The Sign of Four As a dense yellow fog swirls through the streets of London a deep melancholy has descended on Sherlock Holmes who sits in a cocaine induced haze at B Baker Street His mood is only lifted by a vis

  • Title: The Sign of Four
  • Author: Arthur Conan Doyle Peter Ackroyd Ed Glinert
  • ISBN: 9780140439076
  • Page: 198
  • Format: Paperback
  • As a dense yellow fog swirls through the streets of London, a deep melancholy has descended on Sherlock Holmes, who sits in a cocaine induced haze at 221B Baker Street His mood is only lifted by a visit from a beautiful but distressed young woman Mary Morstan, whose father vanished ten years before Four years later she began to receive an exquisite gift every year a lAs a dense yellow fog swirls through the streets of London, a deep melancholy has descended on Sherlock Holmes, who sits in a cocaine induced haze at 221B Baker Street His mood is only lifted by a visit from a beautiful but distressed young woman Mary Morstan, whose father vanished ten years before Four years later she began to receive an exquisite gift every year a large, lustrous pearl Now she has had an intriguing invitation to meet her unknown benefactor and urges Holmes and Watson to accompany her And in the ensuing investigation which involves a wronged woman, a stolen hoard of Indian treasure, a wooden legged ruffian, a helpful dog and a love affair even the jaded Holmes is moved to exclaim, Isn t it gorgeous

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    1. Arthur Conan Doyle Peter Ackroyd Ed Glinert

      Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born the third of ten siblings on 22 May 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, was born in England of Irish descent, and his mother, born Mary Foley, was Irish They were married in 1855.Although he is now referred to as Conan Doyle , the origin of this compound surname if that is how he meant it to be understood is uncertain His baptism record in the registry of St Mary s Cathedral in Edinburgh gives Arthur Ignatius Conan as his Christian name, and simply Doyle as his surname It also names Michael Conan as his godfather.At the age of nine Conan Doyle was sent to the Roman Catholic Jesuit preparatory school, Hodder Place, Stonyhurst He then went on to Stonyhurst College, leaving in 1875.From 1876 to 1881 he studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh This required that he provide periodic medical assistance in the towns of Aston now a district of Birmingham and Sheffield While studying, Conan Doyle began writing short stories His first published story appeared in Chambers s Edinburgh Journal before he was 20 Following his graduation, he was employed as a ship s doctor on the SS Mayumba during a voyage to the West African coast He completed his doctorate on the subject of tabes dorsalis in 1885.In 1885 Conan Doyle married Louisa or Louise Hawkins, known as Touie She suffered from tuberculosis and died on 4 July 1906 The following year he married Jean Elizabeth Leckie, whom he had first met and fallen in love with in 1897 Due to his sense of loyalty he had maintained a purely platonic relationship with Jean while his first wife was alive Jean died in London on 27 June 1940.Conan Doyle fathered five children Two with his first wife Mary Louise 28 January 1889 12 June 1976 , and Arthur Alleyne Kingsley, known as Kingsley 15 November 1892 28 October 1918 With his second wife he had three children Denis Percy Stewart 17 March 1909 9 March 1955 , second husband in 1936 of Georgian Princess Nina Mdivani circa 1910 19 February 1987 former sister in law of Barbara Hutton Adrian Malcolm 19 November 1910 3 June 1970 and Jean Lena Annette 21 December 1912 18 November 1997.Conan Doyle was found clutching his chest in the hall of Windlesham, his house in Crowborough, East Sussex, on 7 July 1930 He had died of a heart attack at age 71 His last words were directed toward his wife You are wonderful The epitaph on his gravestone in the churchyard at Minstead in the New Forest, Hampshire, reads STEEL TRUEBLADE STRAIGHTARTHUR CONAN DOYLEKNIGHTPATRIOT, PHYSICIAN MAN OF LETTERSConan Doyle s house, Undershaw, located in Hindhead, south of London, where he had lived for a decade, had been a hotel and restaurant between 1924 and 2004 It now stands empty while conservationists and Conan Doyle fans fight to preserve it.A statue honours Conan Doyle at Crowborough Cross in Crowborough, where Conan Doyle lived for 23 years There is also a statue of Sherlock Holmes in Picardy Place, Edinburgh, close to the house where Conan Doyle was born.Series Sherlock Holmes

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    1. Tsk, Tsk, Tskarently that s NOT tobacco Sherlock Holmes is smoking You have to love the daring Sir Arthur displayed in this novel vis vis his iconic detective How many writers would have the chutzpah to risk tarnishing the mystique of their signature creation by depicting him shooting cocaine as a cure for boredom Sherlock Holmes took his bottle from the corner of the mantelpiece and his hypodermic syringe from its neat morocco case With his long, white, nervous fingers he adjusted the delicate [...]


    2. Sherlock Holmes is bored, he hasn t had a new, interesting case in quite a while, no big deal you say It is if the man is the notorious self destructive detective, the best whoever was, or will be as his arm will clearly revealo many injections of mind numbing drugs can testify to this horrible fact, the ugly scars The worried Dr Watson fears for the health of his best friendunable to prevent it, he knows Holmes brain needs constant stimulation otherwise, the inevitable decline into ennui, not m [...]


    3. If you got bad newsYou want to kick them bluesCocaine.When your day is done and you got to runCocaine.If your thing is gone and you want to ride onCocaine.Don t forget this factYou can t get backCocaine.Remind me again what you re singing about, J.J Cale Doyle doesn t waste any time in introducing Holmes cocaine addiction Something about keeping the grey matter active when he s got nothing better to do than be annoying Hey Sherlock, the first step is to admit you have a problem Hi, I m Sherlock [...]


    4. September buddy read with The Non Crunchy Classics Funky Bunch image error Sex, Marry, KillFor some reason when reading THE SIGN OF FOUR that fun little, messed up game kept popping into my head.Maybertlye this is the book that Watson falls in looooooved partly because a lot of my fellow buddy readers felt like Holmes was a complete a hole in this installment of the series.It made me think what exactly I swooned about regarding Mr Holmes since my youth Would he really be my match in the real wor [...]


    5. Oh, Holmes I still love you, but this wast your best book, buddy.Hmm Ok, now I remember why I never really read the full length Sherlock stories very much, and usually preferred to stick with the shorties This was kinda cough dull And really hard to get through Plus, and I know it was written in a different era it was pretty cringe worthy when dealing with race Yep Pretty much anyone who wasn t white was a snarling savage or a faithful servant.So, yeah Not very entertaining to read about that so [...]


    6. How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth I initially went 3.5 stars and rounded up to four, but only a week later, after reading The Hound of the Baskervilles, I could barely remember what this one was about It s mostly pleasant but forgettable.In Sherlock Holmes second outing with Dr Watson, Sherlock explains that he needs to shoot up cocaine and morphine to add spice to his life apparently these were lega [...]


    7. Sherlock Holmes sets aside his cocaine addiction for a case A young woman has been receiving pearls in the mail once a year for four years and now has a chance to meet her mysterious benefactor Can Holmes and Watson figure out what s really going on without being ensnared in a web of deceit and murder I read this with those scamps in the Non crunchy Cool Classics group.So, Sherlock Holmes For years, Holmes has been akin to H.P Lovecraft for me in that I m a much bigger fan of the works they insp [...]


    8. Despite being a huge crime mystery reader, I ve never been a big fan of the Sherlock Holmes stories After recently reading A Study in Scarlet and now The Sign of Four, I realize that it s not me to blame It s Holmes He s just too much of an obnoxious show off for me to like Add in some Victorian era English arrogance, and I feel like flipping off any Holmes novel I see on the shelf when browsing a mystery section in a bookstore.Holmes and his full time professional kiss ass Watson get hired by a [...]


    9. My mind, he said, rebels at stagnation Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram, or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere I can dispense then with artificial stimulants But I abhor the daily routine of existence I crave for mental exaltation That is why I have chosen my own particular profession, or rather created it I am the only one in the world The second Sherlock Holmes book opens and closes with cocaine.For some little time his eyes re [...]


    10. The Sign of Four Sherlock Holmes 2 , Arthur Conan Doyle 1999 1378 164 9646641857 1385 1391 9789646641853 1392 434 1388 9789643636197


    11. Book two, Sherlock adds cocaine addiction to his list of proclivities It seems the cases are few and far between, and his mind rebels at stagnation He abhors the dull routine of day to day living, and requires some sort of mental stimulation Dr Watson, while highly annoyed, is still much too reserved to ever dare to take liberties Watson tries to engage Holmes with a discussion of the pamphlet he s written about their first case, A Study in Scarlet But Holmes promptly dismisses it, and accuses W [...]


    12. Probably the best part of this book is that it begins and ends with Holmes shooting up cocaine because he s bored I mean, that s just so damn dark, especially when A Study in Scarlet wasn t very dark at all.Probably the worst part is struggling through all the rampant racism, which isn t nearly as funny as the rampant anti Mormonism was in aSiS The peg leg jewel thief Jonathan Small awesome is assisted by a cannibal pygmy named Tonga also awesome, but also horribly awful I had to put it down mid [...]


    13. Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*

      2.5 Why Did This Take Me Three Months To Read StarsVerdict IT CRUNCHES It crunches sooooooo bad It almost never bodes well when a book that is this short takes me this long to read The one exception is Donna Tartt s Secret History which took me half a lifetime over a year to finish And while I can t say I dislike Doyle s writing overall this short novel does basically nothing for me Incidentally, the instalove is STRONG with this one Watson falls madly, deeply, entirely in love with Mary in the [...]


    14. It is difficult to think of many literary characters who have had anything like the huge impact that Sherlock Holmes has had not just in literary terms, but culturally as well The legend that is Sherlock Holmes goes way beyond the world of the written word and for good reason too as a character, Holmes is a wonderfully original, eccentric, sociopathic, misanthropic, fascinating, astonishingly brilliant and almost unparalleled creation The wonderful character that is Sherlock Holmes both hero and [...]


    15. SH When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth JW Good Lord, Holmes You just said something iconic I shall have to write this down Say that again When the what is impossible, and what do you do afterward Nah Watson never said that.The Sign of Four originally titled The Sign of the Four , I suppose that is one The too many, so the publisher dropped one begins with Holmes shooting cocaine out of boredom and then proceeding to humiliate Watson fo [...]


    16. When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth After some consideration, I m giving the second Sherlock Holmes story 3 stars maybe a 3.33 3.5 or so, if we re being nit picky While the first, A Study in as Scarlett utterly blew me away and captivated me completely, The Sign was good, but in time, forgettable Also, it was pretty racist But I m not gonna get into that.I don t think that being forgettable is totally a bad thing, really This story is [...]


    17. The Sign of Four 1890 means death This is similar to seeing Black Spot in Stevenson s Treasure Island 1883 So, these Scottish novelists, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 1859 1930 and Robert Louis Stevenson 1850 1894 have their own ways to depict imminent death, thereby warning their characters of danger, in their masterpieces In the Philippines, this is similar to receiving an envelop with a black ribbon inside or worst, receiving a delivery of a coffin or mourning wreath Believe me, I saw a wreath deliv [...]


    18. Well alrighty then Sherlock and Watson on the case again I didn t really think that this case was all that interesting I had hoped, in the beginning, that it would be a missing person case, but it quickly turned into a jewel heist case, and a pretty boring one at that AND SO WORDY I do like Sherlock himself, condescending though he may be at times, and Watson but then Watson had to go and ruin it by instaloving the first girl who talks to him sigh Anyway, I do want to continue this series, and p [...]


    19. My second Sherlock Holmes and I have to say, I am not really impressed.The basic storyline goes like this Sherlock has developed an addiction for cocaine Watson is trying to cheer him up, up comes a mystery and everyone s happy Along with mystery comes lady lady and Watson go gooey eyed there is a treasure and there is a murder there is disparaging remarks about pre independent India by the Brits murderer is caught, mystery is solved Watson gets hitched and Holmes gets back to cocaine Did I ment [...]


    20. Much Better than book one, the characters get Richer, deeper and much funnier.And full review to come.


    21. _The Sign of the Four_ isn t a bad mystery, but I didn t quite like it as much as _A Study in Scarlet_ or most of the stories in _The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes_ I m starting to think, however, that these stories aren t always of interest because of the mystery itself though sometimes they certainly are , but because of the revelations they disclose about the character of Sherlock Holmes himself Did you know that he had fought a prize fighter and won I didn t before, but now I do We also get [...]


    22. 3.5 stars Another great mystery with Sherlock Holmes doing his magic and blowing everyone s mind The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was not as suspenseful to me as other Sherlock Holmes books, but it had some action sequences, romance for Watson, and that made up for it.The plot centers on a great treasure, a set of brothers, and a beautiful woman Watson quickly falls madly in love with As usual, the police look like a bunch of lumbering idiots next to Holmes They crawl back to him for h [...]


    23. 1.5 stars I feel if I give this 2 stars I d be lying to myself I did not enjoy this book from the beginning I tried keeping an open mind but try as I might, this was torture to finish I found Sherlock to be a know it all, and not very likable Every answer came too easily to him and frankly the mystery here was not interesting at all I did like Watson, but felt like he looked too much to Sherlock for all the answers.The Penguin s Classics edition I had pictured had very interesting end notes I fo [...]


    24. To be honest, I feel kind of guilty to have enjoyed The Sign of Four During the first half of it, the novel was not nearly as good as A Study in Scarlet , but then everything twisted and turned and tampered and I was basically so hooked I couldn t take this story down.One advantage of Arthur Conan Doyle s writing in this novel has certainly been his decision not to include a random plot switch like he did in A Study in Scarlet The mystery s solution was actually told through John Watson s perspe [...]


    25. Mary Morstan has been receiving large pearls in the mail from an unknown source since her father s death She contacts Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson after she receives a letter to meet with an anonymous person to right an injustice done to her An unusual man, Thaddeus Sholto, tells the trio that Mary is one of the heirs to a treasure As they go to meet with a Sholto family member, they come upon a murder victim in a locked room.The plot is complex with elements of the crook s confession going all [...]


    26. September Buddy Read of the non crunchy variety.I listened to this as an audiobook from Bauer Audio it s on Spotify.The internet tells me that The Sign of Four contains 43,176 words My pasting of the last chapter into a word counter tells me that it is 10,000 words by itself The Sign of Four should be 33,000 words.Like the previous book, there is an insane amount of backstory that does not involve any characters we care about This book just tries to hide it by making a single chapter take up a q [...]


    27. 2017 Popsugar reading challenge 47 A book with an eccentric characterSir Arthur lo hizo de nuevo Sherlock lo hizo de nuevo Ay, yo no s c mo es que en estos libros los casos m s enrevesados y quiz indescifrables parecen cosa de ni os desde el punto de vista de Holmes Disfruto mucho sus maneras tan sencillas de deducir las cosas y de tratar con Watson y todos los dem s personajes que aparecen en la historia Es tan divertido e interesante a la vez que me resultan demasiado cortos los cap tulos Este [...]


    28. I remember enjoying this the first time I read it so I am letting the four stars stay.As a mystery it is fast paced and exciting, but it is a racist piece of trash all the same, which paints an orientalist portrait of India, and that too with major bloomers I mean, can you imagine Sikhs with names like Mohammed Singh and Dost Akbar So this is a rare case where the star rating does not match the review.


    29. This is going to be a very short review I always feel so inadequate reviewing classics Apparently I have some sort of reviewer inferiority complex Good thing I just do this for funzies Watson has always been my favorite character cough JudeLaw cough I quite enjoyed his school boy hard crush on the sweet Mary,Holmes nails it and the back story killed me again.I am not sure what it is about Doyle s back stories but I do not enjoy them I am normally one that enjoys getting deeper into the story and [...]


    30. The Sign of Four 1890 was the second volume in the Sherlock Holmes series, written by Arthur Conan Doyle three years after the first So, one could not say that the demand for a sequel was overwhelming Curiously enough, at the evening party the offer to publish such a sequel was made to Conan Doyle, the same magazine editor made an offer to Oscar Wilde forThe Picture of Dorian Gray That must have been a fairly interesting periodical The Sign of Fouropens with the revelation that Holmes was inject [...]


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