The Sign of Four



The Sign of FourYellow Fog Is Swirling Through The Streets Of London, And Sherlock Holmes Himself Is Sitting In A Cocaine Induced Haze Until The Arrival Of A Distressed And Beautiful Young Lady Forces The Great Detective Into Action Each Year Following The Strange Disappearance Of Her Father, Miss Morstan Has Received A Present Of A Rare And Lustrous Pearl Now, On The Day She Is Summoned To Meet Her Anonymous Benefactor, She Consults Holmes And Watson.

Sherlock Holmes

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 184 pages
  • The Sign of Four
  • Arthur Conan Doyle
  • English
  • 27 March 2018

10 thoughts on “The Sign of Four

  1. Jayson says:

    A 82% Very Good Notes Better structured, with character depth than its predecessor, but it feels like a short story padded into a novella.

  2. Stephen says:

    Tsk, Tsk, Tskapparently that s NOT tobacco Sherlock Holmes is smoking You have to love the daring Sir Arthur displayed in this novel vis vis his iconic detective How many writers would have the chutzpah to risk tarnishing the mystique of their signature creation by depicting him shooting cocaine as a cure for boredom Sherlock Holmes took his bottle from the corner of the mantelpiece 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. Now that is what I call an opening paragraph Well played, Mr Doyle I m a big fan of the Sherlock Holmes stories, and one of my favorite aspects of the stories, odd as it might sound, is how thoroughly unlikable Holmes is Let s face it, the man is an asshole He s cold, callous, arrogant, misanthropic, consumed with his own needs, and sociopathic in his lack of empathy for others If it were not for his unparalleled gifts for observation and deduction, there would be nothing to recommend him as a person And that is precisely what makes him so interesting and so much fun to read about He comes across as anti hero than hero, despite t...

  3. Henry Avila says:

    Sherlock Holmes is bored, he hasn t had a new, interesting case in quite a while, no big deal you say It is if the man is the notorious self destructive detective, the best whoever was, or will be as his arm will clearly reveal.too many injections of mind numbing drugs can testify to this horrible fact, the ugly scars The worried Dr Watson fears for the health of his best friendunable to prevent it, he knows Holmes brain needs constant stimulation otherwise, the inevitable decline into ennui, not moving, in the chair, staying in his room, unable to function as a human being A sight the kind hearted Watson cannot endure At last a strange mystery brought by a young, attractive woman , escorted by the tolerant landlady Mrs Hudson, Miss Mary Morstan, causes Sherlock to move his limbs, the powerful brain begins turning faster and faster , we have liftoff , soaring into the unknown universe from the seedy side , an unlimited territory yes the land of the criminals, their greed, nothing is beyond the grasp of those who want wealth without working very hard to accomplish this goal, why should they, if only a little killing and stealing will get them this Even Watson feels happ...

  4. Anne says:

    Oh, Holmes I still love you, but this was not your best book, buddy.Hmm Ok, now I remember why I never really read the full length Sherlock stories very much, and usually preferred to stick with the shorties This was kinda cough dull And really hard to get through Plus, and I know it was written in a different era it was pretty cringe worthy when dealing with race Yep Pretty much anyone who wasn t white was a snarling savage or a faithful servant.So, yeah Not very entertaining to read about that sort of thing at all.Anyway, the main thing that makes this book noteworthy for fans is that this is where Watson Falls In Luuuuurve.Was it a good love story, you ask Well, not particularly But at least Watson seemed to admire Mary as a person, and not think of her as some sort of an arm decoration So, yes, as backward as Doyle is when it comes to race, he s at least got an itty bitty lick of sense when it comes to women And when Holmes makes derogatory statements about women love, Watson gallantly defends us womenfolk with grunts of disapproval.I believe this was written when Doyle was sick and tired of writing about Sherlock, and it shows Sherly is almost as obnoxio...

  5. Jeff says:

    If you got bad newsYou want to kick them bluesCocaine.When your day is done and you got to runCocaine.If your thing is gone and you want to ride onCocaine.Don t forget this factYou can t get backCocaine.Remind me again what you re singing about, J.J Cale Doyle doesn t waste any time in introducing Holmes cocaine addiction Something about keeping the grey matter active when he s got nothing better to do than be annoying Hey Sherlock, the first step is to admit you have a problem Hi, I m Sherlock and I m an insufferable pedantic butt head, who uses a seven percent solution of cocaine to clear my head These donuts, purchased at the corner bakery on Bond Street are from yesterday and not only stale but contain mouse droppings and whoever brewed the coffee used one tablespoon too many That man in the back row is sleeping with a woman not your wife who smuggles chinchillas, that man sitting beside him had liver and onions for dinner, the woman beside him recently visited Nepal and has a rubber fetish, and this woman in the front row breeds hippos Um, thanks for sharing We re introduced to Holmes ragamuffin teen brigade, Watson falls in love Ha , we have evil pygmies using blow dart guns, a pegged leg dude bent on revenge, mega betrayals, a locked door...

  6. Delee says:

    September buddy read with The Non Crunchy Classics Funky Bunch image error

  7. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth I initially went 3.5 stars and rounded up to four, but only a week later, after reading The Hound of the Baskervilles, I could barely remember what this one was about It s mostly pleasant but forgettable.In Sherlock Holmes second outing with Dr Watson, Sherlock explains that he needs to shoot up cocaine and morphine to add spice to his life apparently these were legal drugs at the time Watson chastises Sherlock unsuccessfully for taking chances with his mind, and then distracts him with a question about his old pocket watch Sherlock, true to form, dazzles the good Dr Watson once again with his deductions But this only occupies them for a few minutes Luckily for everyone except Holmes drug supplier, Miss Mary Morstan arrives on the doorsteps of 221B Baker Street with a better distraction a puzzle about a decade long missing father and a mysterious annual gift of valuable pearls that she s been receiving ...

  8. Dan Schwent says:

    Sherlock Holmes sets aside his cocaine addiction for a case A young woman has been receiving pearls in the mail once a year for four years and now has a chance to meet her mysterious benefactor Can Holmes and Watson figure out what s really going on without being ensnared in a web of deceit and murder I read this with those scamps in the Non crunchy Cool Classics group.So, Sherlock Holmes For years, Holmes has been akin to H.P Lovecraft for me in that I m a much bigger fan of the works they inspired than the original works When Jeff and his cohorts decided to read The Sign of Four in September, who was I to resist After all, Sherlock is one kick ass showYeah, I m still not a tremendous Sherlock Holmes fan I understand that Arthur Conan Doyle was largely inventing the genre as he went but the longer Holmes stories always seem unnecessarily conv...

  9. Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    The Sign of Four The Sign of the Four Sherlock Holmes 2 , Arthur Conan DoyleThe 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 short stories featuring the fictional detective The story is set in 1888 The Sign of the Four has a complex plot involving service in 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 1999 ...

  10. James Tivendale says:

    The narrative begins with a very bored Sherlock Holmes at 221b Baker Street With nothing to focus his incredible powers of deduction on at the present time, he decides to spend his days injecting a seven percent solution of cocaine Conveniently a client with a particularly peculiar and complex case appears that very day The potential customer, Miss Marstan, who wishes to employ the world s only consulting detective explains the scenario On the 4th of May for the last six years, she has received a rare and valuable pearl in the post However, recently she has received an anonymous note from the sender of the jewels saying that they would like to arrange a meeting She asks Holmes advice regarding what she should do Holmes, no longer depressed and bored seems overtaken by a burst of energy and states that himself and Watson will accompany her to the meeting and hopefully shed light on these untypical events Once again written in the guise of Dr Watson s first person perspective, The Sign of Four is my second favourite of Conan Doyle s four full length Sherlock Holmes stories A Study in Scarlet was a good introduction but like many readers, I didn t like the second half of that tale as it didn...

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