September 23rd, 2011

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Sidney Paget Illustrations: "I found Sherlock Holmes half-asleep"

"I had had so many reasons to believe in my friend's subtle powers of reasoning and extraordinary energy in action that I felt that he must have some solid grounds for the assured and easy demeanour with which he treated the singular mystery which he had been called upon to fathom. Once only had I known him to fail, in the case of the King of Bohemia and of the Irene Adler photograph; but when I looked back to the weird business of the Sign of Four, and the extraordinary circumstances connected with the Study in Scarlet, I felt that it would be a strange tangle indeed which he could not unravel.

I left him then, still puffing at his black clay pipe, with the conviction that when I came again on the next evening I would find that he held in his hands all the clues which would lead up to the identity of the disappearing bridegroom of Miss Mary Sutherland.

A professional case of great gravity was engaging my own attention at the time, and the whole of next day I was busy at the bedside of the sufferer. It was not until close upon six o'clock that I found myself free and was able to spring into a hansom and drive to Baker Street, half afraid that I might be too late to assist at the d�nouement of the little mystery. I found Sherlock Holmes alone, however, half asleep, with his long, thin form curled up in the recesses of his armchair. A formidable array of bottles and test-tubes, with the pungent cleanly smell of hydrochloric acid, told me that he had spent his day in the chemical work which was so dear to him."

- A Case Of Identity

And here is the modern day equivalent, from Sherlock:

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Thought for the day

Inspired by something that happened today to a friend of mine.

"What goes around comes around"
A person's actions, whether good or bad, will often have consequences for that person.

It is also, of course, a song by Justin Timberlake and I, for one, am not going to argue with Mr Timberlake!

And, to be serious:

King James Bible: Galatians 6: 7
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.