Book Quotations

A selection of quotations from two Sherlock Holmes adventures used in the songs…

The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

“It arrived upon Christmas morning, in company with a good fat goose […]”

“The little man stood glancing from one to the other of us with half-frightened, half-hopeful eyes […]”

“It’s a bonny thing,” said he. “Just see how it glints and sparkles. Of course it is a nucleus and focus of crime.”

He held out his hand, and displayed upon the centre of the palm a brilliantly scintillating blue stone […]

“In front of him he saw, in the gaslight, a tallish man, walking with a slight stagger,
and carrying a white goose slung over his shoulder.”

Sherlock Holmes sat up with a whistle. “By Jove, Peterson!” said he, “this is treasure trove indeed. I suppose you know what you have got?”

“He brought round both hat and goose to me on Christmas morning, knowing that even the smallest problems are of interest to me.”

The little man stood glancing from one to the other of us with half-frightened, half-hopeful eyes […]”

Sherlock Holmes hailed a four-wheeler […] “In that case we had better discuss it in a cosy room rather than in this wind-swept market-place.”

A Scandal in Bohemia

One night-it was on the 20th of March, 1888-I was returning from a journey to a patient […]

He was at work again. He had risen out of his drug-created dreams, and was hot upon the scent of some new problem.

Holmes rushed at the bell-pull, tore back a small sliding shutter, and […] pulled out a photograph and a letter.

“[…] there was the gentleman thanking me on one side and the lady on the other, while the clergyman beamed on me in front.”

He was, I take it, the most perfect reasoning and observing machine that the world has seen […]

He never spoke of the softer passions, save with a gibe and a sneer.

“We both thought the best resource was flight when pursued by so formidable an antagonist […]”

“I was still balancing the matter in my mind when a hansom cab drove up to Briony Lodge, and a gentleman sprang out.”

The Count shrugged his broad shoulders. “Then I must begin,” said he, “by binding you both to absolute secrecy for two years […]”

Heavy bands of astrakhan were slashed across the sleeves and fronts of his double-breasted coat […]

I was seized with a keen desire to see Holmes again, and to know how he was employing his extraordinary powers.

It was already dusk, and the lamps were just being lighted as we paced up and down in front of Briony Lodge.

“And what of Irene Adler?” I asked. “Oh she has turned all the men’s heads […] She is the daintiest thing under a bonnet on this planet.”

A slow and heavy step, which had been heard upon the stairs and in the passage, paused immediately outside the door.

As he spoke the gleam of the sidelights of a carriage came round the curve of the avenue. It was a smart little landau […]

“I was half dragged up to the altar, and before I knew where I was I found myself mumbling responses which were whispered in my ear […]”

“The cab and the landau with their steaming horses were in front of the door when I arrived. I paid the man and hurried into the church.”

[…] there was the sharp sound of horses’ hooves and grating wheels against the curb.

He threw over a sheet of thick pink-tinted note-paper which had been lying open upon the table.

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The characters of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are used here by kind permission of Andrea Plunket,
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