A Case of Identity by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

by Catherine Chiu

  • Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.
  • He laughed, I remember, and shrugged his shoulders, and said there was no use denying anything to a woman, for she would have her way.
  • You may remember the old Persian saying, ‘There is danger for him who taketh the tiger cub, and danger also for whoso snatches a delusion from a woman.’ There is as much sense in Hafiz as in Horace, and as much knowledge of the world.

“My dear fellow,” said Sherlock Holmes as we sat on either side of the fire in ihs lodgings at Baker Street, “life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent. We would not dare to conceive the things which are really mere commonplaces of existence. If we could fly out of that window hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the roofs, and peep in at the queer things which are going on, the strange coincidences, the plannings, the cross-purposes, the wonderful chains of events, working through generations, and leading to the most outré results, it would make all fiction with its conventionalities and foreseen conclusions most stale and unprofitable.

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