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« Reply #280 on: June 16, 2021, 10:58:26 AM »
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I'm not in the sugya now, but a few come to mind. "Formidable," "ejaculated," "sprang forward," "curious," "when you have eliminated the impossible, what remains, however improbable, must be the truth," and many others that fail to rise to through the windows of my conscious at the present moment.
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« Reply #281 on: June 16, 2021, 07:58:39 PM »
Are there any Sherlock Holmes fans on the forums? I've read most of the stories throughout the years, some multiple times, and I've found myself becoming quite an admirer.
Am I a fan?  On my first trip to London, with no hansom cabs in sight, I walked all the way to 221B Baker Street.  Couldn't stay long though.  The game was afoot! 

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« Reply #282 on: June 16, 2021, 08:03:31 PM »
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle once called a cab in London. After the cabbie put his suitcase in the trunk, he turned to Sir Arthur and exclaimed, "you're the author of Sherlock Holmes." When asks how he knows he said, "well, from the rubbed out cuff of your suit, I can see you're a writer. From the fact that it's an expensive suit, I can tell you're a successful writer. From the deep furrows in your brow, it's obvious that you a deep thinker. A deep thinker who's also a writer must be a mystery writer. A successful mystery writer must be the author of Sherlock Holmes." Sir Arthur was duly impressed by the deductions, but had one question, "there are two other successful mystery writers in England, how did you know I wasn't one of them?" "Oh that," replied the cabbie with a grin, "simple, I saw Doyle on your suitcase"
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« Reply #283 on: June 16, 2021, 08:05:15 PM »
Am I a fan?  On my first trip to London, with no hansom cabs in sight, I walked all the way to 221B Baker Street.  Couldn't stay long though.  The game was afoot!
It's natural for the one who can track down a tombstone in a few hours to admire the reasoning of Holmes..
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« Reply #284 on: June 16, 2021, 08:35:47 PM »
It's natural for the one who can track down a tombstone in a few hours to admire the reasoning of Holmes..
Reading Holmes started it all, when I was about 11-12 years old.  Then came Hercule Poirot, using his little gray cells, and I had finished all of Agatha Christie's books before I finished high school.  They introduced me to the idea that searching for clues and solving mysteries could be actual adult activities.  Of course, I also expected to be smoking a pipe, but fortunately didn't try to emulate Holmes quite that closely.

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« Reply #285 on: June 16, 2021, 08:43:03 PM »
Of course, I also expected to be smoking a pipe, but fortunately didn't try to emulate Holmes quite that closely.
Opium?
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« Reply #286 on: June 16, 2021, 09:14:36 PM »
I'm not in the sugya now, but a few come to mind. "Formidable," "ejaculated," "sprang forward," "curious," "when you have eliminated the impossible, what remains, however improbable, must be the truth," and many others that fail to rise to through the windows of my conscious at the present moment.
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« Reply #287 on: June 16, 2021, 09:31:36 PM »
Opium?
The pipe had tobacco.  He also injected cocaine, apparently, but I'm sure I didn't get what that meant at the time I read it.

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« Reply #288 on: June 16, 2021, 09:33:38 PM »
The pipe had tobacco.  He also injected cocaine, apparently, but I'm sure I didn't get what that meant at the time I read it.
I think Opium was when he had to go undercover to an Opium den.
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« Reply #289 on: June 17, 2021, 08:23:21 AM »
Speaking of Sherlock Holmes...

Rav Yisroel Reisman once cited a Homes story when giving a shiur. He was talking about Ehud ben Gera killing Eglon, and being a lefty, he hid the knife under his right lapel so that he can access it with this left hand. Rabbi Reisman said that in order to kill someone with a knife, the killer needs to use their full strength, a concept that is found in Sherlock Holmes, in the story "Black Peter," when Holmes realized that the scrawny old guy couldn't be the murderer because he did not have enough strength to drive a harpoon through the victim's body.
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« Reply #290 on: June 22, 2021, 01:57:16 AM »
To inflict a fatal wound using a knife (that is, one that would inevitably prove fatal given the limits
of the medical profession in Eglon's time), I am certain that one would not need one's full strength.
Also, that is very different from the amount of strength required to drive a harpoon through a man.
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