A Scandal in Bohemia

ToSherlockHolmessheisalwaysthewoman. Ihaveseldomheardhimmentionherunderanyothername. Inhiseyessheeclipsesandpredominatesthewholeofhersex. ItwasnotthathefeltanyemotionakintoloveforIreneAdler. Allemotions,andthatoneparticularly,wereabhorrenttohiscold,precisebutadmirablybalancedmind. Hewas,Itakeit,themostperfectreasoningandobservingmachinethattheworldhasseen, butasaloverhewouldhaveplacedhimselfinafalseposition. Heneverspokeofthesofterpassions,savewithagibeandasneer. Theywereadmirablethingsfortheobserverexcellentfordrawingtheveilfrommen’smotivesandactions. Butforthetrainedreasonertoadmitsuchintrusionsintohisowndelicateandfinelyadjustedtemperamentwastointroduceadistractingfactorwhichmightthrowadoubtuponallhismentalresults. Gritinasensitiveinstrument,oracrackinoneofhisownhigh-powerlenses,wouldnotbemoredisturbingthanastrongemotioninanaturesuchashis. Andyettherewasbutonewomantohim,andthatwomanwasthelateIreneAdler,ofdubiousandquestionablememory. 

IhadseenlittleofHolmeslately.Mymarriagehaddriftedusawayfromeachother. Myowncompletehappiness,andthehome-centredinterests whichriseuparoundthemanwhofirstfindshimselfmasterofhisownestablishment, weresufficienttoabsorballmyattention, whileHolmes,wholoathedeveryformofsocietywithhiswholeBohemiansoul,remainedinourlodgingsinBakerStreet, buriedamonghisoldbooks,andalternatingfromweektoweekbetweencocaineandambition,thedrowsinessofthedrug, andthefierceenergyofhisownkeennature. Hewasstill,asever,deeplyattractedbythestudyofcrime, andoccupiedhisimmensefacultiesandextraordinarypowersofobservationinfollowingoutthoseclues, andclearingupthosemysterieswhichhadbeenabandonedashopelessbytheofficialpolice. 

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