Abbreviation: CARD (J. F. Christ, 1947)
Word length: 8,730 (C. E. Lauterbach, 1960)
First published: Strand Magazine, January 1893; Harper's Weekly, January 14, 1893
In the introduction to this story, so fine a piece of writing that it was transplanted into "The Resident Patient," Watson draws a moral lesson about the absurdity of war. What moral lessons might the author, whether Watson or Doyle, have intended to teach through the plot of the story itself?