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But this rose is an extra. Its smell and its color are but an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers." Sherlock Holmes

Holmes..The Master Detective:

Sherlock Holmes was born January 6, 1854 the "descendant of country squires and grandson of a sister of the French artist Vernet at the farmstead of Mycroft near Sigerside in the North Riding of Yorkshire."

Is Holmes still alive? Of course; as alive as anything in the Universe! Millions share his image.

Watson describes him as over six feet tall and thin (making him seem even taller), with "sharp, piercing eyes" and a "hawklike" nose. His thick eyebrows lie on a narrow forehead. Sydney Paget's illustrations show him as a reasonably well-dressed man, if not always in the height of fashion. Clothes and a university education placed him for his contemporaries.

The Holmes personality is dual: "extreme exactness and poetic contemplativeness," "extreme langour and devouring energy." "He was impeccable in his habits" with "a catlike love of cleanliness," or a "chin as smooth as linen." And he was untidy as well: "cigars in the coal scuttle," or "tobacco in the end of his Persian Slipper." His fingers were perpetually stained with ink, chemicals and tobacco.

Sherlock Holmes is unsociable; discouraging visitors and he's certainly not a ladies man. His habits are frugal and austere. He often fasts to increase his mental powers. He has quite a sense of humor and can "laugh to the point of choking," although sometimes "possessed of the darkest of moods." Capable of a fine sensitivity at the proper time and place, he is a "brain."

Some quotes from A.C. Doyle:

"See the value of imagination. We imagined what might have happened, acted upon the supposition and found ourselves justified."

"The vital essence is in the details."

"Some touch of the artist wells up in me and calls instantly for a well-staged performance."

"I never can resist a touch of the dramatic."

"Like all great artists, he was easily impressed by his surroundings."

"A certain selection or discretion must be used in producing a realistic effect."

"This great somber stage...."

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