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Welcome to The Once Lost Wanderer. The name is derived from two poems: Amazing Grace by reformed slave trader John Newton, and All That is Gold Does Not Glitter by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Resident Patient by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A Sherlock Holmes short story

The Resident Patient is part of The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes collection.

Holmes and Watson take a leisurely stroll about London, vicinity Baker Street.

For three hours we strolled about together, watching the kaleidoscope of life as it ebbs and flows through Fleet Street and Stand. ~ narrative provided by Dr. Watson of course

They return to find a troubled young doctor and a mysterious case of revenge, murder, poetic justice and the simple false conclusions of the police, all set right by Holmes extraordinary powers of observation and deduction. There is no arrest, as the guilty parties, including the seeming victim are brought to justice beyond the power human principalities.


I liked this a bit more than some other Sherlock Holmes adventures I’ve read. Sometimes, Holmes’ deductions are a bit too perfect – meaning, yes things might be interpreted as he deduces, but they could also be interpreted otherwise. The author makes it all work out perfectly and Holmes is brilliant, but for me it is often a bit of a stretch. In this case however, Holmes’ deductions seem a bit less presumptuous.

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3 comments:

  1. There's nothing like a good Sherlock Holmes story--I've reread them all a few times and they are very satisfying. I love the atmosphere of the stories as well, which you captured in your quote.

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    1. Yes I don't think ACD gets enough credit for the beauty of his prose.

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