He summoned it back with a low whistle and put it back in the safe with a clang.
He wanted to kill his daughters before they married so he could claim their funds, since he would have almost no income without them.
We now know Roylott is a ruthless, violent man who values possessions and money more than human life, even in the case of his own family members.
He abuses his daughters, killing one of them, which makes us wonder how he treated his wife.
Grimesby Roylott, who belongs to an old English family.
Roylott became a doctor and opened a practice in Calcutta, India.In the end, he's much like the swamp adder - deadly when provoked.In ''The Adventure of the Speckled Band,'' Helen Stoner asks Holmes for help when she feels threatened living with her stepfather, Dr. Roylott had a medical practice in India, where he met his wife, and the couple had twin daughters, Helen and Julia.Holmes identifies it as a swamp adder, the deadliest poisonous snake in India.Holmes reveals that, when each of Roylott's daughters became engaged, Roylott pushed the snake through the ventilator using the dog lash so it would climb down the fake bell pull and bite the daughter in bed.There, he married a young widow, who brought considerable wealth to the marriage.The couple had twin girls, Helen and Julia, who would receive most of the money when they married. Once, angry about some theft from the house, he blamed the butler and beat him to death.It's also curious that Helen tries to hide the bruises he inflicts from Holmes.Although he has no conscience, Roylott does learn from his mistakes, since he found a way to disguise a murder and attempted murder the second time around.As a member, you'll also get unlimited access to over 79,000 lessons in math, English, science, history, and more.Plus, get practice tests, quizzes, and personalized coaching to help you succeed.