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See˜chrender/Sherlock Holmes for an electronic form of this text and additional . The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes. Preface. SHERLOCK HOLMES. SHORT STORIES. Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective of them all. He sits in his room, and smokes his pipe. He listens, and. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. 1 .. Holmes scribbled a receipt upon a sheet of his note-book and handed it to.

And yet there was but one woman to him, and that woman was the late Irene Adler, of dubious and questionable memory. I had seen little of Holmes lately. My marriage had drifted us away from each other.

My own complete happiness, and the home-centred interests which rise up around the man who first finds himself master of his own establishment, were sufficient to absorb all my attention, while Holmes, who loathed every form of society with his whole Bohemian soul, remained in our lodgings in Baker Street, buried among his old books, and alternating from week to week between cocaine and ambition, the drowsiness of the drug, and the fierce energy of his own keen nature.

He was still, as ever, deeply attracted by the study of crime, and occupied his immense faculties and extraordinary powers of observation in following out those clues, and clearing up those mysteries which had been abandoned as hopeless by the official police. From time to time I heard some vague account of his doings: of his summons to Odessa in the case of the Trepoff murder, of his clearing up of the singular tragedy of the Atkinson brothers at Trincomalee, and finally of the mission which he had accomplished so delicately and successfully for the reigning family of Holland.

Beyond these signs of his activity, however, which I merely shared with all the readers of the daily press, I knew little of my former friend and companion. One night—it was on the twentieth of March, —I was returning from a journey to a patient for I had now returned to civil practice , when my way led me through Baker Street.

As I passed the well-remembered door, which must always be associated in my mind with my wooing, and with the dark incidents of the Study in Scarlet, I was seized with a keen desire to see Holmes again, and to know how he was employing his extraordinary powers. His rooms were brilliantly lit, and, even as I looked up, I saw his tall, spare figure pass twice in a dark silhouette against the blind.

He was pacing the room swiftly, eagerly, with his head sunk upon his chest and his hands clasped behind him. Holmes swiftly followed. Monica in Edgware Road. The grooms. Disguised as a groom.

King Wilhelm tries to disguise his identity from Holmes. Irene has him carried inside the house. He is amused and excited about the success of his efforts. When Failure: Holmes disguises himself as a clergyman. Irene Adler disguises herself as a youth. When Holmes consults his biographical card index.

Concerned for his welfare. Later in the day. To have reached those heights. Spotting Irene and Godfrey both leaving the house hurriedly in separate carriages. But to be certain that he was indeed the famous detective.

As he battles to decide what to do. Irene Adler the photograph with her. A surprise for Holmes on the sitting room sofa. Holmes slips out of the house. In its hiding place. Holmes is so pleased with himself that he barely notices the young man who The next morning. She tells Holmes that.

I often take advantage of the freedom which it gives. What Watson sees through the window is a lovely. The King offers Holmes an emerald ring as a reward for his work.

The tradition of the undercover detective. Watson she declares in the letter that she has no interest in making the photo public. His regard for her is unmistakable.

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But he never mentions her again in the stories. Soho in London.

Some bohemians were political rebels. Irene has opened his eyes wonderfully. She escapes with her picture. There is the renowned story of James Barry born Margaret Ann Bulkley —a woman who spent her entire life disguised as a man so she could pursue a career as a military doctor. There is no doubt that Irene Adler is a fascinating character. The bohemians were associated with romantic living—they were dedicated to artistic creation and free love— and some rejected material shows he is in love with Irene.

Alexander Dumas. Now happily married. In realizing his error. Most were poor and lived in run-down neighborhoods such as Montmartre in Paris. With their soft. More than a century on. The King is certain that Irene will keep her word. Bohemianism appeared in cities in Europe and the US in the mids.

They were surely an inspiration for Conan Doyle. Merryweather Chairman of the City and Suburban Bank. But there is another. Peter Jones Scotland Yard detective. Holmes swiftly realizes that Wilson is a Freemason. Holmes also observes that Wilson has been doing a great deal of writing.

This is a story which focuses on gullibility and credulousness. Conan Doyle was. As Holmes remarks. His right cuff is very shiny. Little sympathy It is unlikely that Wilson. He is wearing an arc-and-compass breastpin an emblem of the Freemasons. Jabez Wilson has worked in manual labor. This amount was not to be sniffed at: Duncan Ross his name is taken from the Italian. On the appointed day.

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Fleet Street was awash with men with red hair. Vincent Spaulding. Your case is an exceedingly remarkable one. Wilson tends not to leave his premises very often.


It was placed by an organization called the Red-Headed League. Like the villains in this story. In November An eager employee. Charley Bullard and Adam Worth who may have been the inspiration for Moriarty. The image is both potent and bizarre. Let us now explore the parts which lie behind it. Wilson copied from the book and the money kept coming.

William Morris. This unlikely tale sustains itself partly because it is so outlandish. Holmes knocks at the door. This engraving appeared in The London Illustrated News in Duncan Ross. It has a royal name. Oct 9. We know something of Saxe-Coburg Square. For eight weeks. Good loyal worker with no apparent vices. Smart and cunning. Holmes remarks. Lowly clerk of indeterminate age. A considerable crime is in contemplation. Sure enough. For Elusive man. Young man whose grandfather is a Royal Duke.

Avid photographer who develops his photos in the basement. It is also odd that St.

Educated at Eton College and Oxford University. In truth. I have every reason to believe that we shall be in time to stop it.

Holmes has already concluded that the only possible explanation is that Clay is digging a tunnel. Holmes has only summoned him in order to get a look at his trouser-legs. Watson remarked of Holmes. Although Clay does not appear anywhere else in the canon. Caught in the act Later that evening. Clay is the grandson of a royal duke.. I already feel it closing in upon me. John Clay.

John Clay… I am amply repaid by having had explained how he had deduced that Wilson was a Freemason. Holmes collars Clay. It is also reminiscent of the 19th-century French poet Charles Baudelaire. But perhaps Holmes is simply treating his brain as a machine. Holmes remarks to Watson that the case has provided a welcome break from the tedium of everyday life: Holmes and Watson meet at B.

After declining a reward at the end of this case.

When the two villains appear from their tunnel. Deep thinker Back at B. She is soon being shown in by the bellboy. Hosmer Angel. September US: Rising to peer out of the window. Miss Sutherland is a short-sighted typist in a hurry. Wearing half-buttoned odd boots but otherwise neatly dressed. These reforms made it harder The larger crimes are apt to be the simpler.

Her story throws up a number of clues for the alert reader. Fearing he would lose this annual income were Mary to marry. As a single woman. Windibank disguised himself as a suitor. Her meetings with Angel have occurred only when Windibank was away. Mary had the right to bestow her income where she chose. James Windibank. Miss Sutherland lives with her mother and young stepfather.

Holmes corners his man Typewriters. Most disturbingly of all. The investigation ensues Holmes promises to investigate. Laughing despite his anger. Windibank sneers that the law cannot touch him. She is portrayed as a weak. He points out that Miss Sutherland is clearly short-sighted. Windibank is confronted with the truth.

She claims this is impossible. Sherlock Holmes reveal the truth to Mary. He then invites Windibank to Baker Street and. Alice Turner Daughter of John Turner.

James McCarthy Principal suspect. He shaves every morning by sunlight. Inspector Lestrade Scotland Yard detective. October Watson is known for his characteristic military neatness. John Turner. A s Watson is enjoying a leisurely breakfast in his matrimonial home. Charles McCarthy. Holmes has not given him much notice. John Turner Wealthy. He has few friends in the area. It is odd that Paget should have picked such an incongruously rustic hat for a traveling city gentleman. As the reader later observes Holmes with his nose to the ground.

Watson Another detective in town Lestrade has already been on-site for some time when they arrive. Holmes clearly tantalizes Watson with the promise of fresh air and perfect scenery. James has refused to divulge the cause of their dispute.

The two detectives snipe at each other incessantly and enjoyably. In his opinion. Like Holmes. Picking his way along the trail.

Antipodean intrigue Later. Holmes divines the predictable emotional turmoil of a grieving but innocent man. Inspector Lestrade everyone else has missed. Holmes reveals the truth. More beast than man The scene in which Holmes investigates the surroundings of Boscombe Pool is one of the most vivid portrayals of the great detective imitating a bloodhound. As is so often the case with earnest young men who refuse to give up information.

Holmes manages to get the case thrown out on the strength of a number of objections. Texan racists. Primarily it is America that stands by with a ready supply of corrupt Mormons. Turner was driven to silence McCarthy once and for all.

With his own health failing rapidly. Holmes will clear James McCarthy. Getting away with it? In revealing the full details of what he has discovered. In the end. McCarthy then used his knowledge to blackmail Turner for money.

Holmes is free to stack the odds in favor of a happy ending: At the time this story was written. November US: And yet Conan Doyle listed it as among his favorites. It is one of the strangest and saddest of the Holmes tales—Holmes fails to prevent the murder of his young client or apprehend the murderers.

He says that there have always been. Watson partially explains why when he introduces the story. West Sussex.

As Watson later acknowledges. Holmes at once deduces that the man has come from somewhere southwest of London due to the mix of chalk and clay on his boots. He is wrong. The story is set in and begins in the middle of a violent September storm. A tale of three letters His provenance established. It turns out that the young man is from near Horsham. London is seen as a haven of rationality with danger lurking in the countryside beyond. Son John drowned in the Thames River.

Conan Doyle most likely felt that including a failure helped to enhance the sense of realism in the stories as a whole and keep his readers engaged. But it is a fragile sanctuary that Holmes must be constantly on his guard to protect. Recovering his alertness. Within three days. He considers it unlikely that the visitor is a client on such a night.

Holmes is thoroughly informed on virtually every branch of knowledge relevant to his detective work. It seems as if the whole world might easily be overwhelmed by chaos. As the storm reaches its height.

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Father Joseph fell into a chalk quarry three days after the letter from Dundee arrived. A stormy case Holmes to keep its horrors at bay. No wonder he is in a dark mood. Uncle Elias was found face-down in a shallow pool of water seven weeks after receiving the letter from India.

As is so often the case in the Holmes tales. Elias was struck by terror on receiving a letter from Pondicherry. The detective at work The laugh was struck from my lips at the sight of his face.

Both C. After Joseph took over the estate.

The verdict at the inquest was suicide. Holmes is aghast. Elias was found dead in a shallow pool. Seven weeks later. Holmes explains to Watson how he sees the case. As John sets off into the night. Joseph did nothing. He burned all the papers inside. Since Elias seemed to have burned the papers in question. Tens of thousands of black people died as they were lynched. Holmes explodes: But the heart of the movement was certainly secretive and used every conceivable method.

After a massive crackdown by the federal government of President Grant. John then inherited the estate. He has. Holmes explains how just as the French naturalist Georges Cuvier — could describe a whole animal from looking at a single bone.

Three days later. In a panic. When told the police would not take the situation seriously. But what started as a joke soon escalated into violent terror. The grumpy Elias was a recluse and seemed to care only for his adolescent nephew. They named it the Ku Klux Klan in mockery of their Greeknamed fraternities at college. His lip had fallen. But the day before coming to Holmes.

It is unknown whether the encyclopedia article that Holmes cites is genuine. But the KKK simply went underground. Holmes believes. Disaster strikes After his brilliant analysis. The secret society Holmes deduces that Elias must have had a strong reason for leaving America.

The delay from Pondicherry would have been seven weeks. The seeds. The London postmark on the most recent letter indicates the killers are now extremely close. This is one reason why. Holmes has also worked out that the killer or killers take longer to reach the victim than the warning letter. Only in modern police investigations has a logical. The following morning.

In just a few years. Holmes picks up his violin and starts to play. The surviving fragment of paper suggests to him that the burned papers were a list of those who had previously been sent seeds by the KKK and their resulting response. The police are not to be trusted. Holmes pledges to track down the killers himself. A poignant ending Determined to avenge Openshaw. September London. He then cables the Dates He then deduces that the dates the ship was in port must match the postmarks on the letters: January Pondicherry.

I shall set my hand upon this gang. The storms at sea were severe. A ship that matches all three criteria is the one he is looking for. January Dundee. Bark Lone Star. Holmes investigates every shipping vessel that docked in the three ports of Pondicherry. He begins with three facts about the ship: Lone Star American ships police in Savannah to pick up the three wanted murderers as soon as they arrive.

There are three Americans on board. Sherlock Holmes Finally. Within 24 hours. It is one of the most brilliant pieces of detective work in the Holmes canon. Certainly you know a great deal more about it than I do.

Elias was a racist who made a fortune in Florida on a slave plantation and fought for the Confederates could let his client venture out into the night to his death. By not providing the background story. Twenty years later. A view of Waterloo Bridge from Hungerford Bridge in When Knox sent him the article. Power and fallibility Although those participants in the Grand Game were Holmesian in their thoroughness and research. Readers can only guess that he joined the KKK in Unusually for this kind of story.

Conan Doyle tantalizes the reader brilliantly with a past that remains an enigma. They have criticized the suicide verdict on Elias Openshaw as implausible. John Openshaw. The name is written in dark ink that dried naturally. The address is grayish in color.

As his doctor. Watson is dispatched to retrieve him. Her husband Isa is an opium addict and has been missing for two days. Mary Watson Wife of Watson.

December US: U nusually. Clair Wife of Neville St. Kate Whitney. Folk who were in grief came to my wife like birds to a lighthouse. Kate suspects he is holed up in a opium den. Watson packs Whitney off in a cab home and joins his old friend on the hunt. Unexpectedly sighted by his wife in his changing room above the opium den. As Holmes reveals by scrubbing the face of the imprisoned beggar. The Pharmacy Act of restricted the sale of opium products to pharmacists.

Clair has commissioned Holmes to get to the bottom of it. Steve Dixie. Clair is released. Neville St. Clair had discovered while researching an article just how much money a successful beggar might make. A former actor turned journalist.

It was run not by an Indian lascar but by a Chinese immigrant called Ah Sing. Lascars were Indian sailors working on British vessels. There was blood on the windowsill. It was made in Castigating himself for not seeing the truth sooner. Holmes at last has the solution. Hugh Boone and Neville St.

The clientele was mostly Chinese sailors. Boone was arrested. He was last glimpsed in the upstairs window of this same opium den by his wife. Clair are in fact one and the same.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood The detective is convinced that this will prove to be a straightforward murder case. Clair gained access to the establishment.

Peterson picked them up and headed straight to Holmes to tell him of the events. T he story opens on a frosty morning two days after Christmas. James Ryder Attendant at the Hotel Cosmopolitan. Jewel theft Although jewel theft makes a compelling story. More surprisingly. This Form of Flattery. On examining the hat. Peterson Commissionaire. The Amateur Cracksman. An extraordinary discovery The reader soon learns the victim was a man named Henry Baker. Breckinridge Poultry seller at Covent Garden market.

Countess of Morcar Wealthy owner of the blue carbuncle. Holmes establishes that Baker is a middleaged man with gray hair. John Horner Plumber accused of stealing the blue carbuncle. In the struggle that ensued. Catherine Cusack Lady-inwaiting to Countess of Morcar. Most crimes were small-scale domestic burglaries. It is suffused with light. He then framed Horner. An inexperienced opportunist. Ryder attempted to conceal the carbuncle by feeding it to a goose that his sister had promised him for Christmas.

Holmes rather despised the police, Watson learned. He accused Scotland Yard Inspectors Lestrade and Gregson of forming theories and acting on them without assessing the evidence, though he thought of them the best of that rather poor bunch, the Metropolitan CID. It was a little hard on a man starting out in independent practice that the Scotland Yard men got all the credit. Several years later, Watson published an account of this first case he had observed.

In Holmes prevented the terrifying Dr Grimesby Roylott from murdering his surviving stepdaughter as he had already killed her sister. Two other important cases taking place before Watson married and left Baker Street in were like the Jefferson Hope case in that they involved secret societies in America.

Both took place toward the end of the period. In both of them Holmes had the misfortune to lose his client. James Moriarty was precocious. His treatise on the Binomial Theorem, published when he was twentyone, won him immediate appointment to the Chair of Mathematics at one of the smaller universities; at that time probably Birmingham, Bristol, Durham or Southampton.

His book The Dynamics of an Asteroid was so difficult that scholarly journals were hard put to find competent reviewers. He seemed set for a brilliant career, though he modestly made no attempt to move his European reputation to Oxbridge, the continent, or the Scottish universities.

The Moriarty family was respectable but not rich. Watson was instantly smitten by that simply but elegantly dressed little lady, with her blonde head in its plain grey turban huge deposits in Switzerland. Some time after this, however, Holmes struck his first successful blow against Moriarty, because disquieting rumours led to his resigning his chair and moving to London as a humble coach for would-be army officers. But before Holmes and Moriarty confronted each other overtly, the bachelor domesticity of B Baker street was shattered.

Watson was instantly smitten by that simply but elegantly dressed little lady, with her blonde head in its plain grey turban. By the end of the adventure Watson and Miss Morstan were both relieved that the ill-gotten Agra treasure had sunk in the Thames, for both knew a man of his honour would never marry a woman rich enough to keep him. Although Miss Dorothy Sayers speculated that this was because his middle name was Hamish, and he preferred its Anglicised form to his baptismal John, I think we can be sure that so old a friend as Mrs Whitney was being invited to share a private if rather untimely jest.

Still, Mary was the perfect wife. And what an excellent husband he was! In the opium den Holmes exhibited the astounding ability to create and erase wrinkles all over his face with a simple alteration of his muscles.

But as he had told Watson when discarding his previous disguise, this was necessary as his steady work during the s meant that some of the criminal classes were beginning to recognise him. Actually he was making useful friends in low places. And, in the year that Scotland Yard was ridiculed for unsuccessfully hunting Jack the Ripper with champion bloodhounds, Holmes knew just where to borrow a mutt that had the skill they lacked and which could follow a trail over city pavements.

Though Toby did have the advantage of a quarry who trod in creosote. Mr Holder, the banker, was too discreet to ask why his client needed this sum. But we may guess either the Prince backed himself imprudently in a game of baccarat, or his son and heir, Prince Albert Victor, was being blackmailed over the homosexual brothel he frequented. Royalty gave Holmes no mark of recognition for keeping the scandal out of the papers; the Prince may never have known how nearly he lost the state trinket he pawned.

A famous man. Important to the state. The king of Bohemia was grateful when Holmes told him there was no longer any danger of his former mistress releasing a compromising photograph of the two of them.

After refusing an emerald snake-ring, Holmes accepted a gold and amethyst snuff-box as a reward. Another royal client was the king of Scandinavia.

And the reigning family of Holland gave Holmes a ring for handling yet another delicate matter. But in Sherlock Holmes disappeared. In May, Moriarty tracked Holmes to Switzerland and lured Watson away with a false appeal for medical help. For several years, the world believed that Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty met on the path overhanging the Reichenbach Falls, wrestled together and tumbled to their death.

The public mourned the loss of the greatest detective the world had known. Many wore crepe bands in his memory. Sherlock had to go deeper to ground for a longer period than he had anticipated.

Mycroft remitted money to him and kept the rent paid on the rooms in Baker Street. Sherlock adopted the name Sigerson and went to Tibet, a country closed to the outside world since While in the House of Islam, the agnostic Hajji went to the Sudan and visited the ruins of Khartoum, abandoned and destroyed after General Gordon was killed there in The alcoholic, imperialist and evangelical Gordon was a hero to Watson, who owned pictures of him and the almost equally scandal-tainted evangelical American anti-slavery preacher Henry Ward Beecher.

So it may have been loyalty to his friend that prompted Holmes to make pilgrimage to the place where relief came too late for Gordon. The meeting hardly benefited him. Holmes sent a full report to Whitehall, something of obvious value to Kitchener in preparing the war that overthrew Abdullah in Holmes returned unannounced to London, throwing Mrs Hudson into happy hysterics, and causing Watson to faint for the only time in his life.

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He masterminded the arrest of Moran. He commiserated with Watson on the loss of his perfect wife during the previous three years. And the bachelor establishment of B Baker Street was restored with Watson at liberty to do nothing but help Holmes.

A page-boy was added to the establishment, so that it was no longer necessary for the landlady to announce such visitors as did not admit themselves to the upstairs flat. The lady was far too strait-laced to have been a royal popsy, and it would be unlike Edward to go out of his way to save an obstinate and exasperating prude from her own folly. One has to ask what lurked behind this affair. The king, Holmes was told, had taken a paternal interest in Violet since she was a little girl in short frocks.

Surely the courtier Sir James Damery spoke more truly than he knew? Watson had always understood Mycroft to be a mere auditor whose prodigious arithmetical skills served one department in Whitehall. Both Holmes brothers modestly declined public honours, Sherlock refusing a knighthood in But as was so often the case, he was disappointed by the aristocracy; only British royalty never let him down.

Though he described himself as a poor man to the Duke, he was prosperous enough to retire at the age of forty-nine, and retreat to the little farm near the Sussex coast where he devoted himself to apiculture and the writing of his Practical Handbook on the topic. After retiring he shunned publicity. They decided that German espionage must be foiled, and Holmes should do the job. Retiring and secretive at the last, Sherlock Holmes died without leaving anyone to report the date, the cause, the place, or the site of his grave.

He seems to have worn the deerstalker in town on one occasion only: when he came back from his travels after the catastrophe at the Reichenbach Falls. And his immense, flowing ulster never so named by Watson did not bear the familiar shoulder cape.

It had a hood like a duffle-coat. For this he wore a frock coat and Watson a cutaway, and shiny toppers. Watson, as was normal even when he and Holmes both wore bowlers, sported a stiff upright collar like most other respectable gentlemen.Naturally brilliant at mathematics a subject Conan Doyle hated. Sherlock learned the violin and enjoyed nothing more than a concert or the opera. George is by myself in the home with Grandma. Robert Louis Stevenson Dr. He blew smoke rings from his cigarettes on the train to Dartmoor in The Hound of the Baskervilles.