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By Arthur Conan Doyle

In 1887, a tender Arthur Conan Doyle released A learn in Scarlet, hence developing a world icon within the quick-witted sleuth Sherlock Holmes. during this, the 1st Holmes secret, the detective introduces himself to Dr. John H. Watson with the perplexing line “You were in Afghanistan, I perceive.” And so starts off Watson’s, and the world’s, fascination with this enigmatic character.

Doyle offers both complicated mysteries for Holmes to resolve: one a homicide that happens within the shadowy outskirts of London, in a locked room the place the haunting note Rache is written upon the wall, the opposite a kidnapping set within the American West. fast determining up the “scarlet thread of homicide working in the course of the colourless skein of life,” Holmes doesn't fail at discovering the truth—and making literary background.

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O ne thinks, for ex a mple, of the date with the ill-fated Harry Jones in his dilapidated offi ce: 1 The lighted obl ong of a n un curtained window face d me , cu t by th e a ng le of a d esk . On th e desk a hooded typewriter too k form, th en th e metal knob of a communicating door. This was unlocked . I p assed int o the second of the three offi ces. Rain rattled suddenly against the closed wind ow . U nd e r its noise I cross ed th e room .

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