The Valley Of Fear – Questions/Answers

Immersive English presents Part 2 On Valley Of Fear Questions!

Q. Why did Barker give a false clue to the police?

Answer. Barker deliberately misled the police to protect his friend Douglas. After Douglas killed Baldwin in self-defense, he conspired with Mr. and Mrs. Douglas to conceal Douglas’s actual whereabouts, giving the impression to the criminal underworld that he was dead. This allowed Douglas and his wife to escape to a safer location without being pursued. Barker deliberately misled the police to protect his friend Douglas. After Douglas killed Baldwin in self-defense, he conspired with Mr. and Mrs. Douglas to conceal Douglas’s actual whereabouts, giving the impression to the criminal underworld that he was dead. This allowed Douglas and his wife to escape to a safer location without being pursued.


Q. Why was Ettie impressed by McMurdo and not Baldwin? Give three logical reasons.

Answer. Ettie never found Baldwin impressive and always felt tense and harassed in his company. However, when she met McMurdo, she found him to be a better match than Baldwin. Ettie felt more confident and comfortable in his company for various reasons.

It’s worth noting that he always respected her father’s wishes and never pressured her to go anywhere with him. He’s an incredibly passionate, modest, and empathetic individual who truly cares about others. Furthermore, he’s a brave and fearless person who isn’t intimidated by anyone.


Q. Who is Morris? What does he tell Mc Murdo about Scrower?

Answer. Morris was unwillingly pushed into a dangerous world of crime. He had come to the Vermissa Valley to expand his business and was a member of the Ancient Order of Freemen. But when McGinty discovered Morris’ affiliation with the Order, he was forced to join his lodge against his will. Though Morris is not ruthless, he finds himself in a difficult position, always caught in the middle of McGinty’s schemes. Despite his reluctance to be involved in violence, Morris advises McGinty to avoid bloodshed. Unfortunately for Morris, his reluctance to participate in McGinty’s plans has made him an irritant to the crime boss, who is looking for ways to get rid of him. Morris informed McMurdo about the Scowrers, who had been terrorizing the innocent people of Vermissa Valley and other areas by committing one crime after another.


Q. How did Holmes and Watson decode the code language?

Holmes and Watson were on the verge of cracking a mysterious code. They employed the technique of deciphering messages and discovered that the numbers corresponded to particular words on a page. With this knowledge, they uncovered a hidden message in an Almanac. It was now apparent that the murderer was seeking attention and wanted everyone to know about the crime that had been committed.


Q. What does McGinty mean when he says there is no place for a scabby sheep in our pen?

Answer. As the leader of the notorious gang, McGinty has always been very particular about the loyalty and commitment of his members. However, his recent interaction with Morris left him highly displeased. McGinty believes Morris is not committed to the cause of the lodge and doesn’t meet the requirements of being a group member of such cruel gangsters who always play with danger. He feels Morris needs to put more effort and dedication towards the group’s objectives. McGinty might not tolerate Morris’s lack of loyalty and commitment, and he has even threatened that his name will be added to the agenda papers in the future, which could have severe consequences for Morris.


Q. How did Morris come to know about Birdy Edwards?

Morris was shocked when he received a telegram from his close friend who worked in the local telegraph office. The message was a timely alert about the presence of Birdy Edwards, a long-lost acquaintance, in the Valley. The telegram contained all the necessary details about Birdy’s arrival, including the date, time, and location, which Morris found very helpful.


Who is Professor Moriarty?

Professor James Moriarty is a well-known fictional character, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, created as an antagonist for the famous literary detective Sherlock Holmes. Moriarty was primarily used as a plot device by Doyle to bring an end to the stories featuring Holmes. This notorious character first appeared in the short story “The Adventure of the Final Problem” in The Strand Magazine in December 1893. Although Moriarty never made a direct appearance in the final Sherlock Holmes novel, The Valley of Fear, he was still mentioned and played a role in the story’s plot.

Moriarty is known for his criminal mastermind status. He uses his intelligence and resources to provide criminals with crime strategies and sometimes even protection from the law, all in exchange for a fee or a profit cut. Holmes famously referred to Moriarty as the “Napoleon of crime.” Despite only appearing twice in Doyle’s original stories, Moriarty has been given greater prominence in later adaptations and pastiches and is often portrayed as the archenemy of Sherlock Holmes.


Q. How does McMurdo (Mr. Douglass) impress McGinty in their first meeting? Give an example from the novel to support the answer.

Answer. McMurdo’s demeanor left McGinty in awe as he met him with unwavering confidence and not a hint of fear. McGinty quickly quizzed McMurdo with a rapid-fire of questions to test his authenticity, but McMurdo answered each one with ease and a smooth flow of words that left no doubt in McGinty’s mind that he was telling the truth. An impressive display of wit and cunning kept McGinty on the edge of his seat.

Secondly, McGinty threatened McMurdo with a gun, but McMurdo remained fearless. McGinty later commented that he seemed glib in his answers, which satisfied him that he was not a cheat.


Q. What does the secret code of the notorious society symbolize?

Answer. “Dark nights are unpleasant.”

“For strangers to travel”

“The clouds are heavy.”

“A storm is approaching.”


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