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The Adventure of the Dying Detective

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Published: 1917
Language: English
Wordcount: 5,734 / 23 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 85.6
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 28,254 2281

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e case of a stranger. Do you imagine it would prevent me from doing my duty to so old a friend?"

Again I advanced, but he repulsed me with a look of furious anger.

"If you will stand there I will talk. If you do not you must leave the room."

I have so deep a respect for the extraordinary qualities of Holmes that I have always deferred to his wishes, even when I least understood them. But now all my professional instincts were aroused. Let him be my master elsewhere, I at least was his in a sick room.

"Holmes," said I, "you are not yourself. A sick man is but a child, and so I will treat you. Whether you like it or not, I will examine your symptoms and treat you for them."

He looked at me with venomous eyes.

"If I am to have a doctor whether I will or not, let me at least have someone in whom I have confidence," said he.

"Then you have none in me?"

"In your friendship, certainly. But facts are facts, Watson, and, after all, you are only a general practiti

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4.3 from 3 reviews: *****

One of Doyle's best short stories. It has a humourous streak in it.

Beth Oljace

One of my favorite Holmes stories, probably because Watson is an active character. Holmes is ill and he refuses to allow Watson to treat him.

stan lee

one of the best of holmes short sories



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