Vocabulary in The Adventure of the Speckled Band

Vocabulary Examples in The Adventure of the Speckled Band:

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"“The least sound would be fatal to our plans.”..."   (The Adventure of the Speckled Band)

Doyle’s subtle diction here elevates the atmosphere of dread and anticipation. The use of “fatal” here is figurative but in the reader’s mind it triggers a sense of death.

"hasp..."   (The Adventure of the Speckled Band)

“Hasp” is an obscure word for a hinged metal fastener for doors and windows.

"the presence of a band of gipsies..."   (The Adventure of the Speckled Band)

Here we see the cleverness in Doyle’s word choice in devising the phrase “speckled band.” A “band” is broad enough to potentially refer to any number of objects, as well as groups of people.