As I watched him I was irresistibly reminded of a pure-blooded, well-trained foxhound, as it dashes backward and forward through the covert, whining in its eagerness, until it comes across the lost scent.
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General additional information

The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot.
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Poldhu Cove to Predannack Wollas

Poldhu Cove to Predannack Wollas is about two miles along country lanes.

It was marked, however, at the outset by an incident which left the most sinister impression upon my mind. The approach to the spot at which the tragedy occurred is down a narrow, winding, country lane. While we made our way along it we heard the raffle of a carriage coming towards us and stood aside to let it pass. As it drove by us I caught a glimpse through the closed window of a horribly contorted, grinning face glaring out at us. Those staring eyes and gnashing teeth flashed past us like a dreadful vision.


Like an old hound who hears the view-halloa.
  • The shout made by a hunter on seeing a fox break cover.
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Chaldean/Ancient Cornish language

“A study of those Chaldean roots which are surely to be traced in the Cornish branch of the great Celtic speech.”
The ancient Cornish language had also arrested his attention, and he had, I remember, conceived the idea that it was akin to the Chaldean, and had been largely derived from the Phoenician traders in tin. He had received a consignment of books upon philology and was settling down to develop this thesis.
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Talc shield

A small plate, often metal, above the wick in a oil lamp which acted as a smoke guard or shield. The metal plate shown in the picture below would serve the purpose.

Foxhound drawing a cover

Covert (pronounced 'cover') - Generally used to describe a wood but also encompasses any copse, thicket, hedge or field where a fox may lie for shelter.
  • Draw - The act of encouraging the hounds through a covert in search of a quarry.
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Dog cart

I heard the rattle of hoofs and, looking up, saw a dog-cart coming at a gallop down the road.

“Can you fit us both into your dog-cart?” (Sherlock Holmes)
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Flint arrows

“Let us walk along the cliffs together and search for flint arrows.”

Sherlock Holmes - Character Illustrations

In recording from time to time some of the curious experiences and interesting recollections which I associate with my long and intimate friendship with Mr. Sherlock Holmes, I have continually been faced by difficulties caused by his own aversion to publicity. To his sombre and cynical spirit all popular applause was always abhorrent, and nothing amused him more at the end of a successful case than to hand over the actual exposure to some orthodox official, and to listen with a mocking smile to the general chorus of misplaced congratulation. Read More...

Sherlock Holmes - Deductions

“Well, as you seem to have made the discovery, whatever it may be, and the vicar to have had it second-hand, perhaps you had better do the speaking,” said Holmes. Read More...

Sherlock Holmes - Sayings

“I fear,” said Holmes, “that if the matter is beyond humanity it is certainly beyond me. Yet we must exhaust all natural explanations before we fall back upon such a theory as this.” Read More...

Radix pedis Diaboli. Devil's-foot root

“It is no reflection upon your professional knowledge,” said he, “for I believe that, save for one sample in a laboratory at Buda, there is no other specimen in Europe. It has not yet found its way either into the pharmacopaeia or into the literature of toxicology. The root is shaped like a foot, half human, half goatlike; hence the fanciful name given by a botanical missionary. It is used as an ordeal poison by the medicine-men in certain districts of West Africa and is kept as a secret among them.”
“It stimulates those brain centres which control the emotion of fear, and how either madness or death is the fate of the unhappy native who is subjected to the ordeal by the priest of his tribe.” (Dr Leon Sterndale)

Telegram from Plymouth Hotel

Telegram from Plymouth Hotel in reply to the one which Holmes had sent them.

“From the Plymouth hotel, Watson,” he said. “I learned the name of it from the vicar, and I wired to make certain that Dr. Leon Sterndale’s account was true. It appears that he did indeed spend last night there, and that he has actually allowed some of his baggage to go on to Africa, while he returned to be present at this investigation.”

Telegram from Mr Roundhay to Dr Leon Sterndale

“It was Mr. Roundhay, the vicar, who sent me the telegram which recalled me.” (Dr Leon Sterndale)

Telegram from Sherlock Holmes to Dr Watson

‘Why not tell them of the Cornish horror — strangest case I have handled.‘

Dr Moore Agar of Harley Street

“Dr. Moore Agar, of Harley Street, whose dramatic introduction to Holmes I may some day recount.” (Dr John Watson)


“I had intended to bury myself in central Africa. My work there is but half finished.” (Dr Leon Sterndale)
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Plymouth Hotel

Dr Leon Sterndale spent the night at this Hotel.

“I learned the name of it from the vicar, and I wired to make certain that Dr. Leon Sterndale’s account was true.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Plymouth, Devon

“I may tell you that I had got as far as Plymouth upon my way to Africa, but the news reached me this morning, and I came straight back again to help in the inquiry.” (Dr Leon Sterndale)
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Beauchamp Arriance

A small bungalow buried in the lonely wood of Beauchamp Arriance. Here, amid his books and his maps, he ( Dr Leon Sterndale) lived an absolutely lonely life, attending to his own simple wants and paying little apparent heed to the affairs of his neighbours.

Helston, Cornwall

“My brothers!” cried Mortimer Tregennis, white to his lips. “They are taking them to Helston.”
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Redruth, Cornwall

“We were a family of tin-miners at Redruth, but we sold out our venture to a company, and so retired with enough to keep us.” (Mortimer Tregennis)
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Tredannick Wartha

Home of the Tregennis family.

Tredannick Wollas, Cornwall

The nearest hamlet to the cottage rented by Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson.

There is no Tredannick Wollas but there is a Predannick Wollas.image66:
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Poldhu Bay, Cornwall

Thus it was that in the early spring of that year we found ourselves together in a small cottage near Poldhu Bay, at the further extremity of the Cornish peninsula.

Wife of Dr Leon Sterndale

“I have a wife who has left me for years and yet whom, by the deplorable laws of England, I could not divorce.” (Dr Leon Sterndale)

Servant to Mr Roundhay

“That servant, I found upon inquiry, was so ill that she had gone to her bed.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Farm lad

Farm lad sent by Mrs Porter to fetch the Doctor.

Young girl

Young girl who helped Mrs Porter.

Mrs Porter

The old cook and housekeeper. Elderly Cornish housekeeper to the Tregennis family.

Dr Richards

Dr. Richards, who explained that he had just been sent for on a most urgent call to Tredannick Wartha.

Mr Roundhay, Vicar of Tredannick Wollas

The vicar of the parish, Mr. Roundhay, was something of an archaeologist, and as such Holmes had made his acquaintance. He was a middle-aged man, portly and affable, with a considerable fund of local lore. At his invitation we had taken tea at the vicarage.

Dr Moore Agar of Harley Street

Whose dramatic introduction to Holmes I may some day recount, gave positive injunctions that the famous private agent lay aside all his cases and surrender himself to complete rest if he wished to avert an absolute breakdown.

Dr Leon Sterndale

Lover of Brenda Tregennis.

Brenda Tregennis

Sister of Mortimer, Owen and George Tregennis.

Mortimer Tregennis

Brother of Brenda, Owen and George Tregennis.

A thin, dark, spectacled man, with a stoop which gave the impression of actual, physical deformity. Read More...

Doctors quarter. Wimpole Street and Harley Street

An area of London renowned for the number of private consulting rooms and specialist doctors.
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Dr John Watson

Companion and chronicler of Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock Holmes

“Well, I have a trade of my own. I suppose I am the only one in the world. I’m a consulting detective, if you can understand what that is. Here in London we have lots of government detectives and lots of private ones. When these fellows are at fault, they come to me, and I manage to put them on the right scent." (Sherlock Holmes) (Study in Scarlet)
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