Series: Sherlock Holmes
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Classics, June 1st 2009
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The Complete Sherlock Holmes
comprises four novels and fifty-six short stories revolving around the world’s most popular and influential fictional detective—the eccentric, arrogant, and ingenious Sherlock Holmes. He and his trusted friend, Dr. Watson, step from Holmes’s comfortable quarters at 221b Baker Street into the swirling fog of Victorian London to exercise that unique combination of detailed observation, vast knowledge, and brilliant deduction. Inevitably, Holmes rescues the innocent, confounds the guilty, and solves the most perplexing puzzles known to literature.
After writing the quote only review of Scarlet last week, it felt like a perfect fit for my latest Sherlock reading.
In “The Yellow Face,” a distraught husband visits Sherlock and Watson. His wife, happily married for three years, is suddenly acting suspicious: midnight visits to the new tenants at a nearby cottage, unexplained absences, and sudden secrets. He asks the detectives to visit him and help unravel the mystery.
And without further ado…
” ‘I was badly in need of a case and this looks, from the man’s impatience, as if it were of importance” (419).
” ‘If you wish to preserve your incognito,’ said Holmes, smiling, ‘I would suggest that you cease to write your name upon the lining of your hat, or else that you turn the crown towards the person whom you are addressing’ ” (421).
” ‘The facts are these, Mr. Holmes,’ said he. ‘I am a married man and have been so for three years. During that time my wife and I have loved each other fondly and lived as happily as any two that were ever joined…And now, since last Monday, there has suddenly sprung up a barrier between us… We are estranged, and I want to know why’ “(421).
” ‘And as I looked I suddenly became aware that a face was watching me out of one of the upper windows.
‘I don’t know what there was about that face, Mr. Holmes, but it seemed to send a chill right down my back’ “(422).
” ‘My wife had always been a woman of a frank, open nature, and it gave me a chill to see her slinking into her own room and crying out and wincing when her own husband spoke to her’ ” (424).
” ‘Still pulling at my sleeve, she led me away from the cottage. As we went I glanced back, and there was that yellow livid face watching us out of the upper window’ “(425).
” ‘I am afraid that this is a bad business, Watson,’ said my companion…” (427).
“You have a theory?”
“Yes, a provisional one. But I shall be surprised if it does not turn out to be correct” (428).
” ‘You have forced me, against my own judgment, to tell you, and now we must both make the best of it’ “(430).
” ‘Watson,’ said he, ‘if it should ever strike you that I am getting a little overconfident in my powers, or giving less pains to a case than it deserves, kindly whisper, “Norbury” in my ear, and I shall be infinitely obliged to you’ “(431).