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Catalogue Character introduction ‧Sir Arthur Conan Doyle — His own experience — His writing career — Original stories ‧ Sherlock Holmes — Life — Habits and Personality — The use of drug and financial affairs — Knowledge and skills ‧Dr Watson ‧Jim Moriarty ‧Irene Adler ‧Forensic science ‧Stage and screen adaptations ‧Related and derivative works ‧ Arsène Lupin ‧Detective Conan ‧ Film ‧ Film review ‧ Celebrated dictum ‧Reading experience ‧Extended discussion ‧ Work Assignment table ‧ Manufacturing process
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Jim Moriarty Mrs. Hudson Sherlock Mycroft Irene Adler Dr Watson relationship
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle • Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle DL (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) was a Scottish physician and writer, most noted for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction, and for the adventures of Professor Challenger. He was a prolific writer whose other works include fantasy and science fiction stories, plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction and historical novels. • Arthur Conan Doyle was born on 22 May 1859 at 11 Picardy Place Supported by wealthy uncles, Conan Doyle was sent to the Roman Catholic Jesuit preparatory school Hodder Place. From 1876 to 1881 he studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh. While studying, Conan Doyle began writing short stories
His own experience Doyle himself has also involved in two interesting cases. In 1906, an Anglo-Indian Half-Blood lawyer was accused of sending threatening letters and cruelty to animals. Although this lawyer was arrested, there were still animal abused. Yet, the police insisted that the lawyer was guilty. It is worthwhile to note that as the result of this case, in 1907, the British government established a Court of Criminal Appeal. It can be said Seoul will not only help this lawyer but also indirectly helped establish a set of injustice complaints mechanism. The second case, that of Oscar Slater, a German Jew and gambling-den operator convicted of bludgeoning an 82-year-old woman in Glasgow in 1908, excited Conan Doyle's curiosity because of inconsistencies in the prosecution case and a general sense that Slater was not guilty. He ended up paying most of the costs for Slater's successful appeal in 1928.
His writing career 1.His earliest extant fiction: “The Haunted Grange of Goresthorpe” 2.His first published piece : "The Mystery of Sasassa Valley” (a story set in South Africa, was printed in Chambers's Edinburgh Journal on 6 September 1879.On 20 September 1879, he published ) 3.his first non-fiction article: "Gelsemium as a Poison" (in the British Medical Journal.) 4.his first novels: “The Mystery of Cloomber” (It was composed in 1882, which was not published until 1888.)
5. His first significant piece: “A Study in Scarlet” (it was taken by Ward Lock & Co on 20 November 1886, giving Doyle £25 for all rights to the story. The piece appeared later that year in the Beeton's Christmas Annual and received good reviews in The Scotsman and the Glasgow Herald) The story featured the first appearance of Watson and Sherlock Holmes, partially modeled after his former university teacher Joseph Bell. Conan Doyle wrote to him, "It is most certainly to you that I owe Sherlock Holmes... round the centre of deduction and inference and observation which I have heard you inculcate I have tried to build up a man." 6.His second significant piece: “The Sign of the Four “ (It appeared in Lippincott's Magazine in February 1890, under agreement with the Ward Lock company.)
Original stories The original Sherlock Holmes stories consist of fifty-six short stories and four novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Novels 1. A Study in Scarlet (published 1887, in Beeton's Christmas Annual) 2. The Sign of the Four (published 1890, Lippincott's Monthly Magazine) 3. The Hound of the Baskervilles (serialised 1901–1902 in The Strand) 4. The Valley of Fear (serialised 1914–1915 in The Strand) Short stories 1. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (contains stories published 1891–1892 in The Strand) 2. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (contains stories published 1892–1893 in The Strand as further episodes of the Adventures) 3. The Return of Sherlock Holmes (contains stories published 1903–1904 in The Strand) 4. The Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes (including His Last Bow) (contains stories published 1908–1913 and 1917) 5. The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (contains stories published 1921–1927)
Sherlock Holmes Benedict Cumberbatch Robert Downey Jr. Basil Rathbone Nicholas Rowe
Life • He is 60 years of age. • He has lodgings at 221B Baker Street, London, from where he runs his consulting detective service. Until the arrival of Dr. Watson, Holmes worked alone. • Life with Dr. Watson: Watson has two roles in Holmes's life. . First, he gives practical assistance in the conduct of his cases; he is the detective's right-hand man, acting variously as look-out, decoy, accomplice and messenger. Second, he is Holmes's chronicler. Most of the Holmes stories are frame narratives, written from Watson's point of view as summaries of the detective's most interesting cases. • Holmes's friendship with Watson is his most significant relationship. In several stories, Holmes's fondness for Watson—often hidden beneath his cold, intellectual exterior—is revealed. • Retirement: Holmes has retired to a small farm on the Sussex Downs in 1903–1904. It is here that he has taken up the hobby of beekeeping as his primary occupation
Habits and Personality • Detection is, or ought to be, an exact science and should be treated in the same cold and unemotional manner. • Watson describes Holmes as "bohemian" in habits and lifestyle and have a "cat-like" love of personal cleanliness. According to what he wrote, Holmes is an eccentric, with no regard for contemporary standards of tidiness or good order. • Watson frequently makes note of Holmes's erratic eating habits of having no breakfast for himself that in his more intense moments he would permit himself no food. • Holmes is pleased when he is recognized for having superior skills and responds to flattery, as Watson remarks, as a girl does to comments upon her beauty. • Holmes's demeanor is presented as dispassionate and cold. Yet when in the midst of an adventure, Holmes can sparkle with remarkable passion. He has a flair for showmanship and will prepare elaborate traps to capture and expose a culprit, often to impress Watson or one of the Scotland Yard inspectors.
The use of drug and financial affairs As the result of these drugs were legal in late 19th-century England Holmes occasionally uses addictive drugs, especially when lacking stimulating cases. He is a habitual user of cocaine and morphine that he believes the use of them can stimulate his brain when it was not used. Addicted as he is, Holmes is successfully treated for this addiction by Sigmund Freud. Both Watson and Holmes are continual tobacco users. Holmes is also an expert at identifying tobacco-ash residues, having penned a monograph on the subject. He might have been a plutocracy due to working for both the most powerful monarchs and governments of Europe (including his own) and various wealthy aristocrats and industrialists. However, Holmes would refuse to help the wealthy and powerful if their cases did not interest him, while he could devote weeks at a time to the cases of the most humble clients. So to him, money is not that much important then the case itself.
Knowledge and skills Holmes maintains strict adherence to scientific methods and focuses on logic and the powers of observation and deduction. He says he believes that the mind has a finite capacity for information storage, and so learning useless things would merely reduce his ability to learn useful things. Dr. Watson subsequently assesses Holmes' abilities thus: ‧ knowledge of literature – no ‧ knowledge of philosophy – no ‧ knowledge of astronomy – no ‧ knowledge of politics – feeble ‧ knowledge of botany – variable. ‧ knowledge of British law – practical (Well up in belladonna, opium and poisons generally. Knows nothing of practical gardening.)
‧ knowledge of geology – practical, but limited. (Tells at a glance different soils from each other. After walks, has shown me splashes upon his trousers, and told me by their color and consistence in what part of London he had received them.) ‧ knowledge of chemistry – profound. ‧ knowledge of anatomy – accurate, but unsystematic. ‧ knowledge of sensational literature – immense. ( He appears to know every detail of every horror perpetrated in the century.)other specialty : ‧ plays the violin well. ‧ an expert singlestick player, boxer and swordsman.
Dr Watson • He is the only best friend and assistant to Holmes. Some of Holmes’s enemies seem him as a “faithful dog”. • a man with a history of military service, nerves of steel with strong moral principle, and a crack shot marksman acclimatized to violence, of course, and a Doctor. • John's therapist says he has "trust issues". He isn't the kind to make friends easily yet despite being advised to stay away, he chooses to befriend and trust Sherlock Holmes of all people almost from the onset of their first meeting. The next day he had moved in with him and they are now solving crimes together.
Jim Moriarty • The archenemy of Sherlock Holmes, Moriarty is a criminal mastermind whom Holmes describes as the "Napoleon of crime". • He is a man of good birth and excellent education, endowed by nature with a phenomenal mathematical faculty. Moriarty is a confident man, assuring Holmes that if he meddles in his plans, he risks inevitable destruction. • Moriarty you see is a specialist, " Consulting Criminal " if you will. He’s let Sherlock have a glimpse of what he’s got going on out there in the big, bad world. • For him, there's no way out of women.
Irene Adler • She is one of the most notable female characters in the series, despite appearing in only one story. • To Sherlock Holmes she is always “the woman”. Watson has seldom heard him mention her under any other name. There was but one woman to him, and that woman was the late Irene Adler, of dubious and questionable memory. (This "memory" is kept alive by a photograph of Irene Adler, which had been left for the King which Holmes had asked for and received as his payment for his part in the case.) • Relation ship with other women: In one story, Holmes is engaged to be married, but only to gain information for his case. Watson states that Holmes has an "aversion to women" but "a peculiarly ingratiating way with [them]".
Forensic science • Holmes always makes great use of trace evidence, especially the way his acute study of a crime scene yields small clues as to the precise sequence of events. questioned document examination : • shoe • tire impressions • Fingerprints • Ballistics • handwriting analysis small scale of the trace evidence • tobacco ash • hair • Fingerprints ‧
analytical chemistry • blood residue analysis • toxicology examination • wet chemical methods for detection of specific toxins(for example The Adventure of the Naval Treaty. Ballistics is used when spent bullets can be recovered, and their calibre measured and matched with a suspected murder weapon) keen observation • noting style • state of wear of their clothes • contamination (such as clay on boots) • state of mind and physical condition • Skin marks( tattoos) • personal items • (walking sticks、 hats 、 medallions 、 wear and contamination yielding )
Stage and screen adaptations the first screen portrayal of Holmes (from 1900): Sherlock Holmes Baffled (albeit in a barely recognizable form.) The Strange Case of Miss Faulkner was a synthesis of several stories by Doyle, mostly based on A Scandal in Bohemia adding love interest, with the Holmes-Moriarty exchange from The Final Problem, as well as elements from The Copper Beeches and A Study in Scarlet. By 1916, Harry Arthur Saintsbury had played Holmes on stage more than a thousand times. This play formed the basis for Gillette's 1916 motion picture, Sherlock Holmes. From 1921 to 1923, Stoll Pictures produced a series of silent black-and-white films based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories. Forty-five short films and two feature length films were produced featuring Eille Norwood in the role of Holmes and Hubert Willis cast as Dr Watson with the exception of the final film, The Sign of Four, where Willis was replaced with Arthur Cullin. The first sound film to feature Sherlock Holmes was the sound-on-disk. The Return of Sherlock Holmes, written by Basil Dean, and filmed in New York City in 1929. It starred Clive Brook as Sherlock Holmes. A silent version of the film was also produced to accommodate theaters which did not feature sound.
Related and derivative works The Beekeeper's Apprentice is the first book in the Mary Russellseries by Laurie R. King.In this novel, King presents the first meeting between fifteen-year-old Mary Russell, the young Jewish-American protagonist of King's series by that name, and Sherlock Holmes. Their meeting leads to a collaboration between the two, though this first novel focuses primarily on the detective training that Holmes gives to Russell.It was nominated for the Agatha best novel award and was deemed a Notable Young Adult book by theAmerican Library Association. "The Lost Special" is a short story by Arthur Conan Doyle and it was first published in 1898 .It is implied to be a Sherlock Holmes story, though his name is not used. This story concerns the baffling disappearance of a special train on its journey to London.
The Art of Detection is the fifth book in the Kate Martinelli series by Laurie R. King. Philip Gilbert, the head of a group of Sherlock Holmes enthusiasts, is found dead in an artillery battery. Because the autopsy report is slow-coming, inspector Kate Martinelli and her partner Al Hawkin treat the death as a murder case. One of his dinner group companions, Ian Nicholson, reveals that he had discovered a "lost" Holmes story, about the murder of a gay soldier in 1920s San Francisco. Kate's interest is piqued when Ian mentions that Gilbert's body was discovered under the same circumstance as the soldier's in the story.
Arsène Lupin • Arsène Lupin is a fictional character who appears in a book series of detective fiction / crime fiction novels written by French writer Maurice Leblanc, as well as a number of non-canonical sequels and numerous film, television such as Night Hood, stage play and comic book adaptations.
DescriptionofArsène Lupin • Profession: effractor • Crime investigation: Detailed investigation and rigorous reasoning (believe in his own intuition and wisdom) • Speciality: changing the appearance of himself • Assistant: heelers • Character: adventruous、 bold but cautious、 humorous、positive、 righteous • Belief:nottokillothers、fightwithwisdominsteadofweapons
Detective Conan A famous cartoon which has a lot to do with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes. The 1984-1985 Japanese anime series Sherlock Hound adapted the Holmes stories for children
Film Young Sherlock Holmes (also titled as Young Sherlock Holmes and the Pyramid of Fear) is a 1985 mystery film directed by Barry Levinson and written by Chris Columbus, based on characters by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The movie depicts a young Sherlock Holmes and John Watson meeting and solving a mystery together at a boarding school. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes The film was supposedly based on the stage play by William Gillette. It describe how Sherlock Holmes prevent a tragedy from happening and how he stopped the conspiracy of stealing steal the Crown Jewels by Moriarty.
Without a Clue is a 1988Britishcomedy film directed by Thom Eberhard. This is a Sherlock Holmes story with a difference. Holmes is a drunken actor and gets on Watson's nerves. When Watson tries to go it alone, he doesn't have much success, so he is forced to let Holmes take all the credit once more. Case of Evil is a 2002 made-for-television movie focusing on Sherlock Holmes as a young adult in his late 20s. The story noticeably departs from the classic depiction, style and back-story of the original material.
Sherlock Holmes(2009) was directed by Guy Ritchie. In the film, Holmes and his companion Watson, with aid from former adversary Irene Adler , investigate a series of murders connected to occult rituals. Mark Strong plays the villain Lord Blackwood, who has somehow returned after his execution with a plot to take over the British Empire using an arsenal of dark arts and new technologies. Sherlock Holmes - A game of shadows is a 2011 British-American action mystery film directed by Guy Ritchie. In the film, Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson join forces to outwit and bring down their fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty.
哲維‘s film reviewofSherlock Holmes • From the outset of the film, not only does it express a strong retro scene, but also take advantage of the occurrence of a sudden event. And it fully seize the audience's attention. At the opening of the movie, it is indeed exciting due to fully demonstrating the courage, intelligence and divine of Sherlock Holmes. Moreover, the film gives audience a sense of horror and surprise by the using of treacherous colors and the resistance to hyperphysical power. After seeing the movie about Sherlock Holmes, I was surprised by Holmes’ observation to details; he can always discover the little things that we can’t figure out. Watson also plays a vital role in this movie. He shows us how a good friend takes care of his best friend. Without Watson, Holmes can’t come up with some risky ideas. “Sherlock Holmes” is really a great movie that I want to see it again.
Sydney‘s film reviewofSherlock Holmes • This was the first time I met Sherlock Holmes face to face. Before watching this film, I knew Sherlock by reading “The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes,” a series of novels talking about Sherlock Holmes in detail. • In my opinion, the difference between film and novels is that the director of the film put a lot of emphasis on the relationship between Sherlock Holmes and the only woman he admires the most, Irene Adler. • Irene Adler is a woman who works for James Moriarty, the leader of all the criminals in Europe and Sherlock’s biggest rival. In this section, Sherlock Holmes met this woman for the first time and deeply fell for her.
This fact is a shock for most Sherlock’s fans, because he is said to be a man who neglects and looks down on women in the novels. Although Sherlock’s passion on her is strong, a man like him isn’t good at showing his emotions. However, his actions has showed how much he adores her. • At first, Adler was asked to kill Holmes by Moriarty. Nevertheless, not only did she crash this mission but also lost her heart to Sherlock Holmes. After Lord Blackwood knew the relationship between she and Holmes, he wanted to make her die by trapping her. However, Sherlock Holmes didn’t let go of any chances and even any places to find her, such as a slaughter house, a factory, laboratory and some where else possible. Every time Adler ran into trouble or was in great danger, Sherlock came to her rescue at once and saved her from harm. Hence, she was moved by Sherlock Holmes, the greatest detective ever. So will their relationship turn out to be a happy ending at last? Perhaps, the next episode will give us the answer.
Peter’sfilm reviewof Sherlock Holmes - A game of shadows • After watching this episode, I think there are more action scenes than last one. For example, a fierce battle happened right inside a small railway carriage, just like a storm of shots and shells. Another amusing plot is that when Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were fleeing from the factory and chasing the criminals. Not only did the director film this movie sincerely but he also made it animated and extraordinary. Although the head behind ever crime had been revealed in the beginning, the most spectacular part of the movie is not guessing who the criminal is. Indeed, the process of coming to grips with each other interests the audience the most. Because James Moriarty, one of the most intelligent criminals in Europe, always set up traps for Sherlock to fall into, the story is full of tension and excite.
Besides, there’re some original character appear in this episode, such as Dr. Watson’s fiancée, Mary Morstan. Having a fierce fight with Sherlock “for Watson” makes her surprise the audience. In other words, she is full of courage in this section. • Moreover, Inspector Lestrade, the typical foolish cop inside the novel, also appeared in the film as well. Though only a few seconds did he make the scene at the end of the movie, he has given audience a coherent set of sense of continuity. Personally I really like the film, not only just for the shooting techniques, or the film of the stems, but for the whole plot of this attractive film. Afterward, if there is another sequel launched, I will surely go to take a look for it.
Johnoson’sfilm reviewof Sherlock Holmes - A game of shadows Precise reasoning always makes readers marvel. However, in this film, it even broadened the audience’s horizon. Unlike readers’ views on Holmes in the past, the film changed the rigorous person into a bold and uninhibited character. Even if the overall change of Holmes, the film portrayed Holmes careful thinking and judgment vividly. The use of slow-motion effect has highlighted what his mind was thinking and then replayed the origin movement without polishing to bring the audience surprise and admiration. The main idea of the film is surrounded with the battle between Sherlock Holmes and Moriart, which interspersed with a series of events. For me, the plot which I was deeply impressed with is－when Holmes sneak over the munitions factory which was controlled by Moriarty , he had expected that he would encounter difficulties, so he left a note to Watson and this is what he wrote－”come at once if convenient, if inconvenient come all the same”.
Of course, as friends as Damon and Pythias, Watson would never abandoned his friends. Such an arrangement has not only allowed audience to realize the value of friendship but also showed the extraordinary wisdom of Holmes. In the endingof the movie, Holmes relied on his friends with all his heart. He believed that they could distinguish the one who they were looking for. However, the murderer had gone to surgery in order to dress up as a an ambassador. So they couldn’t see a clue from the seam in his forehead. Suddenly a thought flashed through Watson's mind that the more uneasy of a person, the more unnatural he acts because stress can affect a person's mood. In the process of reasoning, the truth is not often presented in front of us directly, and therefore the only way to distinguish the actual situation is through inductive reasoning. Yet, no matter how hard we clarify up the clues, truth is only one.
Celebrated dictum • There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact. ― The Bascombe Valley Mystery • Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius.” ― The Valley of Fear • Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent. ―The Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes • Crime is common. Logic is rare. Therefore it is upon the logic rather than upon the crime that you should dwell.” ― Arthur Conan Doyle • I am not the law, but I represent justice so far as my feeble powers go.” ― The Complete Novels and Stories • The theories which I have expressed there, and which appear to you to be so chimerical, are really extremely practical — so practical that I depend upon them for my bread and cheese. ―A Study in Scarlet
The lowest and vilest alleys in London do not present a more dreadful record of sin than does the smiling and beautiful countryside. ―The Adventure of the Copper Beeches • You never tire of the moor. You cannot think the wonderful secrets which it contains. It is so vast, and so barren, and so mysterious. ―The Hound of the Baskervilles • What one man can invent another can discover. ―The Adventure of the Dancing Men • We must fall back upon the old axiom that when all other contingencies fail, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. ― The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans • It may be some fussy, self-important fool; it may be a matter of life or death. ― The Adventure of the Illustrious Client
Frank’s reading experience • “Memoirs” written by Arthur Conan Doyle, is one of Sherlock’s most important books of. Narrated by Watson, Holmes’ friend, it exactly described how amazing Sherlock is. Even merely from Watson’s shoes, face, pants or sleeves, he could precisely tell Watson’s busy clinic affairs. Sherlock is confident of his deduction because Watson usually walks instead of taking a carriage to his patients’ place. Such trivial things as stain or mud on his shoes, as well as a large amount of hair on the staircase could Holmes infer that he had many patients recently. Watson seems to be quite surprised the moment he heard what Holmes said, but after listening to Holmes’ accurate structured analysis, Watson couldn’t help but hold him in higher esteem. • "Memoirs" contains lots of knotty cases, some of which were cracked by Holmes himself alone, but most of the cases were closed due to his cooperation with Watson.
In the process of tracking down criminals, Holmes keeps on training Watson's capability of observation and ratiocination. Even a casual remark from Watson can provide Holmes with inspiration to solve the cases. It is Sherlock that has ability to make a painstaking investigation and that could distinguish between what clues does not matter and what clues are the keys solving the case. This is the reason why Holmes is able to crack unsolved cases far earlier than governmental police officers, and why people from far away land are eager to seek for the assistance of Sherlock Holmes. It can also clearly show that the status of Sherlock Holmes can’t be underestimated. • To me, the most impressing battle of wits is the one between Holmes and his old enemyMoriarty in “the Final Problem”. Moriarty is a professor teaching at a university, but Holmes realized that the man was the head of Britain's homicide squad.
As long as he gave the order, the squad would organize the group and put his order into action immediately. Even though his henchmen were arrested, the organization would be capable of using political asylum or money to bail them out. When Holmes found such a group, he wished to punish the murderers and their evil forces. • He knew that as long as Moriarty die, there will be no regret left for him. So in any case Holmes wanted to use a variety of methods to bring Moriarty to justice. But Moriarty is by no means ordinary. His abilities of observation, reasoning, judgment aren’t second to Sherlock Holmes. Therefore, Sherlock Holmes was facing an unprecedented crisis. After completing collecting clues and causing Moriarty to be arrested, they fled to European countries to avoid danger immediately. However, at this moment, Moriarty was also searching for Holmes, trying to kill him.
Arthur Conan Doyle made Holmes and Moriarty together fall into the towering waterfall. However, when Watson arrived, it was already too late. He found only a piece of paper left by Holmes, which was enough to reveal the crime the criminal group led by Moriarty had made. • I think no one could accept such an outcome. As Conan Doyle wrote this article, it caused a lot of criticism from the readers, and rumor has it that Arthur Conan Doyle is the murderer who killed Sherlock Holmes. Even Conan Doyle’s mother tried to persuade Conan Doyle not to treat Sherlock Holmes in this way. Sherlock Holmes is such a true character for the readers that Conan Doyle had Sherlock Holmes come back to life in "the adventure of the Empty House", the first article in "The return of Sherlock Holmes".
From “the Final Problem” we can see that Holmes is so dedicated a detective, who was full of justice. Such integrity really deeply touched me. Yet, in today's society, it’s quite hard to meet such people as him. Instead, don’t a lot of people violate morals to promote their own selfish interests? It is a pity that such an admirable hero sacrifice for his principle. In my heard I believe that there is always someone who is dedicated to their country. He doesn’t expect the world to know what they have done, but they are eager to sincerely contribute to society. A better community is what they hope. It is no wonder that there were so many readers who feel regret for Holmes. • Portrayed by Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes is quite realistic. The cases often have unexpected results and it can be referred to as a detective novel worth chewing over and over again.
Anna’s reading experience • It really broadened my views and amazed me a lot after reading the story "silver stallion". I am extremely surprised that Holmes has such a delicate and sophisticated analyzing ability. His point of view is always different from the others’, which makes him able to discover more details and flaws in a case, just as the plot in "silver stallion", ranging from the occurrence of the case, the death of the horse trainer, to the disappearance of the silver stallion. After carefully unraveled by Sherlock Holmes, the whole case was bewilderingly solved at last. • The most stunning part of the story is: Holmes could tell the missing of the silver stallion was related to a person whom the horse was familiar with by the condition of the watchdog in the stable.
From lame sheep in the sheepfold by the stables, he could also definitely announced that the one with ill will was nobody but the training horse division who was trusted, and had cared and trained the silver stallion for many years. Wow! How amazing the outcome is. In the story, the way how Holmes made the assumptions and got the truth through deduction is extremely incredible. To me, he was so penetrating that his argument always touches a raw nerve. • Interestingly, after reading the story about Sherlock Holmes, I find that when I read other detective novels, I start to identify with the character and look for the details of a case. In other words, I imagine if I were the detective in the novel, what I would be supposed to do to solve the case. Reading detective novels such as Sherlock Holmes not only can help exercise my acumen, but also can enhance my logical thinking.
Vicky’s reading experience The Adventures of the Devil’s Foot • In this reading report, our team decided to introduce Sherlock Holmes, so I choose the book named “His Last Bow to read” to read . The book made me feel excited, and it also makes me think logically. • One of the stories is The Adventures of the Devil’s Foot. It really scared me, which is why I remembered it so clearly. In the story, Holmes and Watson went to a remote village in order to have a vacation but they ran into a strange case. There were three people involved in the case. One night they saw the devil when they were playing poker. When other people found them, one had been dead and the others became lunatics.
I finished reading my plot with my hair standing on end, as it was approaching midnight. • I couldn’t express how horrible it was with my poor description. At the ending of the story, Holmes made a startling discovery that the murderer used a kind of unknown powder, which would make people suffer hallucinations while it is burning. • After I finish reading the book, I really admired Holmes for his wisdom because he could find out a lot of many evidence step by step. To find a tiny clue which is the key to cracking a criminal case, it takes not only patience but also a logical thinking ability. Besides, following Holmes, I could use my brain more frequently and think deeper.
Although sometimes the plot was so thrilling that I would feel extremely nervous, but I think it is a book worth reading, for reading means thinking while reading this book. Thanks to our study group and the activity of reading, I have gained more knowledge from Holmes. I really enjoy his adventures and the bizarre cases. After a chain of exciting adventures, I start to understand why many people are captivated by Holmes. It is he that allows us to experience many breathtaking moments. His deductions and the methods he used to infer the truth of cases always make everyone surprised.
Rita‘s reading experience The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton • Before I read this book, I thought that what Sherlock Holmes did only helped the police to solve criminal cases. However, after I read this case, I know I was wrong. • In this case, Charles Augustus Milverton was thought to be the worst man in London. Because he did something bad that threatened the rish, particularly a wealthy woman. He often used a lot of money to buy the backgrounds of the rich people from the servants who used to work for the wealthy which were private and hidden in secret.
After that, he could take advantage of the information for the purpose of asking for a large amount of money. He threatened the rich by telling them he would make the information known to the public. In this way, their fame was doomed to come to an end. According to the law, we should bring this man to justice. But once this man was punished, the rich people would suffer a big shock. In order to help them escape from this man’s threat, Sherlock Holmes chose to use an illegal way. Sherlock Holmes disguised himself, sneaked into Milverton’s house and stole the information about the victims, the wealthy.
When Sherlock Holmes sneaked into the house, something unexpected happened. Sherlock Holmes saw a woman who revenged this man for her lost fame by killing Milverton. Although Sherlock Holmes witnessed this incident, Sherlock Holmes helped the murderer to destroy the clue rather than to catch her. • After reading this book, I realize that Sherlock Holmes defends justice from his point of view and sometimes might violate the law. In my eyes, it seems that law has its defects; it isn’t all-round enough to bring every criminal to justice. Everyone loves the world full of genuine peace and justice, and so does Sherlock Holmes. What Sherlock Holmes did was trying every means to make justice prevail.