Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s third crime novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles, finds the detective and his sidekick, Dr. Watson, investigating the mysterious death of baronet Sir Charles Baskerville, who became afraid of an old family curse prior to his death. The curse involved an ancestor who lived two centuries prior to Sir Charles, a man by the name of Hugo Baskerville. Hugo had apparently kidnapped a yeoman’s (free man) daughter and held her captive in his bedchamber until she escaped. He vowed to overtake her, and along with his friends and several hound dogs, he chased her onto a moor. Both his body and the woman’s were discovered some time later; she had succumbed to fear and fatigue while he was rumored to have been killed by a “gigantic hound”. This Hound of the Baskervilles shirt is a tribute to the mystery that deepened after it was revealed that large footprints of an enormous dog were observed next to Sir Charles Baskerville’s body.
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