The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Foreignness and 'the Other' Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
"What we pay rates and taxes for I don't know, when any ruffian can come in and break one's goods. [...] Disgraceful, sir! A Nihilist plot - that's what I make it. No one but an anarchist would go about breaking statues. Red republicans - that's what I call 'em." (Six Napoleons.61)
This rant by Morse Hudson could appear on today's news cycle. He gripes about taxes and "the man," and he blames his troubles on dangerous "foreign" elements, as we see with his reference to anarchists and "red republicans" or socialists, who were active in lots of European countries (like Russia) in this period.
"He knifed another Italian in the street, and then came to the works with the police on his heels, and he was taken here. Beppo was his name - his second name I never knew. Serve me right for engaging a man with such a face. But he was a good workman - one of the best." (Six Napoleons.85)
We get some insight into the sort of violence that occurred in London's poorer sections, which were populated with lots of immigrants. There was always a fear that this crime would start spilling out into the more "respectable" parts of town.
In an instant, without the least sound to warn us of his coming, the garden gate swung open, and a lithe, dark figure, as swift and active as an ape, rushed up the garden path. (Six Napoleons.114)
Again, Watson uses eugenic ideas to describe Beppo, this time comparing him to an ape.