The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Language and Communication Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
"It's an extraordinary thing," said he, " that all my life I have been collecting other people's news, and now that a real piece of news has come my own way I am so confused and bothered that I can't put two words together." (Six Napoleons.41)
Journalist Horace Harker makes a great thematic statement here when he considers the distinction between reporting on other people's news and telling a personal story, that is newsworthy.
"The Press, Watson, is a most valuable institution, if you only know how to use it." (Six Napoleons.94)
Holmes has a very interesting view of the Press, and it reflects how he seems to view people in general. The press, like people, can be useful and is capable of being manipulated for various ends.
"No, no, Mr. Gilchrist, sir, I never said a word – never one word!" cried the servant.
"No, but you have now," said Holmes. (Three Students.192-3)
This is a great example of how clever and quick-witted Holmes can be, and it also comments on the theme of unintentional communication. Suspects always give things away to Holmes without meaning to do so, and often non-verbally.