The Six Napoleons

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Basic Information

Abbreviation: SIXN (J. F. Christ, 1947)
Word length: 8,392 (C. E. Lauterbach, 1960)
First published: Collier's Weekly, April 30, 1994; Strand Magazine, May 1904


Redmond's Question

The title of this tale is somehow reminiscent of The Three Christs of Ypsilanti, with the implication that multiple madnesses are at work. Indeed, for much of the tale the authorities believe that the destruction of the busts is the work of a madman, and only Holmes sees the quite rational pattern. But why Napoleon?