The Sign of Four Quotes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Sign of the Four Quotes and Analysis
Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram, or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. This line, spoken by Holmes after Watson reprimands him for his use of cocaine, reveals part of the complex nature of Holmes. In his proper element, he is the ultimate thinking machine. With no problem to solve, however, his energetic genius becomes frustrated.
The story is written in the first person, with Dr John Watson as narrator. He has lived with Sherlock Holmes for several years, during which time he has witnessed his companion at work on numerous difficult cases. He is loyal and at the start of the novel, is concerned for his friend's well-being. He accompanies Holmes into potentially dangerous situations, and seems to take pleasure from the adventures he is led into. When he first meets Miss Mary Morstan, Watson is struck by how attractive she is.