Sherlock Says “Elementary Watson, The Celebration Starts On The Fourth…”

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever… (#3)

     “You will not apply my precept,” he said, shaking his head. “How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth? We know that he did not come through the door, the window, or the chimney. We also know that he could not have been concealed in the room, as there is no concealment possible. When, then, did he come?”
     The Sign of the Four, ch. 6 (1890)
     Sherlock Holmes in The Sign of the Four (Doubleday p. 111)


To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman. (#6)

     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. All emotions, and that one particularly, were abhorrent to his cold, precise but admirably balanced mind. He was, I take it, the most perfect reasoning and observing machine that the world has seen…. And yet there was but one woman to him, and that woman was the late Irene Adler, of dubious and questionable memory.
     The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892)
     Dr. Watson in “A Scandal in Bohemia” (Doubleday p. 161)


You know my methods, Watson. (#2)

This quotation appears in nearly identical phrases in at least five Holmes stories. While technically tied with the next passage, it’s ranked second because early editions of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations included multiple appearances of this phrase.

“It seemed to me that a careful examination of the room and the lawn might possibly reveal some traces of this mysterious individual. You know my methods, Watson. There was not one of them which I did not apply to the inquiry. And it ended by my discovering traces, but very different ones from those which I had expected.”
     The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1893)
     Sherlock Holmes in “The Crooked Man” (Doubleday p. 416)

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The picnic table was laid out with potato salad barbecue watermelon baked beans and pineapple upside down cake all had vanished…soon he saw a trail that lead to the edge of the water – ” Drat that Big Foot” he said.”

Happy sleuthing! BJHC

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