The Return of Sherlock Holmes

Empty House, The Adventure of the
Strand Magazine, 1903. 10
Collier's Weekly, 1903, 9, 26

Colonel Sebastian Moran
Hon. Ronald Adair
Mrs. Hudson
G. Lestrade

I rose to my feet, stared at him for some seconds in utter amazement, and then it appears that I must have fainted for the first and the last time in my life.

In some manner he had learned of my own sad bereavement, and his sympathy was shown in his manner rather than in his words. "Work is the best antidote to sorrow, my dear Watson," said he.

Three years had certainly not smoothed the asperities of his temper or his impatience with a less active intelligence than his own.

Norwood Builder, The Adventure of the
Strand Magazine, 1903. 11
Collier's Weekly, 1903, 10, 31

John Hector McFarlane
Jonas Oldacre
Mrs. Lexington
G. Lestrade

At the time of which I speak Holmes had been back for some months, and I, at his request, had sold my practice and returned to share the old quarters in Baker Street.

You do not add imagination to your other great qualities.

All my instincts are one way and all the facts are the other, and I much fear that British juries have not yet attained that pitch of intelligence when they will give the preference to my theories over Lestrade's facts.

I know it's all wrong. I feel it in my bones.

I cannot spare energy and nerve force for digestion.

It is a lesson to us not to trust our own judgment, is it not, Lestrade?

I know that that mark was not there when I examined the hall yesterday.

The work is its own reward. Perhaps I shall get the credit also at some distant day when I permit my zealous historian to lay out his foolscap once more ---- eh, Watson?

Dancing Men, The Adventure of the
Strand Magazine, 1903. 12
Collier's Weekly, 1903, 12, 5

Hilton Cubitt
Elsie Cubitt
Inspector Martin
Mrs. King
Ave Slaney

Now, Watson, confess yourself utterly taken aback. I ought to make you sign a paper to that effect. Because in five minutes you will say that it is all so absurdly simple.

It is not really difficult to construct a series of inferences, each dependent upon its predecessor and each simple in itself.

If it is a purely arbitrary one it may be impossible for us to solve it. If, on the other hand, it is systematic, I have no doubt that we shall get to the bottom of it.

What one man can invent another can discover.

"How ever did you see that?"
"Because I looked for it."

Solitary Cyclist, The Adventure of the
Strand Magazine, 1904. 1
Collier's Weekly, 1903, 12, 26

Violet Smith
James Smith
Ralph Smith
Bob Carruthers
Jack Woodley
Cyril Morton

Beyond all doubt. But there are curious and suggestive details about the case, Watson.

Gone to the nearest public-house. That is the centre of country gossip.

You are aware that I have some proficiency in the good old British sport of boxing. Occasionally it is of service.

Holmes, however, was always in training, for he had inexhaustible stores of nervous energy upon which to draw.

Priory School, The Adventure of the
Strand Magazine, 1904. 2
Collier's Weekly, 1904, 1, 30

Thorneycroft Huxtable
Duke of Holdernesse
Lord Saltire
James Wilder
Reuben Hayes

His eyes shone, and his cheek was flushed with the exhilaration of the master workman who sees his work lie ready before him. A very different Holmes, this active, alert man, from the introspective and pallid dreamer of Baker Street. I felt, as I looked upon that supple figure, alive with nervous energy, that it was indeed a strenuous day that awaited us.

I am familiar with forty-two different impressions left by tyres.

My friend rubbed his thin hands together with an appearance of avidity which was a surprise to me, who knew his frugal tastes.

I am not in an official position, and there is no reason, so long as the ends of justice are served, why I should disclose all that I know.

Black Peter, The Adventure of
Strand Magazine, 1904. 3
Collier's Weekly, 1904, 2, 27

Stanley Hopkins
Peter Carey
John Hopley Neligan
Patrick Cairns

Holmes, however, like all great artists, lived for his art's sake, and, save in the case of the Duke of Holdernesse, I have seldom known him claim any large reward for his inestimable services.

One should always look for a possible alternative and provide against it. It is the first rule of criminal investigation.

Charles Augustus Milverton, The Adventure of
Strand Magazine, 1904. 4
Collier's Weekly, 1904, 3, 26

Charles Augustus Milverton
Eva Brackwell

I suppose that you will admit that the action is morally justifiable, though technically criminal.

Exactly. Since it is morally justifiable I have only to consider the question of personal risk. Surely a gentleman should not lay much stress upon thislady is in most desperate need of his help?

We have shared the same room for some years, and it would be amusing if we ended by sharing the same cell.

I think there are certain crimes which the law cannot touch, and which therefore, to some extent, justify private revenge.

The Six Napoleons, The Adventure of
Strand Magazine, 1904. 5
Collier's Weekly, 1904, 4, 30

G. Lestrade
Dr. Barnicot
Horace Harker
Morse Hudson
Pietro Venucci

I suggest that you go on your line and I on mine. We can compare notes afterwards, and each will supplement the other.

The Press is a most valuable institution if you only know how to use it.

The same singularly proud and reserved nature which turned away with disdain from popular notoriety was capable of being moved to its depths by spontaneous wonder and praise from a friend.

The Three Students, The Adventure of
Strand Magazine, 1904. 6
Collier's Weekly, 1904, 9, 24

Hilton Soames
Daulat Ras
Miles McLaren

We were residing at the time in furnished lodgings close to a library where Sherlock Holmes was pursuing some laborious researches in early English charters.

It is a fair argument that wherever No. 3 came from is also the source of Nos. 1 and 2.

I trust that a bright future awaits you in Rhodesia. For once you have fallen low. Let us see in the future how high you can rise.

The Golden Pince-Nez, The Adventure of
Strand Magazine, 1904. 7
Collier's Weekly, 1904, 10, 9

Stanley Hopkins
Prfessor Coram
Willoughby Smith
Mrs. Marker
Susan Tarlton

"There was really nothing wanting."
"Except Mr. Sherlock Holmes."

It would be difficult to name any articles which afford a finer field for inference than a pair of glasses.

Holmes had, when he liked, a peculiarly ingratiating way with women, and that he very readily established terms of confidence with them.

The Missing Three-Quarter, The Adventure of
Strand Magazine, 1904. 8
Collier's Weekly, 1904, 11, 26

Cyril Overton
Godfrey Staunton
Lord Mount-James
Leslie Armstrong
Pompey, a detective who is a very eminent specialist.

For years I had gradually weaned him from that drug mania which had threatened once to check his remarkable career.

You live in a different world to me, Mr. Overton, a sweeter and healthier one. My ramifications stretch out into many sections of society, but never, I am happy to say, into amateur sport, which is the best and soundest thing in England.

You may look upon me simply as an irregular pioneer who goes in front of the regular forces of the country.

I have not seen a man who, if he turned his talents that way, was more calculated to fill the gap left by the illustrious Moriarty.

The Abbey Grange, The Adventure of
Strand Magazine, 1904. 9
Collier's Weekly, 1904, 12, 31

Stanley Hopkins
Sir Eustace Brackenstall
Lady Mary Brachenstall (Mary Fraser)
Theresa Wright
Jack Croker

Your fatal habit of looking at everything from the point of view of a story instead of as a scientific exercise has ruined what might have been an instructive and even classical series of demonstrations.

Every instinct that I possess cries out against it. It's wrong ---- it's all wrong ---- I'll swear that it's wrong.

But if I had not taken things for granted, if I had examined everything with care which I would have shown had we approached the case de novo and had no cut-and-dried story to warp my mind, would I not then have found something more definite to go upon?

We have not yet met our Waterloo, Watson, but this is our Marengo, for it begins in defeat and ends in victory.

Once or twice in my career I feel that I have done more real harm by my discovery of the criminal than ever he had done by his crime.

I had rather play tricks with the law of England than with my own conscience.

Well, it is a great responsibility that I take upon myself, but I have given Hopkins an excellent hint, and if he can't avail himself of it I can do no more.

Vox populi, vox Dei.

The Second Stain, The Adventure of
Strand Magazine, 1904. 12
Collier's Weekly, 1905, 1, 28

Lord Bellinger
Trelawney Hope
Hilda Trelawney Hope
Eduardo Lucas
John Mitton
Henri Fournaye
Madame Henri Fournaye
G. Lestrade

"You are two of the most busy men in the country," said he, "and in my own small way I have also a good many calls upon me. I regret exceedingly that I cannot help you in this matter, and any continuation of this interview would be a waste of time."

The odds are enormous against its being coincidence. No figures could express them. No, my dear Watson, the two events are connected ---- must be connected. It is for us to find the connection.

Now, Watson, the fair sex is your department.

And you must have observed, Watson, how she manoeuvred to have the light at her back. She did not wish us to read her expression,

It is a capital mistake to theorize in advance of the facts.

Only one important thing has happened in the last three days, and that is that nothing has happened.

The more I think of the matter the more convinced I am that the letter has never left this house.

We also have our diplomatic secrets.