The Sign of Four Author:Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Conan Doyle was persuaded to write THE SIGN OF THE FOUR for Lippincott's Monthly Magazine at a dinner where Oscar Wilde was also encouraged to create THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY. It is in THE SIGN OF THE FOUR that the full extent of Holmes' oddness becomes apparent. Unlike Watson, he is indifferent to the pleasures of romance, but he is g... more »rateful for the stimulation of cocaine during idle days, for his mind "rebels at stagnation."
When the beautiful Miss Mary Morstan arrives at 221B Baker Street with a strange story and a note from an anonymous "friend" requesting an rendezvous, Holmes is intrigued--and Watson falls instantly in love. Their energetic investigations uncover an exotic tale of precious gems and treachery.« less