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How Sherlock Holmes Came Alive

“Holmes never stands up if he can spring to his feet. He also grasps, thrusts, jerks and tosses.”

Bee Wilson analyzes the prose powers of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  She adds a special shout-out to the the vital voice of John Watson:
“Holmes would be precious without Watson’s direct, manly presence. A late story narrated by Holmes was hopeless. The prose lost most of its energy and all of its suspense, and became smug.”
Special thanks to her for pointing out what so many miss: Watson is, “contrary to popular belief, not stupid.”
Fitting that Sherlock Holmes should be commented on by someone named Bee.

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