Memories of Sherlock Holmes

Silver Blaze
Strand Magazine, 1892. 12
Harper's Weekly, 1893, 2, 25

John Straker
Colonel Ross
Inspector Gregory
Fitzroy Simpson
Lord Backwater
Silas Brown
Edith Baxter
Ned Hunter

Our rate at present is fifty-three and a half miles an hour.

It is one of those cases where the art of the reasoner should be used rather for the sifting of details than for the acquiring of fresh evidence.

Excuse me, I was day-dreaming.

The Colonel's manner has been just a trifle cavalier to me. I am inclined now to have a little amusement at his expense.

And yet there were indications there, had they not been overlaid by other details which concealed their true import.

Yellow Face, The
Strand Magazine, 1893. 2
Harper's Weekly, 1893, 2, 11

Grant Munro (Jack)
Effie Munro (Effie Hebron)
John Hebron
Lucy hebron

Sherlock Holmes was a man who seldom took exercise for exercise's sake.

Pipes are occasionally of extraordinary interest. Nothing has more individuality, save perhaps watches and bootlaces.

Watson, if it should ever strike you that I am getting a little over-confident in my powers, or giving less pains to a case than it deserves, kindly whisper 'Norbury' in my ear, and I shall be infinitely obliged to you.

Stock-Broker's Clerk, The
Strand Magazine, 1893. 3
Harper's Weekly, 1893, 3, 11

Hall Pycroft
Arthur Pinner Harry Pinner

Shortly after my marriage I had bought a connection in the Paddington district.

I trust that Mrs. Watson has entirely recovered from all the little excitements connected with our adventure of the Sign of Four.

I am afraid that I rather give myself away when I explain. Results without causes are much more impressive.

"Gloria Scott", The
Strand Magazine, 1893. 4
Harper's Weekly, 1893, 4, 15

Victor Trevor
Senior Trevor Hudson
James Armitage

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.

I don't know how you manage this, Mr. Holmes, but it seems to me that all the detectives of fact and of fancy would be children in your hands. That's your line of life, sir, and you may take the word of a man who has seen something of the world.

And that recommendation was the very first thing which ever made me feel that a profession might be made out of what had up to that time been the merest hobby.

Musgrave Ritual, The
Strand Magazine, 1893. 5
Harper's Weekly, 1893, 5, 13

Reginald Musgrave
Rachel Howells
Janet Tregellis

His cigars in the coal-scuttle, his tobacco in the toe end of a Persian slipper, his unanswered correspondence transfixed by a jack-knife into the very centre of his wooden mantelpiece,the opposite wall with a patriotic V. R. done in bullet-pocks.

I am generally recognized both by the public and by the official force as being a final court of appeal in doubtful cases.

When I first came up to London I had rooms in Montague Street.

I put myself in the man's place and, having first gauged his intelligence, I try to imagine how I should myself have proceeded under the same circumstances.

Reigate Puzzle, The
Strand Magazine, 1893. 6
Harper's Weekly, 1893, 6, 17 "The Reigate Puzzle"

Colonel Hayter
Old Cunningham
Alec Cunningham
Inspector Forrester
William Kirwan
Annie Morrison

A telegram from Lyons which informed me that Holmes was lying ill in the Hotel Dulong.

I have usually found that there was method in his madness.

I am afraid that my explanation may disillusion you but it has always been my habit to hide none of my methods.

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.

Now, I make a point of never having any prejudices, and of following docilely wherever fact may lead me.

The absence of the i-dots in the old man's writing is also most characteristic.

Crooked Man, The
Strand Magazine, 1893. 7
Harper's Weekly, 1893, 7, 8

James Barclay
Mrs. Barclay (Nancy Devoy)
Major Murphy
Miss Morrison
Jane Stewart
Henry Wood

One summer night, a few months after my marriage,,,

"Elementary," said he.

It is one of those instances where the reasoner can produce an effect which seems remarkable to his neighbor, because the latter has missed the one little point which is the basis of the deduction.

His face had resumed that red-Indian composure which had made so many regard him as a machine rather than a man.

My biblical knowledge is a trifle rusty, I fear, but ---.

Risident Patient, The
Strand Magazine, 1893. 8
Harper's Weekly, 1893, 8, 12

Doctor Percy Trevelyan
the cataleptic Russian and his son


A close reasoner follows the unspoken thought of his companion.

The features are given to man as the means by which he shall express his emotions, and yours are faithful servants.

Strand Magazine, 1893. 9
Harper's Weekly, 1893, 9, 16

Mycroft Holmes
Paul Kratides
Sophy Kratides
Harold Latimer
Wilson Kemp
J. Davenport
Tobias Gregson

I found myself regarding him as an isolated phenomenon, a brain without a heart, as deficient in human sympathy as he was pre-eminent in intelligence.

My ancestors were country squires, who appear to have led much the same life as is natural to their class. But, none the less, my turn that way is in my veins, and may have come with my grandmother, who was the sister of Vernet, the French artist. Art in the blood is liable to take the strangest forms.

I cannot agree with those who rank modesty among the virtues. To the logician all things should be seen exactly as they are, and to underestimate one's self is as much a departure from truth as to exaggerate one's own powers.

If the art of the detective began and ended in reasoning from an arm-chair, my brother would be the greatest criminal agent that ever lived.

Sherlock has all the energy of the family.

Strand Magazine, 1893. 10 - 11
Harper's Weekly, 1893, 10. 14 - 21

Percy Phelps
Lord Holdhurst
Annie Harrison
Joseph Harrison
Charles Gorot
Mrs. Tangey Forbes

A scent of tobacco would have been worth a great deal to us in such an investigation.

I suspect myself of coming to conclusions too rapidly.

The most difficult crime to track is the one which is purposeless.

Out of my last fifty-three cases my name has only appeared in four, and the police have had all the credit in forty-nine.

There is nothing in which deduction is so necessary as in religion. It can be built up as an exact science by the reasoner.

He had, when he so willed it, the utter immobility of countenance of a red Indian.

It was too bad to spring it on you like this, but Watson here will tell you that I never can resist a touch of the dramatic.

Of all the facts which were presented to us we had to pick just those which we deemed to be essential, and then piece them together in their order, so as to reconstruct this very remarkable chain of events.

Strand Magazine, 1893. 12
McClure's Magazine, 1893, 12

Professor James Moriarty
Mycroft Holmes
Peter Steiler

I find that in the year 1890 there were only three cases of which I retain any record.

It is stupidity rather than courage to refuse to recognize danger when it is close upon you.

Professor Moriarty is not a man who lets the grass grow under his feet.

You evidently did not realize my meaning when I said that this man may be taken as being quite on the same intellectual plane as myself.

Moriarty will again do what I should do.