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THE SHERLOCK JOURNAL
A STUDY IN
THE SIGN OF THE FOUR
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A Study in Scarlett
A medical doctor who left for Afghanistan as an assistant surgeon, Dr. John Watson is sent back to England following a shoulder injury. He therefore returned to London in a pitiful state, suffering from the consequences of a yellow fever and the trauma of war. Without friends or relatives to welcome him, the good doctor sees his finances rapidly as bad as he, if he wants to stay in London, he will have to share an apartment. In his misfortune he crosses the path of a former comrade of medicine Stamford who is strong to present him a potential roommate quite special: Mr. Sherlock Holmes.
In spite of the singular character of this one, the case is quickly concluded and the two men move into an address that will become legendary: 221b, Baker Street. Quickly, Watson's curiosity is piqued by the activities, personality and knowledge of his strange companion. But he is not at the end of his surprises. For at Lauriston Gardens, in an abandoned house, a man had just been found dead, without apparent wounds, but blood on the ground. And on the wall, an inscription: Rache. Trained in the investigation alongside Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson will discover that he is adopted as the most surprising roommate of men and that with the one and only detective consultant, the adventure is never far away. It will take them far beyond the fog of London, down to the plains of Utah.
The game is on
Throughout his career as a detective consultant, Sherlock Holmes will live 60 adventures under the pen of his creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. 60 adventures through 56 new and 4 novels.
A Study in Scarlet, because of its length, is one of the four novels. It is an exhibition novel that introduces the characters and where they are set up. Sherlock Holmes enters the scene and we discover him through the eyes of Doctor Watson. This is amusing because, as a reader, one takes full advantage of his reactions, which one even shares sometimes.
From a narrative point of view, you get a Russian doll or an Easter egg, that is, a story in a story. From my point of view, the story could be broken down as follows:
Watson's story, his encounter with Holmes and their first phase of cohabitation, where Watson intrigued, watched his companion for a long time, trying to pinpoint him, even taking notes of his knowledge. It's a rather comical moment in the story because Watson is by turn curious, incredulous, astonished, suspicious, stunned. He fears being deceived by Holmes' demonstrations, like a spectator with a magician.
The investigation: Lestrade's telegram comes to tip the story by introducing the disruptive element: the dead man found at Lauriston Gardens. Now a new inquiry will be presented to Holmes, he will be able to show his talents on the ground. Watson follows him on his invitation without hesitation, so he will be able to follow the progress of the investigation but also observe Holmes in action, describe his methods and his attitude.
Resolution: The culprit is caught, but not resolved. From a story we slip into the story that man will tell us. Back in the present, Holmes gives us the final word of the investigation, unveiling his methods of investigation, as he will always do in the future, under the gaze of a literally bluffed Watson. And so do we.
One might think that the style could be dusty, heavy, blistered or crippling, A Study in Scarlet dates back to 1887, but strangely it is not. By what magic, what turn of the pen, Doyle succeeds in keeping a style so modern? It is a mystery that Sherlock Holmes himself should solve.
The story lived through the eyes of this good doctor is fine, funny and taken away. The pen of Arthur Conan Doyle is incisive and precise, knowing how to put descriptions where it is necessary to drag the reader into his universe, place it in Watson's shoes, let us see what he sees, and perhaps this That he should have seen but that Holmes did not miss. This point of view brings the touch of humor that energizes the ensemble because, like Watson, it feels like being duped every time. But Doyle uses turns of simple sentences, grammatical structures that are not convoluted to excess, in order not to plumb the rhythm of the narrative. An element that contributes not only to the fluidity of the narrative, to its dynamics but also makes it easier to read in the original language, although the level of language is sustained and the literary style admirable.
That reads well. It reads with pleasure. It's tasty, thrilling, funny. Even in English, the reading remains fluid. Having read twice the integral in French and big fan of the series of the BBC, I could not be greatly surprised by the narrative. I even feared that my reading would be laborious. Quite the contrary, I was pleasantly surprised. I had the singular but very pleasant sensation of going home, to find something that I had missed. Doyle's style appeared to me even more piquant, more lively than in his French translation (which was nevertheless very good).
And this dear Watson seemed to me more shrewd, less merely admiring. One feels his doubts, his mistrust, his unbelief. This is where I found that the character embodied by Martin Freeman was very in agreement with the Watson written by Doyle. I could have stuck some of his mimicry on certain precise sentences of the original.
As for Holmes, my faith, how can one not be closer to the character than by finding the words of his creator? Sherlock was Holmes, faithful to himself, mysterious, brilliant, somewhat puzzling, somewhat frightened, a little theatrical, sometimes annoying, but always breathtaking.
This first reading of the original was a renewed pleasure. A rediscovery full of flavors (despite the excellent French translations) and I can only advise the aficionados of our detective consultant to try the experience.
The Sign of the Four
Original issue: 1890.
The flat calm reigns in Baker Street where the unusual duo formed by Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson has been installed for several months. Faced with idleness, to the great displeasure of the good Doctor, Sherlock Holmes indulges in his addictions. Fortunately, a young governess named Mary Morstan made her appearance at 221b, Baker Street, and was about to pull our consultant detective out of the pangs of boredom with a strange story. Her father, an officer in a regiment in India, was to return to England the year she was seventeen. But the night before their reunion, as soon as he arrived on English soil, the man disappeared, leaving no other trace than a hotel room filled with his personal belongings.
A few years later, an advertisement in the Times appeared to the attention of the young woman, demanding his address. The latter executes herself, hoping for news of her unfortunate father. From that moment on, she will receive every year, without a word, without an indication, a pearl of great value. But this time, her mysterious correspondent asks her to meet her, claiming that she has been wronged ... Not knowing what to do with the young woman departs from Sherlock Holmes. In doing so, she will train our tandem in a most unusual adventure under the sign of the Sign of the Four ... And upset the life of Doctor Watson.
Once again, Doyle plays Russian dolls with her intrigue, nesting the stories one inside the other, which spares the suspense. From the story of Mary emerges that of Major Thaddeus Sholto and finally that of the Sign of the Four which solves the mystery with a denouement of the most breathless.
This nesting keeps the reader on his guard. Now that he is somewhat familiar with Holmes' methods, he is on the lookout for clues. In each descriptionofplace, scene, homicide, in each narrative, he scrutinizes, analyzes, hoping in vain to anticipate the consulting detective.
"You know my methods. Apply them, and it will be instructive to compare results. "
That he has humor the gentleman! In this game, we are inevitably losers, because Sherlock Holmes is already two steps ahead, but what a pleasuretosting the game in this intrigue that thickens at a glance. For in this opus we are spoiled: a disappearance, a plan, the fabulous treasure of Agra, a terrifying and terrified corpse in a closed room, a mystery coming from the Indies and a revenge; So much for the menu.
The adventure pulsates between the lines and Arthur Conan Doyle spares no effort to put us in the mood. His descriptions would sweep the London fog and the chalky mud from the streets of the city between the pages. As for Pondicherry Lodge, what a home! I could have heard the rubbing of footsteps on the carpets of the coconut stairs and crack the floors in the dark.
The only downside in history: the complexity of the plot makes it more difficult to follow than A Study in Scarlett. The drive to the reader would be lost on the way, even if the style of Conan Doyle remains fluid, piquant, funny and addictive, losing nothing of its charm.
"Morphine or cocaine? "
For this second adventure, the Holmes / Watson duo is beginning to be structured, both on the field and at the relational level, and Watson is placed on the front of the stage, alongside Holmes. If this good doctor remains anxious about the abilities of his unusual roommate, he nevertheless begins to assert himself, to have a critical mind and to distribute. He perceives his clinical coldness in hisanalyzes, his lack of empathy, his affected nonchalance, his sleeve effects, a slight ego, a touch of condescension in his manners, and above all, he formally rejects his addiction to drugs 'He perceives as the mess of such an exceptional mind. In this sense I found that their tandem was gaining in flavor, Watson becoming Holmes' bad conscience, in a certain way but above all invested as much in their adventures as in their friendship. It's okay better his leg injury (or shoulder?), How he trots to run the bad guys.
Inaddition comes the character of Mary Morstan who is going to turn quite a lot this dear Watson, who knows sensitive to feminine charm. It was probably not the effect intended by Doyle that tells the story by his character with the modesty vested in these things at the time, but seeing Watson struggling with his feelings as a teenager seemed to me all Both funny and delightfully charming. The sudden embrace of his feelings contrasts sharply with the scientific coldness of Sherlock Holmes, emphasizing once again the difference in function and character between the two characters
Sherlock is totally Holmes, playing his effects while remaining locked in his bubble, grumbling for himself, his nose stuck to the ground like a truffle pig, mocking the police surreptitiously. Ironically, resolutely doped to action, sometimes impatient and totally devoid of tact as evidenced by his cold deductions about Watson's brother.
It is in this volume that, for the first time, appearances have remained famous:
"When you have eliminated the impossible whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. "
In passing it is also the first time that we hear evoke the qualities of Boxing of Holmes, precious asset of the character that will have its utility in other adventures.
Andinseries it gives what?
In the BBC series, The Sign of the Four was taken up in a nod under the title The Sign of Three in reference to Mary's pregnancy deduced by Sherlock in the episode.
If the episode itself does not take up the narrative, ontheotherhand many elements of the novel are presentthrough the narrative thread of the different seasons, especially 3 and 4.
Toujours au mariage de Mary et John dans la série (épisode 2 saison 3), lorsque Sherlock évoque leurs aventures ensemble, outre the elephant in the room et the hollow client, une séquence les montre, courants sur un toit face à un nain muni d’une sarbacane. Ce qui n’est pas sans rappeler notre mystérieux lanceur de fléchettes empoisonnés dans The Sign of the Four.
Wiggins, le lieutenant des Baker Street Irregulars est aussi présent dans la saison 3, sous l’apparence de Bill Wiggins, un drogué maltraité par Watson dont les dons d’observation vont être mis à profit par Sherlock. Cependant dans la série, les Baker Street Irregulars ne sont pas des enfants des rues, mais un réseau de sans- abris de façon générale.
La folle course avec le chien utilisé par Sherlock dans l’épisode 1 de la saison 4, fait écho à celle avec Toby le chien auquel il a recourt dans le canon sur la piste de la trace de créosote et qui se termine sur la même déconfiture. Même s’ils ont dû se contenter d’un modèle approximatif de chien au casting.
The famous deductions of Sherlock Holmes as to Watson's brother with his watch are shown on screen in the first episode of the series in A Study in Pink, where the watch is replaced by a mobile phone and the brother becomes a sister.
In episode 2 of Season 2, The Hounds of Baskerville, we find the famous quote: "When you have eliminated the impossible whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. "
The famous Morphine or Cocaine? Of Dr. Watson is taken to the screen by his counterpart in the special in Victorian version The Abominable Bride, which makes the link between the seasons 3 and 4.
The ability of Sherlock Holmes to recognize the ashes of different cigars evoked in the novel is mentioned twice on screen: in season 2 in A Scandal in Belgravia and in season 3 in The Sign of Three when Sherlock fairly tipsy brame that ' He knows the ashes.
The character of Mary in her first appearances, as incarnated on the screen by Amanda Abbington, is in all respects similar to the description that Dr. Watson makes in the canon: blonde, large blue eyes, And resolved.
Source Cumberbatchweb / Copyright Hartswoodfilm / BBC One
Reading John's blog in the first episode of season 3, Mary quotes this exact passage from the original: So swift, silent, and furtive were his movements, like those of a trained blood-hound picking out a scent Could not but think whar a terrible criminal he would have made his energy and sagacity against the law, instead of exerting them in its defense. "
Mary Morstan and the mystery of Agra are intimately linked in both versions. With the exception that in the series, Agra's treasure is the USB key containing its past and coveted information. In the series as in the canon, Mary Morstan is an orphan. (Ep 2 and 3, season 3, Ep 1, season 4)
Major Sholto is present at the wedding of Mary and John. We are actually trying to kill him for a fact about his past and he's a military officer. Although in the series, updating the context makes him a veteran of Afghanistan, former superior of John.
There are certainly many other things that have escaped me, but at first glance it is those who come back to me.
For now, new adventures are waiting for our detective consultant. Irene Adler waits behind the scenes to enter A Scandal in Bohemia. The game is afoot.
Sherlock Holmes's Detective or the Misadventures
Editions BakerStreet. Published: January 2017. Price: 18 €
And if the beautifully finely oiled mechanics of the science of deduction were unhinged.
If ever Sherlock Holmes was mistaken?
This is the almost inconceivable idea from which the various authors who compose this collection have set out. Deceived, cheated, robbed, the great detective consultant finds himself in situations more unusual than the others through this array of pastiches and parodies, under the talented pen of prestigious authors. From JM Barrie to Maurice Leblanc, Jack London or Jean Giraudoux, to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself, all of them have lent themselves to the exercise, with a lot of talent, humor and tenderness for This iconic character.
Let's have fun in this tasty collection! For, whatever the style, the pen is undoubtedly mischievous. Our dear authors amuse themselves like little fools to mistreat the emblematic figure of our detective consultant, dethroning his talents, putting him in default, ridiculing certain traits of character. Here is Holmes, caught in his own game, drawing with the most unstoppable logic absurd conclusions, organizing crimes to better solve them, blurred by Scotland Yard and many other situations unlikely to lose his Latin. But the offense is not great, for Holmes mistreated him with talent and tenderness. For the least we can do is that our literary rascals commit their crime in a spiritual way, with a certain mastery of the character. They elevate the pastic and the parody to an art of fine gourmet, and their texts, written at different periods, perfectly reflect the enthusiasm and fascination that aroused and continues to arouse the character of Sherlock Holmes.
Various inspirations and angles of attack, this collection offers a sparkling cocktail humoristic, tasty in all points of view for all Holmes of Holmes.
As my Holmesian colleague, The Cannibal Reader, has justly put it on the track of this book (let it be thanked for it!): "Too bad it reads so quickly because I would have taken some of it Slices, me, of a cake as pleasant as that, although some authors have dressed Holmes for the winter, the mockery is always nice, friendly and funny. It is indeed the least that can be said and this seems to me an excellent conclusion.