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During the Victorian era as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created various adventures of Sherlock Holmes he was surrounded by a patriarchal society The assumption that women were inferior to men was true of that period Women were expected to stay inside raise the children and perform social tasks Men ate meat while women ate cake strawberries and custard Bird 1 In various Sherlock Holmes stories featuring females Doyle devises plots that depend on women however they are often silent or physically absent even though they are vital to the narrative Females are marginalized controlled and contained like colonized foreign subjects Favor 398 Conan Doyles views pertaining to women colored Sherlocks as he created three damsels- in - distress stories A Case of Identity The Copper Beeches and The Speckled Band however Doyles first story A Scandal in Bohemia reveals opposite outlook of women Harrison 1 According to Redmond 82 all the women of the canon were victims-of the times they lived inthere was no need to be actually a victim in 1895 it was quite enough to be a woman It is not surprising that these women are not upper-class women as they would hardly find themselves in the sitting room of a middle-class detective Sherlock Holmess victims are the outcasts and prostitutes who are socially vulnerable enough to have problems that Holmes can solve therefore they are the perfect damsels-in-distress Redmond 82 A Case of Identity is the first so-called damsel-in-distress story in which Sherlock Holmess role is to rescue a female victim Redmond 81 Miss Mary Sutherland arrives to 221b Baker Street to meet Sherlock Holmes as her fianc had disappeared on the way to the church Doyle 48 Mary Sutherlands stepfather Mr Windibank had committed fraud as he disguised himself as an eligible bachelor scheming to claim her income His disguise involves false whiskers dark glasses a whispering voice and he does not allow Miss Sutherland to see his hand writing The
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