The Adventure of the Retired Colourman

Topics: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, Deductive reasoning Pages: 10 (4035 words) Published: June 11, 2008
The short story “The Adventure of the Retired Colourman” by Arthur Conan Doyle is one of the stories of the Case Book of Sherlock Holmes. One of the characters named Sherlock Holmes in this story is investigating on a missing case. He is hired by an old retired man, Josiah Amberley, to investigate about his wife’s missing with a neighbor, Dr. Ray Ernest. Mr. Josiah also claims that two people are missing along with his cash and securities and therefore he wants to catch both of them. Holmes gives this case to Dr. Watson to handle and find as much as evidences for this case. Holmes gives this case to Dr. Watson because he is busy with other cases and therefore he does not have enough time to take care of this case. Dr. Watson goes to Lewisham as Holmes directed him to go with Mr. Amberley. Dr. Watson observes many things such as Amberely painting his house even in his grief; he also observes Mr. Amberely’s wife’s ticket that was not used and the ticket number. He hears a story form Mr. Amberely that Mrs. Amberely and Dr.Ernest eloped when Mr. Amberely went to watch the movies at the theater. Mr. Amberely also tells him that Mrs. Amberely made an excuse to not go to the movies because she had a headache. From the story of Mr. Amberley, he noticed that Mr. Amberely and Dr. Ernest played chess together. Chess being a hobby of Mr. Amberely. Dr. Watson noticed the strong room that has iron door and shutter doors. Mr. Amberely mentioned that his wife took his seven thousands pounds worth of cash and securities from this room, it seemed like she had a duplicate keys to this room.

During his visits with Mr. Amberely to Lewisham, he noticed a man was following him. He later found out that Dr. Ernest family hired him to investigate about the case of missing. From the story it also shows that Mr. Amberely is a chess player and Dr. Ernest is a chess player as well and this is how they got together, it also shows that Mr. Amberely is an eccentric and a jealous man who tore up his wife’s photo in anger. And one thing about Mr. Amberely is that he has a tricky mind as well. Holmes sends Dr. Watson and Mr. Amberely to purlington and while they are at the village, he breaks in to Mr. Amberely’s house for further investigation. He finds Mr. Barker, who is hired by Dr. Ernest’s family to investigate and they both decides to work together on this case.

After Holmes and Mr. Barker investigate enough evidence for this case, they come to a conclusion that Mr. Amberely himself is guilty of murdering his wife and Dr. Ernest. After this situation Holmes and Mr. Barker takes away Mr. Amberely and he comes with a police inspector named MacKinnon. He explains to police inspector how he came to conclusion. He tells him that the strong smell of painting was one of the clues to hide the smell of gas, the both ticket to the theater were not used which was an evidence from the theater, the connection of a gas pipe to the strong room, the bold letters to the strong room which signifies death and the last one is the victims wrote on the wall to delivered a message that the they were murdered. The victims wrote on the wall “We we-- --’’ which holes suspected that meant, “We were murdered.” At the end of the story, Holmes receives a weekly North Survey Observer. He observes that under the headline it began with the “‘the haven horror’ ended with ‘Brilliant police investigation’”. Haven is the name of Mr. Amberely’s house. The police inspector gets a credit for the case. The story ends with Holmes saying with easygoing smile, “you can file it in our archives, Watson. Some day the true story maybe told.” Characters:

There are seven characters in the story. The seven characters are Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, Josiah Amberely, Mrs. Amberely, Dr. Ernest, Mr. Barker, inspector MacKinnon. Sherlock Holmes is a detective. Dr. Watson is a helper in the story who helps Holmes gathers evidences. Josiah Amberely is the client of Sherlock Holmes who...
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