A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes, Book 1) by Arthur Conan Doyle

By Arthur Conan Doyle

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"In 1887, a tender Arthur Conan Doyle released A learn in Scarlet, hence developing a global 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 difficult line "You were in Afghanistan, I perceive." And so starts Watson's, and the world's, fascination with this enigmatic character."

Doyle provides both complicated mysteries for Holmes to unravel: one a homicide that happens within the shadowy outskirts of London, in a locked room the place the haunting be aware Rache is written upon the wall, the opposite a kidnapping set within the American West. fast identifying up the "scarlet thread of homicide operating during the colourless skein of life," Holmes doesn't fail at discovering the reality - and making literary heritage.

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It is generally supposed that Nightingale had no organic disease. Though from time to time her doctors concurred that she was on the very brink of death she not only lived until the age of ninety, but continued to work indefatigably for, among other things, the reformation of the Royal Army Medical Services in England and then in India. Whatever the actual nature of her physiological condition might have been, and that she felt herself to be suffering is clear, she managed to work for her reformist aims more effectively through her status as perpetual patient than she ever did as physically active nurse and administrator.

Work always loomed ahekd of her, mountains of it, endless labor, endless toil which somehow must be struggled through" (225). All this frantic activity — urgent, momentous, unlimited in scope, incalculable in effect kept her as insulated from the common concerns of life, the dreadful pull of the mundane chores and sapped energies that she associated with the life of the idle and ornamental woman of her class, as did the invalid life in which she immured herself. It is commonly conceded that she became ill in order to work, but there is something to be said for the notion that both the interminable work and the ever-present threat of terminal illness were expressive of a supervening desire for absolute control over the disposition of her own time and body.

The pupils of a mechanics' 42 The sickroom in Victorian fiction institute, "of which he was the patron" (Prologue 6) conduct " strange experiments " on the grounds " so that sport / Went hand in hand with Science" (Prologue: 79, 80). The house and grounds present a graceful and harmonious combination of past eras and styles, and the objects on display there reach back to the "first bones of Time" (Prologue: 15) and extend to the rich spoils of present-day imperialism. The only dissonant note in this otherwise happy medley of diverse people and objects is the indignant protest voiced by Lilia, the daughter of the house, against her brother's assertion that no women of courage and nobility exist in the present era.

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