with the sun, and marked with every evil passion, was turned from one to the other of us, while his deep-set, bile-shot eyes, and his high, thin, fleshless nose, gave him somewhat the resemblance to a fierce old bird of prey.

Related Characters: Dr. Watson (speaker), Dr. Grimesby Roylott
Related Symbols: Stoke Moran Manor
Page Number: 408
Explanation and Analysis:

The building was of grey, lichen-blotched stone, with a high central portion and two curving wings, like the claws of a crab, thrown out on each side. In one of these wings the windows were broken and blocked with wooden boards, while the roof was partly caved in, a picture of ruin.

Related Characters: Dr. Watson (speaker)
Related Symbols: Stoke Moran Manor
Page Number: 411
Explanation and Analysis:

There are one or two very singular points about this room. For example, what a fool a builder must be to open a ventilator into another room, when, with the same trouble, he might have communicated with the outside air!

Related Characters: Sherlock Holmes (speaker)
Related Symbols: Stoke Moran Manor
Page Number: 413
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Stoke Moran Manor Symbol Timeline in The Adventure of the Speckled Band

The timeline below shows where the symbol Stoke Moran Manor appears in The Adventure of the Speckled Band. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...lives with her stepfather, Dr. Grimesby Roylott, the sole remaining descendent of the Roylotts of Stoke Moran , one of the oldest Saxon families in England. The Roylotts were once among the... (full context)
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...up after some time and moved back, along with Helen and Julia, to the decaying Stoke Moran Manor. (full context)
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...of Surrey, who were excited to have someone from the distinguished family living in the manor again, Roylott became reclusive and got furiously angry with anyone who crossed his path. This... (full context)
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...camp on the Stoke Moran property. In exchange for letting them have tents on the manor’s grounds, they let Roylott stay with them for weeks at a time. She also says... (full context)
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...Julia, and Helen all lived in adjacent bedrooms in the only inhabited portion of the manor. “There is no communication between [the rooms],” Helen says, “but they all open into the... (full context)
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...stares pensively into the fire. Holmes and Watson make plans to meet Helen at the Stoke Moran Manor later that day so they can begin investigating the death. (full context)
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...wait for night to fall. From their window, they see Roylott pull up to the manor and yell at the boy driving him, who is unable to open the heavy gates.... (full context)
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...inn that Helen has lit the lamp in her room, their signal to enter the manor. They set out into the night and, when they nearly reach the rooms, they see... (full context)