Deductive: The Sign of Four

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Mystery and Crime  |  House: Booksie Classic
A modern adaptation of the classic Sherlock Holmes Adventure

Submitted: January 11, 2014

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DeductiveThe Sign of Four

It's nightime. Sherlock is alone in 221b. He appears to be in deep thought. Looks at Bookshelf and then at the clock and repeats. Stares at bookshelf for a few seconds and then quickly gets up and approaches bookshelf. Opens thick textbook to reveal an area that's been cut away that is now containing a syringe. He takes the needle and carefully rolls up his shirt sleeve. Watson enters from front door.

Watson: Hey, I'm- (sees Sherlock) No! no no no. You're not blowing the progress you've made. You've been clean for over a month. (walks over grabs the syringe and walks towards the trashcan and stops to examine the syringe) Morphine or Cocaine?

Sherlock: A seven percent solution of cocaine. You know, if you were to try it, you might not be so adamant about me quitting.

Watson: (scoffs) Try it

Sherlock: Will you then?

Watson: (glares) Make a deduction. (empties syringe into sink and throws away syringe).

Sherlock: I understand that you're concerned for my well being, Watson, but I find the sensation so transcendently stimulating and clarifying to the mind that the effects to my health seem but a small price to pay.

Watson: Look, I'm not just talking to you as a friend, but also as a doctor. Consider all the cost. Your mind may mind the sensation pleasurable, it is a pathological and morbid process which involves tissue change and could cause permanent damage to your brain. It's just not worth the risk. Why would you ever risk losing the your powers of the mind? 

Sherlock: (puts fingertips together and behaves as though he's enjoying the conversation.) My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me the most complicated puzzle or the most intricate analysis and I'm in my proper place and I can make due with those artificial stimulants, but I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave mental exaltation. That is why I have chosen my own particular profession or created it, rather, since I am the only one in the world. 

Watson: Yeah, yeah. I know. 'The only unofficial detective.

Sherlock: (firmly) Consulting. The only unofficial Consulting detective\\

Watson: right.

Sherlock: I am the last and highest court of appeals in detection.

Watson: Here we go.

Sherlock: When, Lestrade, Gregson, or even Jones are feeling too stupid to solve the simplest cases, which is always, they come to me.

Watson: I know. I'm usually there.

Sherlock: I examine the data, as an expert.

Watson: Expert?

Sherlock: and pronounce the a specialist's opinion. I claim no credit in such cases. 

Watson: I know.

Sherlock: The work itself, the pleasure of finding a field for mental abilities. 

Watson: Definitely Mental.

Sherlock: is my highest reward. You've seen plenty of methods put to use. (pause) Such as in AStudy in Scarlet. (gestures to open laptop revealing the story.

Watson: Oh! You read it.(happily) What'd you think of it?

Sherlock: I skimmed through it and honestly, I can't congratulate you for writing it.

Watson: What? I wrote that for you. Since the police wouldn't give you any credit.

 Sherlock: Detection is to be treated as a respected and exact science and you should've written our account in the cold, unemotional manner that the subject deserves.You romanticized it. You should have only demonstrated the analytical reasonings from effects to causes through observation and deduction. 

Watson: You make it sound as if observation and deduction are completely different from each other. One implies the other.

Sherlock: Ha! Hardly, Watson!  For instance, Observation tells me that you have reddish mud on your shoes.

 

 


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