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The Adventure of the Dying Detective

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Book Overview: 

someone attempts to poison Holmes and he wishes the would-be poisoner to believe it is working. To that end, he convinces Watson that it worked knowing that Watson will seem absolutely genuine to the would-be poisoner, in an attempt to catch him.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .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 practitioner with very limited experience and mediocre qualifications. It is painful to have to say these things, but you leave me no choice."

I was bitterly hurt.

"Such a remark is unworthy of you, Holmes. It shows me very clearly the state of your own nerves. But if you have no confidence in me I would not intrude my services. Let me bring Sir Jasper Meek or Penrose Fisher, or any of the best men in London. But someone you MUST have, and that is final. If you think that I am going to stand here and see you die without either helping you myself or bringing anyone else to help you, then you have mistaken your man."

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Another interesting adventure of Sherlock Holmes; similar to finding mysteries and ultimately solving them. But this differs slightly from other adventure of Sherlock Holmes as Arthur Conan Doyle emphasizes Watson rather than Sherlock. Sherlock was quite ill and about to die from a Sumatran disease.

Holmes hasn’t had anything to eat or drink for 3 days! He believes he caught Eastern fever on the docks and he looks dreadfully awful. He’s lost in his mind, he’s utterly delirious, babbling, and shouting nonsense: “Isn’t it funny how the brain controls the brain? What was I saying, Watson?”

Loved th

The Adventure of the Dying Detective' focuses mainly on Sherlock Holmes himself, who claims to be quite ill and about to die from a Sumatran disease. Mrs. Hudson, his housekeeper, is quite worried about him, so she convinces Dr. Watson to visit him in the apartment. Once Watson has seen Holmes, he i

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I love this one even though it is absolutely and utterly predictable, for the mere lengths Sherlock is willing to go to be an ass to Watson.

... and again, Watson just takes it.

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