5 thoughts on “The Data of Sherlock Holmes’ Cases”

  1. Where his clients got their money would make another interesting chart. A few decades ago I combined a lazy summer with a single volume complete Sherlock Holmes, reading through nearly all the stories in a short period of time. Taken individually they stand alone as great stories. But taken in rapid succession, the formulaic nature began to stand out. One factor that struck me back then but didn’t make it into this analysis was that virtually every rich person encountered had made his fortune somewhere other than England (often South Africa Diamond Mines or USA Gold Mines) before returning to England to retire as a wealthy country gentleman. It also shows that the barriers to upward mobility in England were as great in the 1800’s as they are today since it obviously would have been preposterous to have a character who had made their fortune in England.

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