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Sign of The Four (version 3)

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The Sign of the Four (1890), also called The Sign of Four, is the second novel featuring Sherlock Holmes written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Doyle wrote four novels and 56 stories starring the fictional detective.

The story is set in 1888. The Sign of the Four has a complex plot involving service in East India Company, India, the Indian Rebellion of 1857, a stolen treasure, and a secret pact among four convicts ("the Four" of the title) and two corrupt prison guards. It presents the detective's drug habit and humanizes him in a way that had not been done in the preceding novel A Study in Scarlet (1887). It also introduces Doctor Watson's future wife, Mary Morstan.

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The Sign of the Four


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


Chapter I

The Science of Deduction

Sherlock Holmes took his bottle from the corner of the mantel piece and his hypodermic syringe from its neat morocco case. With his long, white, nervous fingers he adjusted the delicate needle, and rolled back his left shirt cuff. For some little time his eyes rested thoughtfully upon the sinewy forearm and wrist all dotted and scarred with innumerable puncture marks. Finally he thrust the sharp point home, pressed down the tiny piston, and sank back into the velvet lined arm chair with a long sigh of satisfaction.

Three times a day for many months I had witnessed this performance, but custom had not reconciled my mind to it. On the contrary, from day to day I had become more irritable at the sight, and my conscience swelled nightly within me at the thought that I had lacked the courage to protest. Again and again I had registered a vow that I should deliver my soul upon the subject, but there was that in the cool, nonchalant air of my companion which made him the last man with whom one would care to take anything approaching to a liberty... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 5 reviews)

Reviewer: - October 23, 2015
Subject: The reader
I think the reader is a bit slow, but otherwise I like the story!
Reviewer: - August 22, 2014
Subject: The Sign Of Four
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle does it again with Sherlock. This tale keeps you captivated to the end.
Reviewer: - August 11, 2014
Subject: The Sign Of Four
It was a good story.
Reviewer: - September 6, 2013
Subject: Review
Excellent story and narration. Doyle was an incredible author; one of the best.
Reviewer: - January 4, 2013
Subject: Must read
If you are a fan of the BBC series then you will want to read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle work. It is fascinating how they tie the old stories into the modernized series.

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