We did it! We finished our read-along before Thanksgiving! Hurrah!
This last chapter feels a bit draggy to me, to be honest. A lot of it is just recapping the mystery, and I feel like muttering, "I know all this already" more than once. But I don't. It IS Holmes, after all. And we do learn some interesting things, like the fact that Holmes was convinced that the hound was real before they ever left London.
I'm very sad that Sir Henry loses Beryl, however. Holmes says, "His love for the lady was deep and sincere, and to him the saddest part of all this black business was that he should have been deceived by her" (p. 694). I'd forgotten that. I thought they would get together since her husband was at the bottom of the mire and she was free of him at last.
And that's all I have to say! Please join me in the concluding post for a link-up and some goodies! I'm not doing a give-away for the end of this because I never found a satisfactory prize, so instead I've made a little something for you :-) You can claim it here and also see how to share your own review of this book and read others' posts about it. I thought that worked really well for the last read-along, so I'm trying it again for this one.
"The more outre and grotesque an incident is the more carefully it deserves to be examined" (p. 692).
Possible Discussion Question:
Do you feel like this chapter is a bit too much rehashing of old news, or do you think it nicely wraps things up?