Friday, May 29, 2009

Quotable - "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Quotable: Weekly Literary QuotationsWelcome to Quotable, a weekly feature at Bookish Ruth. Each Friday I'll share a short passage that caught my attention -- it could be an old favorite or something that jumped out at me during that week's reading. I hope you'll enjoy it and perhaps share something that resonated with you during the week.

For the month of May, I'll be featuring quotations by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as part of my month-long Doyle tribute. Today I'm highlighting a passage from "The Adventure of the Speckled Band". Here we have Watson speaking about Holmes' typical (or atypical, if you prefer) choice of cases:

"On glancing over my notes of the seventy odd cases in which I have during the last eight years studied the methods of my friend Sherlock Holmes, I find many tragic, some comic, a large number merely strange, but none commonplace; for, working as he did rather for the love of his art than for the acquirement of wealth, he refused to associate himself with any investigation which did not tend towards the unusual, and even the fantastic."

-- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, "The Adventure of the Speckled Band"

"The Adventure of the Speckled Band" is among my favorite Sherlock Holmes short stories. The resolution of the mystery creeps me out every single time -- in a good way. Mostly.


  1. Sherlock Holmes (or Arthur Conan Doyle, if you prefer), is eminently quotable. There have been at least two books of quotations from the Holmes stories, and there are several web pages with long lists of quotations. There is also a list of the most famous Sherlock Holmes quotes listed in order. Of course the best-known Holmes saying (Elementary, my dear Watson) is actually a mis-quotation of one from the tales.

  2. This is one of my favorite stories too!