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This review is from: The Hound of the Baskervilles (The Oxford Sherlock Holmes) (Oxford World's Classics) (Kindle Edition)
Perhaps a central attraction of The Hound of The Baskervilles is that one mystery in the plot breeds another almost ad infinitum. Dr Mortimer believes that Sir Charles Baskerville's death is due to the curse of the Baskervilles by which successive heirs to its legacy have been snuffed out in untimely fashion across the centuries since the time of Cromwell when after an avenging spirit wants to settle a score after the early Sir Hugo Baskerville's lifestyle and deeds had blackened the family's name.
There is an attempt to reinforce the plausibility of the curse in the suggestion that when it is found that Sir Charles' body shows no sign of violence to it, the only possible explanation of his untimely death may be that he died of fright after witnessing the notorious hound, reputed by some to be a beast inhabited by a demon.
The plot clearly demands a willing suspension of disbelief and though it is a little difficult to take it seriously, there is just enough in the so-called myth of the beast to put events into the realm of possibility.