“When you have eliminated the impossible,
whatever remains, however improbable,
must be the truth.”
-Sherlock Holmes (Conan Doyle),
in the Sign of Four, 1890.
The stories of Sherlock Holmes came to us as the first fascinating jolt that the world of grownups was sensible after all, as a tantalizing promise that growing up could be worthwhile too, and also as a hair raising awareness that life was awash with cunning, evil forces, although conquerable by the power of reason. 1,972 more words