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Deductions and Inferences

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a physician and writer, born in Edinburg on May 22, 1859.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Today is the anniversary of his death, on July 7, 1930.

Conan Doyle is probably best known as the creator of the iconic Sherlock Holmes.

Holmes and his faithful biographer, Dr. Watson, figure in several novels and short stories, solving mysterious crimes that confound Scotland Yard.

Magnifying Glass

As a consulting, or private, detective, Sherlock Holmes is often gathering evidence or cogitating on probable sequences of events. The results are his famous deductions and inferences.

The detective’s relationship with the official police force is usually somewhat contemptuous. They don’t always appreciate his methods either.

As Inspector Lestrade said,

“I find it hard enough to tackle facts, Holmes, without flying away after theories and fancies.”

This is in The Boscombe Valley Mystery, and Holmes’ reply is priceless:

“You are right,” said Holmes demurely; “you do find it very hard to tackle the facts.”

Watson and Holmes
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, by Sidney Paget for The Strand Magazine; 1893.

However, Holmes is always willing to give the police credit when they deserve it.

“The authorities are excellent at amassing facts, though they do not always use them to advantage.”

Sherlock Holmes Silhouette

Arthur Conan Doyle was actually so tired of writing Sherlock Holmes adventures for an adoring public that he tried to kill off Holmes—and ended up needing to resurrect him!

Arthur Conan Doyle Signature




3 thoughts on “Deductions and Inferences

  1. Lovely post! Makes sense that Conan Doyle was a physician, with so many medical details included in his works. Your last line (and Mei-Mei’s comment) reminds me of how Lucy Maud Montgomery was forced by her publisher to write more and more Anne stories.

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