Monday, October 08, 2007

How It Happened - Arthur Conan Doyle

Crash victim gets the facts.

3 out of 5


Anonymous said...

can anyone please guide me about internet sites where i can find reviews or commentary on this story

Anonymous said...

In this story it is the reader who is invited to do the detective work in an attempt to solve the very short story's mystery before its denouement. There are little clues, such as the narrator's comment 'I can live it again' and the reference to the car as 'roaring,and glden death', to hint at the resolution of the story before its final line.
The story also concerns wilful masculine pride, in the narrator's insistence on driving the unfamiliar vehicle, and there are frequent indications of class, with the quiet deference of the clearly more highly skilled chauffeur, Perkins, who is clearly concerned for 'master' despite being in considerable pain himself after the crash. It is notable that the narrator is welcomed into the world of death by someone of his own class. Stanley, 'whom I had known at college some years before' and whose dialogue gradually reveals the outcome of the tale.

Anonymous said...

but where is the mystery in the story when everything is told in the story can you please explain ???