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Mrs. Sherlock Holmes > Arthur Conan Doyle?

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Mark Ueber | 255 comments Mod
Why did Ricca choose to open the book with a prologue centered on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?
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message 2: by Mark (last edited Aug 13, 2018 05:13PM) (new)

Mark Ueber | 255 comments Mod
My first thought was that it's padding, but it is only a few pages. It doesn’t serve as an introduction to the book because Grace Huminston is not mentioned in the prologue. Arthur Conan Doyle is so unlike Grace Huminston. He’s wealthy; he’s privileged; he’s isolated and self-absorbed. He is a member of the ruling classes and conventional. Grace Huminston was not like him. She dedicated her life to serving those who had no one to speak for them. She served victims, and she defied convention.
Grace was known for a short time as “Mrs. Sherlock Holmes,” but she was nothing like the fictional character; as she pointed out, she relied on common sense not on deduction. Perhaps the prologue intends to point to those contrasts.


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