Christopher Redmond

Christopher Redmond has been studying and writing about Sherlock Holmes for twenty-five years and was for many years co-editor of Canadian Holmes. He is the author of In Bed with Sherlock Holmes and Welcome to America, Mr. Sherlock Holmes. Redmond lives in Waterloo, Ontario.

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valentinebouchet1has quotedlast year
hat at least was secure income, enough to permit luxuries like magazines, travel, and antimacassars in the parlour. More than one case mentions the new and glamorous profession of engineering; other cases involve lawyers, doctors, clerks, civil servants of varying status, military officers, a tea merchant, a schoolmaster, and a newspaperman. Such people were the readers of the Holmes stories as well as their characters; they were a new phenomenon in England with the nineteenth century increase in literacy, and they made the Strand Magazine possible and necessary. Lower on the social scale, in turn, come such clients as landladies, governesses (though they might move, on carefully limited terms, in the households of the gentry and even nobility), pawnbrokers and policemen.
valentinebouchet1has quotedlast year
Sherlock Holmes is the defender of social norms; he enters a case not when a law, but when a norm, has been broken…. An exorbitant wage is cause for investigation. There should be no secrets between a husband and wife, yet one spouse in a marriage is acting mysteriously. Two people are scheduled to marry, but one fails to show up at the altar. No public crime has been committed, no private transgression even, but an unspoken social rule has been broken.
And much the same is true of other detectives on the printed page; their business is to investigate what seems odd, as well as to take obvious murders in hand. Holmes is in this way, as well as in his defence of the moral law, profoundly conservative. His personal eccentricities hardly cancel that continuing truth.
valentinebouchet1has quotedlast year
Holmes’s solutions are solutions of individual crimes and serve only to restore the imbalance caused by that crime. He never brings the original balance into question.
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