McMurdo’s Camp

-Project: The Antagonist List

This project was assigned to McMurdo’s Cyber-Campers as shown (italics).

“We will compile a list of stories in which the name of the story is the bad guy, the villain, antagonist, or evil influence, etc. The list will contain, after each title, an explanatory sentence or two. If the choice is not obvious, it needs to be explained convincingly. As an example, here’s a real easy one to start you off:

“The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton (CHAS). Milverton was an evil blackmailer, described by Holmes as “the worst man in London”.

E-Mail your selections to the camp office and call it Antagonist List. Matilda will compile the list and distribute it to members.”

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Here is what we came up with. Interested readers of the site are encouraged to offer additions or comments. Use the “Comment” function shown below.

The Man with the Twisted Lip (TWIS) — Neville St. Clair arrested as his own murderer.

The Adventure of the Speckled Band (SPEC)–The snake did the killing.

The Yellow Face (YELL)- – Mrs. Grant Munroe’s daughter had the yellow mask and was incorrectly assumed to be antagonistic.

The Adventure of the Retired Colourman (RETI)– Josiah Amberry, the retired colourman, murdered his wife.

The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger (VEIL)– Eugenia Ronder, who was disfigured, murdered her husband.

The Hound of the Baskervilles (HOUN) — The hound terrorized the countryside.

The Sign of Four (SIGN) — Johnathan Small was part of the four and conspired to murder Major Sholto.

The Reigate Squire (or Squires, or Puzzle) (REGI) — Cunningham (the Squire) murdered his coachman because of blackmail.

The Crooked Man (CROO) — Col. James Barclay betrayed Henry Wood, thus Barclay was crooked.

The Adventure of the Norwood Builder (NORW) — Jonas Oldacre, the builder, falsified information.

The Adventure of Black Peter (BLAC) — Obvious.

The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton (CHAS) — Given.

The Adventure of the Three Students (3STU) — One of the students was the cheater.

The Adventure of the Red Circle (CIRC) — Gennaro & Emilia Lucca were trying to flee from the Red Circle.

The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot (DEVI) — Devil’s Foot root was used by Mortimer Tregennis to kill relatives.

Silver Blaze (SILV) – The horse did the killing, although he was an innocent victim of provocation by the crooked trainer.

The Adventure of the Lions Mane (LION) – Name given the deadly jellyfish by one of its victims.

The Adventure of the Creeping Man (CREE) – Professor Presbury, the Creeper, took a strange drug and the weird behavior which resulted was disconcerting.

The Valley of Fear (VALL)  Evil pervaded the Vermissa Valley and even extended to California and Victorian England, providing the impetus for all the bad things that happened in both Part 1 and Part 2.

Congratulations to Camper Jim Zych (rhymes with bike), who contributed the most, but not all of them. It is interesting that of the ones we identified, four of them were animals, one was a geographic feature, and one was even a plant! And one of them has been published with different names (is it Puzzle, Squire, or Squires?) If it is Puzzle, then it does not belong on our list.

1 Comment »

  1. If “The Three Students” belongs on the list, surely so does “The Three Garridebs.” The criminal is one of the three titular Garridebs; he uses the name “John Garrideb,” although he’s actually Killer Evans.

    Comment by Scott Ryan — April 15, 2012 @ 3:53 pm


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