|Title:||The Adventure of the Dancing Men||Collection:||The Return of Sherlock Holmes|
|Year published:||1903 (December)||Year set in:|
|Mystery:||What is the meaning of the stick figure drawings?|
|Apparent crime:||Murder||Actual crime:||Shown below (possible spoiler)|
|Summary:||A woman is terrified by drawings of dancing stick figures that are found drawn around her home.|
A squire, Hilton Cubitt, had been happily married to an American women, Elsie Patrick, for a year when she began receiving notes and messages containing strange childlike stick figures. She refuses to explain them but is clearly frightened of them.
- Actual crime
- Explanation (spoiler alert)
The messages were in code from a gang member, Abe Slaney, who had known her in America and hoped to marry her. He had travelled to Britain to hope to persuade Elsie to return with him.
- Quotations in this story (1)
Quote "What one man can invent another can discover," said Holmes.
- Characters in this story (3)
Surname First name Title Cubitt Hilton Holmes Sherlock Watson John Doctor
- Locations in this story (1)
Location Town/City County 221b Baker Street London
- Other notes
Hilton Cubitt Elsie Patrick Riding Thorpe Manor Norfolk American Slaney Martin Saunders King Elriges Farm code Hargreave