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Independent Study Dorothy L Sayers August 25 2003 Reading Response for Five Red Herrings Is the title appropriate As in all detective stories the plot encompasses the circuitous route taken in order to solve the crime in this case a murder The title is clever and descriptive for a red herring is something that draws attention away from the central issue In this novel there are six suspects and five will prove to be red herrings Does the location of the novel figure in the plot Five Red Herrings is set in Scotland specifically the Galloway region and the town of Kirkcudbright a community mainly comprised of local fishermen and resident artists augmented by seasonal vacationers many of who are annual visitors Sayers has done an excellent job portraying Scottish personalities and of all class distinctions Her use of the Scottish brogue is masterful and with the turn of each page becomes more understandable and enjoyable to discern The geography of the area figures in the plot as does the occupation of the culprit Describe the appearance and character of the deceased Campbell Campbell was disliked in varying degrees by all of the six suspects He was an acutely adversarial character who though a talented landscape painter was rude rough and essentially friendless Give a brief description of the six suspects Ferguson John Ferguson lived next to the deceased each summer He was a landscape and figure painter about 36--about 5 foot 10 inches--grass widower 32 Ferguson was always annoyed by Campbells uncouth manners and his lack of respect for property belonging to others Their last row occurred as the result of Campbell backing his auto into Fergusons wall and knocking it down Strachan Henry Strachan lived just out of Gatehouse of Fleet on a road that leads to the golf course He was 38 and stood 6 foot 2 inches and was married--one child one servant--portrait painter and illustrator--secretary of golf club 31
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