You see, but you do not observe The distinction is clear I m gradually making my way through the Sherlock Holmes stories collected in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, which you can download free here at Gutenberg.org This one is the story of The Woman.To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman I have seldom heard him mention her under any other name In his eyes she eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex It was not that he felt any emotion akin to love for Irene Adler And ye You see, but you do not observe The distinction is clear I m gradually making my way through the Sherlock Holmes stories collected in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, which you can download free here at Gutenberg.org This one is the story of The Woman.To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman I have seldom heard him mention her under any other name In his eyes she eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex It was not that he felt any emotion akin to love for Irene Adler And yet there was but one woman to him, and that woman was the late Irene Adler, of dubious and questionable memory.A Bohemian nobleman, half heartedly in disguise note the highly effective half mask until Sherlock, bored, informs him that he knows who he is, hires Sherlock to help him with a scorned woman who has vengeance on her mind, now that he s dumped her because she s not of the nobility and plans to marry a nice, straitlaced blueblooded girl Unfortunately for the guy, she has a picture of them together, along with letters and other evidence of their illicit relationship that will surely ruin his marriage plans So Sherlock is hired to steal the incriminating photograph.I don t want to say a lot , because it s short and easily spoiled It s a pretty straightforward Sherlock Holmes case, made memorable by the woman Sherlock goes up against Despite his disdain for women generally, he s impressed and, to his credit, not at all impressed with the nobleman who left her There s some great dialogue between the characters, like the nobleman and Sherlock s discussion of why this woman s evidence can t be dismissed as fake, and this interchange between Sherlock and Dr Watson By the way, Doctor, I shall want your co operation I shall be delighted You don t mind breaking the law Not in the least Nor running a chance of arrest Not in a good cause Oh, the cause is excellent Then I am your man Bonus material When I Googled to find out what a cabinet photograph is, I found this tremendously helpful page on a Stanford Univ website, explaining not only that term but many others in the story that may not be familiar to modern readers.Next up The Red Headed League Holmes is hired by the King of Bohemia to recover blackmail evidence, held by the woman whom the king once promised to marry, but who he abandoned for a woman of noble birth Opening lineTo Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman I have seldom heard him mention her under any other name In his eyes she eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex Well this was a surprise the classics and especially mysteries are not my usual fare but due to my recent obsession with the BBC series Sherlock How yummy is Benedict Cumberbatch and then watching Downey and Jude Law in the movie Game Of Shadows I realized that I had never actually read any of Conan Doyle s stories Opening lineTo Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman I have seldom heard him mention her under any other name In his eyes she eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex Well this was a surprise the classics and especially mysteries are not my usual fare but due to my recent obsession with the BBC series Sherlock How yummy is Benedict Cumberbatch and then watching Downey and Jude Law in the movie Game Of Shadows I realized that I had never actually read any of Conan Doyle s stories After some research trying to figure out where to begin, I eventually bought The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes and settled on this story And wow, I didn t expect to enjoy this half as much as I did or at all for that matter but I guess this is why Sherlock Holmes is still relatable today.I d initially expected to have to put in considerable effort just to get through this, I mean it was written in 1892 so it was bound to be very, well literary You know all formal and tedious In fact I d anticipated needing a dictionary just to be able to understand what the characters were talking about, but to my surprise A Scandal In Bohemia turned out to be an absolute delight to read The actual story is quite basic yet also filled with complexities and hidden meanings and I would also have to call this a romance of sorts It s also funny, relevant, cunning, witty, romantic and ultimately sad What a great introduction to the world of Sherlock Holmes.Told from Dr Watsons POV now that I didn t know I d just assumed these were Sherlock s stories We begin with Watson dropping by Baker Street to visit Holmes He hasn t been by his old residence or seen Holmes of late due to his recent marriage and the two have drifted apart I guess you could say he feels nervous about visiting because he never really knows what state Holmes will be in elated, depressed, manic, high on opium or cocaine or in some clever disguise It s always a bit of a crap shoot In any case he appears happy today and also excited due to the prospect of a new and exciting case Sherlock then asks if Watson will assist himI shall be delighted You don t mind breaking the law Not in the least Nor running a chance of arrest Not in good cause Oh the cause is excellent Then I am your man I was sure that I could rely on you The client turns out to be the King of Bohemia he requires Holmes assistance in obtaining an incriminating photograph of himself and one Irene Adler before he marries It seems this past affair would ruin him because of her station So far the King has tried unsuccessfully to buy it she won t sell to bribe her servants and finally even to steal it but Ms Adler is always one step ahead Holmes dons several disguises throughout his case, first as a groomsman to gain access to Adler s property and spy on her and then later as an injured clergyman Irene Adler is a fantastic character, gaining the upper hand and in the end even outsmarting Holmes I suppose it s her cleverness that causes Holmes to fall for her and why in the end she becomes known only as the woman Cheers305jb5 More like 3.5 5 S T A R S reallyThe stage lost a fine actor, even as science lost an acute reasoner, when he became a specialist in crimeIt seems to me that Mr Holmes is an exceptional crime investigator Andthan that He s a character I ll be most delighted to make an acquaintance with It s clear that the skills he displays in this book are only basic to his character, it feels like there sFor this investigative episode, Mr Holmes is contacted by a sketchy characte More like 3.5 5 S T A R S reallyThe stage lost a fine actor, even as science lost an acute reasoner, when he became a specialist in crimeIt seems to me that Mr Holmes is an exceptional crime investigator Andthan that He s a character I ll be most delighted to make an acquaintance with It s clear that the skills he displays in this book are only basic to his character, it feels like there sFor this investigative episode, Mr Holmes is contacted by a sketchy character in a mask who turns out to be a king, and is presented with a case which requires the utmost discretion and confidentiality One which threatens to cause what will be a great Scandal in Bohemia.AND WHAT DO I THINKThis was a good introduction to the world of Holmes A light one One thing s for sure Mr Holmes does deserve a place in the list of greatest mentions The thing is, I don t know, I guess I was expectingMore complexitymystery I don t know JustBut I take into account that this is the first book in the series at least I think it is Please correct me if I m wrong and it can only get better So I do believe it s going to build into a series I ll come to love Because yes, I will be reading the rest of the Sherlock Holmes books Slowly but surely I might even finish them before half of the year runs out Is that possible I mean, I actually don t know how many books there are,exactly, so I might just be putting my foot in my mouth haha Foot In Mouth Get it You don t looks frustratingly puzzled Well it s supposed to be funny, really I really like Watson, Holmes dear, dear friend And from what I foresee and this is all conjecture now he s going to be a steadfast and loyal sidekick What s really great is they seem to have a great and adhering friendship between them That sreason to readof Holmes investigative adventures It promises to be fun, entertaining, humorous and dare I say it, mysterious and investing I just love great displays of friendship in books Adding adventure to that, only leaves something that I could very well say will be the death of me and my academic life I want to start watching Holmes on Tv now, but there are school books with my name on them by my bedside table Forgive me education To Mr Sherlock Holmes I look forward to our future encounters And remember.And lastly, is it weird that I feel like I ve made some kind of great achievement, or excelled remarkably and commendably at some enterprise I don t know I feel like this is a milestone, honestly I feel elated I m going to take a picture for keeps in remembrance of this day I really am Say nyehhhhhI was born silly Too sad.Recommended to me by my lovely friend, Councillor Thank youuu This is a very interesting article with some background on Conan Doyle and Sherlock quote from the article Wearing his now iconic hat, clamping a pipe between his teeth, Sherlock Holmes endures as the very definition of deductive reasoning His encyclopedic knowledge and diamond sharp observation skills make him a larger than life figure that continues to fascinate audiences on both the small and big screens.Originally penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a This is a very interesting article with some background on Conan Doyle and Sherlock quote from the article Wearing his now iconic hat, clamping a pipe between his teeth, Sherlock Holmes endures as the very definition of deductive reasoning His encyclopedic knowledge and diamond sharp observation skills make him a larger than life figure that continues to fascinate audiences on both the small and big screens.Originally penned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a physician, the character of Holmes has undergone various tweaks and changes over the years as new writers and actors have put their own spin on the famous detective However, his ability to gather, manage and analyze many snippets of information to draw conclusions about the motives, methods and outcomes of major crimes remains constant.It is alleged that Conan Doyle found the inspiration for his most famous character in Dr Joseph Bell, one of his medical school professors Dr Bell was considered an excellent diagnostician who impressed Conan Doyle with his ability to correctly guess professions, daily routines and medical diagnoses of patients, students and colleagues using bits of information that others might ignore or find irrelevant Dr Richard Hu, writing on Wired magazine.As for this specific adventure, it gets 5 stars because Irene Adler I love the implications with her, Conan Doyle surely manages to sidestep the blanket accusation of sexism that radical feminists love to sling against white Victorian males as a group Hmm, but that said, I suppose Doyle might still not be off the hook, since some might still aver that Ms Adler is not represented as enough of a rounded character Oh well, Doyle still passes in my book It s enough for me that she is brilliant In addition to that, I like that she makes Sherlockhuman to the reader that her character demonstrates that Sherlock can have human emotions after all irene adler is a baller.i d rather read a series of books about her, personally. Holmes done over by a bird Certainly the man is not at his tip top form and neither is this story, but it s a good one, perhaps for its contemporary pathos Holmes for once seems fallible, almost human Not only does he slip up, he also falls for a woman No, it s not Doyle s best bit of writing, but for the sake of posterity, it might be the best thing he ever did for his Sherlock Holmes series. A perfect little re read to welcome myself back into Conan Doyle s world. A scandal in Bohemia is a short yet entertaining adventure of no other than the greatest sleuth of fiction history, Sherlock Holmes.In this case, Holmes is once again accompanied by his Boswell, partner and trusted friend, Dr John Watson But this time, Dr Watson is already married to Mary Morstan allowing changes to their flatmate relationship in Baker street They were approached by an anonymous masked client who turns out to be Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigismond von Ormstein, the great Duke of A scandal in Bohemia is a short yet entertaining adventure of no other than the greatest sleuth of fiction history, Sherlock Holmes.In this case, Holmes is once again accompanied by his Boswell, partner and trusted friend, Dr John Watson But this time, Dr Watson is already married to Mary Morstan allowing changes to their flatmate relationship in Baker street They were approached by an anonymous masked client who turns out to be Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigismond von Ormstein, the great Duke of Cassel Felstein and hereditary King of Bohemia himself He asks for the help of the two in solving and in redemption of a specific object from the hands of Irene Adler, his former liaison, on which they had failed in many attempts At this time, the great duke is already engaged to the young scandinavian princess and he s afraid that this Adler woman might threaten him and his marriage through the certain object, a photograph of the duke and adler Sherlock then had a plan and used his ability of disguise to enter the home of adler and find out as to where the photograph was hidden Using Holmes plan and Watson s helping hand, they were successful and were clever enough to locate the object yet disabling them to get it because many eyes are on them as of the moment They are then bound in contacting the duke and telling him that they already know the location of the photo and that they re planning to have possession of it on the following day Unfortunately, they were unable to anticipate that miss adler was already knowledgeable of their future acts as to the previous events of deception by the tandem As the duke, holmes and watson are at the peripheral of Miss Adler, they were shocked to have been informed that Irene has set to fly to England with the photo and never to return again Sherlock redirected to the location of the photo for assurance and found a photo of Irene Adler in a gown and a letter addressed to Holmes saying that she s already aware of their plans and that the duke has nothing to worry about for she is in love with another man and will not interfere with his marriage unless he takes any threatening action towards her The story ends when Sherlock asked the duke to have Irene s picture in his possession as a reminder of the woman who outwitted him To Sherlock Holmes, Irene Adler is not just a woman, she is The Woman A Scandal in Bohemia is the first story in theThe Adventures of Sherlock Holmesstory collection, the third publication in the Sherlock Holmes series after the first two novels, so the first story collection The King of Bohemia hires Holmes to retrieve an incriminating photograph his ex mistress is threatening him with One of the absolute classics, and featuring the infamous Irene Adler A great starting point and introduction to the Sherlock Holmes stories A Scandal in Bohemia is the first story in theThe Adventures of Sherlock Holmesstory collection, the third publication in the Sherlock Holmes series after the first two novels, so the first story collection The King of Bohemia hires Holmes to retrieve an incriminating photograph his ex mistress is threatening him with One of the absolute classics, and featuring the infamous Irene Adler A great starting point and introduction to the Sherlock Holmes stories