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The Captain of the Polestar

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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This is a collection of early Sir Arthur Conan Doyle short stories. It includes stories of mystery, comedy, shipwrecks and fantasy.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . murderer was still at large, though, of course, the police had every reason to expect his speedy capture. Certainly the incident seems to support Harton's theory, though it may be a mere whim of Gorings, or, as I suggested to Harton, he may be collecting materials for a book which shall outvie De Quincey. In any case it is no business of ours.

October 27, 28.—Wind still fair, and we are making good progress. Strange how easily a human unit may drop out of its place and be forgotten! Tibbs is hardly ever mentioned now; Hyson has taken possession of his cabin, and all goes on as before. Were it not for Mrs. Tibbs's sewing-machine upon a side-table we might forget that the unfortunate family had ever existed. Another accident occurred on board to-day, though fortunately not a very serious one. One of our white hands had gone down the afterhold to fetch up a spare coil of rope, when one of the hatches which he had removed came crashing down on the top of hi. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Was expecting something much better since it's Doyle's work.

A short but reasonably creepy story...more

I like most things written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and some of the stories in this collection are good ones. The title story, "The Captain of the Polestar" I've read several times over the years, and for some reason it always bothers me. Essentially, the Captain of the fishing boat, Polestar, goe