A Study in Scarlet: Chapter 4

Chapter 4: “What John Rance Had to Tell”

Summary: Watson heaps praise upon Sherlock and then they interview the constable (John Rance) who found the body. Turns out the constable had come in contact with the suspect, who’d been pretending to be drunk and had let him get away. We also get the line that names the story–“A Study in Scarlet”

Reaction: With all the talk at the beginning I was afraid nothing would happen except for Watson comparing Sherlock to a easily flattered girl, but the interview with the constable was quite humorous. I was all proud of myself when I guessed along with Sherlock that the drunk man was really the suspect, but since Watson did too it really wasn’t that spectacular of a guess after all.

Prediction: Sherlock thinks the ring found on the body is the key to the mystery. The investigation will turn down that avenue–a ring appraisal, maybe? I am positive that whatever happens there will be another interview.

Why This Book Is a Classic: This line–“There’s the scarlet of murder running through the colorless skein of life, and our duty is to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every inch of it.” So poetic…until you get to the next line: “And now for lunch.” At least the writing doesn’t take itself too seriously.


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