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Sherlock Holmes
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes character
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Sherlock Holmes (Sidney Paget, 1904)
First appearance 1887
Created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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Gender Male
Occupation Consulting detective
Family Mycroft Holmes (brother)
Nationality English
.Sherlock Holmes[1] is a fictional character of the late 19th and early 20th centuries who first appeared in publication in 1887.^ Sherlock Holmes: 1887-1894.
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^ In homage, therefore, we have given to Sherlock Holmes this investigation of the man who invented him."
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^ One of five great discoverers, Sherlock Holmes tracked down Sir A. Conan Doyle who was "pottering about in comparative literary obscurity."
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.He was the creation of Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.^ Would Sir Arthur Conan Doyle consider acting as referee?
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^ La vie de Sir Arthur Conan Doyle .
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^ Geburtstag von Sir Arthur Conan Doyle am 22.
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.A brilliant London-based "consulting detective", Holmes is famous for his intellectual prowess and is renowned for his skillful use of astute observation, deductive reasoning and forensic skills to solve difficult cases.^ That is the problem which we have to solve,” Holmes answered, “and for my part I shall set about it by presuming that my reasoning is correct, and that a double murder has been committed.
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^ VI. SUNRISE: The Triumph of Detection SHERLOCK HOLMES! Hardly a year later, in December of 1891, the name of Dr. A. Conan Doyle was already famous.
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^ It is not reasonable to suppose that every one of these cases gave Holmes the opportunity of showing those curious gifts of instinct and observation which I have endeavoured to set forth in these memoirs.
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.Conan Doyle wrote four novels and 56 short stories that feature Holmes.^ The deliberate identifications with Holmes, at the time of all the endless queries at the top-tide of success in 1892, Conan Doyle slipped into the Memoirs.
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^ Though they had been friends for many years, ever since Conan Doyle was writing the early Holmes short-stories and Mr. Shaw's greenish face and red beard were such a painful sight to Henry Irving, these two met infre- quently.
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^ "Conan Doyle, the English writer who invented the genial type of de- tective, Sherlock Holmes, has just been married.
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The first story, A Study in Scarlet, appeared in Beeton's Christmas Annual in 1887 and the second, The Sign of the Four, in Lippincott's Monthly Magazine in 1890. The character grew tremendously in popularity with the beginning of the first series of short stories in The Strand Magazine in 1891; further series of short stories and two serialised novels appeared until 1927. The stories cover a period from around 1880 up to 1907, with a final case in 1914.
All but four stories are narrated by Holmes' friend and biographer, Dr. John H. Watson; two are narrated by Holmes himself ("The Blanched Soldier" and "The Lion's Mane") and two others are written in the third person ("The Mazarin Stone" and "His Last Bow"). .In two stories ("The Musgrave Ritual" and "The Gloria Scott"), Holmes tells Watson the main story from his memories, while Watson becomes the narrator of the frame story.^ You are like my friend, Dr. Watson, who has a bad habit of telling his stories wrong end foremost.
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^ Mainly to please Jean, he wrote two more Sherlock Holmes stories: Wisteria Lodge, in two parts, and The Bruce-Partington Plans.
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^ There is my story, Mr. Holmes, though how you forced my hand so that I have to tell it is more than I can say."
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Conan Doyle said that the character of Holmes was inspired by Dr. Joseph Bell, for whom Doyle had worked as a clerk at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. Like Holmes, Bell was noted for drawing large conclusions from the smallest observations.[2]

Contents

Biography

The first appearance of Holmes, 1887

Early life

Explicit details about Sherlock Holmes' life outside of the adventures recorded by Dr. Watson are few and far between in Conan Doyle's original stories; nevertheless, incidental details about his early life and extended families do construct a loose biographical picture of the detective.
.An estimate of Holmes' age in the story "His Last Bow" places his birth around 1854; commonly, the date is cited as 6 January.^ But the story a memorable one was His Last Bow.
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^ Sherlockians have attributed the four novels and fifty-two of the short stories to Watson, "The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier" and "The Adventure of the Lion's Mane" to Sherlock Holmes himself, and "His Last Bow" to Sherlock's elder brother Mycroft.
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^ Discusses the holograph letter dated January 1966 that Adrian Conan Doyle wrote to William S. Baring-Gould concerning Adrian's essay on the real model for Holmes.
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[3] However, on her website, Laurie R. King gives an argument for a younger Holmes, with a birth date somewhere between 1863 and 1868[4].
Holmes states that he first developed his deduction methods while an undergraduate. .The author Dorothy L. Sayers suggested that, given details in two of the Adventures, Holmes must have been at Cambridge rather than Oxford and that "of all the Cambridge colleges, Sidney Sussex [College] perhaps offered the greatest number of advantages to a man in Holmes’ position and, in default of more exact information, we may tentatively place him there".[5] His earliest cases, which he pursued as an amateur, came from fellow university students.^ It was by all accounts more than an adventure with him.
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^ "Was there ever a more exact demonstration?"
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^ May I ask, in the first place, why you came to me at all?” .
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[6] .According to Holmes, it was an encounter with the father of one of his classmates that led him to take up detection as a profession [7] and he spent the six years following university working as a consulting detective, before financial difficulties led him to take Watson as a roommate, at which point the narrative of the stories begins.^ He had begun the work of painting the day before, according to his story.
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^ All his work, as he said, had led up to this: he was at the beginning of his life.
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^ Just ring him up, Watson."
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.From 1881, Holmes is described as having lodgings at 221B Baker Street, London, from where he runs his private detective agency.^ We learn with regret that Mr. Sherlock Holmes, the well-known private detective, was the victim this morning of a murderous assault which has left him in a precarious position.
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^ I wired to Mr. Gregson to run you down in London while I examined Wisteria Lodge.
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^ Private detectives are a class with whom I have absolutely no sympathy, but none the less, having heard your name–” .
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.221B is a flat up seventeen steps, stated in an early manuscript to be at the "upper end" of the road.^ He ran up the flight of steps to the door of the flat, and three times pulled hard at the doorbell.
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^ Anyone who visited Miss Gilchrist first opened the 'close' or street door, and went up a flight of steps to the door of her flat, which she kept double-locked.
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Until the arrival of Dr. Watson, Holmes works alone, only occasionally employing agents from the city's underclass, including a host of informants and a group of street children he calls the Baker Street Irregulars. The Irregulars appear in three stories, "The Sign of the Four", "A Study in Scarlet" and "The Adventure of the Crooked Man".
.Little is said of Holmes' family.^ It is certainly a little untrustworthy,” said Holmes.
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^ And yet, with a little more material, we may prove that they are not insurmountable,” said Holmes.
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^ That, at least, is very easily settled,” said Holmes, lighting his little pocket lantern.
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.His parents are unmentioned in the stories and he merely states that his ancestors were "country squires". In "The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter", Holmes claims that his great-uncle was Vernet, the French artist.^ "My ancestors," says Holmes in Tie Greek Inteipreter, "were country squires."
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^ It is customary to say that he planned twelve short-stories, the same twelve which later comprised The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
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^ I had some vague recollection of an explanation at the time of the Adventure of the Greek Interpreter.
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.He has an older brother, Mycroft, a government official, who appears in three stories;[8] he is mentioned in a number of others.^ But first of all it was necessary to make our arrangements with the faithful negro, who appeared presently on the pinnacle with a number of tins of cocoa and biscuits, which he tossed over to us.
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^ He had no brother who 'was* the British Government; and, barring his brief try at the banjo, he scarcely knew one note of music from another.
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^ The biographer, who risks justified abuse for telling so incomplete a story, can only report that there appears to be no sign of a clue anywhere.
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[9] .Mycroft has a unique civil service position as a kind of memory-man or walking database for all aspects of government policy.^ He was a man of great size, clad in black armor without blazonry or ornament of any kind, for all worldly display was forbidden by the rules of the military brotherhood to which he belonged.
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^ It was a man who walked inside a framework made of bent canes so that he was enclosed on all sides in a bell-shaped cage.
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^ "My lord," said a rough-haired, dark-faced man, who walked by the knight's other stirrup, with his head sloped to catch all that he was saying.
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.Mycroft is described as even more gifted than Sherlock in matters of observation and deduction.^ Even after the change in Government at the end of '16, with David Lloyd George as Prime Minister, a Germany victorious over Rumania loomed more formidable than ever.
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^ "This is a more serious matter than I had expected, Watson," said he.
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^ And in sober evalu- ation lie had far more than an even chance.
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However, he lacks Sherlock's drive and energy, preferring to spend his time at ease in the Diogenes Club, described as "a club for the most un-clubbable men in London."
It's unclear whether Holmes has any other siblings. .In "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches", Holmes says, "I confess that it is not the situation which I should like to see a sister of mine apply for", leading some to suppose the existence of same.^ Like it or not, the CEO should lead by example.
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^ I remember the date very well, for it was in the same month that Holmes refused a knighthood for services which may perhaps some day be described.
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^ He could only say that he would like to see that skull.
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.But he mentions this only to warn a woman in a case, taking her as his sister; therefore, this may be a mere figure of speech.^ "Well, sir," said the guide, "it seemed, if I may be so bold as to say so, the only really clear point in the whole case."
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^ I should prefer that you do not mention my name at all in connection with the case, as I choose to be only associated with those crimes which present some difficulty in their solution.
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^ "This mention of a woman may turn their minds from their pious meditations to worldly and evil thoughts."
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A portrait of Sherlock Holmes by Sidney Paget from the Strand Magazine, 1891 in "The Man with the Twisted Lip".

Life with Dr Watson

Holmes shares the majority of his professional years with his good friend and chronicler Watson, who lives with Holmes for some time before his marriage in 1887, and again after his wife's death; his residence is maintained by his landlady, Mrs. Hudson.
Watson has two roles in Holmes' life. .First, he gives practical assistance in the conduct of his cases; he is the detective's right-hand man, acting variously as look-out, decoy, accomplice and messenger.^ But, above all, he must be a man who could do, who could act, who could look Death in the face and have no fear of him, a man of great deeds and strange experiences.
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^ Of course, this American gentleman is quite right, and I should have taken his advice first, but I acted for the best."
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^ When Conan Doyle first studied the case, we follow only outwardly the conduct of the Glasgow police.
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Second, he is Holmes' chronicler (his "Boswell" as Holmes refers to him). .Most of the Holmes stories are frame narratives, written from Watson's point of view as summaries of the detective's most interesting cases.^ Most interesting,” said Holmes.
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^ Most of the articles on the Canonical tales are written from this point of view.
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^ But the interest of the story, from a biographical point of view, lies elsewhere.
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.Holmes is often described as criticising Watson's writings as sensational and populist, suggesting that they neglect to accurately and objectively report the pure calculating "science" of his craft.^ The article describes his creation of the Holmes/Watson partnership, in the course of developing his writing skills from magazine short stories to full-length novels.
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"Detection is, or ought to be, an exact science and should be treated in the same cold and unemotional manner. .You have attempted to tinge it [A Study in Scarlet] with romanticism, which produces much the same effect as if you worked a love-story...^ On my troth, I felt no great love when I first saw you, but since then I have conceived over much regard for you to wish to see the verderer's flayer at work upon you."
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^ If I didn't LOVE my job and the company I work for, I'd want to come work for you!
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^ Dear Chip, You being who you are is the reason thousands of people who work with/for you respect and, equally important, love you.
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Some facts should be suppressed, or, at least, a just sense of proportion should be observed in treating them. The only point in the case which deserved mention was the curious analytical reasoning from effects to causes, by which I succeeded in unravelling it." [10]
—Sherlock Holmes on Watson's "pamphlet", "A Study in Scarlet".
Nevertheless, Holmes' friendship with Watson is his most significant relationship. .In several stories, Holmes' fondness for Watson—often hidden beneath his cold, intellectual exterior—is revealed.^ If only Conan Doyle (Watson) had written more Sherlock Holmes stories and if only Basil Rathbone had made more Sherlock Holmes films!
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^ The article describes his creation of the Holmes/Watson partnership, in the course of developing his writing skills from magazine short stories to full-length novels.
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^ "Cut out the poetry, Watson," said Holmes severely.
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For instance, in "The Adventure of the Three Garridebs", Watson is wounded in a confrontation with a villain; while the bullet wound proves to be "quite superficial", Watson is moved by Holmes' reaction:
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"It was worth a wound; it was worth many wounds; to know the depth of loyalty and love which lay behind that cold mask.^ It was worth a wound -- it was worth many wounds -- to know the depth of loyalty and love which lay behind that cold mask.
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^ The man was popular; for he had a rough, jovial disposition which formed a mask, covering a great deal which lay behind it.
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.The clear, hard eyes were dimmed for a moment, and the firm lips were shaking.^ The clear, hard eyes were dimmed for a moment, and the firm lips were shaking.
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^ Sir Nigel sprang lightly upon the trunk, and stood with blinking eye and firm lips looking down at the ring of upturned warlike faces.
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^ Samkin, lad, the eye grows dim and the hand less firm as the years pass."
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.For the one and only time I caught a glimpse of a great heart as well as of a great brain.^ For the one and only time I caught a glimpse of a great heart as well as of a great brain.
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^ I can see only two things for certain at present -- a great brain in London, and a dead man in Sussex.
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^ "It is as well," remarked Terlake; "for methinks, my fair lord, that we are not the only ones who are waiting a passage to Gascony.
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All my years of humble but single-minded service culminated in that moment of revelation.
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.In all, Holmes is described as being in active practice for 23 years, with Watson documenting his cases for 17 of them.^ Later Holmes debates the case with Watson.
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^ It happened that at the moment I was clearing up the case which my friend Watson has described as that of the Abbey School, in which the Duke of Greyminster was so deeply involved.
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^ In the meantime, the matter is being actively investigated, Mr. Lestrade, one of the very smartest of our detective officers, being in charge of the case.” .
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[11]

Retirement

.In "His Last Bow", Holmes has retired to a bee farm on the Sussex Downs in 1903–1904, where he takes up the hobby of beekeeping as his primary occupation, eventually producing a "Practical Handbook of Bee Culture, with some Observations upon the Segregation of the Queen". Only one adventure, "The Adventure of the Lion's Mane", which is narrated by Holmes himself as he pursues the case as an amateur, takes place during the detective's retirement, His Last Bow features Holmes and Watson coming out of retirement one last time to aid the War Effort.^ Holmes was up and out early.
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^ I have only one further note of this case.
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^ And when I come again, Laura, it will be the last time mind!
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Habits and personality

.Watson describes Holmes as "bohemian" in habits and lifestyle.^ The article describes his creation of the Holmes/Watson partnership, in the course of developing his writing skills from magazine short stories to full-length novels.
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.According to Watson, Holmes is an eccentric, with no regard for contemporary standards of tidiness or good order.^ "A plea for a little more attention to Sherlock Holmes's great and good friend but with no diminution of attention to Holmes himself or to Watson."
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^ These infernal Scowrers, this cursed vindictive nest of criminals --" "No, no, my good sir," said Holmes.
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^ You've done yourself no good this morning, Mr. Holmes, for I have broken stronger men than you.
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In an early story, Watson describes Holmes thus:
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Although in his methods of thought he was the neatest and most methodical of mankind...[he] keeps his cigars in the coal-scuttle, his tobacco in the toe end of a Persian slipper, and his unanswered correspondence transfixed by a jack-knife into the very centre of his wooden mantelpiece...^ Now it need not be stated, even with a suppressed grin, that he himself did not take cocaine, did not fire revolvers indoors, did not keep cigars in the coal-scuttle.
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^ I am sure that I am most sorry if I frightened or disturbed you, but I have been a very solitary man for a long time, and I have dropped into a bad habit of thinking aloud.
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^ The pipe runs out into the strong-room, as you can see, and ends in that plaster rose in the centre of the ceiling, where it is concealed by the ornamentation.
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.He had a horror of destroying documents...Thus month after month his papers accumulated, until every corner of the room was stacked with bundles of manuscript which were on no account to be burned, and which could not be put away save by their owner.^ Thus month after month his papers accumulated, until every corner of the room was stacked with hundles of manuscript which were on no account to be burned, and which could not be put away save by their owner."
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^ There could be no getting away from it.
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^ There was no book, no paper, no means by which he could have amused himself, nothing but a razor-strop lying on the window-sill.
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[6]
.What appears to others as chaos, however, is to Holmes a wealth of useful information.^ I had, however, given thought as to how others at my company use social media, and this is where the whole thing gets a little messy.
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.Throughout the stories, Holmes would dive into his apparent mess of random papers and artifacts, only to retrieve precisely the specific document or eclectic item he was looking for.^ "Yes," Holmes answered, "you need not pain yourself by entering into that part of the story.
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^ I leaned on Holmes's arm, and together we looked down into the small cellar which had been disclosed by the secret flap.
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^ Suppose that Cadogan West wished to make his way into the building after hours; he would need three keys, would he not, before he could reach the papers?” .
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Watson frequently makes note of Holmes' erratic eating habits. The detective is often described as starving himself at times of intense intellectual activity, such as during "The Adventure of the Norwood Builder" where, according to Watson:
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[Holmes] had no breakfast for himself, for it was one of his peculiarities that in his more intense moments he would permit himself no food, and I have known him to presume upon his iron strength until he has fainted from pure inanition.^ No one else would have done better.
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^ "You would arrest him upon that?"
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^ And no more of MgeFs disappointments, for the moment!
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His chronicler does not consider Holmes' habitual use of a pipe, or his less-frequent use of cigarettes and cigars, a vice. .Nor does Watson condemn Holmes' willingness to bend the truth or break the law on behalf of a client (e.g., lying to the police, concealing evidence or breaking into houses) where he feels it morally justifiable.^ Sherlock Holmes was threatened with a prosecution for burglary, but when an object is good and a client is sufficiently illustrious, even the rigid British law becomes human and elastic.
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^ Why are they lying, and what is the truth which they are trying so hard to conceal?
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^ I feel that as long as you're not breaking the law...you're good!
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[13] .Even so, it is obvious that Watson has stricter limits than Holmes, and occasionally berated Holmes for creating a "poisonous atmosphere" of tobacco smoke [14].^ Late that evening, as we sat together smoking our pipes in the village inn, Holmes gave me a brief review of what had passed.
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^ "I came early because my friends, Mr. Holmes and Dr. Watson, have been persuaded to come down and spend an evening with us."
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^ I think, Watson, that I shall resume that course of tobacco-poisoning which you have so often and so justly condemned,” said he.
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Holmes himself references Watson's moderation in The Adventure of the Devil's Foot, saying "I think, Watson, that I shall resume that course of tobacco-poisoning which you have so often and so justly condemned." Watson also did not condone Holmes' plans when they manipulated innocent people, such as when he toyed with a young woman's heart in The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton.
.Holmes is portrayed as a patriot, acting on behalf of the government in matters of national security in a number of stories.^ Also typed copies of a number of MSS. including "The Man Who was Wanted'' (Sherlock Holmes story never published).
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^ I suppose you realize, Mr. Sherlock Holmes,” said he, “that if your government bears you out in this treatment it becomes an act of war.” .
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[15] .He also carries out counter-intelligence work in His Last Bow, set at the beginning of WWI.^ It was a relief to me when at last, after a light dinner, we set out upon our expedition.
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^ But alas that work so well organized and boldly carried out should all have gone for nothing!
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As shooting practice, the detective adorned the wall of his Baker Street lodgings with "VR" (Victoria Regina) in bullet pocks made by his pistol.[6]
.Holmes has an ego that at times borders on arrogant, albeit with justification; he draws pleasure from baffling police inspectors with his superior deductions.^ In less time than he had named, however, Holmes was back, in company with a smart young police inspector.
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^ "For the time," said the inspector, and Holmes nodded.
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He does not seek fame, however, and is usually content to allow the police to take public credit for his work. .It's often only when Watson publishes his stories that Holmes' role in the case becomes apparent.^ Later Holmes debates the case with Watson.
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^ The obvious is obvious only when it has happened, as Dr. Watson so often discovered.
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^ The Return of Sherlock Holmes had recently been published by George Newnes, after the stories' 'Strand' appearance from October, '03, to Decem- ber, '04.
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.Holmes is pleased when he is recognised for having superior skills and responds to flattery, as Watson remarks, as a girl does upon her beauty.^ Miss Brenda Tregennis had been a very beautiful girl, though now verging upon middle age.
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^ Not only does he smash the cocaine-bottle when Holmes wants it, but he assumes insuffer- ably arrogant airs in speaking to Watson.
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^ "I've got him thoroughly frightened for his own skin, Watson," Holmes remarked as we walked on.
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Holmes' demeanour is presented as dispassionate and cold. Yet when in the midst of an adventure, Holmes can sparkle with remarkable passion. .He has a flair for showmanship and will prepare elaborate traps to capture and expose a culprit, often to impress Watson or one of the Scotland Yard inspectors.^ Well, well, Inspector, I often ventured to chaff you gentlemen of the police force, but Cyanea capillata very nearly avenged Scotland Yard."
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^ It was an old acquaintance, Inspector Morton, of Scotland Yard, dressed in unofficial tweeds.
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[17]
Holmes is a loner and does not strive to make friends. He attributes his solitary ways to his particular interests and his mopey disposition. .In the Adventure of Gloria Scott, he tells Watson that during two years at college, he made only one friend, Victor Trevor.^ Tell him only one thing.
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^ Only two hours, Watson.
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^ It happened, however, that my own affairs needed a lot of straightening out, after two years' absence, and so it is only this week that I have been able to take up Godfrey's case again.
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.Holmes says, "I was never a very sociable fellow, Watson, always rather fond of moping in my rooms and working out my own little methods of thought, so that I never mixed much with the men of my year...^ It never works out to mix business with pleasure.
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^ I never gave a thought to my toilet.
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^ "My dear Holmes, it is out of the question."
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my line of study was quite distinct from that of the other fellows, so that we had no points of contact at all." He is similarly described in A Study in Scarlet as difficult to draw out by young Stamford. .Holmes also warns Watson, at their first meeting in A Study in Scarlet, that he gets "in the dumps at times," and doesn't open his "mouth for days on end."^ From the opening chapter, with its noble Holmes-Watson dialogue, to the solution of the crime in the study, the reader is told every vital clue.
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^ In his hospital Fazenda we spent our time until the day when we were empowered to open the letter of instructions given to us by Professor Challenger.
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^ But at Undershaw, for the first time in exactly four years, he could work in a study of his own.
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Personal appearance

.In matters of personal hygiene, by contrast, Holmes is described in The Hound of the Baskervilles as having a "cat-like" love of personal cleanliness.^ What is more, we are angered to find that Sherlock Holmes himself has stooped to the indignity of having a waiting-room full of clients, like a dentist.
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^ He does not, for instance, love his Sherlock Holmes stories -- which are, of course, the only things he is likely to be remembered by.'"
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.This in no way appears to hinder his intensely practical pursuit of his profession, however; in the first Holmes story, A Study in Scarlet, his hands are discoloured with acid stains and Holmes uses drops of his own blood to conduct experiments in chemistry and forensics.^ Most of his six Holmes stories had been used.
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^ When Conan Doyle first studied the case, we follow only outwardly the conduct of the Glasgow police.
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^ It was in 1891 that "A Scandal in Bohemia," the first of the long series of short stories, appeared in The Strand Magazine.
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Use of drugs

Holmes occasionally uses addictive drugs, especially when lacking stimulating cases. .He is a habitual user of cocaine, which he injects in a seven-per-cent solution using a special syringe that he keeps in a leather case.^ This per- sonage stated that the British had habitually used Dum-Dum bullets.
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Holmes is also an occasional user of morphine, but expressed strong disapproval on visiting an opium den. .The 2002 movie Sherlock: Case of Evil depicts him using heroin, though that never appears in the original stories.^ "I know him well, though we have never met / Nor crossed the stage of time in unison.
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^ Originally, as he told J. E. Hodder Williams, it had never entered Conan Doyle's head to use Sherlock Holmes when he planned the story at Cromer.
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^ "Plot for a Sherlock Holmes Story" (never written).
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.All these drugs were legal in late-19th-century England.^ I shall not dare to publish these articles unless I can bring back my proofs to England, or I shall be hailed as the journalistic Munchausen of all time.
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.Both Watson and Holmes are serial tobacco users, including cigarettes, cigars and pipes.^ "There is an appalling directness about your questions, Watson," said Holmes, shaking his pipe at me.
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^ Holmes goes on and on about it until both Watson and the reader be- come desperate.
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^ Upon my word, Watson!” said Holmes at last with an unsteady voice, “I owe you both my thanks and an apology.
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.Indeed, Holmes is expert at identifying tobacco ash residues, having penned a monograph on the subject.^ In last year’s Anthropological Journal you will find two short monographs from my pen upon the subject.
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Dr. Watson strongly disapproves of his friend's cocaine habit, describing it as the detective's "only vice," and expressing concern over its possible effect on Holmes' mental health and superior intellect.[18][19] .In later stories, Watson claims to have "weaned" Holmes off drugs.^ Later Holmes debates the case with Watson.
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^ It is customary to say that he planned twelve short-stories, the same twelve which later comprised The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
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^ A refutation of Dr. Rosenbach's claim ( DA3960 ) that Doyle used his crime library as a source of reference when writing the Sherlock Holmes stories.
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.Even so, according to his doctor friend, Holmes remains an addict whose habit is "not dead, but merely sleeping."^ "I came early because my friends, Mr. Holmes and Dr. Watson, have been persuaded to come down and spend an evening with us."
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[20]

Financial affairs

Holmes in his bed from The Adventure of the Dying Detective
.Although he initially needed Watson to share the rent of his comfortable residence at 221B Baker Street, Watson reveals in "The Adventure of the Dying Detective", when Holmes was living alone, that "I have no doubt that the house might have been purchased at the price which Holmes paid for his rooms," suggesting he had developed a good income from his practice, although it is seldom revealed exactly how much he charges for his services.^ I have no doubt that the house might have been purchased at the price which Holmes paid for his rooms during the years that I was with him.
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^ I don't take much stock of detectives in novels -- chaps that do things and never let you see how they do them.
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^ It was pleasant to Dr. Watson to find himself once more in the untidy room of the first floor in Baker Street which had been the starting-point of so many remarkable adventures.
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.In "A Scandal in Bohemia", he is paid the staggering sum of one thousand pounds (300 in gold and 700 in notes) as advance payment for "present expenses". In "The Problem of Thor Bridge" he avers: "My professional charges are upon a fixed scale.^ "My professional charges are upon a fixed scale," said Holmes coldly.
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^ "He tells me that my charity has done more harm than good, and in fact, that I have had an evil influence upon every one whom I have come near.
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^ We were all of one mind that it was best to have the ten thousand with the curse; but in some way they prevailed upon Sir John, so that we were blest and shriven against our will.
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.I do not vary them, save when I remit them altogether..."^ "I do not vary them, save when I remit them altogether."
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[21]
.This is said in a context where a client is offering to double his fees; however, it is likely that rich clients provided Holmes a remuneration greatly in excess of his standard fee.^ What is more, we are angered to find that Sherlock Holmes himself has stooped to the indignity of having a waiting-room full of clients, like a dentist.
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^ The feedback I got was that it looked like I was setting a double standard by creating a policy for everyone at the company except me.
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^ "The feedback I got was that it looked like I was setting a double standard by creating a policy for everyone at the company except me."
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.For example, in "The Adventure of the Final Problem", Holmes states that his services to the government of France and the royal house of Scandinavia had left him with enough money to retire comfortably, while in "The Adventure of Black Peter", Watson notes that Holmes would refuse to help the wealthy and powerful if their cases did not interest him, while he could devote weeks at a time to the cases of the most humble clients.^ This time it did dishearten him.
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^ But they would have had him in any case.
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^ "I think it would interest you, Holmes.
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.Holmes also tells Watson, in "A Case of Identity", of a golden snuff box received from the King of Bohemia after "A Scandal in Bohemia" and a fabulous ring from the Dutch royal family; in "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans", Holmes receives an emerald tie-pin from Queen Victoria.^ Later Holmes debates the case with Watson.
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^ Also quoted is a conversation between Doyle and a Boston cabbie in which the observant cabman tells him how he used Holmes's methods to deduce the identity of the famous author.
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^ It is customary to say that he planned twelve short-stories, the same twelve which later comprised The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
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.Other mementos of Holmes' cases are a gold sovereign from Irene Adler ("A Scandal in Bohemia") and an autographed letter of thanks from the French President and a Legion of Honour for tracking down an assassin named Huret ("The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez").^ One of five great discoverers, Sherlock Holmes tracked down Sir A. Conan Doyle who was "pottering about in comparative literary obscurity."
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^ The author relates an adventure while tracking down Doyle's grave for his book, Who's Buried Where in England .
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^ French soldier, with a hoarse roar of laughter, "it is well that I should ride with my vizor down, for he that has once seen my face does not need to be told my name.
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.In "The Adventure of the Priory School", Holmes "rubs his hands with glee" when the Duke of Holdernesse notes the sum, which surprises even Watson, and then pats the cheque, saying "I am a poor man," an incident that could be dismissed as Holmes' tendency toward ironic humour.^ Holmes chuckled and rubbed his hands.
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^ Holmes rubbed his hands.
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^ Holmes smiled and rubbed his hands.
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.Certainly, in the course of his career Holmes had worked for both the most powerful monarchs and governments of Europe (including his own) and various wealthy aristocrats and industrialists, and had also been consulted by impoverished pawnbrokers and humble governesses on the lower rungs of society.^ I allude, of course to his working career.
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^ As its soft rhythm died away, Holmes set to work upon the lower door.
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^ The facts, as you state them, are certainly most remarkable,” said Holmes.
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.Holmes has been known to charge clients for his expenses, and to claim any reward that might be offered for the solution's problem: he says in "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" that Miss Stoner may pay any expenses he may be put to, and requests that the bank in "The Red-Headed League" remunerate him for the money he spent solving the case.^ As to what you say, Robert, you may be right or you may be wrong, but I certainly shall not give Mr. Raffles Haw or anyone else the money without Hector's express command."
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^ I dare say that we may say five millions, for I have not counted the odd money."
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^ He drew back with horror as he dimly saw that vast problems faced him in which he might make errors which all his money could not repair.
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.Holmes has his wealthy banker client in "The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet" pay him for the costs of recovering the stolen gems, and also claims the reward the banker had put for their recovery.^ "Get him out of England at any cost," wrote Holmes to the wife.
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Relationships with women

.The only woman to impress Holmes was Irene Adler, who was always referred to by Holmes as "the woman". Holmes himself is never directly quoted as using this term—even though he does mention her actual name several times in other cases.^ Holmes does not even appear in it.
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^ Even your name need not be mentioned.
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^ He, Mr. Shaw, had been quoting only the first evidence thereby ballet-dancing over the fact that he himself had used both first and later evidence to ridicule his quarry in the original letter.
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Adler is one of the few women who are mentioned in multiple Holmes stories, though she actually appears in person in only one, "A Scandal in Bohemia".
.In one story, "The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton", Holmes is engaged to be married, but only with the motivation of gaining information for his case.^ "We were engaged to be married, and we only kept it secret because Fitzroy's uncle, who is very old and said to be dying, might have disinherited him if he had married against his wish.
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^ "It is only for the young lady's sake that I touch your case at all," said Holmes sternly.
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^ Innes was not the only one who looked forward to this newly written story of Brigadier Gerard, which has been called both Tlie Crime of the Brigadier and How the Brigadier Slew the Fox.
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.He demonstrates clear interest in several of the more charming female clients that come his way (in particular, Violet Hunter in "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches").^ You are a collector this set has come your way, you have heard of the Baron's interest in the subject, and you are not averse to selling at a price."
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^ I have known a severe attack make a man walk in just such a way, and nothing would be more trying to the temper."
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^ So the golden hair of the Ma'am's devising became the less spectacular chestnut hair of Miss Violet Hunter; fat Mr. Jephro Rucastle smiled and smiled in his ugly whitewashed house; and Conan Doyle ended the series with Tie Adventure of the Copper Beeches.
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.Holmes inevitably "manifested no further interest in the client when once she had ceased to be the centre of one of his problems."^ "The problem is certainly a very interesting one.
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^ As for Jean, aside from her fondness for music and animals and gardening, she had only one interest in life: her husband, who could do no wrong.
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^ Holmes asked no further question, and Barker, with a deliberate look from one to the other of us, which had, as it seemed to me, something of defiance in it, turned and left the room.
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.Holmes found their youth, beauty, and energy (and the cases they brought to him) invigorating, as distinct to any romantic interest.^ But they would have had him in any case.
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^ Holmes had read carefully a note which the last post had brought him.
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^ But the most terrible human tragedies were often involved in those cases which brought him the fewest personal opportunities, and it is one of these which I now desire to record.
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.These episodes show Holmes possesses a degree of charm, yet, apart from the case of Adler, there is no indication of a serious or long-term interest.^ "There is no indication to that effect.
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^ "There were no signs, Mr. Holmes.
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^ These devils would give me no rest so long as I was above ground; but if they saw in the papers that Baldwin had got his man, there would be an end of all my troubles.
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Watson states that Holmes has an "aversion to women" but "a peculiarly ingratiating way with [them]." .Holmes states, "I am not a whole-souled admirer of womankind"; in fact, he finds "the motives of women...^ The facts, as you state them, are certainly most remarkable,” said Holmes.
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so inscrutable... .How can you build on such quicksand?^ "How can you sing such things?"
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^ "I was fortunate enough to discover by your conversation how high a ground you take in such matters, and how entirely disinterested you are.
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^ How could you expose yourself to such humiliation?"
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Their most trivial actions may mean volumes... their most extraordinary conduct may depend upon a hairpin." However, as Doyle remarked to muse Joseph Bell, "Holmes is as inhuman as a Babbage's calculating machine and just about as likely to fall in love".
.A further point of interest in Holmes' relationships with women is that the only joy he derives from their company is the problems they bring to him to solve.^ I have to study him, I assure you.” They had strolled out on to the terrace again, and along it to the further end where at a touch from the Baron’s chauffeur the great car shivered and chuckled.
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^ Twice already in his career had Holmes helped him to attain success, his own sole reward being the intellectual joy of the problem.
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^ The only joy which his costly possessions had ever brought him was that which came from the entertainment of others.
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.In The Sign of the Four, Watson quotes Holmes as being "an automaton, a calculating machine," and Holmes is quoted as saying, "It is of the first importance, not to allow your judgement to be biased by personal qualities.^ Does he insist, like Holmes and Watson, that Holmes is an emotionless calculating- machine?
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^ If this was truly a personal facebook account that you intended to be shared with friends & family to share your personal life then I?d say ?
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^ Against the familiar Baker Street background, there emerges an efflulgent Watson who has just become engaged to Mary Morstan from The Sign of the Four.
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A client is to me a mere unit, -- a factor in a problem. The emotional qualities are antagonistic to clear reasoning. .I assure you that the most winning woman I ever knew was hanged for poisoning three little children for their insurance-money..."^ I assure you that I little thought when I left my professional chair in London that it was for the purpose of heading a raid of savages upon a colony of anthropoid apes."
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^ Cummings here would assure you that all the cards are at present against us, and that we must do everything that is possible if we are to win clear.
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^ I assure you that our most pan- Germanic Junker is a sucking dove in his feelings towards England as compared with a real bitter Irish-American.” .
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.This references Holmes' lack of interest in relationships with women in general, and clients in particular, as Watson states that "there is something positively inhuman in you at times."^ "I think it would interest you, Holmes.
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^ Do you observe something there?"
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^ Now, Watson, I want you to do something for me."
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At the end of "The Adventure of the Devil's Foot", Holmes states: "I have never loved, Watson, but if I did and if the woman I loved had met such an end, I might act as our lawless lion-hunter had done." In the story, the explorer Dr Sterndale had killed the man who murdered his beloved, Brenda Tregennis, to exact a revenge which the law could not provide. Watson writes in "The Adventure of the Dying Detective" that Mrs Hudson is fond of Holmes in her own way, despite his bothersome eccentricities as a lodger, owing to his "remarkable gentleness and courtesy in his dealings with women." Again in The Sign of the Four, Watson quotes Holmes as saying, "I would not tell them too much. Women are never to be entirely trusted, -- not the best of them." .Watson notes that while he dislikes and distrusts them, he is nonetheless a "chivalrous opponent."^ He disliked and distrusted the sex, but he was always a chivalrous opponent.
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Methods of detection

Holmesian deduction

.Holmes' primary intellectual detection method is deductive reasoning of the solution to a crime.^ A short biography of Doyle with an emphasis on his education, medical career, and the "diagnostic method of detection of crime" of his chief literary character.
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^ From the opening chapter, with its noble Holmes-Watson dialogue, to the solution of the crime in the study, the reader is told every vital clue.
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^ Contains information about detective fiction and Doyle's crime library which the author believed was "the actual reference library used by Conan Doyle in the creation of his immortal detective, Sherlock Holmes."
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[22] "From a drop of water," he writes, "a logician could infer the possibility of an Atlantic or a Niagara without having seen or heard of one or the other."[23] Holmes stories often begin with a bravura display of his talent for "deduction". It is of some interest to logicians and those interested in logic to try to analyse just what Holmes is doing when he performs his deduction. .Holmesian deduction appears to consist primarily of drawing inferences based on either straightforward practical principles—which are the result of careful inductive study, such as Holmes's study of different kinds of cigar ashes or inference to the best explanation.^ As a matter of cold fact, Holmes made his debut in A Study in Scarlet and in The Sign of Four, two small booklets which appeared between 1887 and 1889.
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[24][25][26] In fact, one quote often heard from Holmes is "When you remove the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth".
.Holmes' straightforward practical principles are generally of the form, "If 'p', then 'q'," where 'p' is observed evidence and 'q' is what the evidence indicates.^ "Art in the blood/' observes Sherlock Holmes dryly, "is liable to take the strangest forms/* John Doyle and his four sons would have bowed agree- ment.
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^ Now we have at last obtained permission to ventilate the facts which formed one of the very last cases handled by Holmes before his retirement from practice.
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^ "I'll show you a grim little bit of evidence," said Holmes, "and I am sure Amberley himself never observed it.
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.But there are also, as may be observed in the following example, intermediate principles.^ Yet, as there are many of us, and as the service may not be to the liking of all, I pray that those will step forward from the ranks who have the will to follow me."
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.In "A Scandal in Bohemia" Holmes deduces that Watson had got very wet lately and that he had "a most clumsy and careless servant girl."^ But it is now history how the young doctor, through his very able literary agent, A. P. Watt, sent to the 'Strand' a short-story called A Scandal in Bohemia.
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^ But, whatever this book may prove about Holmes and Watson, it throws a very clear light on the thoughts of the man who created them.
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^ With your leave or without it, Mr. Holmes, I am going for a doctor this very hour,’ said I. ‘Let it be Watson, then,’ said he.
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When Watson, in amazement, asks how Holmes knows this, Holmes answers:
It is simplicity itself... .My eyes tell me that on the inside of your left shoe, just where the firelight strikes it, the leather is scored by six almost parallel cuts.^ "I should think you must feel quite stifled in it after your grand mansion, of which my son tells me such wonders.
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^ "When I saw your four legs above the bush I could scarce credit my own eyes.
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^ My heart was nigh broke, for it seemed that I had left all that was English behind me, and that I would never set eyes upon Norwich market square again."
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.Obviously they have been caused by someone who has very carelessly scraped round the edges of the sole in order to remove crusted mud from it.^ It was not the politicians who had caused mess and mud- dle in this war; it was the original gold-lace Army Group.
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^ Gazing over the edge, they looked down upon the horrible destruction which had been caused by the explosion.
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^ They found a pair of blue serge trousers, stained with black mud round the lower edges.
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.Hence, you see, my double deduction that you had been out in vile weather, and that you had a particularly malignant boot-slitting specimen of the London slavey.^ I thought I should see you out."
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^ Oh, you will see it out, will you?
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^ If you prevaricate or trifle with me, I give you my assurance that the matter will pass out of my hands forever.” .
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In this case, Holmes employed several connected principles:
  • If leather on the side of a shoe is scored by several parallel cuts, it was caused by someone who scraped around the edges of the sole in order to remove crusted mud.
  • If a London doctor's shoes are scraped to remove crusted mud, the person who so scraped them is the doctor's servant girl.
  • If someone cuts a shoe while scraping it to remove encrusted mud, that person is clumsy and careless.
  • If someone's shoes had encrusted mud on them, then they are likely to have been with him in the rain therefore that person is likely to be an associate.
By applying such principles in an obvious way (using repeated applications of modus ponens), Holmes is able to infer that:
."The sides of Watson's shoes are scored by several parallel cuts"; to "Watson's servant girl is clumsy and careless"; and "Watson has been very wet lately and has been out in vile weather."^ "Cut out the poetry, Watson," said Holmes severely.
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^ They had cut out all his 'damns/ Meanwhile, amazed and inspired, he dashed oS several more stories.
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.Deductive reasoning allows Holmes to impressively reveal a stranger's occupation, such as a Retired Sergeant of Marines in A Study in Scarlet; a former ship's carpenter turned pawnbroker in "The Red-Headed League"; and a billiard-marker and a retired artillery NCO in "The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter". Similarly, by studying inanimate objects, Holmes is able to make astonishingly detailed deductions about their owners, including Watson's pocket-watch in "The Sign of the Four," as well as a hat,[27] a pipe,[28] and a walking stick[29] in other stories.^ "My lord," said a rough-haired, dark-faced man, who walked by the knight's other stirrup, with his head sloped to catch all that he was saying.
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^ He was a man of huge stature, dark-eyed and red-headed, with a peculiar half-humorous, half-defiant expression upon his bold, well-marked features.
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^ Walking on tiptoe round the bushes, he stood in amazement to see two men bounding about on their heads, while they played, the one a viol and the other a pipe, as merrily and as truly as though they were seated in a choir.
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.Once he has amassed a large body of evidence and deduced a number of possible explanations, Holmes proceeds to find the one explanation that fits all the facts of the case to produce a solution.^ Once again I could not get the theory to fit the facts.
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^ So roguish and exquisite did she look as she stood before us with a challenging smile that I felt of all Holmes's criminals this was the one whom he would find it hardest to face.
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^ In that case there would be explanations, and my attempt would no longer be all my own.
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.As Holmes explains to Watson, "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."^ "That process," said I, "starts upon the supposition that when you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
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^ You must admit, my dear Watson, that the idea of a joke is impossible.
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^ Why, surely, as a doctor, my dear Watson, you must admit that what your digestion gains in the way of blood supply is so much lost to the brain.
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Disguise

Holmes displays a strong aptitude for acting and disguise. In several stories, he adopts disguises to gather evidence while 'under cover' so convincing that even Watson fails to penetrate them, such as in "The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton", "The Man with the Twisted Lip" and "A Scandal in Bohemia". In other adventures, Holmes feigns being wounded or ill to give effect to his case, or to incriminate those involved, as in "The Adventure of the Dying Detective."

Weapons and martial arts

Pistols
Holmes and Watson carry pistols with them; in the case of Watson often his old service revolver. .However, Watson only describes these weapons as being used on seven occasions.^ "But if these injuries are as terrible as Dr. Watson describes, then surely our purpose of thwarting the marriage is sufficiently gained without the use of this horrible book."
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^ These improvised guns, first used at the end of the Battle of Lombard's Kop, were as yet Whitehall's only answer to the Boers' Creusots and Krupps.
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[30]
Holmes brandishing a weapon.
Cane
Holmes, as a gentleman, often carries a stick or cane. .He is described by Watson as an expert at singlestick, and twice uses his cane as a weapon.^ "But if these injuries are as terrible as Dr. Watson describes, then surely our purpose of thwarting the marriage is sufficiently gained without the use of this horrible book."
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[31]
Sword
In "A Study in Scarlet" Watson describes Holmes as an expert with a sword—although none of the stories have Holmes using a sword.[32] It is mentioned in "Gloria Scott" that Holmes practised fencing.
Riding crop
In several stories, Holmes appears equipped with a riding crop and in "A Case of Identity" comes close to thrashing a swindler with it. .Using a "hunting crop," Holmes knocks a pistol from John Clay's hand in "The Red-Headed League.^ "To the devil with your tricks," said John, opening and shutting his great red hands.
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^ There was a crash as Holmes's pistol came down on the man's head.
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^ Originally, as he told J. E. Hodder Williams, it had never entered Conan Doyle's head to use Sherlock Holmes when he planned the story at Cromer.
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In the Six Napoleons it is described as his favourite weapon - he uses it to break open one of the plaster busts.
Fist-fighting
Holmes is described as a formidable bare-knuckle fighter. In The Sign of the Four, Holmes introduces himself to a prize-fighter as:
"The amateur who fought three rounds with you at Alison's rooms on the night of your benefit four years back." McMurdo responds by saying, "Ah, you're one that has wasted your gifts, you have! You might have aimed high, if you had joined the fancy."
Holmes engages in hand to hand combat with his adversaries on occasions throughout the stories, inevitably emerging the victor.[33] It is mentioned also in "Gloria Scott" that Holmes trained as a boxer.
Martial arts
"The Adventure of the Empty House", Holmes recounts to Watson how he used martial arts to overcome .Professor Moriarty and fling his adversary to his death at the Reichenbach Falls.^ So Professor Moriarty waited by the black rock; the falls of Reichenbach opened; and, with a happy sigh of relief, he killed Sherlock Holmes.
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He states, "I have some knowledge, however, of baritsu, or the Japanese system of wrestling, which has more than once been very useful to me." The name "baritsu" appears to be a reference to the real-life martial art of bartitsu.

Knowledge and skills

Sherlock Holmes (right) and Dr Watson, by Sidney Paget.
.In the very first story, A Study in Scarlet, something of Holmes' background is given.^ In the meantime, while he waited for A Study in Scarlet to be published, he would show himself as something better than a writer of glorified shilling dreadfuls.
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^ You will find that Holmes was never dead, and that he is now very much alive/' The first four stories he wrote, Empty House, Norwood Builder, Dancing Men, and Solitary Cyclist, he considered crucial.
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^ THE LIFE OF Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 165 But the first four Holmes stories, In what he called his new manner, reasonably satisfied him.
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.In early 1881, he is presented as an independent student of chemistry with a variety of very curious side interests, almost all of which turn out to be single-mindedly bent towards making him superior at solving crimes.^ Turn him out!'
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^ You are all turning your brains towards getting into this country.
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^ In a single month I seemed to see my gallant boy turn into a worn-out cynical man."
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.(When he appears for the first time, he is crowing with delight at having invented a new method for detecting bloodstains; in other stories he indulges in recreational home-chemistry experiments, sometimes filling the rooms with foul-smelling vapors.^ It was in 1891 that "A Scandal in Bohemia," the first of the long series of short stories, appeared in The Strand Magazine.
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^ "I was delighted," he wrote, "with the room of Horrors, and the images of the murderers?* It is interesting to note that Madame Tussaud's, at this time and for ten years afterwards, was situated in Baker Street.
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^ And he stressed it again, with his tribute to the inventor of the detective-story among other things, when he took the chair at the Hotel Mtropole dinner to honour the centenary year of Poe's birth.
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) .An early story, "The Adventure of the Gloria Scott", presents more background on what influenced Holmes to become a detective: a college friend's father richly complimented his deductive skills.^ ShortyStories.com presents best short story collection on the web!We have more than 2000 stories from world's best authors.Read, enjoy and give your comments!
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^ An acute observer might, however, have detected some signs of dissent amid the applause, and gathered that the proceedings were likely to become more lively than harmonious.
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^ "A plea for a little more attention to Sherlock Holmes's great and good friend but with no diminution of attention to Holmes himself or to Watson."
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Holmes maintains strict adherence to scientific methods, and focuses on logic and the powers of observation and deduction.
.Holmes also makes use of popular pseudoscientific methods: in one story he infers from the large size of a man's hat that the owner is intelligent and intellectually inclined, on the grounds that “a man with so large a brain must have something in it.” ("The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle").^ Man must live for something.
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^ Most of his six Holmes stories had been used.
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^ Also quoted is a conversation between Doyle and a Boston cabbie in which the observant cabman tells him how he used Holmes's methods to deduce the identity of the famous author.
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.In A Study in Scarlet, Holmes claims he does not know that the Earth revolves around the sun, as such information is irrelevant to his work.^ Ford and Edricson gazed around them in amazement, for never had they seen such magnificent works of art.
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^ "You know such a lot, Mr. Holmes, perhaps you had better tell us some more," he sneered.
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Directly after having heard that fact from Watson, he says he will immediately try to forget it. .He says he believes that the mind has a finite capacity for information storage, and so learning useless things would merely reduce his ability to learn useful things.^ Perhaps you would have the kindness to spare me half an hour, for there are one or two things that I badly want to say to you."
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^ I said above that your post is insightful, but I meant that it provides some insight into a narcissistic mind which believes that it can decide for others what is and what is not a useful discussion.
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^ If he honestly believed these things, he would have to tell his relatives so.
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Dr Watson subsequently assesses Holmes' abilities thus:
  1. Knowledge of Literature — Nothing.
  2. Knowledge of Philosophy — Nothing.
  3. Knowledge of Astronomy — Nothing.
  4. Knowledge of Politics — Feeble.
  5. Knowledge of Botany — Variable. Well up in belladonna, opium and poisons generally. Knows nothing of practical gardening.
  6. Knowledge of Geology — Practical, but limited. Tells at a glance different soils from each other. .After walks, has shown me splashes upon his trousers, and told me by their colour and consistence in what part of London he had received them.
  7. Knowledge of Chemistry — Profound.
  8. Knowledge of Anatomy — Accurate, but unsystematic.
  9. Knowledge of Sensational Literature — Immense.^ Silvery dew-like drops had indeed begun to form upon the dull-coloured mass, and to drop with a tinkle and splash into the glass troughs.
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    ^ Laura, on the other hand, leaned forward, her lips parted, drinking in her brother's words with a glow of colour upon either cheek.
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    He appears to know every detail of every horror perpetrated in the century.
  10. Plays the violin well.
  11. Is an expert singlestick player, boxer and swordsman.
  12. Has a good practical knowledge of British law.
.However, even at the very end of A Study in Scarlet itself, it is shown that Holmes knows Latin and needs no translation of Roman epigrams in the original—though knowledge of the language would be of dubious direct utility for detective work.^ There is William J. Burns, the American detective, explaining the working of the Detectaphone and plying his host with questions about Sherlock Holmes.
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^ In the meantime, while he waited for A Study in Scarlet to be published, he would show himself as something better than a writer of glorified shilling dreadfuls.
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^ "No doubt, sir, a limited knowledge would have that effect.
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Later stories also contradict the list. Despite Holmes' supposed ignorance of politics, in "A Scandal in Bohemia" he immediately recognises the true identity of the supposed "Count von Kramm". Regarding non-sensational literature, his speech is replete with references to the Bible, Shakespeare, even Goethe.
.Moreover, in "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans" Watson reports that in November 1895, "Holmes lost himself in a monograph which he had undertaken upon the Polyphonic Motets of Lassus"—a most esoteric field, for which Holmes would have had to "clutter his memory" with an enormous amount of information which had absolutely nothing to do with crime-fighting—knowledge so extensive that his monograph was regarded "the last word" on the subject.^ I remember that during the whole of that memorable day he lost himself in a monograph which he had undertaken upon the Polyphonic Motets of Lassus.
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^ Sherlockians have attributed the four novels and fifty-two of the short stories to Watson, "The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier" and "The Adventure of the Lion's Mane" to Sherlock Holmes himself, and "His Last Bow" to Sherlock's elder brother Mycroft.
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^ It is customary to say that he planned twelve short-stories, the same twelve which later comprised The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
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[34] The later stories abandon the notion that Holmes did not want to know anything unless it had immediate relevance for his profession; in the second chapter of The Valley of Fear, Holmes instead declares that "all knowledge comes useful to the detective", and near the end of "The Adventure of the Lion's Mane", he describes himself as "an omnivorous reader with a strangely retentive memory for trifles".
Holmes is also a competent cryptanalyst. He relates to Watson, "I am fairly familiar with all forms of secret writing, and am myself the author of a trifling monograph upon the subject, in which I analyse one hundred and sixty separate ciphers." One such scheme is solved using frequency analysis in "The Adventure of the Dancing Men".
Holmes' analysis of physical evidence is both scientific and precise. .His methods include the use of latent prints such as footprints, hoof prints and bicycle tracks to identify actions at a crime scene (A Study in Scarlet, "The Adventure of Silver Blaze", "The Adventure of the Priory School", The Hound of the Baskervilles, "The Boscombe Valley Mystery"), the use of tobacco ashes and cigarette butts to identify criminals ("The Adventure of the Resident Patient", The Hound of the Baskervilles), the comparison of typewritten letters to expose a fraud ("A Case of Identity"), the use of gunpowder residue to expose two murderers ("The Adventure of the Reigate Squire"), bullet comparison from two crime scenes ("The Adventure of the Empty House") and even an early use of fingerprints ("The Norwood Builder").^ In such a mood, at Christmas of 1874, ne ^ iac ^ ^ ne g rea test adventure of his school days.
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^ However modest this sum may now seem for a series which was to include Silver Blaze, The Reigate Squires, and Tie Naval Treaty, it was a very large payment in the year 1892.
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^ Also quoted is a conversation between Doyle and a Boston cabbie in which the observant cabman tells him how he used Holmes's methods to deduce the identity of the famous author.
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.Holmes also demonstrates knowledge of psychology in "A Scandal in Bohemia", luring Irene Adler into betraying where she had hidden a photograph based on the "premise" that an unmarried woman will seek her most valuable possession in case of fire, whereas a married woman will grab her baby instead.^ When A Scandal in Bohemia appeared in the July number of the 'Strand/ and Holmes blazed into popularity before autumn, the editor was quick to ask for more stories; and Conan Doyle refused.
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^ "Well, state your case, Mr. Mac," said Holmes in his most judicial style.
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^ Just as Irene Adler is the Woman in Holmes's eyes, Conan Doyle is the Literary Agent and Basil Rathbone is Sherlock Holmes in the eyes of most Sherlockians and the public.
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.Despite the excitement of his life (or perhaps seeking to leave it behind) Holmes retired to the Sussex Downs to take up beekeeping ("The Second Stain"), and wrote a book on the subject, entitled "Practical Handbook of Bee Culture, with Some Observations upon the Segregation of the Queen".[35] His search for relaxation can also be seen in his love for music, notably in "The Red-Headed League", where Holmes takes an evening off from a case to listen to Pablo de Sarasate play violin.^ Practical Handbook of Bee-Culture, and then grips and chloroforms the Prussian.
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^ Here is the fruit of my leisured ease, the magnum opus of my latter years!” He picked up the volume from the table and read out the whole title, Practical Handbook of Bee Culture, with Some Observations upon the Segregation of the Queen.
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^ There were go THE LIFE OF Sir Arthur Conan Doyle excitements in it, as when a ship takes fire while carrying a cargo of oil; but still: "I don't intend to go to Africa again.
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[citation needed]
He also enjoys vocal music, particularly Wagner ("The Adventure of the Red Circle").
.The film Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) - that speculates about the Holmes' youthful - shows Holmes as a brilliant secondary student.^ There is William J. Burns, the American detective, explaining the working of the Detectaphone and plying his host with questions about Sherlock Holmes.
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^ One of five great discoverers, Sherlock Holmes tracked down Sir A. Conan Doyle who was "pottering about in comparative literary obscurity."
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^ Inevitably, the first question was about Sherlock Holmes.
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Influence

Forensics

1852 microscope
Arch shown in a fingerprint
Human hair under 200-times magnification
.Sherlock Holmes remains a great inspiration for forensic science, especially for the way his acute study of a crime scene yields small clues as to the precise sequence of events.^ He's a precise, tidy cat of a man in many of his ways, so maybe it is still in the pigeon-hole of the old bureau in the inner study.
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^ From the opening chapter, with its noble Holmes-Watson dialogue, to the solution of the crime in the study, the reader is told every vital clue.
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^ There were good things in it, notably the comic scenes not present in A Study in Scarlet; but a play about Watson without Sherlock Holmes would now leave the public aghast; and it has not been published even yet.
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.He makes great use of trace evidence such as shoe and tire impressions, as well as fingerprints, ballistics and handwriting analysis, now known as questioned document examination.^ It was not thicker than a clothes-line, but it was of great strength, and though we could not make a bridge of it, we might well find it invaluable if we had any climbing to do.
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^ I now proceeded, using my familiar method of logical analysis, to narrow down the possible solutions.
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^ Culverton Smith is a well-known resident of Sumatra, now visiting London.
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.Such evidence is used to test theories conceived by the police, for example, or by the investigator himself.^ He, Mr. Shaw, had been quoting only the first evidence thereby ballet-dancing over the fact that he himself had used both first and later evidence to ridicule his quarry in the original letter.
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.All of the techniques advocated by Holmes would later become reality, but were generally in their infancy at the time Conan Doyle was writing.^ Conan Doyle's reply was the briefest of all.
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^ Now this was the sort of thing which really did send Conan Doyle into a white rage.
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^ One of five great discoverers, Sherlock Holmes tracked down Sir A. Conan Doyle who was "pottering about in comparative literary obscurity."
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.In many of his reported cases, Holmes frequently complains of the way the crime scene has been contaminated by others, especially by the police, emphasising the critical importance of maintaining its integrity, a now well-known feature of crime scene examination.^ Now we have at last obtained permission to ventilate the facts which formed one of the very last cases handled by Holmes before his retirement from practice.
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^ "We thought that it was probably you, as your friendship with Mr. Sherlock Holmes is so well known.
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^ Well, look here; we are old friends, Dick Wharton, you and I. Now don’t you tell any other man what you have told us, for a week.
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.Owing to the small scale of the trace evidence (such as tobacco ash, hair or fingerprints), he often uses a magnifying glass at the scene, and an optical microscope back at his lodgings in Baker Street.^ The house-agent's was close by, but we found that it was closed for the day, so we made our way back to Baker Street.
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^ If this is the effect of my interference on a small scale, I cannot hope for anything better were I to carry out the plans which we have so often discussed.
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^ "Who Lured Sherlock Back to Baker Street-- Elementary, Says Sall," Texas Times [The University of Texas System] (December 1978), 16.
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He uses analytical chemistry for blood residue analysis as well as toxicology examination and determination for poisons. .Holmes seems to have maintained a small chemistry laboratory in his lodgings, presumably using simple wet chemical methods for detection of specific toxins, for example.^ But in what he referred to as literature, it seemed to him, he had discovered a certainly small but very useful side line.
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Ballistics is used when spent bullets can be recovered, and their calibre measured and matched with a suspect murder weapon.
.Holmes was also very perceptive of the dress and demeanour of his clients and others, noting style and state of wear of their clothes, any contamination (such as clay on boots), their state of mind and physical condition in order to infer their origin and recent history.^ "If it please you," he answered, "I and nine others are the body-squires of the king, and must ever wear his arms, so as to shield him from even such perils as have threatened him this night.
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^ So began the seventh adventure, while the author shut his eyes and groped for Holmes's state of mind.
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^ I’m sure it must look very bad, Mr. Holmes, and I am not aware that in my whole life such a thing has ever happened before.
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.Skin marks such as tattoos could reveal much about their past history.^ If it were indeed a bird--and what animal could leave such a mark?-- its foot was so much larger than an ostrich's that its height upon the same scale must be enormous.
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^ Poor devil, he had not much to be funny about, but he did what he could to hold things together.
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^ How could you think so much of a smear of pigments, when there was such a picture painted by the good God himself in the very room with you?
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.He applied the same method to personal items such as walking sticks (famously in The Hound of the Baskervilles) or hats (in the case of The Blue Carbuncle), with small details such as medallions, wear and contamination yielding vital indicators of their absent owners.^ "This is my method in such cases," I explained.
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An omission from the stories is the use of forensic photography. .Even before Holmes' time, high quality photography was used to record accident scenes, as in the Tay Bridge disaster of 1879, for example, and it was widely used to record the faces of criminals to build index files, as well as crime scenes, especially those involving homicide.^ It is expensive and takes a long time to build a well respected brand, and is too fast to destroy if not managed properly.
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^ The original theory of the police, as presented before the magistrates at Cannock, was that Edalji had committed the crime between eight and nine- thirty in the evening: that is, during the time covered by his visit to the bootmake/s and his walk before supper.
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^ Then a powerful impression was made on the jury by the evidence (not mentioned before the magistrates) of Footprints on the Scene of the Crime.
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Role in the history of the detective story

Auguste Dupin in "The Purloined Letter"
.Although Sherlock Holmes isn't the original fiction detective (he was influenced by Edgar Allan Poe's C. Auguste Dupin and Émile Gaboriau's Monsieur Lecoq), his name has become a by-word for the part.^ There is William J. Burns, the American detective, explaining the working of the Detectaphone and plying his host with questions about Sherlock Holmes.
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^ Sherlock Holmes was threatened with a prosecution for burglary, but when an object is good and a client is sufficiently illustrious, even the rigid British law becomes human and elastic.
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^ For millions of readers, however, Doyle continues to live on in the character of the world's most remarkable detective, Sherlock Holmes."
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.His stories also include several detective story characters such as the loyal but less intelligent assistant, a role for which Dr Watson has become the archetype.^ He had watched the house for some days and had spotted Dr. Watson as one of the obviously suspicious characters who had called there.
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^ Well, Dr. Watson, you've never had such a story as that pass through your hands before, and I'll lay my last dollar on that.
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^ You are like my friend, Dr. Watson, who has a bad habit of telling his stories wrong end foremost.
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.The investigating detective became a popular genre with many authors such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers after the demise of Holmes, with characters such as Hercule Poirot and Lord Peter Wimsey.^ For millions of readers, however, Doyle continues to live on in the character of the world's most remarkable detective, Sherlock Holmes."
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^ "The idea of this book is to show that the brilliance of Holmes is the reflected light of his creator's many sided character and of a life lived to the full.
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.Forensic methods became less important than the psychology of the criminal, despite the strong growth in forensics in use by the police in the early 20th century.^ But Scott, using the same artistic license with which he clad his knights in armour of a century later than the date of Ivanhoe, had also depicted his mighty archers a century before the English longbow became a national institution.
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An inspiration for scientists

.Sherlock Holmes has occasionally been used in the scientific literature.^ Originally, as he told J. E. Hodder Williams, it had never entered Conan Doyle's head to use Sherlock Holmes when he planned the story at Cromer.
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Radford (1999)[36] speculates on his intelligence. .Using Conan Doyle’s stories as data, Radford applies three different methods to estimate Sherlock Holmes’s IQ, and concludes that his intelligence was very high indeed.^ Contains references to Doyle and the Holmes stories.
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^ The story of how Doyle came to write the Sherlock Holmes stories.
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^ An excellent essay on Doyle and the Sherlock Holmes stories.
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.Snyder (2004)[37] examines Holmes’ methods in the light of the science and the criminology of the mid- to late-19th century.^ Holmes, as he stood in the light of the window and examined them minutely.
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Kempster (2006)[38] compares neurologists’ skills with those displayed by Holmes. .Finally, Didierjean and Gobet (2008)[39] review the literature on the psychology of expertise by taking as model a fictional expert: Sherlock Holmes.^ "Art in the blood/' observes Sherlock Holmes dryly, "is liable to take the strangest forms/* John Doyle and his four sons would have bowed agree- ment.
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^ It is the last thrill, the final drum-beat, the apotheosis of Sherlock Holmes.
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^ Sherlock Holmes, disguised as the Irish-American spy, takes off the mask when he hands Von Bork his little book.
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.They highlight aspects of Doyle’s books that are in line with what is currently known about expertise, aspects that are implausible, and aspects that suggest further research.^ What Sherlock Holmes was about to suggest will never be known, for at this moment the door opened and a young lady was shown into the room.
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Legacy

Fan speculation

.The fifty-six short stories and four novels written by Conan Doyle are termed the "canon" by Sherlock Holmes fans.^ "Plot for a Sherlock Holmes Story" (never written).
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^ The story of how Doyle came to write the Sherlock Holmes stories.
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^ An excellent essay on Doyle and the Sherlock Holmes stories.
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.Early scholars of the canon included Ronald Knox in Britain and Christopher Morley in New York.^ "Christopher Redmond's fascinating account of Doyle's first trip to America has been reconstructed from newspaper accounts describing the places Doyle visited, from the Adirondacks to New York, Chicago, Toronto.
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[citation needed]
.Writers have produced many pop culture references to Sherlock Holmes, Conan Doyle, or characters from the stories in homage, to a greater or lesser degree.^ The story of how Doyle came to write the Sherlock Holmes stories.
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^ Contains references to Doyle and the Holmes stories.
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^ An excellent essay on Doyle and the Sherlock Holmes stories.
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Such allusions can form a plot development, raise the intellectual level of the piece, or act as Easter eggs for an observant audience.[citation needed]
.Some have been overt, introducing Holmes as a character in a new setting, or a more subtle allusion, such as making a logical character live in an apartment at number 221B.^ Now, I make no pretence to be more moral than my neighbours, and I will admit to you that I could not live under the same roof with such a woman and in daily contact with her without feeling a passionate regard for her.
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^ What would I not have given to be able to crawl up to them, to peep in, and to take back some word to my comrades as to the appearance and character of the race who lived in so strange a place!
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^ "I have no more notion than you how long it is to last," Holmes answered with some asperity.
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.One well-known example of this is the character Gregory House on the show House M.D, whose name and apartment number are both references to Holmes.^ To give her name, a well- known one, would be to betray the author as well as the character.
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^ It may safely be deduced that Kipling never liked golf; no true golfer would ever make the character T refer to it as he does in The House Surgeon.
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^ "We thought that it was probably you, as your friendship with Mr. Sherlock Holmes is so well known.
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.Often the simplest reference is to dress anybody who does some kind of detective work in a deerstalker and cloak.^ Who could resist some reference to Holmes's early struggling days on his arrival in London?
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^ I feel that you made yourself my human the kind of guy who does know how to enjoy life.
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^ The man, who has some work which he must do, desires to leave the woman in absolute safety while he does it.
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.Another rich field of pop culture references is Holmes' ancestry and descendants, but really the only limit is the writer's imagination.^ If they had only realized that, in many ways, the Master Detective would not only enhance their reputations as a writer or actor, but also that they would best be remembered because of Holmes and not for their other work, which seems far less important.
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^ An explanation of why the author believed there was only one "real" Sherlock Holmes, along with details of his father's personality.
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[citation needed]
.A third major reference is the oft-quoted but non-canonical phrase: "Elementary, my dear Watson."^ "Exactly, my dear Watson!
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^ "Quite simple, my dear Watson.
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^ Can you ask, my dear Watson?
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.This phrase was never actually said by Holmes, since it does not appear in any of the sixty Holmes stories written by Conan Doyle.^ "Plot for a Sherlock Holmes Story" (never written).
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^ Conan Doyle never forgot this.
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^ Holmes does not even appear in it.
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.In the stories by Conan Doyle, Holmes often remarked that his logical conclusions were "elementary", in that he considered them to be simple and obvious.^ The deliberate identifications with Holmes, at the time of all the endless queries at the top-tide of success in 1892, Conan Doyle slipped into the Memoirs.
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^ "Conan Doyle, the English writer who invented the genial type of de- tective, Sherlock Holmes, has just been married.
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^ "In Holmes's early days THE LIFE OF Sir ArtliUT Conan Doyle 169 motor bicycles were unthought-of.
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.He also, on occasion, referred to his friend as "my dear Watson". The two fragments, however, never appear together.^ "Exactly, my dear Watson!
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^ "My friend Watson was with me just now.
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^ "Never mind, my dear lady.
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One of the closest examples to this phrase appears in the "The Adventure of the Crooked Man", when Holmes explains a deduction:
"Excellent!" I cried.
"Elementary." said he.
.It does appear at the very end of the 1929 film, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, the first Sherlock Holmes sound film, and might owe its familiarity to its use in Edith Meiser's scripts for The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes radio series, although the phrase was first used by American actor William Gillette.^ Holmes does not even appear in it.
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^ It is a conservative estimate that his earnings from the character of Sherlock Holmes, and the royalties from Mr. William Gillette's play taken into consideration, have amounted to almost four hundred thousand dollars."
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^ There is William J. Burns, the American detective, explaining the working of the Detectaphone and plying his host with questions about Sherlock Holmes.
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[citation needed]
.Another common incorrect attribution is that Holmes, throughout the entire novel series, is never explicitly described as wearing a "deerstalker hat". Holmes dons "an ear flapped travelling cap" in "The Adventure of Silver Blaze". Sidney Paget first drew Holmes wearing the deerstalker cap and inverness cape in "The Boscombe Valley Mystery" and subsequently in several other stories.^ Sherlockians have attributed the four novels and fifty-two of the short stories to Watson, "The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier" and "The Adventure of the Lion's Mane" to Sherlock Holmes himself, and "His Last Bow" to Sherlock's elder brother Mycroft.
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^ I don't take much stock of detectives in novels -- chaps that do things and never let you see how they do them.
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^ It was the site of an old encampment, with several empty Chicago meat tins, a bottle labeled "Brandy," a broken tin-opener, and a quantity of other travelers' debris.
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[citation needed]

The Great Hiatus

.
Holmes and Moriarty fighting over the Reichenbach Falls.
^ Holmes and Watson at Reichenbach Falls 1991 .
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^ In "The Final Problem," published in December 1893 but set in 1891, Holmes encountered Professor Moriarty, the Napoleon of crime, in a mutually fatal showdown at Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland.
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^ Synopsis: Three years have passed since the death of Sherlock Holmes during his struggle with Professor Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls, leaving Watson alone to investigate a difficult case.
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Art by Sidney Paget.
Holmes aficionados refer to the period from 1891 to 1894—the time between Holmes' disappearance and presumed death in "The Adventure of the Final Problem" and his reappearance in "The Adventure of the Empty House"—as "the Great Hiatus."[40] It is notable, though, that one later story ("The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge") is described as taking place in 1892.
.Conan Doyle wrote the first set of stories over the course of a decade.^ BOOK, marked "A Course of Reading that A.CJX chose for Jean Conan Doyle, and her comments on the books."
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^ The first turning-point was his quarrel with the Doyles about Catholicism, when at the age of twenty-two he closed the door at Cambridge Terrace and set out on his own path.
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^ When Conan Doyle first studied the case, we follow only outwardly the conduct of the Glasgow police.
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.Wanting to devote more time to his historical novels, he killed off Holmes in "The Final Problem," which appeared in print in 1893. After resisting public pressure for eight years, the author wrote The Hound of the Baskervilles, which appeared in 1901, implicitly setting it before Holmes' "death" (some theorise that it actually took place after "The Return" but with Watson planting clues to an earlier date).^ He had long wanted to try a historical novel.
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^ "I've wanted to meet you for some time," said Holmes.
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^ I remember the date very well, for it was in the same month that Holmes refused a knighthood for services which may perhaps some day be described.
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[41][42] .The public, while pleased with the story, was not satisfied with a posthumous Holmes, and so Conan Doyle revived Holmes two years later.^ Contains references to Doyle and the Holmes stories.
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^ One of five great discoverers, Sherlock Holmes tracked down Sir A. Conan Doyle who was "pottering about in comparative literary obscurity."
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^ The deliberate identifications with Holmes, at the time of all the endless queries at the top-tide of success in 1892, Conan Doyle slipped into the Memoirs.
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Many have speculated on his motives for bringing Holmes back to life, notably writer-director Nicholas Meyer, who wrote an essay on the subject in the 1970s entitled "The Great Man Takes a Walk." The actual reasons are not known, other than the obvious: publishers offered to pay generously. .For whatever reason, Conan Doyle continued to write Holmes stories for a quarter-century longer.^ Contains references to Doyle and the Holmes stories.
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^ The story of how Doyle came to write the Sherlock Holmes stories.
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^ One of five great discoverers, Sherlock Holmes tracked down Sir A. Conan Doyle who was "pottering about in comparative literary obscurity."
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[citation needed]
.Some writers have come up with other explanations for the hiatus.^ Chip Seems to me like you have some up and coming stick in the mudders on staff.
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^ Perhaps we shall come upon some other indications as we proceed."
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^ Spurling, the vicar, was up shortly after breakfast, some rumour of evil having come to his ears.
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In Meyer's novel The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, the hiatus is depicted as a secret sabbatical following Holmes' treatment for cocaine addiction at the hands of Sigmund Freud, and presents Holmes making the light-hearted suggestion that Watson write a fictitious account claiming he had been killed by Moriarty, saying of the public: "They'll never believe you in any case."[citation needed]
.In his memoirs, Conan Doyle quotes a reader, who judged the later stories inferior to the earlier ones, to the effect that when Holmes went over the Reichenbach Falls, he may not have been killed, but was never quite the same man.^ Conan Doyle never forgot this.
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^ But Conan Doyle was not a modern man.
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^ One Holmes story, The Man Who Was Wanted, he rejected and put away.
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.The differences in the pre- and post-Hiatus Holmes have in fact created speculation among those who play "The Great Game" (making believe Sherlock Holmes was a historical person).^ Two can play at that game, Holmes."
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^ For Sherlock Holmes was not a good play, as those of us who have seen it can testify.
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^ "Conan Doyle, the English writer who invented the genial type of de- tective, Sherlock Holmes, has just been married.
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.Among the more fanciful theories, the story "The Case of the Detective's Smile" by Mark Bourne, published in the anthology Sherlock Holmes in Orbit, posits that one of the places Holmes visited during his hiatus was Alice's Wonderland.^ There is William J. Burns, the American detective, explaining the working of the Detectaphone and plying his host with questions about Sherlock Holmes.
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^ "Let me recommend this book," rather startlingly observes Sherlock Holmes, "one of the most remarkable ever penned.
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^ Now we have at last obtained permission to ventilate the facts which formed one of the very last cases handled by Holmes before his retirement from practice.
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While there, he solved the case of the stolen tarts, and his experiences there contributed to his kicking the cocaine addiction.[citation needed]

Societies

Statue of Sherlock Holmes on Picardy Place in Edinburgh, Conan Doyle's birthplace
.In 1934, the Sherlock Holmes Society, in London, and the Baker Street Irregulars, in New York were founded.^ Ronald Adair, struggled in a police grip; and a new era was inaugurated when Sherlock Holmes returned to 22 ib across the street.
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^ "In the last week," he wrote at the end of October, "I have done two of the new Sherlock Holmes stories The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle and The Adventure of the Speckled Band.
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^ Although every London street-organ ground out Soldiers of tlie Queen, the news from South Africa came with a shock of humiliation and alarm.
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.Both are still active (though the Sherlock Holmes Society was dissolved in 1937 to be resuscitated only in 1951).^ I have consulted not only the police but even Sherlock Holmes.'
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.The London-based society is one of many worldwide who arrange visits to the scenes of the Sherlock Holmes adventures, such as the Reichenbach Falls in the Swiss Alps.^ Such is one of the many ironies of life.
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^ In homage, therefore, we have given to Sherlock Holmes this investigation of the man who invented him."
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^ One of five great discoverers, Sherlock Holmes tracked down Sir A. Conan Doyle who was "pottering about in comparative literary obscurity."
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.The two initial societies founded in 1934 were followed by many more Holmesians circles, first of all in America (where they are called "scion societies"—offshoots—of the Baker Street Irregulars), then in England and Denmark.^ They call them many names, and they rule them this way or that but they are all English, for I can hear the voices of the people.
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^ If anything, they were more impossible than at the first point where we had met them.
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^ "Why, I myself have served two terms with Arnold de Cervolles, he whom they called the archpriest.
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.Nowadays, there are Sherlockian societies in many countries like India and Japan being the more prominent countries which have a history of such activity.^ "Because there are many ciphers which I would read as easily as I do the apocrypha of the agony column: such crude devices amuse the intelligence without fatiguing it.
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^ Chip, Of course you are held to a different standard as a CEO. You play many roles as a CEO and you are whether you like it or not, more of a symbol than a flesh and blood person.
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^ I'll tell you this, that when I was put upon this job I never believed there was such a society as yours.
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Museums

.During the 1951 Festival of Britain, Sherlock Holmes' sitting-room was reconstructed as the masterpiece of a Sherlock Holmes Exhibition, displaying a unique collection of original material.^ "Pray sit down," said Sherlock Holmes.
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^ He said Holmes's methods were practical, and exhibited the 'detectaphone' by which you could listen to conversations in another room.
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^ Billy the page-boy, whom Gillette introduced into the play Sherlock Holmes, now presides over this waiting-room.
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.After the 1951 exhibition closed, items were transferred to the Sherlock Holmes Pub, in London, and to the Conan Doyle Collection in Lucens (Switzerland).^ One of five great discoverers, Sherlock Holmes tracked down Sir A. Conan Doyle who was "pottering about in comparative literary obscurity."
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^ The deliberate identifications with Holmes, at the time of all the endless queries at the top-tide of success in 1892, Conan Doyle slipped into the Memoirs.
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^ Holmes danced to Conan Doyle's tune, and never the other way round."
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.Both exhibitions, each including its own Baker Street Sitting-Room reconstruction, are still open to the public.^ It was pleasant to Dr. Watson to find himself once more in the untidy room of the first floor in Baker Street which had been the starting-point of so many remarkable adventures.
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^ He was carried to Charing Cross Hospital and afterwards insisted upon being taken to his rooms in Baker Street.
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^ "I was delighted," he wrote, "with the room of Horrors, and the images of the murderers?* It is interesting to note that Madame Tussaud's, at this time and for ten years afterwards, was situated in Baker Street.
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.In 1990, the Sherlock Holmes Museum opened in Baker Street London and the following year in Meiringen, Switzerland another museum opened; naturally, they include less historical material about Conan Doyle than about Sherlock Holmes himself.^ In it Conan Doyle at last identified Holmes with himself.
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^ There is William J. Burns, the American detective, explaining the working of the Detectaphone and plying his host with questions about Sherlock Holmes.
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^ The deliberate identifications with Holmes, at the time of all the endless queries at the top-tide of success in 1892, Conan Doyle slipped into the Memoirs.
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.The Sherlock Holmes Museum in Baker Street, London was the first Museum in the world to be dedicated to a fictional character.^ Inevitably, the first question was about Sherlock Holmes.
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^ Ronald Adair, struggled in a police grip; and a new era was inaugurated when Sherlock Holmes returned to 22 ib across the street.
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^ This suggestion of killing Sherlock Holmes, first propounded before the end of 1891, struck the Ma'am with horror.
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Adaptations of the Novels

Stage and Screen Adaptations

.The enduring popularity of Sherlock Holmes has led to many stage and cinematic adaptations of Conan Doyle's work.^ "It can't hurt now," was Mr. Sherlock Holmes's comment when, for the tenth time in as many years, I asked his leave to reveal the following narrative.
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^ The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) Home Alex Catalogue Musings Images MyLibrary Alex Catalogue .
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.The Guinness World Records has consistently listed him as the "most portrayed movie character" with 75 actors playing the part in over 211 films.^ For millions of readers, however, Doyle continues to live on in the character of the world's most remarkable detective, Sherlock Holmes."
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^ But the most terrible human tragedies were often involved in those cases which brought him the fewest personal opportunities, and it is one of these which I now desire to record.
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^ He stood in the shadow of an oak staring at her with parted lips, for this woman seemed to him to be the most beautiful and graceful creature that mind could conceive of.
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[citation needed]
.William Gillette’s play, Sherlock Holmes, or The Strange Case of Miss Faulkner, was not a dramatisation of any one adventure.^ On September gth, in the huge Lyceum Theatre with its caverns of gilt and red plush, William Gillette appeared in what was sub-titled, "a hitherto unpublished episode in the career of the great detective, and showing his connection with the STRANGE CASE OF Miss FAULKNER." Sherlock Holmes was shown lounging at Baker Street in embroidered slippers and a flowered-silk dressing-gown.
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^ There is William J. Burns, the American detective, explaining the working of the Detectaphone and plying his host with questions about Sherlock Holmes.
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^ "Let me recommend this book," rather startlingly observes Sherlock Holmes, "one of the most remarkable ever penned.
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.Rather, it was a synthesis of several, based on A Scandal in Bohemia, with the Holmes-Moriarty exchange from The Final Problem, as well as elements from The Copper Beeches and A Study in Scarlet.^ We rather fancy that A Study in Scarlet may find its way into print before its elder brother."
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^ As a matter of cold fact, Holmes made his debut in A Study in Scarlet and in The Sign of Four, two small booklets which appeared between 1887 and 1889.
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.This play formed the basis for Gillette's 1916 motion picture, Sherlock Holmes.^ It is a conservative estimate that his earnings from the character of Sherlock Holmes, and the royalties from Mr. William Gillette's play taken into consideration, have amounted to almost four hundred thousand dollars."
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^ (Letters and Art) A tribute that includes a photograph of Doyle at his home in the New Forest, and William Gillette, who "made Sherlock Holmes visible."
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^ Hamilton Wright Mabie, who introduced him, painted a gruesome picture of Sherlock Holmes lying dead in the Reichenbach Falls.
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.Basil Rathbone starred as Sherlock Holmes, alongside Nigel Bruce as Dr Watson, in fourteen films (two for 20th Century Fox and a dozen for Universal Pictures) from 1939–1946, as well as a number of radio plays.^ Sherlockians have attributed the four novels and fifty-two of the short stories to Watson, "The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier" and "The Adventure of the Lion's Mane" to Sherlock Holmes himself, and "His Last Bow" to Sherlock's elder brother Mycroft.
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^ "We thought that it was probably you, as your friendship with Mr. Sherlock Holmes is so well known.
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^ We learn with regret that Mr. Sherlock Holmes, the well-known private detective, was the victim this morning of a murderous assault which has left him in a precarious position.
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.Jeremy Brett is generally considered the definitive Holmes of recent times, having played the role in four series of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, created by John Hawkesworth for Britain's Granada Television, from 1984 through to 1994, as well as depicting Holmes on stage.^ Sherlockians have attributed the four novels and fifty-two of the short stories to Watson, "The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier" and "The Adventure of the Lion's Mane" to Sherlock Holmes himself, and "His Last Bow" to Sherlock's elder brother Mycroft.
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^ It is a conservative estimate that his earnings from the character of Sherlock Holmes, and the royalties from Mr. William Gillette's play taken into consideration, have amounted to almost four hundred thousand dollars."
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^ "We thought that it was probably you, as your friendship with Mr. Sherlock Holmes is so well known.
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.Brett's Dr Watson was played by David Burke and Edward Hardwicke in the series.^ More than this, the author had already written the better part of a three act-play in which Dr. Watson .
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Between 1979 and 1986, Soviet television broadcast a series of five made-for-television films, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, starring Vasily Livanov as Holmes and Vitaly Solomin as Watson. The series were produced at the Lenfilm movie studio and contained a total of eleven parts. Vasily Livanov's portrayal of Holmes is widely considered as canonical. .Holmes museum in London, Baker St., 221B, has the portrait of Livanov depicting Holmes himself.^ Finally he repented and allied himself to Holmes, acting as his agent in the huge criminal underworld of London and obtaining information which often proved to be of vital importance.
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In the 2009 movie Sherlock Holmes, based on a story by Lionel Wigram and images by John Watkiss[43], directed by Guy Ritchie, the role of Holmes is performed by Robert Downey Jr. with Jude Law portraying Watson. .It is a reinterpretation which heavily focuses on Holmes' more anti-social eccentricities guiding his brilliant analytical mind and his martial abilities, make this the most cynical incarnation of Holmes.^ "Perhaps this will make it more definite, Mr. Holmes," said our visltor.
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Robert Downey Jr. won the Golden Globe Award for his portrayal.[citation needed]
.In the same year, independent film company The Asylum released a Sherlock Holmes film.^ "It can't hurt now," was Mr. Sherlock Holmes's comment when, for the tenth time in as many years, I asked his leave to reveal the following narrative.
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^ The years '26 and ^27 saw his two-volume History of Spiritualism, amid an even higher pressure of work and controversy, and The Case-book of Sherlock Holmes.
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^ At the same moment Holmes stepped out and released the spaniel.
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.In the film, Holmes (portrayed by Ben Syder) and Watson (Gareth David-Lloyd) are in pursuit of Spring Heeled Jack (Dominic Keating) who wears steam-powered armour and is committing crimes with the aid of several dinosaurs and a giant octopus.^ "Why, you jack-fool, what would it be about save who should wear the crown of France?"
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^ The crime committed, they quarrelled as to who had actually struck the fatal blow, and amused one another and the company by describing the cries and contortions of the murdered man.
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[citation needed]

Related and derivative works

.In addition to the Sherlock Holmes corpus, Conan Doyle's "The Lost Special" (1898) features an unnamed "amateur reasoner" clearly intended to be identified as Holmes by his readers.^ In it Conan Doyle at last identified Holmes with himself.
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^ And so, reader, farewell to Sherlock Holmes!
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^ Permission requested by Lord Fitzroy for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to visit Italian warfront, (5) Request to him to act as Special Correspondent in case of war.
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.His explanation for a baffling disappearance, argued in Holmes' characteristic style, turns out to be quite wrong—evidently Conan Doyle was not above poking fun at his own hero.^ One of five great discoverers, Sherlock Holmes tracked down Sir A. Conan Doyle who was "pottering about in comparative literary obscurity."
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^ The deliberate identifications with Holmes, at the time of all the endless queries at the top-tide of success in 1892, Conan Doyle slipped into the Memoirs.
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^ Holmes danced to Conan Doyle's tune, and never the other way round."
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.A short story by Conan Doyle using the same idea is "The Man with the Watches". Another example of Conan Doyle's humour is "How Watson Learned the Trick" (1924), a parody of the frequent Watson-Holmes breakfast table scenes.^ Most of his six Holmes stories had been used.
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^ But Conan Doyle was not a modern man.
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^ An Abraham Lincoln keyed to base uses instead of high ones would give some idea of the man.
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.A further (and earlier) parody by Conan Doyle is "The Field Bazaar."^ THE LIFE OF Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 73 the Baker Street parodies, it is the only one written by Conan Doyle him- self.
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^ He was 128 THE LIFE OF Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 129 pleased by their new hospital-site, its cricket-field surrounded by a cor- rugated-iron fence.
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.He also wrote other material, especially plays, featuring Holmes.^ I really have other things to engage me.” So spoke Sherlock Holmes and turned back to the great scrapbook in which he was arranging and indexing some of his recent material.
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.Many of these writings are collected in the anthologies Sherlock Holmes: The Published Apocrypha edited by Jack Tracy, The Final Adventures of Sherlock Holmes edited by Peter Haining and The Uncollected Sherlock Holmes compiled by Richard Lancelyn Green.^ With a new foreword by Richard Lancelyn Green.
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^ He never compiled a Sherlock Holmes scrapbook.
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^ Sherlock Holmes: An anthology of press cuttings, not compiled by himself.
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In 1907, Sherlock Holmes began featuring in a series of German booklets. Among the writers was Theo van Blankensee. Watson had been replaced by a 19 year old assistant from the street, among his Baker Street Irregulars, with the name Harry Taxon, and Mrs. Hudson had been replaced by one Mrs. Bonnet. From number 10 the series changed its name to "Aus den Geheimakten des Welt-Detektivs". The French edition changed its name from "Les Dossiers Secrets de Sherlock Holmes" to "Les Dossiers du Roi des Detectives".[44]
.Sherlock Holmes' abilities as both a good fighter and as an excellent logician have been a boon to other authors who have lifted his name, or details of his exploits, for their plots.^ In homage, therefore, we have given to Sherlock Holmes this investigation of the man who invented him."
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^ One of five great discoverers, Sherlock Holmes tracked down Sir A. Conan Doyle who was "pottering about in comparative literary obscurity."
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^ Sherlock Holmes was threatened with a prosecution for burglary, but when an object is good and a client is sufficiently illustrious, even the rigid British law becomes human and elastic.
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.These range from Holmes as a cocaine addict, whose drug-fuelled fantasies lead him to cast an innocent Professor Moriarty as a super villain (The Seven-Per-Cent Solution), to science-fiction plots involving him being re-animated after death to fight crime in the future (Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century).^ In homage, therefore, we have given to Sherlock Holmes this investigation of the man who invented him."
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^ And can we wonder that Sherlock Holmes him- self is revitalized?
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^ Without exactly accusing him of being responsible for our presence, the professor had been very rough and rude in his speech, and evidently felt some strong grievance.
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.Some authors have supplied stories to fit the tantalising references in the canon to unpublished cases (e.g.^ THE FIRES OF FATE, Gillette's SHERLOCK HOLMES. Also proofs of his kst story; 2 books of letter tributes to Lady J.C.D, and of appreciation of their home life together; also folio of letters to Lady J.C.D.; some contain reference to A.C.D. BOX NO. 8 (1) Box of data on Slater Case.
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."The giant rat of Sumatra, a story for which the world is not yet prepared" in "The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire"), notably The Exploits of Sherlock Holmes by Conan Doyle's son Adrian Conan Doyle with John Dickson Carr, and The Lost Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Ken Greenwald, based rather closely on episodes of the 1945 Sherlock Holmes radio show that starred Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce and for which scripts were written by Dennis Green and Anthony Boucher.^ Contains references to Doyle and the Holmes stories.
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^ "Plot for a Sherlock Holmes Story" (never written).
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^ The story of how Doyle came to write the Sherlock Holmes stories.
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.Others have used different characters from the stories as their own detective, e.g.^ And he stressed it again, with his tribute to the inventor of the detective-story among other things, when he took the chair at the Hotel Mtropole dinner to honour the centenary year of Poe's birth.
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^ The case was mysterious, it was sensational, it was as complex with bizarre clues as any of his own detective stories.
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.Mycroft Holmes in Enter the Lion by Michael P. Hodel and Sean M. Wright (1979) or Dr James Mortimer (from The Hound of the Baskervilles) in books by Gerard Williams.^ Originally, as he told J. E. Hodder Williams, it had never entered Conan Doyle's head to use Sherlock Holmes when he planned the story at Cromer.
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.Laurie R. King recreates Sherlock Holmes in her Mary Russell (fictional) series (starting with The Beekeeper's Apprentice), set during the First World War and the 1920s.^ Partial contents: First Appearance of Sherlock Holmes (p.
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^ Inevitably, the first question was about Sherlock Holmes.
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^ For millions of readers, however, Doyle continues to live on in the character of the world's most remarkable detective, Sherlock Holmes."
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Her Holmes is (semi) retired in Sussex, where he is literally stumbled over by a teenage Russell. Recognising a kindred spirit, he gradually trains her as his apprentice. .As of 2009 the series includes nine full length novels and a novella tie-in with a book from her Kate Martinelli series, The Art of Detection.^ The article describes his creation of the Holmes/Watson partnership, in the course of developing his writing skills from magazine short stories to full-length novels.
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Carole Nelson Douglas' series the Irene Adler Adventures is based on the character Irene Adler from Doyle's "A Scandal in Bohemia." The first book, Good Night, Mr. Holmes, retells "A Scandal in Bohemia" from Irene's point of view. The series is narrated by Adler's companion, Penelope Huxleigh, in a role similar to that of Dr. Watson.
The film They Might Be Giants, is a 1971 romantic comedy based on the 1961 play of the same name (both written by James Goldman) in which the character Justin Playfair, played by George C. Scott, is convinced he is Sherlock Holmes, and manages to convince many others of same, including the psychiatrist Dr. Watson, played by Joanne Woodward, who is assigned to evaluate him so he can be committed him to a mental institution.
.The film Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) explores youthful adventures of Holmes and Watson as boarding school pupils, a period unexamined by Conan Doyle.^ "Conan Doyle is not merely a sturdier Watson and a kinder Holmes.
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^ Sherlockians have attributed the four novels and fifty-two of the short stories to Watson, "The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier" and "The Adventure of the Lion's Mane" to Sherlock Holmes himself, and "His Last Bow" to Sherlock's elder brother Mycroft.
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^ One of five great discoverers, Sherlock Holmes tracked down Sir A. Conan Doyle who was "pottering about in comparative literary obscurity."
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.The film The Case of the Whitechapel Vampire was produced in 2002. It is loosely based on the Doyle story The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire.^ The filmed interview was produced by William Fox for Fox-Case Movietone in 1929 and reissued by Blackhawk Films in 1974.
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^ If only Conan Doyle (Watson) had written more Sherlock Holmes stories and if only Basil Rathbone had made more Sherlock Holmes films!
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^ "Case of the Untold Stories of Sherlock Holmes," St. Louis Globe-Democrat (July 11, 1980), 12A. Another tribute to Doyle.
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The original stories

.The original Sherlock Holmes stories consist of fifty-six short stories and four novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.^ "Plot for a Sherlock Holmes Story" (never written).
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^ Would Sir Arthur Conan Doyle consider acting as referee?
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^ Most of his six Holmes stories had been used.
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Novels

Short stories

.For more detail see List of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes short stories.^ Contains references to Doyle and the Holmes stories.
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^ The story of how Doyle came to write the Sherlock Holmes stories.
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^ An excellent essay on Doyle and the Sherlock Holmes stories.
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The short stories were originally published in periodicals; they were later gathered into five anthologies:

Lists of favourite stories

There are two famous lists of favourite stories: that of Conan Doyle himself, in The Strand in 1927, and that of the Baker Street Journal in 1959.
Conan Doyle's list:
  1. "The Adventure of the Speckled Band"
  2. "The Red-Headed League"
  3. "The Adventure of the Dancing Men"
  4. "The Adventure of the Final Problem"
  5. "A Scandal in Bohemia"
  6. "The Adventure of the Empty House"
  7. "The Five Orange Pips"
  8. "The Adventure of the Second Stain"
  9. "The Adventure of the Devil's Foot"
  10. "The Adventure of the Priory School"
  11. "The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual"
  12. "The Adventure of the Reigate Squire"
The Baker Street Journal's list:
  1. "The Adventure of the Speckled Band"
  2. "The Red-Headed League"
  3. "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle"
  4. "The Adventure of Silver Blaze"
  5. "A Scandal in Bohemia"
  6. "The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual"
  7. "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans"
  8. "The Adventure of the Six Napoleons"
  9. "The Adventure of the Dancing Men"
  10. "The Adventure of the Empty House"

Holmes by other authors

See also

References

  1. ^ pronounced /ˈʃɜrlɒk ˈhoʊ(l)mz/
  2. ^ Lycett, Andrew (2007). The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes: The Life and Times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Free Press. pp. 53–54, 190. ISBN 978-0-7432-7523-1. 
  3. ^ Klinger, Leslie (2005). .The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes.^ Ronald Adair, struggled in a police grip; and a new era was inaugurated when Sherlock Holmes returned to 22 ib across the street.
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    ^ "In the last week," he wrote at the end of October, "I have done two of the new Sherlock Holmes stories The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle and The Adventure of the Speckled Band.
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    ^ Henceforward we can study the life of Sherlock Holmes with new data through his creator's letters.
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    New York: W.W. Norton. p. xlii. ISBN 0-393-05916-2.
     
  4. ^ http://www.laurierking.com/?page_id=769#chronology
  5. ^ Dorothy L. Sayers, "Holmes’ College Career," for the Baker Street Studies, edited by H.W. Bell, 1934. It should be noted that Sayers' analysis is somewhat tongue-in-cheek. In the Foreword to Unpopular Opinions, in which this essay also appeared, Sayers says that the "game of applying the methods of the Higher Criticism to the Sherlock Holmes canon... has become a hobby among a select set of jesters here and in America."
  6. ^ a b c Doyle, Arthur Conan (1893). The Original illustrated 'Strand' Sherlock Holmes (1989 ed.). Ware, England: Wordsworth. pp. 354–355. ISBN 9781853268960. 
  7. ^ "The Adventure of the Gloria Scott"
  8. ^ "The Greek Interpreter", "The Final Problem" and "The Bruce-Partington Plans";
  9. ^ including "The Empty House".
  10. ^ "The Sign of Four; Chapter 1 THE SCIENCE OF DEDUCTION; p. 90; Copyright Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle; Edition published in 1992 - Barnes & Noble, Inc.".
  11. ^ "The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger".
  12. ^ Conan Doyle, Arthur (1903). "The Adventure of the Norwood Builder", Strand Magazine.
  13. ^ "The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton"; "The Adventure of the Illustrious Client"
  14. ^ "The Hound of the Baskervilles"
  15. ^ "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans"; "The Adventure of the Naval Treaty".
  16. ^ In The Adventure of the Naval Treaty, Holmes remarks that, of his last fifty-three cases, the police have had all the credit in forty-nine.
  17. ^ See, for example, Inspector Lestrade at the end of "The Adventure of the Norwood Builder".
  18. ^ Dalby, J.T. (1991). "Sherlock Holmes's Cocaine Habit". Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine 8: 73–74. http://bakerstreetdozen.com/coca.html. 
  19. ^ "The Sign of Four"
  20. ^ "The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter"
  21. ^ "The Problem of Thor Bridge"
  22. ^ The Critical Thinking Co.™ Staff."Sherlock Holmes: The Skill That Made Him Famous!". October, 2005. <http://www.criticalthinking.com/company/articles/deductive-reasoning-skills.jsp>. November 10, 2009.
  23. ^ A Study In Scarlet.
  24. ^ Tamar Gendler, John Hawthorne, "Holmesian inference", Oxford studies in epistemology, p. 11, http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=yMDWLq2FdrIC 
  25. ^ Matthew Bunson, Encyclopedia Sherlockiana, p. 50, http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=aSgfAQAAIAAJ 
  26. ^ Jonathan Smith (1994), Fact and feeling: Baconian science and the nineteenth-Century literary imagination, p. 214, http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=hFn1Zx_desIC 
  27. ^ "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle".
  28. ^ "The Adventure of the Yellow Face".
  29. ^ The Hound of the Baskervilles.
  30. ^ In The Sign of the Four, they both fire at the Andaman Islander. In The Hound of the Baskervilles, both Holmes and Watson fire. In "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches", Watson fires at and kills the mastiff. In "The Adventure of the Empty House", Watson pistol-whips Colonel Sebastian Moran. In "The Adventure of the Three Garridebs", Holmes pistol-whips Killer Evans after Watson is shot. In "The Musgrave Ritual", it is revealed that Holmes decorated the wall of their flat with a patriotic "V.R." done in bullet marks. In "The Problem of Thor Bridge", Holmes uses Watson's revolver in a reconstruction of the crime.
  31. ^ See "The Red-Headed League" and "The Adventure of the Illustrious Client".
  32. ^ However, in the Granada TV version of "The Adventure of the Naval Treaty" Holmes uses a sword cane to force Joseph Harrison to give up the stolen treaty.
  33. ^ Inter alia "The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist" and "The Adventure of the Naval Treaty".
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Further reading

  • Accardo, Pasquale J. (1987). .Diagnosis and Detection: Medical Iconography of Sherlock Holmes.^ There is William J. Burns, the American detective, explaining the working of the Detectaphone and plying his host with questions about Sherlock Holmes.
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    ^ Concerning Mr. Sherlock Holmes: Where the Detective Idea Came From.
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    ^ For millions of readers, however, Doyle continues to live on in the character of the world's most remarkable detective, Sherlock Holmes."
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    Madison, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. ISBN 0-517-50291-7.
     
  • Baring-Gould, William (1967). The Annotated Sherlock Holmes. New York: Clarkson N. Potter. .ISBN 0-517-50291-7. 
  • Baring-Gould, William (1962).^ Discusses the holograph letter dated January 1966 that Adrian Conan Doyle wrote to William S. Baring-Gould concerning Adrian's essay on the real model for Holmes.
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    .Sherlock Holmes of Baker Street: The Life of the World's First Consulting Detective.^ There is William J. Burns, the American detective, explaining the working of the Detectaphone and plying his host with questions about Sherlock Holmes.
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    ^ "An Afternoon with the Creator of Sherlock Holmes," World Leaders , [by] Hazel Manley.
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    ^ Partial contents: First Appearance of Sherlock Holmes (p.
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    New York: Clarkson N. Potter. OCLC 63103488. 
  • Blakeney, T.S. (1994). .Sherlock Holmes: Fact or Fiction?.^ Contains information about detective fiction and Doyle's crime library which the author believed was "the actual reference library used by Conan Doyle in the creation of his immortal detective, Sherlock Holmes."
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    ^ The author laments the fact that he no longer can enjoy Sherlock Holmes as he did in his youth.
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    London: Prentice Hall & IBD. ISBN 1-883402-10-7.
     
  • Bradley, Alan (2004). .Ms Holmes of Baker Street: The Truth About Sherlock.^ There is William J. Burns, the American detective, explaining the working of the Detectaphone and plying his host with questions about Sherlock Holmes.
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    ^ One of five great discoverers, Sherlock Holmes tracked down Sir A. Conan Doyle who was "pottering about in comparative literary obscurity."
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    ^ "Some Personalia About Sherlock Holmes," The Sherlock Holmes Scrapbook .
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    Alberta: University of Alberta Press. ISBN 0-88864-415-9.
     
  • Campbell, Mark (2007). Sherlock Holmes. London: Pocket Essentials. ISBN 978-0-470-12823-7. 
  • Dakin, David (1972). A Sherlock Holmes Commentary. Newton Abbot: David & Charles. ISBN 0-7153-5493-0. 
  • Duncan, Alistair (2008). .Eliminate the Impossible: An Examination of the World of Sherlock Holmes on Page and Screen.^ "An Afternoon with the Creator of Sherlock Holmes," World Leaders , [by] Hazel Manley.
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    ^ For millions of readers, however, Doyle continues to live on in the character of the world's most remarkable detective, Sherlock Holmes."
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    ^ Billy the page-boy, whom Gillette introduced into the play Sherlock Holmes, now presides over this waiting-room.
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    London: MX Publishing. ISBN 978-1-904312-31-4.
     
  • Duncan, Alistair (2009). .Close to Holmes: A Look at the Connections Between Historical London, Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.^ Permission requested by Lord Fitzroy for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to visit Italian warfront, (5) Request to him to act as Special Correspondent in case of war.
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    ^ Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection...
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    ^ One of five great discoverers, Sherlock Holmes tracked down Sir A. Conan Doyle who was "pottering about in comparative literary obscurity."
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    London: MX Publishing. ISBN 978-1-904312-50-5.
     
  • Fenoli Marc, Qui a tué Sherlock Holmes ? [Who shot .Sherlock Holmes ?], Review L’Alpe 45, Glénat-Musée Dauphinois, Grenoble-France, 2009. ISBN 978-2-723469-02-9
  • Green, Richard Lancelyn (1987).^ "The Man Behind Sherlock Holmes," The Palm Beach Post (November 22, 1987), 1L, 5L. illus.
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    ^ "Personal Memories of Sherlock Holmes," The London Quarterly and Holborn Review , 159 (October 1934), 449-460.
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    ^ Victorian Philistinism Reconsidered, by Richard Lancelyn Green.
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    .The Sherlock Holmes Letters.^ Henceforward we can study the life of Sherlock Holmes with new data through his creator's letters.
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    ^ Letter from an American claiming that later Sherlock Holmes stories are better than predecessors.
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    ^ Typical of many: 6) Letters to Sherlock Holmes demanding autograph.
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    Iowa City: University of Iowa Press. ISBN 0-87745-161-3. 
  • Hall, Trevor (1969). .Sherlock Holmes: Ten Literary Studies.^ Henceforward we can study the life of Sherlock Holmes with new data through his creator's letters.
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    London: Duckworth. ISBN 0-7156-0469-4.
     
  • Hammer, David (1995). The Before-Breakfast Pipe of Mr. Sherlock Holmes. London: Wessex Pr.. ISBN 0-938501-21-6. 
  • Harrison, Michael (1973). .The World of Sherlock Holmes.^ "An Afternoon with the Creator of Sherlock Holmes," World Leaders , [by] Hazel Manley.
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    ^ For millions of readers, however, Doyle continues to live on in the character of the world's most remarkable detective, Sherlock Holmes."
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    ^ And it is to his eternal credit that he created for our lasting enjoyment the best of all possible worlds the world of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.
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    London: Frederick Muller Ltd..
     
  • Jones, Kelvin (1987). Sherlock Holmes and the Kent Railways. Sittingborne, Kent: Meresborough Books. ISBN 0-948193-25-5. 
  • Keating, H. R. F. (2006). .Sherlock Holmes: The Man and His World.^ In homage, therefore, we have given to Sherlock Holmes this investigation of the man who invented him."
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    ^ "An Afternoon with the Creator of Sherlock Holmes," World Leaders , [by] Hazel Manley.
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    ^ For millions of readers, however, Doyle continues to live on in the character of the world's most remarkable detective, Sherlock Holmes."
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    Edison, NJ: Castle. ISBN 0-7858-2112-0.
     
  • Kestner, Joseph (1997). .Sherlock's Men: Masculinity, Conan Doyle and Cultural History.^ Originally, as he told J. E. Hodder Williams, it had never entered Conan Doyle's head to use Sherlock Holmes when he planned the story at Cromer.
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    ^ During that winter Conan Doyle had been dipping again into Roman history, and writing the Roman stories that later formed a part of The Last Galley.
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    ^ But, when Conan Doyle reached the front, he found nothing except th,e bustle of men in khaki and red tarbooshes, engaged in collecting camels.
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    Farnham: Ashgate. ISBN 1-85928-394-2.
     
  • King, Joseph A. (1996). .Sherlock Holmes: From Victorian Sleuth to Modern Hero.^ "Welcome to America, Mr. Sherlock Holmes:" Victorian America Meets Arthur Conan Doyle .
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    ^ "Sherlock Holmes celebrates his 100th birthday this year, one of those immortal heroes who survive and eclipse their own creators.
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    Lanham, US: Scarecrow Press. ISBN 0-8108-3180-5.
     
  • Klinger, Leslie (2005). .The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes.^ Ronald Adair, struggled in a police grip; and a new era was inaugurated when Sherlock Holmes returned to 22 ib across the street.
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    ^ "In the last week," he wrote at the end of October, "I have done two of the new Sherlock Holmes stories The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle and The Adventure of the Speckled Band.
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    ^ Henceforward we can study the life of Sherlock Holmes with new data through his creator's letters.
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    New York: W.W. Norton. ISBN 0-393-05916-2.
     
  • Klinger, Leslie (1998). .The Sherlock Holmes Reference Library.^ "A short biography of Sir Arthur by his son, with frequent and illuminating references to the subject's friend, Mr. Sherlock Holmes."
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    ^ A refutation of Dr. Rosenbach's claim ( DA3960 ) that Doyle used his crime library as a source of reference when writing the Sherlock Holmes stories.
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    ^ Larry D. Sall of The University of Texas at El Paso Library discovered that Elmer Davis answered this question in his introduction to The Later Adventures of Sherlock Holmes .
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    Indianapolis: Gasogene Books. ISBN 0-938501-26-7.
     
  • Lester, Paul (1992). Sherlock Holmes in the Midlands. Studley, Warwickshire: Brewin Books. ISBN 0-947731-85-7. 
  • Lieboe, Eli. .Doctor Joe Bell: Model for Sherlock Holmes.^ Haines, Joe D., Jr. "The Mysterious Case of Sherlock Holmes's Creator," JOSMA (August 1986), 614-617.
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    ^ An interview with Sir Arthur in which he discusses his life, Holmes, and Joseph Bell ("the gentleman whose ingenious personality suggested Sherlock Holmes to his old pupil").
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    Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green University Popular Press, 1982; Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 2007. ISBN 978-0-87972-198-5
  • Mitchelson, Austin (1994). .The Baker Street Irregular: Unauthorised Biography of Sherlock Holmes.^ Ronald Adair, struggled in a police grip; and a new era was inaugurated when Sherlock Holmes returned to 22 ib across the street.
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    ^ "Privately printed in 1985 (from the original photographs) for Richard Lancelyn Green, for his friends, members of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London and fellow Baker Street Irregulars of New York, to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the inception of Sherlock Holmes."
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    ^ Morristown, N.J.: The Baker Street Irregulars, 1959.
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    Romford: Ian Henry Publications Ltd. ISBN 0-8021-4325-3.
     
  • Payne, David S. (1992). .Myth and Modern Man in Sherlock Holmes: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Uses of Nostalgia.^ Permission requested by Lord Fitzroy for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to visit Italian warfront, (5) Request to him to act as Special Correspondent in case of war.
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    ^ The deliberate identifications with Holmes, at the time of all the endless queries at the top-tide of success in 1892, Conan Doyle slipped into the Memoirs.
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    ^ Joubert, with his usual chivalry, had 126 THE LIFE OF Sir Arthur Conan Doyle permitted all non-combatants to leave; but few went.
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    Bloomington, Ind: Gaslight's Publications. ISBN 0-934468-29-X.
     
  • Redmond, Christopher (1987). .In Bed with Sherlock Holmes: Sexual Elements in Conan Doyle's Stories.^ Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection...
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    ^ The deliberate identifications with Holmes, at the time of all the endless queries at the top-tide of success in 1892, Conan Doyle slipped into the Memoirs.
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    ^ "Conan Doyle, the English writer who invented the genial type of de- tective, Sherlock Holmes, has just been married.
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    London: Players Press. ISBN 0-8021-4325-3.
     
  • Redmond, Donald (1983). .Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Sources.^ A refutation of Dr. Rosenbach's claim ( DA3960 ) that Doyle used his crime library as a source of reference when writing the Sherlock Holmes stories.
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    ^ "An Intimate Study of Sherlock Holmes," Detective Story Magazine , 11, No.
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    ^ Henceforward we can study the life of Sherlock Holmes with new data through his creator's letters.
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    Quebec: McGill-Queen's University Press. ISBN 0-7735-0391-9.
     
  • Rennison, Nick (2007). Sherlock Holmes. The Unauthorized Biography. London: Grove Press. ISBN 978-0-8021-4325-9. 
  • Richards, Anthony John (1998). .Holmes, Chemistry and the Royal Institution: A Survey of the Scientific Works of Sherlock Holmes and His Relationship with the Royal Institution of Great Britain.^ There is William J. Burns, the American detective, explaining the working of the Detectaphone and plying his host with questions about Sherlock Holmes.
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    ^ One of five great discoverers, Sherlock Holmes tracked down Sir A. Conan Doyle who was "pottering about in comparative literary obscurity."
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    ^ There is the situation, Mr. Holmes, in a nutshell, and if you can help us to clear it up you will have done a great work.” .
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    London: Irregulars Special Press. ISBN 0-7607-7156-1.
     
  • Riley, Dick (2005). .The Bedside Companion to Sherlock Holmes.^ Sherlock Holmes had pushed away his untasted breakfast and lit the unsavoury pipe which was the companion of his deepest meditations.
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    ^ "My name is Sherlock Holmes," said my companion.
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    New York: Barnes & Noble Books. ISBN 0-7607-7156-1.
     
  • Riley, Peter (2005). The Highways and Byways of Sherlock Holmes. London: P.&D. Riley. ISBN 978-1-874712-78-7. 
  • Roy, Pinaki (Department of English, Malda College) (2008). .The Manichean Investigators: A Postcolonial and Cultural Rereading of the Sherlock Holmes and Byomkesh Bakshi Stories.^ It is customary to say that he planned twelve short-stories, the same twelve which later comprised The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
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    ^ The Return of Sherlock Holmes had recently been published by George Newnes, after the stories' 'Strand' appearance from October, '03, to Decem- ber, '04.
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    ^ "In the last week," he wrote at the end of October, "I have done two of the new Sherlock Holmes stories The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle and The Adventure of the Speckled Band.
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    New Delhi: Sarup and Sons. ISBN 978-81-7625-849-4.
     
  • Shaw, John B. (1995). .Encyclopedia of Sherlock Holmes: A Complete Guide to the World of the Great Detective.^ There is William J. Burns, the American detective, explaining the working of the Detectaphone and plying his host with questions about Sherlock Holmes.
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    ^ "An Afternoon with the Creator of Sherlock Holmes," World Leaders , [by] Hazel Manley.
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    London: Pavillion Books. ISBN 1-85793-502-0.
     
  • Starrett, Vincent (1993). .The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.^ We learn with regret that Mr. Sherlock Holmes, the well-known private detective, was the victim this morning of a murderous assault which has left him in a precarious position.
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    ^ Besides," he added more mildly, "Holmes has now retired into private life."
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    ^ THE LIFE OF Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 263 Even without our private knowledge of the author's state of mind, we can feel in the texture of His Last Bow that it is more than another adven- ture of Sherlock Holmes.
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    London: Prentice Hall & IBD. ISBN 978-1-883402-05-1.
     
  • Tracy, Jack (1988). The Sherlock Holmes Encyclopedia: Universal Dictionary of Sherlock Holmes. London: Crescent Books. ISBN 0-517-65444-X. 
  • Tracy, Jack (1996). .Subcutaneously, My Dear Watson: Sherlock Holmes and the Cocaine Habit.^ You must admit, my dear Watson, that the idea of a joke is impossible.
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    ^ Why, surely, as a doctor, my dear Watson, you must admit that what your digestion gains in the way of blood supply is so much lost to the brain.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I should never have recognized you/* "My dear Watson, when you begin to recognize me it will indeed be the beginning of the end.
    • Full text of "The Life Of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.archive.org [Source type: Original source]

    Bloomington, Ind.: Gaslight Publications. ISBN 0-934468-25-7.
     
  • Wagner, E.J. (2007). La Scienza di Sherlock Holmes. Torino: Bollati Boringheri. ISBN 978-0-470-12823-7. 
  • Weller, Philip (1993). .The Life and Times of Sherlock Holmes.^ Sherlock Holmes had been bending for a long time over a low-power microscope.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "It can't hurt now," was Mr. Sherlock Holmes's comment when, for the tenth time in as many years, I asked his leave to reveal the following narrative.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It is crammed with papers, nearly all of which are records of cases to illustrate the curious problems which Mr. Sherlock Holmes had at various times to examine.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    Simsbury: Bracken Books. ISBN 1-85891-106-0.
     
  • Wexler, Bruce (2008). .The Mysterious World of Sherlock Holmes.^ "An Afternoon with the Creator of Sherlock Holmes," World Leaders , [by] Hazel Manley.
    • Vol. 1, Section 5A, The Literary Agent, Arthur Conan Doyle, General, C4229 Through C4580 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC special.lib.umn.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ For millions of readers, however, Doyle continues to live on in the character of the world's most remarkable detective, Sherlock Holmes."
    • Vol. 1, Section 5A, The Literary Agent, Arthur Conan Doyle, General, C4229 Through C4580 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC special.lib.umn.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ "Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes: The Creator versus the Creation," Mystery , 2, No.
    • Vol. 1, Section 5A, The Literary Agent, Arthur Conan Doyle, General, C4229 Through C4580 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC special.lib.umn.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    London: Running Press. ISBN 978-0-7624-3252-3.
     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherlock_Hound

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?
I am not the law, but I represent justice so far as my feeble powers go.
Before turning to those moral and mental aspects of the matter which present the greatest difficulties, let the inquirer begin by mastering more elementary problems.
It was easier to know it than to explain why I know it.
.This page is for quotations from the Sherlock Holmes series of stories, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.^ Les mmoires de Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle .
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle eBooks - Visit eBookMall Today! 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC ebooks.ebookmall.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Un scandale en Boh?me Sir Arthur Conan Doyle .
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle eBooks - Visit eBookMall Today! 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC ebooks.ebookmall.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Les archives de Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle .
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle eBooks - Visit eBookMall Today! 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC ebooks.ebookmall.com [Source type: Original source]

Contents

Sourced

Page numbers refer to The Penguin Complete Sherlock Holmes (1981) ISBN 0713914440

A Study in Scarlet (1887)

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It is a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence.
^ But it's all the same, and you needn't look at me like that, my fine lady, for you may be lower than I am before you are through with it.'
  • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

^ You all agreed as much before Mr. Malone got us the chart."
  • The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.gandatech.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Well, I shall look forward to seeing you all before very long.
  • The Doings of Raffles Haw / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

It biases the judgment.
There are fifty who can reason synthetically for one who can reason analytically.
.
I had no idea that such individuals exist outside of stories.
  • I had neither kith nor kin in England, and was therefore as free as air — or as free as an income of eleven shillings and sixpence a day will permit a man to be.^ "It's early days to talk of such things," said McMurdo with the air of a man who had been surprised into saying more than he intended.
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ No such deer exist anywhere else upon earth, for the moose or elks which I have seen would hardly have reached its shoulders.
    • The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.gandatech.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Could we do no more, we had at least filled the false knight, Sir Judas, so full of English arrows that he would curse the day that ever he came on such an errand."
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    Under such circumstances I naturally gravitated to London, that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained.
    There I stayed for some time at a private hotel in the Strand, leading a comfortless, meaningless existence, and spending such money as I had, considerably more freely than I ought
    • Dr. Watson, in Part 1, chap. 1, p. 15
  • His ignorance was as remarkable as his knowledge. Of contemporary literature, philosophy and politics he appeared to know nothing.
    • Part 1, chap. .2
  • I consider that a man's brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose.^ If you received it on a physical medium, you must return it with your note, and such person may choose to alternatively give you a replacement copy.
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]
    • The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.gandatech.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "I know you have," our visitor gasped, shooting out short sentences like a man who is out of breath.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "You are like to bring a judgment upon us with these vows, which no living man could accomplish.
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    .A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things, so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it.^ It seems to take all the romance out of it.
    • The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.gandatech.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ At the same instant with the other hand he crumpled up the paper that lay before him.
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "All knowledge comes useful to the detective," remarked Holmes.
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    • Part 1, chap. .2
  • Before turning to those moral and mental aspects of the matter which present the greatest difficulties, let the inquirer begin by mastering more elementary problems.
    • Part 1, chap.^ I should prefer that you do not mention my name at all in connection with the case, as I choose to be only associated with those crimes which present some difficulty in their solution.
      • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Let those go back who will, but I must see more of these Spaniards ere I turn."
      • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ I confess that I have seldom known a case which at first sight presented a more singular problem.” .
      • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

      2, p. .23
  • The theories which I have expressed there, and which appear to you to be so chimerical, are really extremely practical — so practical that I depend upon them for my bread and cheese.^ My life depends upon it.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ His life depended upon my promptness.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You have not yet realized the hold which I have upon you."
    • Conan Doyle, Arthur » ��������-���� ����������� ����� ��� ���������� 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC 4flaga.ru [Source type: Original source]

    • Part 1, chap. 2, pp. .23-24
  • It was easier to know it than to explain why I know it. If you were asked to prove that two and two made four, you might find some difficulty, and yet you are quite sure of the fact.^ You know it as a fact."
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It was a question which it was easier to ask than to answer.
    • The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.gandatech.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But why do you ask that?
    • The Doings of Raffles Haw / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    • Part 1, chap. 3, p. .26
  • It is a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence.^ But it's all the same, and you needn't look at me like that, my fine lady, for you may be lower than I am before you are through with it.'
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You all agreed as much before Mr. Malone got us the chart."
    • The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.gandatech.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Well, I shall look forward to seeing you all before very long.
    • The Doings of Raffles Haw / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    It biases the judgment.
    • Part 1, chap. 3, p. .27
    • See also The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, "A Scandal in Bohemia", below.
  • "They say that genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains," he remarked with a smile.^ Holmes says they are decoys.
    • Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened walkthrough 12 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.gameboomers.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Scandal in Bohemia is Holmes first adventure.
    • Sherlock Holmes: Sherlock Holmes versus Arsene Lupin walkthrough 12 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.gameboomers.com [Source type: General]

    ^ "Let me recommend this book," rather startlingly observes Sherlock Holmes, "one of the most remarkable ever penned.
    • Full text of "The Life Of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.archive.org [Source type: Original source]

    "It's a very bad definition, but it does apply to detective work."
    • Part 1, chap. 3, p. .31
  • You know a conjurer gets no credit when once he has explained his trick; and if I show you too much of my method of working, you will come to the conclusion that I am a very ordinary individual after all.^ I will show you how it works.
    • The Doings of Raffles Haw / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "I know no more than you do.
    • The Doings of Raffles Haw / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "This is my method in such cases," I explained.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    • Part 1, chap. 4, p. .33
  • When a fact appears to be opposed to a long train of deductions, it invariably proves to be capable of bearing some other interpretation.^ On he clambered, with his hand shuffling down the long sloping crack, sometimes bearing all his weight upon his arms, at others finding some small shelf or tuft on which to rest his foot.
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Somebody killed the man, and whoever it was I could clearly prove to you that he should have done it some other way.
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ His young mind hungered for plain facts of life, after the long course of speculation and of mysticism on which he had been trained.
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    • Part. 1, chap. .7,
  • "What you do in this world is a matter of no consequence," returned my companion, bitterly.^ You have no warrant for my arrest.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ If you prevaricate or trifle with me, I give you my assurance that the matter will pass out of my hands forever.” .
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It was his desire and request, however, that you should not remain in the cloisters, but should at a ripe age return into the world."
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ."The question is, what can you make people believe that you have done?^ You know the answer to your question, you knew it when you posted the pics and hopefully you will always make intuitive decisions in your business.
    • Chip Conley: Should I Take My Burning Man Pics off Facebook? | BNET 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.bnet.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Personally, if some of the people think you musing about an ended 8 year relationship is an issue they believe you are somehow not human or perfect.
    • Chip Conley: Should I Take My Burning Man Pics off Facebook? | BNET 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.bnet.com [Source type: General]

    ^ You had, as I have been led to believe, some comments to make upon the proposition which I advanced in my thesis."
    • The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.gandatech.net [Source type: Original source]

    • Part 2, chap. 7, p. .83
  • In solving a problem of this sort, the grand thing is to be able to reason backward. That is a very useful accomplishment, and a very easy one, but people do not practise it much.^ For one thing, the light has not been very good."
    • The Doings of Raffles Haw / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "The problem is certainly a very interesting one.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "It must be an awesome thing to have so much blood upon one's soul.
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    .In the everyday affairs of life it is more useful to reason forward, and so the other comes to be neglected.^ "It is no use, sir," said the elder brother humbly, as they stood together encouraging each other to turn a brave face to misfortune, "we can do no more.
    • The Doings of Raffles Haw / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ More than once I've sworn off coming for that reason, and then he would write me such penitent, imploring letters that I just had to.
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ She returned to her father's house more light- hearted than she had ever been since Jack McMurdo had come into her life.
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    .There are fifty who can reason synthetically for one who can reason analytically.
    • Part 2, chap.^ Yes, sir, you haven't got over G. E. C. There's one man who is still your master.
      • The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.gandatech.net [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Suppose that I were Brooks or Woodhouse, or any of the fifty men who have good reason for taking my life, how long could I survive against my own pursuit?
      • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ As that chap said to-night, there are fifty-thousand miles of water-way runnin' through a forest that is very near the size of Europe.
      • The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.gandatech.net [Source type: Original source]

      7, p. .83
  • There is no branch of detective science which is so important and so much neglected as the art of tracing footsteps.^ There were no traces at all."
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There were no footsteps, you say?"
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There are no footsteps nor any clue to the criminals.” .
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    • Part 2, chap. 7, p. 84
  • I had no idea that such individuals exist outside of stories.
    • Dr. Watson about Holmes

The Sign of the Four (1890)

I never guess. It is a shocking habit — destructive to the logical faculty.
  • "Which is it to-day," I asked, "morphine or cocaine?"
    .He raised his eyes languidly from the old black-letter volume which he had opened.^ Old McIntyre bowed low and rubbed his thin hands together; but the young lady gave a gasp of surprise, and stared with widely-opened eyes at the millionaire.
    • The Doings of Raffles Haw / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]


    "It is cocaine," he said, "a seven-per-cent solution. .Would you care to try it?"^ Do you suppose that he would try to save me?"
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Would you care to come?"
    • The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.gandatech.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Indeed, this note is merely to give you a general idea of the situation and to ascertain whether you would care to interest yourself in the matter.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    • Chap. 1, p. 89
  • I have been guilty of several monographs. .They are all upon technical subjects.^ I can only say this: that I have myself been the subject of some of the woman's experiments, and that they have left a most unpleasant impression upon my mind."
    • Conan Doyle, Arthur » ��������-���� ����������� ����� ��� ���������� 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC 4flaga.ru [Source type: Original source]

    ^ They all turned, leaning upon their short spears, and watched the advance of the men of Josselin, as their troop wound its way out from the woodlands.
    • Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle - Full Text Free Book (Part 7/8) 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.fullbooks.com [Source type: Original source]

    .Here, for example, is one 'Upon the Distinction between the Ashes of the Various Tobaccos'. In it I enumerate a hundred and forty forms of cigar, cigarette, and pipe tobacco, with coloured plates illustrating the difference in the ash.^ Here was a bit of professional business between two gentlemen, and one of them must needs call in a detective!
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There the basalt cliffs of the outside were reproduced upon the inside, forming an escarpment about two hundred feet high, with a woody slope beneath it.
    • The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.gandatech.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Each ear is as a rule quite distinctive and differs from all other ones.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    • Chap. 1, p. .91
  • Eliminate all other factors, and the one which remains must be the truth.
    • Chap.^ Nay, but ye must have the one or the other.
      • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ THE LIFE OF Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 139 "There is one question/' he hammered at them over and over, "which overshadows all others, to such an extent that the election must turn mainly on it.
      • Full text of "The Life Of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.archive.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ It may well be that several explanations remain, in which case one tries test after test until one or other of them has a convincing amount of support.
      • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

      1, p. 92; similar expressions occur in The Sign of the Four, chap. .6; The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, "The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet"; The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, "Silver Blaze"; The Return of Sherlock Holmes, "The Adventure of the Priory School"; His Last Bow, "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans"; The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes, "The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier".
  • I never guess.^ The public seemed appreciative and desirous of more, so that from that date, thirty-nine years ago, they have been produced in a broken series which now contains no fewer than fifty-six stories, republished in The Adventures, The Memoirs, The Return, and His Last Bow.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Let me recommend this book," rather startlingly observes Sherlock Holmes, "one of the most remarkable ever penned.
    • Full text of "The Life Of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.archive.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Now we have at last obtained permission to ventilate the facts which formed one of the very last cases handled by Holmes before his retirement from practice.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    It is a shocking habit — destructive to the logical faculty.
    • Chap. 1, p. 93
  • Hence the cocaine. .I cannot live without brain-work.^ To let the brain work without sufficient material is like racing an engine.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Oh, Maude, I cannot live without you, I cannot leave you without a word of love.
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    What else is there to live for? Stand at the window here. Was ever such a dreary, dismal, unprofitable world? .See how the yellow fog swirls down the street and drifts across the dun-coloured houses.^ Standing as it does near the corner of the street, it commands a view down Howe Street, with its ore pretentious houses.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Baker Street was like an oven, and the glare of the sunlight upon the yellow brickwork of the house across the road was painful to the eye.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ As we walked rapidly down Howe Street I glanced back at the building which we had left.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    What could be more hopelessly prosaic and material? .What is the use of having powers, Doctor, when one has no field upon which to exert them?^ The one creed for which he had no use was Socialism.
    • Full text of "The Life Of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.archive.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ That seems to mean that she has never yet exerted her full powers upon me.
    • Conan Doyle, Arthur » ��������-���� ����������� ����� ��� ���������� 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC 4flaga.ru [Source type: Original source]

    ^ We had hoped that we should find upon our return that no one was so dense as to dispute our joint conclusions.
    • The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.gandatech.net [Source type: Original source]

    .Crime is commonplace, existence is commonplace, and no qualities save those which are commonplace have any function upon earth.^ No such deer exist anywhere else upon earth, for the moose or elks which I have seen would hardly have reached its shoulders.
    • The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.gandatech.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I, but no word could we get through the hole in the door, save that he would draw an arrow upon us unless we went on our way.
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "There is no man upon earth who would demean himself by breaking a lance with my master."
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    • Chap. 1, p. 93
  • He smiled gently. ."It is of the first importance," he cried, "not to allow your judgment to be biased by personal qualities.^ "I would break your stave across my knee first," cried John, laying his great hand upon the bow.
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It is of the first importance that we should be in our places before it grows dark; so with your permission we shall get started at once."
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Not only a fellow-countryman, my good sir," said Challenger, "but also, if I may be allowed to enlarge your simile, an ally of the first value.
    • The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.gandatech.net [Source type: Original source]

    A client is to me a mere unit, a factor in a problem. The emotional qualities are antagonistic to clear reasoning. .I assure you that the most winning woman I ever knew was hanged for poisoning three little children for their insurance-money, and the most repellent man of my acquaintance is a philanthropist who has spent nearly a quarter of a million upon the London poor."^ "What the hell is it to you who are my friends?"
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "But why is it, my good fellow, that you sit upon this man."
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    ^ Maybe it's the thought of my poor little woman and the children that makes me one.
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    • Chap. 2, p. 96
  • I never make exceptions. An exception disproves the rule.
    • Chap. 2, p. .96
  • How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?
    • Chap.^ "That process," said I, "starts upon the supposition that when you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
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      ^ So now you will understand, my dear Mr. McArdle, how this communication reaches you, and you will also know the truth, in case you never hear again from your unfortunate correspondent.
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      ^ "We must take you away to the country, Austin," she said.
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      6, p. .111
  • You know my methods.^ "You know my methods of work, Mr. Mac.
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    ^ So now you will understand, my dear Mr. McArdle, how this communication reaches you, and you will also know the truth, in case you never hear again from your unfortunate correspondent.
    • The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.gandatech.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Here is a typical reply: "I wish I could do as you wish but, as you know, my life is devoted to one end and at present I can't see any literature which would be of any use to you above the horizon.
    • Full text of "The Life Of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.archive.org [Source type: Original source]

    Apply them.
    • Chap. 6, p. .112
  • "What do you think of this, Holmes?^ "I think it would interest you, Holmes.
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    ^ "I won't conceal from you, Mr. Holmes, that we think in the C. I. D. that you have a wee bit of a bee in your bonnet over this professor.
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "I don't think you have anything to fear now for a week at least," Holmes answered.
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    Sholto was, on his own confession, with his brother last night. The brother died in a fit, on which Sholto walked off with the treasure? How's that?"
    ."On which the dead man very considerately got up and locked the door on the inside."^ "It's all very well your saying that a man escaped by wading this moat, but what I ask you is, how did he ever get into the house at all if the bridge was up?"
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ We would think the whole thing had been fixed up for theatrical effect if there wasn't a dead man in the middle of it.
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    ^ Jesus appearing in a locked room is of minor relevance, if a man can rise from the dead, appearing within a locked room is child’s play.
    • Parchment and Pen » The Strange Case of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Houdini, and Romans 1 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.reclaimingthemind.org [Source type: Original source]

    • Chap. 6, p. .113
  • It is the unofficial force — the Baker Street irregulars.^ Reproduced from The Strand Magazine "for Peter, who asked for it; for Ron, who will list it; and for Baker Street Irregulars everywhere."
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    ^ At the annual dinners of The Baker Street Irregulars, Conan Doyle's name is seldom mentioned.
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    ^ Morristown, N.J.: The Baker Street Irregulars, 1959.
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    • Chap. 8, p. .126
  • "Winwood Reade is good upon the subject," said Holmes.^ Oh, very good,” said Holmes.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Good, Lestrade, very good,” said Holmes.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Our blinds were half-drawn, and Holmes lay curled upon the sofa, reading and re-reading a letter which he had received by the morning post.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    "He remarks that, while the individual man is an insoluble puzzle, in the aggregate he becomes a mathematical certainty. .You can, for example, never foretell what any one man will do, but you can say with precision what an average number will be up to.^ "You say there is another man there.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Ah, John," Alleyne answered wearily, "it is well for you, but I never thought that my home-coming would be so sad a one.
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "A tall, dark, heavily moustached man, you say, with gray-tinted sun-glasses?"
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    Individuals vary, but percentages remain constant. So says the statistician.
    • Chap. 10, p. 137
    • Holmes's memory slightly misleads him. In his The Martyrdom of Man (1872) Winwood Reade said that "As a single atom man is an enigma: as a whole he is a mathematical problem."

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892)

A Scandal in Bohemia

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To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman.
^ It always ended in a packed evening meeting at hall or theatre, where questions volleyed; nor was it sweetened by his hecklers' persistence in addressing him as Sherlock Holmes.
  • Full text of "The Life Of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.archive.org [Source type: Original source]

.I have seldom heard him mention her under any other name.
  • You see, but you do not observe.^ "Have you ever heard the name of Garrideb?"
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Did you see him?"
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Did you see him on the beach?"
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    .The distinction is clear.
    • Page 162
  • It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.^ I had a very distinct recollection of having thoroughly cleared the table before beginning my experiment, so that this substance had been deposited there since I had left for London.
    • The Doings of Raffles Haw / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    .Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.
    • Page 163
    • See also A Study in Scarlet, Part 1, chap.^ Look up and see something caught in one of the twisted metal on top of the wall.
      • Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened walkthrough 12 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.gameboomers.com [Source type: General]

      ^ Some probability is lent to the theory by the fact that one of these students came from the north of Ireland, and, to the best of Miss Cushing’s belief, from Belfast.
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      ^ You find yourself insensibly twisting them round to fit your theories.” .
      • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

      .3, above.
  • To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman.^ Posted by on April 21st, 2009 Mrs. Hudson, the landlady of Sherlock Holmes, was a long- suffering woman.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Just as Irene Adler is the Woman in Holmes's eyes, Conan Doyle is the Literary Agent and Basil Rathbone is Sherlock Holmes in the eyes of most Sherlockians and the public.
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    ^ It always ended in a packed evening meeting at hall or theatre, where questions volleyed; nor was it sweetened by his hecklers' persistence in addressing him as Sherlock Holmes.
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    .I have seldom heard him mention her under any other name.
    In his eyes she eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex.^ On the other hand, he had never seen this brother since childhood, and the reports which had come to his ears concerning him were seldom to his advantage.
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Since the Edalji case, significantly, they were sent to him under his own name.
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    ^ At the annual dinners of The Baker Street Irregulars, Conan Doyle's name is seldom mentioned.
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    .It was not that he felt any emotion akin to love for Irene Adler.^ See a picture of Irene Adler , possibly Holmes love.
    • Sherlock Holmes: Sherlock Holmes versus Arsene Lupin walkthrough 12 January 2010 2:02 UTC www.gameboomers.com [Source type: General]

    .All emotions, and that one particularly, were abhorrent to his cold, precise but admirably balanced mind.^ That Agatha, who of all women of my acquaintance has the best balanced mind, had been reduced to a condition of automatism appeared to be certain.
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    ^ We were all of one mind that it was best to have the ten thousand with the curse; but in some way they prevailed upon Sir John, so that we were blest and shriven against our will.
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    ^ To all these suggestions the jongleur made no response, but sat with his eye fixed abstractedly upon the ceiling, as one who calls words to his mind.
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    .He was, I take it, the most perfect reasoning and observing machine that the world has seen, but as a lover he would have placed himself in a false position.^ Over and over he assured her that he would take care of himself.
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    ^ It was no wonder that from below we had not observed the place, as the cliffs curved overhead and an ascent at the spot would have seemed so impossible as to discourage close inspection.
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    ^ It was not, as I understand, the reasoned courting of an elderly man but rather the passionate frenzy of youth, for no one could have shown himself a more devoted lover.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    He never spoke of the softer passions, save with a gibe and a sneer. They were admirable things for the observer — excellent for drawing the veil from men's motives and actions. .But for the trained reasoner to admit such intrusions into his own delicate and finely adjusted temperament was to introduce a distracting factor which might throw a doubt upon all his mental results.^ It was a study of the thoughts, hopes, feelings, and above all religious doubts, of a young doctor such as he had been at Southsea.
    • Full text of "The Life Of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.archive.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ If it were not for our fears as to the fate of our companions, it would have been a positive joy to throw myself with such a man into such an affair.
    • The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.gandatech.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Perhaps the visit to the Bellamys might throw some further light upon the matter.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    .Grit in a sensitive instrument, or a crack in one of his own high-power lenses, would not be more disturbing than a strong emotion in a nature such as his.^ But Challenger had some unwieldy stuff which he ardently desired to take with him, and one particular package, of which I may not speak, which gave us more labor than any.
    • The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.gandatech.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "He tells me that my charity has done more harm than good, and in fact, that I have had an evil influence upon every one whom I have come near.
    • The Doings of Raffles Haw / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ An Abraham Lincoln keyed to base uses instead of high ones would give some idea of the man.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    And yet there was but one woman to him, and that woman was the late Irene Adler, of dubious and questionable memory.

The Red-Headed League

.
  • I know, my dear Watson, that you share my love of all that is bizarre and outside the conventions and humdrum routine of everyday life.^ "I have served all my life, my lord."
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "My dear boy, I do not blame you.
    • The Doings of Raffles Haw / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Exactly, my dear Watson!
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • Page 176
  • It is quite a three pipe problem, and I beg that you won't speak to me for fifty minutes.^ And can't I speak alone with a gentleman for five minutes but you must butt in on us?"
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ No doubt we had, but I beg you won’t try to drag me into the matter, Mr. Holmes.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Man, you won't live long in these parts if you speak in the open street like that.
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    • Page 184

A Case of Identity

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  • Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent. We would not dare to conceive the things which are really mere commonplaces of existence.^ When every man's grip is on his neighbor's throat, and every five-sous-piece of a baron is marching with tuck of drum to fight whom he will, it would be a strange thing if five hundred brave English boys could not pick up a living.
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Methinks that we could not do anything more pleasing to Our Lady than to drive the heathen Moors out of the country."
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It was really shock, rather than any injury, which had prostrated me, and in half-an-hour, in spite of aching head and stiff neck, I was sitting up and ready for anything.
    • The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.gandatech.net [Source type: Original source]

    .If we could fly out of that window hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the roofs, and peep in at the queer things which are going on, the strange coincidences, the plannings, the cross-purposes, the wonderful chains of events, working through generations, and leading to the most outre results, it would make all fiction with its conventionalities and foreseen conclusions most stale and unprofitable.^ That would be the most effective of all proofs.
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Robert looked out through the window.
    • The Doings of Raffles Haw / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Flashes of doubt, indecision, restiveness, will be found all through that journal in which he is earnestly trying to make progress in psychic matters.
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    • Page 190
  • There is nothing so unnatural as the commonplace. .
    • Page 191
  • The little things are infinitely the most important.^ Within a week he had become infinitely the most important person at Shafter's.
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And yet that little way does solve the most important problem of immediate question does death end all?
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    • Page 194

The Boscombe Valley Mystery

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You know my method.
^ So now you will understand, my dear Mr. McArdle, how this communication reaches you, and you will also know the truth, in case you never hear again from your unfortunate correspondent.
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^ Here is a typical reply: "I wish I could do as you wish but, as you know, my life is devoted to one end and at present I can't see any literature which would be of any use to you above the horizon.
  • Full text of "The Life Of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.archive.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Knowing my methods as you do, you were, of course, conscious of the somewhat clumsy water-pot expedient by which I obtained a clearer impress of his foot than might otherwise have been possible.
  • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

It is founded upon the observation of trifles.
  • Singularity is almost invariably a clue. The more featureless and commonplace a crime is, the more difficult it is to bring it home. .
    • Page 202
  • "Circumstantial evidence is a very tricky thing," answered Holmes thoughtfully.^ I’m sure it must look very bad, Mr. Holmes, and I am not aware that in my whole life such a thing has ever happened before.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ."It may seem to point very straight to one thing, but if you shift your own point of view a little, you may find it pointing in an equally uncompromising manner to something entirely different."^ For one thing, the light has not been very good."
    • The Doings of Raffles Haw / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Quiet, little one, or you may do yourself a hurt.
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    ^ Well, I can tell you one thing.
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    .
    • Page 204
  • You know my method.^ So now you will understand, my dear Mr. McArdle, how this communication reaches you, and you will also know the truth, in case you never hear again from your unfortunate correspondent.
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    ^ Here is a typical reply: "I wish I could do as you wish but, as you know, my life is devoted to one end and at present I can't see any literature which would be of any use to you above the horizon.
    • Full text of "The Life Of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.archive.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You may require two FB pages, one for the people who know you on the business level (a fan page) and one for your real friends.
    • Chip Conley: Should I Take My Burning Man Pics off Facebook? | BNET 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.bnet.com [Source type: General]

    It is founded upon the observation of trifles.
    • Page 214

The Five Orange Pips

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A man should keep his little brain attic stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the rest he can put away in the lumber-room of his library...
  • As Cuvier could correctly describe a whole animal by the contemplation of a single bone, so the observer who has thoroughly understood one link in a series of incidents should be able to accurately state all the other ones, both before and after.^ We could use the dining-room, Ames.
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "You, too, an old man who should be an example to others."
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    ^ The man scowled from one to the other, and his hand stole away from his sword.
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    .
    • Page 225
  • It is not so impossible, however, that a man should possess all knowledge which is likely to be useful to him in his work, and this, I have endeavoured in my case to do.^ I can’t have my work interrupted like this.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ He has the coach-house full at present, but he never uses them, and I am sure that those fifty horses would all die for want of exercise, or get livers like Strasburg geese, if they waited for him to ride or drive them."
    • The Doings of Raffles Haw / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Being a man of enormous physique, however, and possessed of a very powerful voice, he dominated the tumult and succeeded in finishing his speech.
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    .
    • Page 225
  • A man should keep his little brain attic stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the rest he can put away in the lumber-room of his library, where he can get it if he wants it.^ I lit the lamp, put the powder above it, and stood outside the window, ready to carry out my threat to shoot him should he try to leave the room.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Was Douglas, from what we hear of his fearless character, a man who would be likely to give up his wedding ring at such short notice, or could we conceive of his giving it up at all?
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ If I didn’t know you were a good man, Walters, I should put a black mark against you for this.
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    • Page 225

The Man with the Twisted Lip

  • It is, of course, a trifle, but there is nothing so important as trifles.
    • Page 238

The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

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My name is Sherlock Holmes.
^ "I had called upon my friend Sherlock Holmes upon the second morning after Christmas, with the intention of wishing him the compliments of the season.
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^ "How my husband solved police mysteries in private: The conception and vivifying of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson."
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^ And you might add of the attempted murder of one Sherlock Holmes,” remarked my friend with a chuckle.
  • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

.It is my business to know what other people don't know.
  • On the contrary, Watson, you can see everything.^ "Sure, my darlin', you don't know what it is you are asking.
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You don't know McGinty and his Scowrers."
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    ^ You don't know, Robert.
    • The Doings of Raffles Haw / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    .You fail, however, to reason from what you see.^ I see no reason, however, to connect it with that horrible happening save, indeed, that the lady had made an appointment with him."
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    .You are too timid in drawing your inferences.^ "You can thank Dr. Watson's observation for that, though he failed to draw the inference.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I pray you to draw a flight shaft with all your strength down the valley, that we may see the length of your shoot."
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    ^ I drew your attention to it; but with the pressure of other events you had hardly the time to give it the consideration which would have enabled you to draw deductions from it.
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  • My name is Sherlock Holmes.^ "My name is Sherlock Holmes," said my companion.
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    ^ "I had called upon my friend Sherlock Holmes upon the second morning after Christmas, with the intention of wishing him the compliments of the season.
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    ^ Billy the page-boy, whom Gillette introduced into the play Sherlock Holmes, now presides over this waiting-room.
    • Full text of "The Life Of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.archive.org [Source type: Original source]

    .It is my business to know what other people don't know.^ "It is my business to know things.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You may require two FB pages, one for the people who know you on the business level (a fan page) and one for your real friends.
    • Chip Conley: Should I Take My Burning Man Pics off Facebook? | BNET 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.bnet.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I don't think it has hurt my business at all.
    • Chip Conley: Should I Take My Burning Man Pics off Facebook? | BNET 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.bnet.com [Source type: General]

    • Page 254

The Adventure of the Speckled Band

  • "You are Holmes, the meddler."
    .My friend smiled.^ My friend smiled and shook his head.
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    ^ So it proved; for in the morning I found my friend standing on the hearthrug with his back to the fire and a smile of complete satisfaction upon his face.
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    ^ My friend smiled and laid his hand upon my arm.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]


    "Holmes, the busybody!"
    His smile broadened.
    ."Holmes, the Scotland Yard Jack-in-office!"^ "Sherlock Holmes in Real Life," by a Barrister and ex-Official of New Scotland Yard [Illustrations by Howard K. Elcock.
    • Vol. 1, Section 5A, The Literary Agent, Arthur Conan Doyle, General, C4229 Through C4580 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC special.lib.umn.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ "Anyhow, I'd rather have you than Scotland Yard, Mr. Holmes," said he.
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    Holmes chuckled heartily. .
    • Pages 264-265
  • Violence does, in truth, recoil upon the violent, and the schemer falls into the pit which he digs for another.^ Thus the last outbreak upon Friday was on September 3d, which also falls into the series, as did August 26th, which preceded it.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Did I not know that your hand will be as ready as your words I would myself turn my last blow upon you, ere you should fall into their hands.
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ We must fall back upon the old axiom that when all other contingencies fail, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
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The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet

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  • It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.^ We must fall back upon the old axiom that when all other contingencies fail, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "That process," said I, "starts upon the supposition that when you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I must tell you that he is a perfectly impossible person--absolutely impossible.
    • The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.gandatech.net [Source type: Original source]

    • Page 315

The Adventure of the Copper Beeches

  • "Data! Data! Data!" he cried impatiently. "I can't make bricks without clay." .
    • Page 322
  • The lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside.^ ShortyStories.com presents best short story collection on the web!We have more than 2000 stories from world's best authors.Read, enjoy and give your comments!
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ They had more than hinted that, once he had set up in his own practice (in London, of course), Catholic influence would not be lacking to bring him patients.
    • Full text of "The Life Of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.archive.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Why do you presume others with a more conventional self presentation are inauthentic- does it gratify your own self importance to say so?
    • Chip Conley: Should I Take My Burning Man Pics off Facebook? | BNET 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.bnet.com [Source type: General]

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  • "I am glad of all details," remarked my friend, "whether they seem to you to be relevant or not."^ "What the hell is it to you who are my friends?"
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "My friend and I would be glad to hear it."
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You handle all my correspondence.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1893)

Silver Blaze

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  • Nothing clears up a case so much as stating it to another person.^ It happened that at the moment I was clearing up the case which my friend Watson has described as that of the Abbey School, in which the Duke of Greyminster was so deeply involved.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Sir Nigel, plucking the patch from his eye, "I think that I am now clear of my vow, for this Spanish knight was a person from whom much honor might be won.
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It seems a clear case, as you put it, and there can't be much difficulty over the bodies."
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    • Page 336
  • It is more than possible; it is probable.^ "We can do no more than refer you to the Committee's report, page six.
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    ^ I think that it is more than probable–” He paused, and I was surprised, on glancing round to see that he was staring with singular intentness at the lady’s profile.
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  • That is the case as it appears to the police, and improbable as it is, all other explanations are more improbable still.^ In that case there would be explanations, and my attempt would no longer be all my own.
    • The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.gandatech.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Upon which he gave instructions that in that case his men should kill all the lawyers and witnesses on the other side.
    • Full text of "The Life Of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.archive.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Were ye all as thoughtless of your own souls as the soldier is of his body, ye would be of more avail to the souls of others."
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  • "Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?"^ You certainly have my attention.
    • Chip Conley: Should I Take My Burning Man Pics off Facebook? | BNET 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.bnet.com [Source type: General]

    ^ I would be proud if you were my boss!!
    • Chip Conley: Should I Take My Burning Man Pics off Facebook? | BNET 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.bnet.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Was there any other point?"
    • The Doings of Raffles Haw / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]


    ."To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time."^ "To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time."
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    ^ "The dog did nothing in the night-time."
    • Full text of "The Life Of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.archive.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Now the missing dumb-bell, if anything, is better than the dog in the night-time; or (if we include any device from The Hound of the Baslcer- villes) both dogs in the night-time.
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    ."The dog did nothing in the night-time."^ "To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time."
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    ^ "The dog did nothing in the night-time."
    • Full text of "The Life Of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.archive.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Now the missing dumb-bell, if anything, is better than the dog in the night-time; or (if we include any device from The Hound of the Baslcer- villes) both dogs in the night-time.
    • Full text of "The Life Of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.archive.org [Source type: Original source]


    ."That was the curious incident," remarked Sherlock Holmes.^ "Let me recommend this book," rather startlingly observes Sherlock Holmes, "one of the most remarkable ever penned.
    • Full text of "The Life Of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.archive.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ For millions of readers, however, Doyle continues to live on in the character of the world's most remarkable detective, Sherlock Holmes."
    • Vol. 1, Section 5A, The Literary Agent, Arthur Conan Doyle, General, C4229 Through C4580 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC special.lib.umn.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Sherlock Holmes was rubbing his hands and chuckling as he added this bizarre incident to his collection of strange episodes.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    • Page 347

The Yellow Face

  • Any truth is better than indefinite doubt.
    • Page 360

The Stockbroker's Clerk

  • Results without causes are much more impressive.
    • Page 363

The Reigate Puzzle

  • It is of the highest importance in the art of detection to be able to recognize, out of a number of facts, which are incidental and which vital. .Otherwise your energy and attention must be dissipated instead of being concentrated.^ I must compliment you, Mr. Baynes, upon your attention to detail in your examination of it.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    • Page 407

The Naval Treaty

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  • Watson here will tell you that I never can resist a touch of the dramatic.^ I tell you there never was.
    • The Doings of Raffles Haw / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You can stay here, Watson.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Also that I can never resist a dramatic situation.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

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  • Out of my last 53 cases 49 have been given full credit to the police and the rest to me.^ It happened, however, that my own affairs needed a lot of straightening out, after two years' absence, and so it is only this week that I have been able to take up Godfrey's case again.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ By midday my husband and I were on our way to London, but not before he had given our benefactor full warning of this danger, and had also left such information for the police as would safeguard his life for the future.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I do not promise you that when you have spoken I may not myself think it my duty to refer the case to the police."
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

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The Final Problem

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If I were assured of your eventual destruction I would, in the interests of the public, cheerfully accept my own.
  • If I were assured of your eventual destruction I would, in the interests of the public, cheerfully accept my own.
    • Holmes to Moriarty
    • Page 5 (of the just that story)
  • He is the Napoleon of crime.^ "I think it would interest you, Holmes.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There is my story, Mr. Holmes.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ If your state is not listed and you would like to know if we have added it since the list you have, just ask.
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]
    • The Doings of Raffles Haw / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902)

  • Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!
    • Chap. 2, p. 679
  • We balance probabilities and choose the most likely. It is the scientific use of the imagination.
    • Chap. 4, p. .687
  • There is nothing more stimulating than a case where everything goes against you.^ There are more breastplates than gaberdines to be seen, I promise you."
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But there was far more than this.
    • Full text of "The Life Of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.archive.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "I know no more than you do.
    • The Doings of Raffles Haw / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    • Chap. 5, p. 696
  • Bear in mind, Sir Henry, one of the phrases in that queer old legend which Dr. Mortimer has read to us, and avoid the moor in those hours of darkness when the powers of evil are exalted.
    • Chap. 6, p. 699
  • You never tire of the moor. .You cannot think the wonderful secrets which it contains.^ But if you think that he has acted from motives which are not criminal, and which he would wish to have known, then you cannot serve him better than by telling us the whole story.” .
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I leave it with you, and you cannot doubt that it contains a full explanation of the tragedy of poor McPherson."
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "I cannot tell you secrets which are not my own, father."
    • The Doings of Raffles Haw / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    It is so vast, and so barren, and so mysterious.
    • Chap. 7

The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1905)

The Adventure of the Empty House (1903)

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For all his efforts he could not get his balance, and over he went.
^ And yet, after all, Mr. Goldsmith was quite right, Crowborough represented a thousand villages whose con- certed effort could mean much.
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.With my face over the brink, I saw him fall for a long way.^ These devils would give me no rest so long as I was above ground; but if they saw in the papers that Baldwin had got his man, there would be an end of all my troubles.
  • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I saw him no more until the evening, when he returned with a slow step and haggard face which assured me that he had made no great progress with his investigation.
  • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The image of Jean Leckie, whom he saw only at long intervals, never left him.
  • Full text of "The Life Of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.archive.org [Source type: Original source]

.Then he struck a rock, bounded off, and splashed into the water.
  • I had little doubt that I had come to the end of my career when I perceived the somewhat sinister figure of the late Professor Moriarty standing upon the narrow pathway which led to safety. I read an inexorable purpose in his gray eyes.^ "Yet enough for my purpose, I doubt not.
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Come into my rooms here.
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "I have watched it, Robert--I have watched it every Saturday, and I had my chance of looking a little deeper into it.
    • The Doings of Raffles Haw / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    .I exchanged some remarks with him, therefore, and obtained his courteous permission to write the short note which you afterwards received.^ "You speak out boldly, squire," the prince answered; "but unless I have some further assurance of your master's noble birth and gentle name I cannot match the choicest lances of my court against him."
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I write this note to shorten your anxiety, and to beg you to forgive me for the momentary unhappiness which my suggestion must have caused you.
    • Conan Doyle, Arthur » ��������-���� ����������� ����� ��� ���������� 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC 4flaga.ru [Source type: Original source]

    ^ If you received it on a physical medium, you must return it with your note, and such person may choose to alternatively give you a replacement copy.
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]
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    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    .I left it with my cigarette-box and my stick, and I walked along the pathway, Moriarty still at my heels.^ Feeling strangely restless and uneasy, I left my rooms and walked round to spend the evening with Agatha and her mother.
    • Conan Doyle, Arthur » ��������-���� ����������� ����� ��� ���������� 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC 4flaga.ru [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But when I had left his room I walked down Baker Street, revolving in my head how on earth I was to carry out so strange an order.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Even so, I still plan to stick to my guns, practice what I preach about authenticity, and keep the photos on my Facebook page.
    • Chip Conley: Should I Take My Burning Man Pics off Facebook? | BNET 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.bnet.com [Source type: General]

    When I reached the end I stood at bay. .He drew no weapon, but he rushed at me and threw his long arms around me.^ Then she threw her arms around him.
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ He rushed forward and threw his arms round his neck with the abandon of a loving girl.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Up the long slope rushed ranks and ranks of men exultant, shouting, with waving pennons and brandished arms.
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    .He knew that his own game was up, and was only anxious to revenge himself upon me.^ It happened, however, that my own affairs needed a lot of straightening out, after two years' absence, and so it is only this week that I have been able to take up Godfrey's case again.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Thence he could see the drawbridge go up, and he knew that his only escape was through the moat.
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Once only did he appear in his own person, and that was upon the famous occasion when he saved the well-known bank of Garraweg Brothers in Birmingham.
    • The Doings of Raffles Haw / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    We tottered together upon the brink of the fall. .I have some knowledge, however, of baritsu, or the Japanese system of wrestling, which has more than once been very useful to me.^ More than once I thought he was gone as I brought him up.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Oh dear me, it is surely worth very much more than that," cried Raffles Haw, laughing.
    • The Doings of Raffles Haw / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There is surely something more than that,” said he; “some underlying suggestion of the tragic and the terrible.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    .I slipped through his grip, and he with a horrible scream kicked madly for a few seconds, and clawed the air with both his hands.^ He clawed into the air with his bony hands.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ In the very centre of all these, upon the largest hook of all, there hung a fat little red-faced man with enormous whiskers, kicking madly in the air and clawing at rafters, hams, and all else that was within hand-grasp.
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ A bony hand gripped him by the throat, and the blade of a razor flashed in the air.
    • The Doings of Raffles Haw / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    .But for all his efforts he could not get his balance, and over he went.^ And yet, after all, Mr. Goldsmith was quite right, Crowborough represented a thousand villages whose con- certed effort could mean much.
    • Full text of "The Life Of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.archive.org [Source type: Original source]

    .With my face over the brink, I saw him fall for a long way.^ These devils would give me no rest so long as I was above ground; but if they saw in the papers that Baldwin had got his man, there would be an end of all my troubles.
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I saw him no more until the evening, when he returned with a slow step and haggard face which assured me that he had made no great progress with his investigation.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The image of Jean Leckie, whom he saw only at long intervals, never left him.
    • Full text of "The Life Of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.archive.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Then he struck a rock, bounded off, and splashed into the water.^ There was a big boulder just above the ledge, and we pushed it until it fell with a tremendous splash into the water.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ In an instant it had been whisked away by the weight of the stone, had struck with a sharp crack against the parapet, and had vanished over the side into the water.
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    ^ Terlake fell short, crashed in among the oars, and bounded off into the sea.
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

The Adventure of the Norwood Builder

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  • There is no prospect of danger, or I should not dream of stirring out without you.^ There was no way out of it.
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    ^ There were no footsteps, you say?"
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There is no bolthole for you in this country.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

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The Adventure of the Dancing Men

  • What one man can invent another can discover.
    • Page 525

The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist

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With a resigned air and a somewhat weary smile, Holmes begged the beautiful intruder to take a seat and to inform us what it was that was troubling her.
  • It was vain to urge that his time was already fully occupied, for the young lady had come with the determination to tell her story, and it was evident that nothing short of force could get her out of the room until she had done so.^ Do you say nothing has come out of that room–absolutely nothing?” .
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    ^ The young man smiled with an air of embarrassment.
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    ^ "Nothing could harm us nothing!"
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    .With a resigned air and a somewhat weary smile, Holmes begged the beautiful intruder to take a seat and to inform us what it was that was troubling her.
  • We had got as far as this, when who should walk in but the gentleman himself, who had been drinking his beer in the tap-room and had heard the whole conversation.^ Within we met a gray old gentleman, who introduced himself as the lawyer together with a bustling, rubicund inspector, who greeted Hoimes as an old friend.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Who are you that you should take it on yourself to ask such things?"
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Just two weary Londoners who badly need some good Berkshire air."
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    .Who was I? What did I want?^ Capital in turn brought the engineers, the technicians, the miners, the tradesmen: who did not want to live in Park Lane, but only in a decent house.
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    What did I mean by asking questions? He had a fine flow of language, and his adjectives were very vigorous. He ended a string of abuse by a vicious back-hander, which I failed to entirely avoid. The next few minutes were delicious. It was a straight left against a slogging ruffian. .I emerged as you see me.^ You can just see if you look at it sideways where the sharp spring like a viper’s tooth emerges as you open it.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    Mr. Woodley went home in a cart. .So ended my country trip, and it must be confessed that, however enjoyable, my day on the Surrey border has not been much more profitable than your own.^ "What of my own poor country?"
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    ^ Frankly, I must confess that my own needs what stiffening I can give it.
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    ^ We need your donations more than ever!
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    • The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.gandatech.net [Source type: Original source]

    • Pages 532-533
  • I have never been in Africa in my life, so you can put that in your pipe and smoke it, Mr. Busybody Holmes!
    • Page 537

The Adventure of the Priory School

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  • It is impossible as I state it, and therefore I must in some respect have stated it wrong.^ Therefore the shot must have been fired some time earlier than we are told.
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It can be stated for certain that this young man, when he met his death, was travelling in this direction at some late hour of the night, but at what point he entered the train it is impossible to state.” .
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Inspector Baynes, considering that such a visit must have some purpose in view and was likely, therefore, to be repeated, abandoned the house but left an ambuscade in the shrubbery.
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    • Page 550

The Adventure of Black Peter

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  • There can be no question, my dear Watson, of the value of exercise before breakfast.^ I fear there is no alternative, Watson.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Exactly, my dear Watson!
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There could be no question as to its nature.
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  • One should always look for a possible alternative, and provide against it. It is the first rule of criminal investigation.^ Always look at the hands first, Watson.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The affair proves, as I always thought it would, to be an extremely simple one, but I am obliged to you for assisting me in my investigation.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It is strange that in one twelve hours the Abbey should have cast off its foulest weed and should now lose what we are fain to look upon as our choicest blossom."
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    • Page 567

The Adventure of the Three Students

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Let us hear the suspicions.
^ Well, well, Mrs. Warren, let us hear about it, then.
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^ But let us hear the end, Mr. Mac.
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.I will look after the proofs.
  • Let us hear the suspicions.^ Well, well, Mrs. Warren, let us hear about it, then.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But let us hear the end, Mr. Mac.
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    I will look after the proofs.
    • Page 600

The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter

  • There is so much red tape in these matters.
    • Page 626
  • Dr Leslie Armstrong "I have heard your name, Mr. Sherlock Holmes, and I am aware of your profession — one of which I by no means approve."
    .Holmes "In that, Doctor, you will find yourself in agreement with every criminal in the country."^ "Yes," Holmes answered, "you need not pain yourself by entering into that part of the story.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I suppose when you doctored you found yourself studying cases without thought of a fee?” .
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Then, good archer, I am right glad to welcome you to Twynham Castle, and in the steward's room you will find provant for yourself and comrades.
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  • A draghound will follow aniseed from here to John o' Groat's, and our friend, Armstrong, would have to drive through the Cam before he would shake Pompey off his trail.^ It was not until he had received his apology that our touchy friend would suffer himself to be appeased.
    • The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.gandatech.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Our young friend here knows where they live.
    • The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.gandatech.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Sir John Charnell, Lord Audley, you do not doubt the courage of our friends of Gascony?"
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    • Page 633

The Adventure of the Abbey Grange

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Perhaps, when a man has special knowledge and special powers like my own, it rather encourages him to seek a complex explanation when a simpler one is at hand.
  • "Come, Watson, come!"^ And now I was coming into my own.
    • The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.gandatech.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Either that or I would do justice upon him with my own hand.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I come to you seeking knowledge, for it is my trade to learn."
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    he cried. "The game is afoot. Not a word! Into your clothes and come!" .
    • Page 636
  • Perhaps, when a man has special knowledge and special powers like my own, it rather encourages him to seek a complex explanation when a simpler one is at hand.^ I had rather not be the man that crossed him!"
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Either that or I would do justice upon him with my own hand.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Did she not tell me, as I can read in my own journal, that when she has acquired power over a subject she can make him do her will?
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    • Page 642
  • What I know is unofficial; what he knows is official.
    • Page 647

The Adventure of the Second Stain

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  • Now, Watson, the fair sex is your department.^ And now, fair mother," he continued, when his daughter had gone, "sit you here by the fire, for your blood runs colder than it did.
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And now, Watson, have you learned your lessons?"
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  • Only one important thing has happened in the last three days, and that is that nothing has happened.^ For three days he has been sinking, and I doubt if he will last the day.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ One thing only is certain.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Only one thing would amaze me.
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The Valley of Fear (1915)

There should be no combination of events for which the wit of man cannot conceive an explanation.
The first two chapters originally appeared in 1914 in The Strand Magazine (September 1914)
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  • "What do you make of it, Holmes?"^ What do you make of it, Mr. Holmes?"
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    ^ But what I can’t make head or tail of, Mr. Holmes, is how on earth YOU got yourself mixed up in the matter.” .
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ."It is obviously an attempt to convey secret information."^ "It is obviously an attempt to convey secret information."
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    ."But what is the use of a cipher message without the cipher?"^ "But what is the use of a cipher message without the cipher?"
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    ^ Please burn the cipher message, which can now be of no use to you.
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    • Part 1, Chapter 1 The Warning
  • The vocabulary of Bradshaw is nervous and terse, but limited.^ The vocabulary of Bradshaw is nervous and terse, but limited.
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    • Part 1, chap. 1, p. .712
  • Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius.
    • Part 1, chap.^ Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius, and MacDonald had talent enough for his profession to enable him to perceive that there was no humiliation in seeking the assistance of one who already stood alone in Europe, both in his gifts and in his experience.
      • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

      1, p. .773
  • Should I ever marry, Watson, I should hope to inspire my wife with some feeling which would prevent her from being walked off by a housekeeper when my corpse was lying within a few yards of her.^ "Within a few yards from the spot."
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Should I ever marry, Watson, I should hope to inspire my wife with some feeling which would prevent her from being walked off by a housekeeper when my corpse was lying within a few yards of her.
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I should know my Watson by now.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    • Part 1, Chap. 6, p. .801
  • There should be no combination of events for which the wit of man cannot conceive an explanation.^ "There should be a black man.
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ We are to be married by special licence in Birmingham, so really there is no reason why he should know.
    • The Doings of Raffles Haw / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ A strong wind blew towards us and we were well concealed, so there was no chance of discovery.
    • The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.gandatech.net [Source type: Original source]

    • Part 1, chap. 6, p. .802
  • Birdy Edwards is here.^ "Birdy Edwards is here.
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Is Birdy Edwards here?"
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    I am Birdy Edwards!
    • Part 2, Chap. 7, p. 863

His Last Bow (1917)

The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge

  • There is but one step from the grotesque to the horrible.
    • Part 2, p. 888

The Cardboard Box

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There is no part of the body which varies so much as the human ear.
  • There is no part of the body which varies so much as the human ear.^ As a medical man, you are aware, Watson, that there is no part of the body which varies so much as the human ear.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I much fear, my dear Watson, that there is no return train to-night.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There are objections to the joke theory, no doubt,” said he, “but there are much stronger reasons against the other.
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The Red Circle

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  • Education never ends Watson.^ Education never ends, Watson.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I should never have recognized you/* "My dear Watson, when you begin to recognize me it will indeed be the beginning of the end.
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    ^ I have never loved, Watson, but if I did and if the woman I loved had met such an end, I might act even as our lawless lion- hunter has done.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    It is a series of lessons with the greatest for the last.
    • Page 907

The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans

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  • "Am dining at Goldini's Restaurant, Gloucester Road, Kensington.^ Am dining at Goldini’s Restaurant, Gloucester Road, Kensington.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    .Please come at once and join me there.^ Please come out at once.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Please come at once and join me there.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The packed benches of students joined in, and every time Challenger's beard opened, before any sound could come forth, there was a yell of "Question!"
    • The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.gandatech.net [Source type: Original source]

    .Bring with you a jemmy, a dark lantern, a chisel, and a revolver.^ Bring with you a jemmy, a dark lantern, a chisel, and a revolver.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    .S. H."
    It was a nice equipment for a respectable citizen to carry through the dim, fog-draped streets.
    ^ It was a nice equipment for a respectable citizen to carry through the dim, fog-draped streets.
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  • We must fall back upon the old axiom that when all other contingencies fail, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
    • Page 926
  • "Think of Mycroft's note, of the Admiralty, the Cabinet, the exalted person who waits for news.^ "That process," said I, "starts upon the supposition that when you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Here all other contingencies HAVE failed.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ We must fall back upon the old axiom that when all other contingencies fail, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    We are bound to go."
    .My answer was to rise from the table.^ My answer was to rise from the table.
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    ."You are right, Holmes.^ You are right, Holmes.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You’re right, Mr. Holmes.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You are right, Mr. Holmes.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    We are bound to go."
    • Page 926

The Dying Detective

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  • Everything in this world is relative, my dear Watson.
    • Page 633
  • Holmes, you are not yourself.^ "Well, the immediate question, my dear Watson, happens to be, What will you do?
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "My dear boy, I do not blame you.
    • The Doings of Raffles Haw / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Exactly, my dear Watson!
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    A sick man is but a child. .
    • Page 933
  • You fidget me beyond endurance.^ You fidget me beyond endurance.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    .You, a doctor — you are enough to drive a patient into an asylum.^ You, a doctor–you are enough to drive a patient into an asylum.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And I am sure that given the type of business you are into and the culture that drives it, you can do without the "talent" that may be discouraged of being part of your organization by those pictures.
    • Chip Conley: Should I Take My Burning Man Pics off Facebook? | BNET 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.bnet.com [Source type: General]

    ^ You will recollect that Mortimer Tregennis, in describing the episode of his last visit to his brother’s house, remarked that the doctor on entering the room fell into a chair?
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

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    • Page 935
  • Indeed, I cannot think why the whole bed of the ocean is not one solid mass of oysters, so prolific the creatures seem.^ Indeed, I cannot think why the whole bed of the ocean is not one solid mass of oysters, so prolific the creatures seem.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But if you think that he has acted from motives which are not criminal, and which he would wish to have known, then you cannot serve him better than by telling us the whole story.” .
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Because it is done by a man who cannot afford to fail -- one whose whole unique position depends upon the fact that all he does must succeed.
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

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  • You and I, Watson, we have done our part.^ "You can file it in our archives, Watson.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Part of connecting with people online is demonstrating our human similarities, keep tweeting the way you want.
    • Chip Conley: Should I Take My Burning Man Pics off Facebook? | BNET 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.bnet.com [Source type: General]

    ^ "And now, if you can spare the time, Watson, we will get upon our way."
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    .Shall the world, then, be overrun by oysters?^ Shall the world, then, be overrun by oysters?
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    No, no; horrible! .
    • Page 936
  • But I have reasons to suppose that this opinion would be very much more frank and valuable if he imagines that we are alone
    • Page 938
  • I give you my word that for three days I have tasted neither food nor drink until you were good enough to pour me out that glass of water.^ England was out on the water that day.
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ My general conclusions you are good enough to approve, as I understand?"
    • The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.gandatech.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ That’s why I give you water.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    .But it is the tobacco which I find most irksome.^ But it is the tobacco which I find most irksome.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

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  • Three days of absolute fast does not improve one's beauty, Watson.^ Three days of absolute fast does not improve one’s beauty, Watson.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ His cor- 276 THE LIFE OF Sir Arthur Conan Doyle respondence, which in America had reached the figure of three hundred letters a day, was only one item of it.
    • Full text of "The Life Of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.archive.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ He had watched the house for some days and had spotted Dr. Watson as one of the obviously suspicious characters who had called there.
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  • Malingering is a subject upon which I have sometimes thought of writing a monograph.^ Malingering is a subject upon which I have sometimes thought of writing a monograph.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Sometimes he would write a comment about a subject over which he still brooded.
    • Full text of "The Life Of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.archive.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "AH I'd have to do would be to remember what I thought about any given subject, and then write the opposite, and that would be you.
    • Full text of "The Life Of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.archive.org [Source type: Original source]

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The Adventure of the Devil's Foot

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  • I fear that if the matter is beyond humanity it is certainly beyond me.^ I fear,” said Holmes, “that if the matter is beyond humanity it is certainly beyond me.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    .Yet we must exhaust all natural explanations before we fall back upon such a theory as this.^ Yet we must exhaust all natural explanations before we fall back upon such a theory as this.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Yet I persuaded myself that it must have been some nervous contraction which I had surprised, for he turned to me an instant later with genuine concern upon his features.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And yet the danger must still have pressed somewhat upon him; for on his way to the lodge he stopped at old man Shafter's.
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

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  • I think, Watson, that I shall resume that course of tobacco-poisoning which you have so often and so justly condemned.^ I think, Watson, that I shall resume that course of tobacco-poisoning which you have so often and so justly condemned,” said he.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You will now light the gas, Watson, but you will be very careful that not for one instant shall it be more than half on.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Now I will read it to you, Alleyne, and you shall write it out fair; for we leave Bordeaux this day, and it would be great joy to me to think that the Lady Loring had word from me."
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

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  • To let the brain work without sufficient material is like racing an engine.^ To let the brain work without sufficient material is like racing an engine.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ My mind is like a racing engine, tearing itself to pieces because it is not connected up with the work for which it was built.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Sufficient for me to share the sport and lend my humble help to the capture without distracting that intent brain with needless interruption.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    It racks itself to pieces.
    • Page 960
  • We are devil-ridden, Mr. Holmes! .My poor parish is devil-ridden!^ My poor parish is devil- ridden!” he cried.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    .Satan himself is loose in it!^ Satan himself is loose in it!
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    .We are given over into his hands!^ It was just as if they had been given into my hands.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ We are given over into his hands!” He danced about in his agitation, a ludicrous object if it were not for his ashy face and startled eyes.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

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  • It is not for me, my dear Watson, to stand in the way of the official police force.^ It is not for me, my dear Watson, to stand in the way of the official police force.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Quite simple, my dear Watson.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Exactly, my dear Watson!
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

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  • I owe you both my thanks and an apology.^ My dear Watson, I owe you a thousand apologies.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I am not aware that I owe you any account of my private actions."
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I cannot tell you how I thank Heaven that I did not entirely confide it to you, for I should have been handing over an inheritance of misery both to yourself and others.
    • The Doings of Raffles Haw / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    .It was an unjustifiable experiment even for one's self, and doubly so for a friend.^ It was an unjustifiable experiment even for one’s self, and doubly so for a friend.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    .I am really very sorry.^ I am really very sorry.” .
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

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  • Surely the clearest proof of it is that, knowing what I know, I have sent for you and not for the police.^ Surely the clearest proof of it is that, knowing what I know, I have sent for you and not for the police.” .
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Then why should you not now tell the police anything you know?"
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You may require two FB pages, one for the people who know you on the business level (a fan page) and one for your real friends.
    • Chip Conley: Should I Take My Burning Man Pics off Facebook? | BNET 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.bnet.com [Source type: General]

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  • I have heard your reasons and regard them as unconvincing and inadequate.^ I have heard your reasons and regard them as unconvincing and inadequate.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    We will pass that.
    • Page 967
  • "I followed you."
    ."I saw no one."^ I saw no one.” .
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "You saw it first, and, by George, if you choose to put `Lake Malone' on it, no one has a better right."
    • The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.gandatech.net [Source type: Original source]


    ."That is what you may expect to see when I follow you."^ That is what you may expect to see when I follow you.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "May you live to see it," quoth the bowman.
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You will see that he hath refection, and such a purse of gold as may defray his charges, for indeed it is great honor to any court to have within it so noble and gentle a cavalier.
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

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  • Some fumes which are not poisonous would be a welcome change.^ Some fumes which are not poisonous would be a welcome change,” said he.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Now the window was shut, but the fire would naturally carry fumes to some extent up the chimney.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

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His Last Bow

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Good old Watson!
^ Good old Watson!
  • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

.You are the one fixed point in a changing age.
  • Good old Watson!^ "Good old Watson!
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You are the one fixed point in a changing age.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Good old Watson!
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    .You are the one fixed point in a changing age.
    There's an east wind coming all the same, such a wind as never blew on England yet.^ There never was such a complete Philistine.
    • The Doings of Raffles Haw / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I wish it had come to any one of you but me.
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Well, there is just one point."
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    .It will be cold and bitter, Watson, and a good many of us may wither before its blast.^ It will be cold and bitter, Watson, and a good many of us may wither before its blast.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ May good St. Thomas of Kent grant that it may be long before either I or mine need his help!
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There may be many of us that will have to look out for ourselves.
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    But it's God's own wind none the less, and a cleaner, better, stronger land will lie in the sunshine when the storm has cleared.
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The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1927)

The Adventure of the Illustrious Client

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  • It may be some fussy, self-important fool; it may be a matter of life or death.^ Whatever fate may be mine through life, I am very sure that I shall never be nearer death than I was that morning.
    • The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.gandatech.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ If the latter, may it be taken as some sign of self-reproach for duty neglected?
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ One thing to remember is that no matter how much you may want to; you can't separate your corporate life and your private life in a social platform.
    • Chip Conley: Should I Take My Burning Man Pics off Facebook? | BNET 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.bnet.com [Source type: General]

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  • "I should say that there is no more dangerous man in Europe."^ "They can count on us saying no more than we should.
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ No, it was done elsewhere, I should say.
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "You say there is another man there.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]


    ."I have had several opponents to whom that flattering term has been applied."^ "I have had several opponents to whom that flattering term has been applied," said Holmes with a smile.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    • The client and Holmes, Page 985
  • I am sorry. .I am accustomed to have mystery at one end of my cases, but to have it at both ends is too confusing.^ "I am accustomed to have mystery at one end of my cases, but to have it at both ends is too confusing.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It was about six inches long, and thicker than my thumb, with some indications of dried cartilage at one end of it.
    • The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.gandatech.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And so, at last, after long delay, my considerable preparation ended in one little book of soldier stories."
    • Full text of "The Life Of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.archive.org [Source type: Original source]

    .I fear, Sir James, that I must decline to act.^ I fear, Sir James, that I must decline to act."
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But, above all, he must be a man who could do, who could act, who could look Death in the face and have no fear of him, a man of great deeds and strange experiences.
    • The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.gandatech.net [Source type: Original source]

    • Page 985
  • A complex mind. .All great criminals have that.^ "All great criminals have that.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

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  • I have my plans.^ Even so, I still plan to stick to my guns, practice what I preach about authenticity, and keep the photos on my Facebook page.
    • Chip Conley: Should I Take My Burning Man Pics off Facebook? | BNET 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.bnet.com [Source type: General]

    .The first thing is to exaggerate my injuries.
    They'll come to you for news.^ They'll come to you for news.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "I'll see you in hell first."
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Are you coming my way?
    • The Doings of Raffles Haw / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    .Put it on thick, Watson.^ Put it on thick, Watson.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    .Lucky if I live the week out — concussion — delirium — what you like!^ Lucky if I live the week out concussion delirium -- what you like!
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Shoot while you may, and then out sword, and let us live or die together!"
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Well, it's lucky for you, Challenger, that you ARE a little out of the ordinary.
    • The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.gandatech.net [Source type: Original source]

    You can't overdo it. .
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  • "I have found out who our client is," I cried, bursting with my great news.^ "I have found out who our client is," I cried, bursting with my great news.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ My soul cried out for revenge.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ His name was Tito Castalotte, and he was the senior partner of the great firm of Castalotte and Zamba, who are the chief fruit importers of New York.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ."Why, Holmes, it is —"
    "It is a loyal friend and a chivalrous gentleman," said Holmes, holding up a restraining hand.
    ^ "It is a loyal friend and a chivalrous gentleman," said Holmes, holding up a restraining hand.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Why do they not get to work and dig up these long rows of black and crooked stumps which I see on every hand?
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "This is my friend Mr. Barker," said Holmes.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ."Let that now and forever be enough for us."^ "Let that now and forever be enough for us."
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Now let us have yours."
    • The Doings of Raffles Haw / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Now let us try again.
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

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The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier

  • When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
    • Page 1011

The Adventure of the Three Gables

  • I am not the law, but I represent justice so far as my feeble powers go.
    • Page 1032

The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire

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  • "Matilda Briggs was not the name of a young woman, Watson," said Holmes in a reminiscent voice.^ Holmes,” said the vicar in an agitated voice, “the most extraordinary and tragic affair has occurred during the night.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "There is an appalling directness about your questions, Watson," said Holmes, shaking his pipe at me.
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Just sit down in that chair, Watson,” said Sherlock Holmes when we had returned to our apartment at the Bull.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    "It was a ship which is associated with the giant rat of Sumatra, a story for which the world is not yet prepared." .
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  • We must not let him think that this agency is a home for the weak-minded.^ "We must not let him think that this agency is a home for the weak-minded.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "You must not think of minding what Mr. Spurling says.
    • The Doings of Raffles Haw / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Let him take off his plates and delve himself, if delving must be done."
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

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  • It is simpler to deal direct.
    • Page 1037

The Adventure of the Three Garridebs

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  • In my profession all sorts of odd knowledge comes useful, and this room of yours is a storehouse of it.^ Come into my rooms here.
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "All knowledge comes useful to the detective," remarked Holmes.
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "In my profession all sorts of odd knowledge comes useful, and this room of yours is a storehouse of it."
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

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  • Well, Watson, we can but possess our souls in patience and see what the hour may bring.^ Well, Watson, we can but possess our souls in patience and see what the hour may bring."
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It is nearly midnight, Watson, and I think we may make our way back to our humble abode."
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "You see/' confided Bram Stoker, "our difficulty has been how to fit in a play lasting exactly one hour.
    • Full text of "The Life Of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.archive.org [Source type: Original source]

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  • It was worth a wound; it was worth many wounds; to know the depth of loyalty and love which lay behind that cold mask. The clear, hard eyes were dimmed for a moment, and the firm lips were shaking.^ The clear, hard eyes were dimmed for a moment, and the firm lips were shaking.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It was worth a wound -- it was worth many wounds -- to know the depth of loyalty and love which lay behind that cold mask.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Robert's weak nature had never before realised the strength which lay in those thin, firm lips and earnest eyes.
    • The Doings of Raffles Haw / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    .For the one and only time I caught a glimpse of a great heart as well as of a great brain.^ For the one and only time I caught a glimpse of a great heart as well as of a great brain.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "It is as well," remarked Terlake; "for methinks, my fair lord, that we are not the only ones who are waiting a passage to Gascony.
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Much of the time he felt refreshed and light-hearted, partly because he was in action again and partly because he felt conscious of a great truth to be told in the world.
    • Full text of "The Life Of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle" 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.archive.org [Source type: Original source]

    .All my years of humble but single-minded service culminated in that moment of revelation.^ For a moment this explanation was in all our minds.
    • The Lost World - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC www.gandatech.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ For this reason I am not at the present moment telling you all that is in my mind.
    • The Valley Of Fear / Doyle, Arthur Conan 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ He called me this moment from this window, and I ran with all my speed.” .
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    • Dr. Watson

The Problem of Thor Bridge

  • We must look for consistency. .Where there is a want of it we must suspect deception.
    • Page 1065
  • We can but try.^ Where there is a want of it we must suspect deception."
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Ah, Jack, if you want to keep your head above water, old friend, you must try your fortune away from me.” .
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    • Page 1069

The Adventure of the Creeping Man

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When one tries to rise above Nature one is liable to fall below it.
  • Come at once if convenient — if inconvenient come all the same.
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  • When one tries to rise above Nature one is liable to fall below it. The highest type of man may revert to the animal if he leaves the straight road of destiny.^ "One more fall, by all the saints!"
    • The White Company / Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir, 1859-1930 9 February 2010 16:51 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Come at once if convenient -- if inconvenient come all the same.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The highest type of man may revert to the animal if he leaves the straight road of destiny."
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    • Page 1082

The Adventure of the Lion's Mane

  • That the dog should die was after the beautiful, faithful nature of dogs.
    • Page 1089
  • I am an omnivorous reader with a strangely retentive memory for trifles.
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The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place

  • Dogs don't make mistakes.
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The Adventure of the Retired Colourman

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  • Cut out the poetry, Watson.^ "Cut out the poetry, Watson," said Holmes severely.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

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  • Things must be done decently and in order.^ Things must be done decently and in order.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

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Misattribution

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Elementary...
  • Elementary, my dear Watson.^ You must admit, my dear Watson, that the idea of a joke is impossible.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle « ShortyStories.com-Short Story Collection... 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC shortystories.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Why, surely, as a doctor, my dear Watson, you must admit that what your digestion gains in the way of blood supply is so much lost to the brain.
    • The Case Book Of Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) 10 February 2010 11:37 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I should never have recognized you/* "My dear Watson, when you begin to recognize me it will indeed be the beginning of the end.
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    • In the stories by Conan Doyle, Holmes often remarked that his logical conclusions were "elementary", in that he considered them to be simple and obvious.^ The deliberate identifications with Holmes, at the time of all the endless queries at the top-tide of success in 1892, Conan Doyle slipped into the Memoirs.
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      ^ "Conan Doyle, the English writer who invented the genial type of de- tective, Sherlock Holmes, has just been married.
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      ^ "In Holmes's early days THE LIFE OF Sir ArtliUT Conan Doyle 169 motor bicycles were unthought-of.
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      .However, the complete phrase "Elementary, my dear Watson" does not appear in any of the 60 Holmes stories written by Doyle.^ Holmes does not even appear in it.
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      ^ My dear Mr. Holmes: .
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      ^ "Exactly, my dear Watson!
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      .The beginning of The Crooked Man (1893) is the closest that "Elementary" and "my dear Watson" ever appear in the text, but the two phrases are separated by a paragraph — and are in the wrong order.^ "Exactly, my dear Watson!
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      ^ "Quite simple, my dear Watson.
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      ^ Can you ask, my dear Watson?
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      .It does later appear in chapter 19 of P. G. Wodehouse's Psmith, Journalist (1915), and at the very end of the 1929 film, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, the first Sherlock Holmes sound film.^ Holmes does not even appear in it.
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      ^ Partial contents: First Appearance of Sherlock Holmes (p.
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      ^ Such sentiments, perhaps, might have sounded not incongruous from Sherlock Holmes himself.
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      The phrase is also brought up in the 1935 film,The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes, an adaptation of the story,The Valley of Fear.

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List of Sherlock Holmes stories. Detailed list of when each story was originally published see http://oocities.com/sherlockiana/watson/pub_yop.html .
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Contents

Novels

A Study in Scarlet

STUDT - 1887

The Sign of the Four

SIGN4 - 1890

The Hound of the Baskervilles

HOUND - 1902

The Valley of Fear

VALLE - 1915

Short stories compilations

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

ADVEN - 1891 - 1892 Speaker Icon.svg

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

MEMOI - 1893

The Return of Sherlock Holmes

RETUR - 1905

His Last Bow

LASTB - 1917 Speaker Icon.svg

The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes

CASEB - 1927

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Proper noun

Singular
Sherlock Holmes
Plural
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  1. (fiction) A detective in the novels by Arthur Conan Doyle.
  2. (figuratively) By extension, any person who has or is considered to have great powers of observation and deduction.

Synonyms

  • (person with great powers of deduction): Sherlock

Translations

person with great powers of deduction

See also


Simple English

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Sherlock Holmes painted by the artist Sidney Paget, in The Strand magazine.
Sherlock Holmes is a character from books written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. His most famous story was The Hound of the Baskervilles. Many of the stories were made into movies and television dramas. He is a detective (He tries to find out who did a crime). He is famous for his detective skills and for solving mysteries. There is a monument in London dedicated to him. He has a sharp mind and is able to solve even the most hard and strange cases. He works with his companion Dr Watson, a retired army officer. Holmes plays the violin and smokes a pipe. Sometimes when he has not got any cases to solve, he uses drugs. He is very smart. He first appeared in 1887 and is known for his detective skills. People sometimes get surprised because he takes cocaine and morphine. He was the best detective in the world and it will always stay that way. Many people liked him. Everyone says Sherlock Holmes was born on 6th January 1854, and for more than 100 years his name has been known in every country of the world; and not only his name, but his appearance too. The hawk-like features and piercing eyes; the dressing-gown and pipe; the funny cap and magnifying glass - these details are so familiar that if he were to appear amongst us today we should know him at once.

He is still however a mysterious figure, as wrapped in mystery as the crimes he tried to solve, and as in most legends, it is often difficult to tell truth from lies.

Contents

The Science of Deduction

In the story The Sign of Four, the first part is titled "The Science of Deduction". Dr. Watson admires Sherlock Holmes attention to detail and Holmes explains the importance of details that appear unimportant but can be crucial in solving a mystery.

In the second part of the story A Study in Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes's method is explained in detail. He is the only Consultant Detective in the world and his Science of Detection is based on Analysis and Deduction, figuring things out based on things he already knows.

Sherlock Holmes does not know a lot about literature, philosophy, astronomy and politics but his knowledge of chemistry is great and he seems to know every detail of every horror ever committed by a criminal mind.

Sherlock Holmes' Brother

Mycroft Holmes is Sherlock Holmes' brother. He works in the government and according to Sherlock, his brother Mycroft's powers of deduction are even better than his own so that again and again Mycroft's word has decided national policy. Sometimes, Sherlock goes to his brother to ask for advice on some little problem. In Sherlock's own words, Mycroft is the British government.

Sherlock Holmes' archenemy

Professor James Moriarty is Sherlock Holmes' archenemy (chief enemy). He is good at doing bad things (crimes). He is a mathematical genius and occupied the mathematical chair (office) of a small English university (school) but he quit and moved to London where he became the center of organized English crime (the mob) and the object of Sherlock Holmes's investigative power who considered the professor his intellectual equal. Sherlock Holmes vs (against) Moriarty represents one of the greatest battles of wits (shrewdness, intelligence, smartness) in the history of the world. Holmes spoke often of Moriarty's genius in admiration in spite of (not considering) the horror of the crimes. He spoke well of Moriarty without taking into consideration the evil side of his nature.

The women in his life

His landlady Mrs. Hudson who was genuinely fond of him.

Mary Morstan who married Dr. Watson in 1888.

He showed his attentiveness to Violet Hunter. (He was courteous and considerate).(He showed good manners).

He posed as a plumber in his wooing (seeking the affection or love) of Charles Augustus Milverton's housemaid (someone hired to do chores).

He was never really involved emotionally with a woman. In his own words, "...I have never loved."

In A Scandal in Bohemia, the only case in which he fails, appears the only woman he considered his equal intellectually and the only woman who ever defeated him. Her name is Irene Adler. She was born in New Jersey and was an opera singer. She had a love affair (romance) with the king of Bohemia.

Other websites

Movie: Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1943)



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