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By Arthur Conan Doyle

In 1887, a tender Arthur Conan Doyle released A research in Scarlet, developing a global icon within the quick-witted sleuth Sherlock Holmes. during this first actual Holmes secret, the detective introduces himself to Dr. John H. Watson with the complicated line “You were in Afghanistan, I perceive,” and so starts Watson’s, and the world’s, fascination with this enigmatic personality. In A examine in Scarlet, Doyle offers both difficult mysteries for Holmes to resolve: one a homicide that occurs within the shadowy outskirts of London, in a locked room the place the haunting notice Rache is written upon the wall, the opposite a kidnapping set within the American West. determining up the “scarlet thread of homicide operating throughout the colourless skein of life,” Holmes demonstrates his uncanny knack for locating the reality, tapping into powers of deduction that also captivate readers today.

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Interestingly, as Atlas points out, Morrison also associated bad lungs with the concertina in his short story ‘Without Visible Means’ in Tales from the Mean Streets (London, 1894). 16 NICKY LOSSEFF breathed more easily … involuntarily she let her voice run over a few notes … If there were always sunlight to stand in and the living air to drink, she might find the life before her in truth as little of a burden as it seemed this morning. But the days would again be wrapped in nether fumes, the foul air would stifle her, her blood would go stagnant, her eyes would weep with the desolate rain … It was as bright a day on the morrow, and she still knew that lightness of heart, that freedom of the breath which is physical happiness.

Dissenting voice notwithstanding, Mary Barton is an explicitly Christian novel. Nor was Kingsley’s relationship with the Church uncomplicated. Early Victorian Anglicanism provided him with neither a radiant example of Christ’s teachings nor any personal support in the form of a strong and practical faith, and it was only after contact with the 52 Quoted in Angus Easson, Elizabeth Gaskell (London, Boston and Henley: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1979) 12. Easson also examines the Unitarian question as it relates to Gaskell.

She 43 Brenda Colloms, Charles Kingsley: The Lion of Eversley (London: Constable, 1975) 355. 44 Alan Swingewood points out that Kingsley still ‘gives expression to some of the basic assumptions of the dominant class’ while expressing criticism of social abuses. Alan Swingewood, The Novel and Revolution (New York: Harper and Row, 1975) 41. 45 For biographies of Gissing, see Tindall, The Born Exile; Jacob Korg, George Gissing: A Critical Biography (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1963); and John Halperin, George Gissing: A Life in Books (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982).

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