Redmond's Delicate Question
Part I: The original reader of this tale can have had no preconception about
the conventions of a detective story or the behaviour of a detective, because no
such thing was known. Is there evidence in the details of the story, and in
Holmes's proceedings, that he was in fact originally conceived of as a medical
student or a doctor?
Part II: The characters in "The Country of the Saints" frequently
refer to "the Lord" and sometimes venture to speak in God's name. What do
these chapters suggest that the author of the Sherlock Holmes stories thought
-- early in his adult life, at least -- about organized religion and the value
of religious belief?
View Halloa", by Rosemary Michaud
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