Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Scandal in Bohemia, A
Strand Magazine, 1891. 7
Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigismond von Ormstein
Clotilde Lothman von Saxe-Meiningen
All emotions, and that one particularly, were abhorrent to his cold, precise but admirably balanced mind.
My marriage had drifted us away from each other.
It was on the 20th of March, 1888.
You see, but you do not observe. The distinction is clear. For example, you have frequently seen the steps which lead up from the hall to this room.
It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.
Stay where you are. I am lost without my Boswell.
It is both, or none. You may say before this gentleman anything which you may say to me.
Red-Headed League, The
Strand Magazine, 1891. 8
I had called upon my friend, Mr. Sherlock Holmes, one day in the autumn of last year.
As a rule, when I have heard some slight indication of the course of events I am able to guide myself by the thousands of other similar cases which occur to my memory.
I have made a small study of tattoo marks, and have even contributed to the literature of the subject.
As a rule, the more bizarre a thing is the less mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless crimes which are really puzzling, just as a commonplace face is the most difficult to identify.
It is quite a three-pipe problem, and I beg that you won't speak to me for fifty minutes.
My life is spent in one long effort to escape from the commonplaces of existence.
Case of Identity, A
Strand Magazine, 1891. 9
It is a little souvenir from the King of Bohemia, in return for my assistance in the case of the Irene Adler papers.
The larger crimes are apt to be the simpler, for the bigger the crime, the more obvious, as a rule, is the motive.
Not invisible, but unnoticed, Watson. You did not know where to look, and so you missed all that was important.
Never trust to general impressions, my boy, but concentrate yourself upon details.
"It is not part of my duties to my client, but here's a hunting crop handy, and I think I shall just treat myself to ----" He took two swift steps to the whip.
Boscombe Valley Mystery, The
Strand Magazine, 1891. 10
Singularity is almost invariably a clue. The more featureless and commonplace a crime is, the more difficult it is to bring it home.
Circumstantial evidence is a very tricky thing. 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.
There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.
Five Orange Pips, The
Strand Magazine, 1891. 11
Captain James Calhoun
I have been beaten four times ---- three times by men, and once by a woman.
I am the last court of appeal.
The ideal reasoner, when he had once been shown a single fact in all its bearings, deduce from it not only all the chain of events which led up to it but also all the results which would follow from it. 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.
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 endeavored in my case to do.
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.
man with the Twisted Lip, The
Strand Magazine, 1891. 12
Neville St. Clair
Mrs. St. Clair
Weakness in one limb is often compensated for by exceptional strength in the others.
I confess that I have been as blind as a mole, but it is better to learn wisdom late than never to learn it at all.
I reached this one by sitting upon five pillows and consuming an ounce of shag.
Blue Carbuncle, The Adventure of the
Strand Magazine, 1892. 1
Countess of Morcar
When I see you, my dear Watson, with a week's accumulation of dust upon your hat, and when your wife allows you to go out in such a state, I shall fear that you also have been unfortunate enough to lose your wife's affection.
The larger and older jewels every facet may stand for a bloody deed.
A few yards off he stopped under a lamp-post and laughed in the hearty, noiseless fashion which was peculiar to him.
When you see a man with whiskers of that cut and the 'Pink 'un' protruding out of his pocket, you can always draw him by a bet.
It is my business to know what other people don't know.
I suppose that I am commuting a felony, but it is just possible that I am saving a soul.
Specled Band, The Adventure of the
Strand Magazine, 1892. 2
Dr. Grimesby Roylott
It was early in April in the year '83.
As to reward, my profession is its own reward; but you are at liberty to defray whatever expenses I may be put to, at the time which suits you best.
As he spoke he picked up the steel poker and, with a sudden effort, straightened it out again.
I had come to an entirely erroneous conclusion which shows how dangerous it always is to reason from insufficient data.
In this way I am no doubt indirectly responsible for Dr. Grimesby Roylott's death, and I cannot say that it is likely to weigh very heavily upon my conscience.
Engineer's Thumb, The Adventure of the
Strand Magazine, 1892. 3
Colonel Lysander Stark
It was in the summer of '89, not long after my marriage.
My practice had steadily increased, and as I happened to live at no very great distance from Paddington Station, I got a few patients from among the officials.
Six out and six back. Nothing simpler. You say yourself that the horse was fresh and glossy when you got in. How could it be that if it had gone twelve miles over heavy roads?
Experience. Indirectly it may be of value, you know; you have only to put it into words to gain the reputation of being excellent company for the remainder of your existence.
Noble Bachelor, The Adventure of the
Strand Magazine, 1892. 4
Lord Robert St. Simon
Francis Hay Moulton
It was a few weeks before my own marriage, during the days when I was still sharing rooms with Holmes in Baker Street.
The humbler are usually the more interesting. This looks like one of those unwelcome social summonses which call upon a man either to be bored or to lie.
The status of my client is a matter of less moment to me than the interest of his case.
I am one of those who believe that the folly of a monarch and the blundering of a minister in far-gone years will not prevent our children from being some day citizens of the same world-wide country under a flag which shall be a quartering of the Union Jack with the Stars and Stripes.
Beryl Coronet, The Adventure of the
Strand Magazine, 1892. 5
Sir George Burnwell
You owe a very humble apology to that noble lad, your son, who has carried himself in this matter as I should be proud to see my own son do, should I ever chance to have one.
It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
It is equally certain, too, that whatever her sins are, they will soon receive a more than sufficient punishment.
Copper Beeches, The Adventure of the
Strand Magazine, 1892. 6
To the man who loves art for its own sake, it is frequently in its least important and lowliest manifestations that the keenest pleasure is to be derived.
The small matter in which I endeavored to help the King of Bohemia, the singular experience of Miss Mary Sutherland, the problem connected with the man with the twisted lip, and the incident of the noble bachelor, were all matters which are outside the pale of the law.
I confess that it is not the situation which I should like to see a sister of mine apply for.
I have frequently gained my first real insight into the character of parents by studying their children.
As to Miss Violet Hunter, my friend Holmes, rather to my disappointment, manifested no further interest in her when once she had ceased to be the centre of one of his problems.