Study in Scarlet, A
John H. Watson
Enoch J. Drebber
the Baker Street division of the detective police force
You seem to be a walking calendar of crime.
I consider that a man's brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose.
From a drop of water a logician could infer the possibility of an Atlantic or a Niagara without having seen or heard of one or the other.
I suppose I am the only one in the world. I'm a consulting detective.
Dupin was a very inferior fellow.
Lecoq was a miserable bungler.
If you were asked to prove that two and two made four, you might find some difficulty, and yet you are quite sure of the fact.
"Commonplace," said Holmes, though I thought from his expression that he was pleased at my evident surprise and admiration.
Gregson is the smartest of the Scotland Yarders, he and Lestrade are the pick of a bad lot. They are both quick and energetic, but conventional ---- shockingly so.
There is a strong family resemblance about misdeeds, and if you have all the details of a thousand at your finger ends, it is odd if you can't unravel the thousand and first.@(12)
It is a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence. It biases the judgment.
They say that genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains.
You know a conjuror gets no credit when once he has explained his trick, and if I show you too much of my method of working, you will come to the conclusion that I am a very ordinary individual after all.
There's the scarlet thread of murder running through the colourless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it.
"I wouldn't have the Scotland Yarders know it for the world," he cried, dropping into his chair; "I have chaffed them so much that they would never have let me hear the end of it. I can afford to laugh, because I know that I will be even with them in the long run."
I ought to know by this time that when a fact appears to be opposed to a long train of deductions, it invariably proves to be capable of bearing some other interpretation.
I have already explained to you that what is out of the common is usually a guide rather than a hindrance. In solving a problem of this sort, the grand thing is to be able to reason backwards.
Most people, if you describe a train of events to them, will tell you what the result would be. They can put those events together in their minds, and argue from them that something will come to pass. There are few people, however, who, if you told them a result, would be able to evolve from their own inner consciousness what the steps were which led up to that result. This power is what I mean when I talk of reasoning backwards, or analytically.
There is a strong family resemblance about misdeeds, and if you have all the details of a thousand at your finger ends, it is odd if you can't unravel the thousand and first.
"Your merits should be publicly recognized. You should publish an account of the case. If you won't, I will for you."
"You may do what you like, Doctor,"