Sherlock Holmes : A Fictional Character Created By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle during the Victorian era of England. His stories are so captivating because Holmes is such a complicated, eccentric, character with spontaneous behavior but he managed to solve the most baffling crimes using logic and observation making it easy for readers to overlook the authenticity of the settings and scenes. The background scenes of the tales tell their own stories of the time period of in England. The stories show the reader Victorian customs and mannerisms, clothing style, social norms; travel and communication, inventions, and the street life true to that time period. Although the characters in Holmes stories are fictional, behind the scenes and settings is realistic Victorian England. Trains and train stations are mentioned throughout the Holmes stories. At the end of the Victorian era there were twelve depots, or trains stations in London. Due to the elimination of many buildings, steam powered trains changed the layout of the city of London more than any other invention. Steam not only fueled the trains, it also drove the machinery in the factories; it fueled great ships that crossed oceans; it powered tug boats and small transport boats. In Doyle’s story, The Sign of the Four, Holmes and Watson use a steam powered boat to cross the Thames River as they looked for a peg-legged villain and his dwarf assistant. When they find the two, both Holmes and Watson use their revolvers shoot and the
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