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Sherlock and the Women

3 Sep



To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman.

The above must be one of the niftiest opening sentences in pop literature. It defied anyone who’d read the novels A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four from eagerly continuing with the very first Sherlock Holmes short story, ‘A Scandal in Bohemia’ upon its first appearance in the June 1891 issue of The Strand magazine. It goes on, in the voice of Holmes’ friend Dr Watson:

I have seldom heard him mention her under any other name. In his eyes she eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex. It was not that he felt any emotion akin to love for Irene Adler.

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