Abbreviation: ABBE (J. F. Christ, 1947)
Word length: 9,233 (C. E. Lauterbach, 1960)
First published: Strand Magazine, September 1904; Collier's Weekly, December 31, 1904
It's pretty well accepted that this story is about, among other things, the evils of bad marriages and the need for improvements in the divorce law—an issue to which Arthur Conan Doyle devoted much time, money and energy. Is it possible to see other Sherlock Holmes stories also as calls for specific legal and social reforms?