The Hound of the Baskervilles
At the start of the story the setting is described through the legendof Sir Hugo Baskerville. Sir Hugo is described in the legend as a“wild, profane and godless man” This suggests that his inhumanity and“evil” make him a potentially viable enemy who will stop at nothing.It is Sir Hugo that sets the tone for the setting. Sir Hugo uses hispower and Baskerville Hall as a prison for the young girl. She managesto escape by “the aid of the growth of ivy which covered the southwall.” The ivy indicated the age and wildness of the hall and itssetting. The “moon” is “shining bright” and the act “which was likedto be done” on the moor adds to the sense of danger and isolation thatwe, as readers, encounter at the start of this tale. As grown menleave the impression of “screaming” and fear being associated with themoor, we are going to be given one final warning, “caution you toforbear from crossing the moor in those dark hours when the powers ofevil are exalted” which tells us that this setting is both dangerousand a potential trap for those who dare to live there.
We also learn about the death of Sir Charles. “The day had been wet”and the wild, untamed environment sets the tone perfectly for amysterious death such as this. We are told that “there is a gate whichleads out onto the moor.” This gate is like a barrier between the moorand Baskerville Hall that separates good from evil, and if anyone wereto cross this barrier then anything could happen to them “Sir Charleslay on his face, his arms out, his fingers dug into the ground, andhis features convulsed.” This creates a sense of isolation as it seemsas if the only safe place on the entire moor is Baskerville H…
… find out who the man on thetor was. Watson says that “there was this feeling of an unseen force”out upon the moor, and because he is supposed to be acting asSherlock’s eyes and ears, he is compelled to find out who or what this“unseen force” is. Watson goes up onto the tor which he describes as a“barren scene” and there he feels a “sense of loneliness and mysteryand urgency.” Watson feels as if “the unknown might be lurking there,”and when Sherlock is discovered he reveals that the “figure of a manupon the tor” that Watson had seen upon the night of the convict hunthad indeed been Sherlock, when he admits “I was so imprudent as toallow the moon to rise behind me.” Because the unknown figure turnsout to be Sherlock the mystery of the Barrymore at the window remainsunsolved and the moor is still a place full of secrets and unansweredquestions.