“A very attractive governess superintended the education of two young children.” (Sherlock Holmes)
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Sherlock Holmes - Deductions

 “At least it cannot be your health,” said he, as his keen eyes darted over her: “so ardent a bicyclist must be full of energy.”

Man on bicycle - Bob Carruthers

He always kept so far from me that I could not clearly see his face, but it was certainly someone whom I did not know. He was dressed in a dark suit with a cloth cap. The only thing about his face that I could clearly see was his dark beard. (Violet Smith)

He raised his bearded face, saw us close to him, and pulled up, springing from his machine. That coal-black beard was in singular contrast to the pallor of his face, and his eyes were as bright as if he had a fever.

Sherlock Holmes - Character Illustrations

My friend, who loved above all things precision and concentration of thought, resented anything which distracted his attention from the matter in hand. And yet without a harshness which was foreign to his nature, it was impossible to refuse to listen to the story of the young and beautiful woman, tall, graceful, and queenly, who presented herself at Baker Street late in the evening, and implored his assistance and advice. Read More...

Telegram from South Africa

Carruthers took a telegram from his pocket.

It was short and concise:


Another letter from Violet Smith

The Thursday brought us another letter from our client.

“You will not be surprised, Mr. Holmes [said she] to hear that I am leaving Mr. Carruthers’s employment.”

Note from Violet Smith

“Next morning, we had a note from Miss Smith, recounting shortly and accurately the very incidents which I had seen.” (Dr John Watson)

Archie Stamford

It was near there (Farnham) that we took Archie Stamford, the forger.

John Vincent Harden

A very abstruse and complicated problem concerning the peculiar persecution to which John Vincent Harden, the well known tobacco millionaire, had been subjected.

Farnham Railway Station

Violet Smith caught a train from Farnham to London every Saturday forenoon, returning on the following Monday.
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Crooksbury Hill

The high road near Crooksbury Hill on the way to Farnham Station.
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Charlington Heath

The heath was covered with golden patches of flowering gorse, gleaming magnificently in the light of the bright spring sunshine.

Chiltern Grange

Chiltern Grange, Nr. Farnham, Surrey (about six miles from Farnham).
Home of Mr Carruthers and his 10 year old daughter.
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Charlington Hall

House rented by Mr Williamson and Jack Woodley.

Peter the groom

It was a young fellow about seventeen, dressed like an ostler with leather cords and gaiters. He lay upon his back, his knees drawn up, a terrible cut upon his head. He was insensible, but alive.

Daughter of Mr Carruthers

The child was a dear and Mr Carruthers suggested that I should come and teach music to his only daughter, aged ten.

Mrs Dixon

Housekeeper to Mr Carruthers.

A lady housekeeper, a very respectable, elderly person.

Cyril Morton

An electrical engineer and financée of Violet Smith. Working for the Midland Electrical Company at Coventry.

Ralph Smith

Ralph Smith, an Uncle, who went to Africa twenty-five years ago, and we have never had a word from him since.

He had died some months before in great poverty in Johannesburg.

James Smith

“My father is dead, Mr. Holmes. He was James Smith, who conducted the orchestra at the old Imperial Theatre.” (Violet Smith)
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Mr Williamson

He was a respectable, elderly gentleman.

Jack Woodley

“Mr. Woodley seemed to me to be a most odious person. He was for ever making eyes at me — a coarse, puffy-faced, red-moustached young man, with his hair plastered down on each side of his forehead. “ (Violet Smith) Read More...

Bob Carruthers

A much older man, who was more agreeable. He was a dark, sallow, clean-shaven, silent person, but he had polite manners and a pleasant smile.

Violet Smith

A young and beautiful woman, tall, graceful, and queenly.

221b Baker Street, London

Home of Sherlock Holmes and at times Dr John Watson.
They (the rooms) consisted of a couple of comfortable bedrooms and a single large airy sitting-room, cheerfully furnished, and illuminated by two broad windows.
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Dr John Watson

Companion and chronicler of Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock Holmes

“Well, I have a trade of my own. I suppose I am the only one in the world. I’m a consulting detective, if you can understand what that is. Here in London we have lots of government detectives and lots of private ones. When these fellows are at fault, they come to me, and I manage to put them on the right scent." (Sherlock Holmes) (Study in Scarlet)
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