The Crack in the Lens
If someone had asked Sherlock Holmes later in the year,
there is little doubt that he would have said his life began
that spring day in 1871 when he met Violet Rushdale
upon the moors and ended in the winter some months
distant. His mother would have disputed the former
claim, and many, both friend and foe, would come to
deny the latter. Yet what happened that year nearly
cost him his life and his sanity, and strongly
influenced the man he was to become.
It is well known that the toughest steel that makes the sharpest swords must be plunged into the fire, then beaten and reshaped. So it is as well with the best and wisest of men.
"Grit in a sensitive instrument, or a crack in one of his high powered lenses,
would not be more disturbing than a strong emotion in a nature such as his."
Dr. John H. Watson in "A Scandal in Bohemia," The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
Narrated by Jack Wynters
Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
Categories: Literature & Fiction, Historical Fiction
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