The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes

Illustrious Client, The Adventure of the
Strand Magazine, 1925. 2 - 3
Collier's Weekly, 1924, 11, 8

Sir James Damery
General de Merville
Violet de Merville
Baron Adelbert Gruner
Shinwell Johnson
Kitty Winter
Sir Leslie Oakshott

Both Holmes and I had a weakness for the Turkish bath.

I was living in my own rooms in Queen Anne Street at the time.

I am accustomed to have mystery at one end of my cases, but to have it at both ends is too confusing. I fear, Sir James, that I must decline to act.

A purring cat who thinks he sees prospective mice. Some people's affability is more deadly than the violence of coarser souls.

I am not often eloquent. I use my head, not my heart.

There was a curious secretive streak in the man which led to many dramatic effects, but left even his closest friend guessing as to what his exact plans might be. He pushed to an extreme the axiom that the only safe plotter was he who plotted alone.

The wages of sin, Watson ---- the wages of sin! Sooner or later it will always come. God knows, there was sin enough.

He flung his overcoat half out of the window to cover the armorial bearings upon the panel, but I had seen them in the glare of our fanlight none the less.

Blanched Soldier, The Adventure of the
Strand Magazine, 1926. 11
Liberty, 1926, 10, 16

James M. Dodd
Colonel Emsworh
Godfrey Emsworth
Sir James Saunders

I find from my notebook that it was in January, 1903, just after the conclusion of the Boer War.

The good Watson had at that time deserted me for a wife, the only selfish action which I can recall in our association.

It is my business to know things. That is my trade.

I am sure that you will agree that in such a case a second opinion is valuable.

By cunning questions and ejaculations of wonder he could elevate my simple art, which is but systematized common sense, into a prodigy.

That process starts upon the supposition that when you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. 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.

Mazarin Stone, The Adventure of the
Strand Magazine, 1921. 10
Hearst's International Magazine, 1921, 11

Lord Cantlemere
Count Negretto Sylvius
Sam Merton

You must admit that what your digestion gains in the way of blood supply is so much lost to the brain. I am a brain, Watson. The rest of me is a mere appendix.

I have an impish habit of practical joking.

Three Gables, The Adventure of the
Strand Magazine, 1926. 10
Liberty, 1926, 9. 18

Steve Dixie
Barney Stockdale
Mary Maberley
Douglas Maberley
Langdale Pike
Isadora Klein

That's enough. Get out of it. I'll pick you up when I want you.

These clever fellows have always a touch of madness.

Surely no man would take up my profession if it were not that danger attracts him.

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

I suppose I shall have to compound a felony as usual.

Sussex Vampire, The Adventure of the
Strand Magazine, 1924. 1
Hearst's International Magazine, 1924, 1

Robert Furguson
Jack Furguson
Mrs. Furguson
Mrs. Dolores

I never get your limits, Watson. There are unexplored possibilities about you.

It has been a case for intellectual deduction, but when this original intellectual deduction is confirmed point by point by quite a number of independent incidents, then the subjective becomes objective and we can say confidently that we have reached our goal.

Three Garridebs, The Adventure of the
Strand Magazine, 1925. 1
Collier's Weekly, 1924, 10, 25

John Garrideb
Nathan Garideb
Alexander Hamilton Garrideb
Dr. Lysander Starr
Howard Garideb
Killer Evans
Rodger Prescott

Holmes refused a knighthood for services.

There have been no advertisements in the agony columns. They are my favourite covert for putting up a bird, and I would never have overlooked such a cock pheasant as that.

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. For the one and only time I caught a glimpse of a great heart as well as of a great brain. All my years of humble but single-minded service culminated in that moment of revelation.

If you had killed Watson, you would not have got out of this room alive.

Problem of the Thor, The
Strand Magazine, 1922. 2
Hearst's International Magazine, 1922, 2 - 3

J. Neil Gibson
Marlow Bates
Maria Gibson
Grace Dunbar
Joyce Cummings

SOMEWHERE in the vaults of the bank of Cox and Co., at Charing Cross, there is a travel-worn and battered tin dispatch-box with my name, John H. Watson, M. D., Late Indian Army, painted upon the lid.

The faculty of deduction is certainly contagious, Watson.

I can discover facts, Watson, but I cannot change them. Unless some entirely new and unexpected ones come to light I do not see what my client can hope for.

My professional charges are upon a fixed scale. I do not vary them, save when I remit them altogether.

I do not think that I am in need of booming. It may surprise you to know that I prefer to work anonymously, and that it is the problem itself which attracts me.

I do not blame you for feeling it. I should blame you if you expressed it, since this young lady was in a sense under your protection.

When once your point of view is changed, the very thing which was so damning becomes a clue to the truth.

If you will find the facts, perhaps others may find the explanation.

Creeping Man, The Adventure of the
Strand Magazine, 1923. 3
Hearst's International Magazine, 1923, 3

Professor Presbury
Edith Presbury
Trever Bennett
Professor Morphy
Alice Morphy
A. Dorak
H. Lowenstein

A dog reflects the family life. Whoever saw a frisky dog in a gloomy family, or a sad dog in a happy one? Snarling people have snarling dogs, dangerous people have dangerous ones. And their passing moods may reflect the passing moods of others.

When one tries to rise above Nature one is liable to fall below it.

Consider, Watson, that the material, the sensual, the worldly would all prolong their worthless lives. The spiritual would not avoid the call to something higher. It would be the survival of the least fit. What sort of cesspool may not our poor world become?"

Lion's Mane, The Adventure of the
Strand Magazine, 1926. 12
Liberty, 1926, 11. 27

Harold Stackhurst
Fitzroy McPherson
Ian Murdoch
Maud Bellamy
Inspector Bardle

My mind is like a crowded box-room with packets of all sorts stowed away therein ---- so many that I may well have but a vague perception of what was there.

I am an omnivorous reader with a strangely retentive memory for trifles.

I often ventured to chaff you gentlemen of the police force, but Cyanea capillata very nearly avenged Scotland Yard.

Veiled Lodger, The Adventure of the
Strand Magazine, 1927. 2
Liberty, 1927, 1. 22

Mrs. Merrilow
Eugenia Ronder

The example of patient suffering is in itself the most precious of all lessons to an impatient world.

Shoscombe Old Place, The Adventure of the
Strand Magazine, 1927. 4
Liberty, 1927, 3. 5

Robert Norberton
Sam Brewer
John Mason
Lady Beatrice Falder
Josiah Barnes
Carrie Evans
Sandy Bain
Mrs. Norlett
Mr. Norlett

I pay for racing with about half my wound pension.

He thought it was his mistress, and he found it was a stranger. Dogs don't make mistakes.

It was my duty to bring the facts to light, and there I must leave it. As to the morality or decency of your conduct, it is not for me to express an opinion.

Retired Colourman, The Adventure of the
Strand Magazine, 1927. 1
Liberty, 1926, 12. 18

Josiah Amberley
Dr. Ray Ernest
J. C. Elman

We reach. We grasp. And what is left in our hands at the end? A shadow. Or worse than a shadow ---- misery.

Cut out the poetry, Watson, I note that it was a high brick wall.

With your natural advantages, Watson, every lady is your helper and accomplice.

"Pure swank! He felt so clever and so sure of himself that he imagined no one could touch him. He could say to any suspicious neighbour, 'Look at the steps I have taken. I have consulted not only the police but even Sherlock Holmes.' "
The inspector laughed.
"We must forgive you your 'even,' Mr. Holmes, it's as workmanlike a job as I can remember."