A Study In Scarlet
"I should like to meet him," I said. "If I am to lodge with anyone, I should prefer a man of studious and quiet habits. I am not strong enough yet to stand much noise or excitement. I had enough of both in Afghanistan to last me for the remainder of my natural existence. How could I meet this friend of yours?"
"He is sure to be at the laboratory," returned my companion. "He either avoids the place for weeks, or else he works there from morning to night. If you like, we shall drive round together after luncheon."
"Certainly," I answered, and the conversation drifted away into other channels.
As we made our way to the hospital after leaving the Holborn, Stamford gave me a few more particulars about the gentleman whom I proposed to take as a fellow-lodger.
"You mustn't blame me if you don't get on with him," he said; "I know nothing more of him than I have learned from meeting him occasionally i
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Great story overall, though it could be improved. First, Jonathan Small is unknown until the mystery is solved. But the story was written before this rule was applied. Second, Sherlock Holmes does not solve the entire mystery. He doesnt explain the situation. Instead, Jonathan Small takes this role. But, since this was one of the first mystery novel ever written, this is exceptable. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle does an exceptional job with his imagination. Excellent descriptive characters and plot.
Like several of the Sherlock Holmes novels, the first part involves Holmes solving a sensational mystery followed by a second part that provides the background/motivation to the original crime.
In 1887, when this novel was written, there was a "crusade" against Mormons that was in full swing. The background story involves Mormons, forced plural marriages, "Danites" (a popularized sort of Mormon enforcer of the times), and Brigham Young. Unless you are a diehard anti-Mormon, the background story is ludicrous, hence the significant alterations when the story is presented in movie, TV, or play format.
Nevertheless, the novel is entertaining and gives you an excellent insight into the Origins of Sherlock Holmes
He follows a similar pattern in Valley of Fear, and to a lesser extent in The Sign of Four.
The first time I read these novels, I remember feeling a similar sense of dislocation, but Doyle is such a strong writer that he had me hooked within pages.
Overall good story with details of how Holmes met Watson.
And not only the character of Sherlock Holmes but Dr.J.Watson is also a good one. And When both of them are together it makes a fabulous and splendor stories to read on. They're like Good And Evil, without good evil doesn't exist, though BOTH of them are on the good side from the Crime POV!