Monday, January 25, 2016

The Classics - Opening Lines: A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

As narrated by Dr. Watson:

"In the year 1878 I took my degree of Doctor of Medicine of the University of London, and proceeded to Netley to go through the course prescribed for surgeons in the army. Having completed my studies there, I was duly attached to the Fifth Northumberland Fusiliers as Assistant Surgeon."

(Published 1887) (This short novel introduced Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson)

I love the classics and plan to share some "opening lines" over the coming months. Comment if you like, or read for inspiration. Writing styles were different then, but were they really?

16 comments:

  1. Excellent opening lines Sharon.
    Yvonne.

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    1. It was wonderful to discover the book that started it all!

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  2. I'm a Sherlock fan and really admire Doyle's writing. The more I read those stories, the more I realize how concisely he writes. Thanks for this reminder.

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    1. What a great source for those writing mysteries today.

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  3. Really lets you in on the character early on. :)

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    1. He sure does. I always liked Dr. Watson best :)

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  4. I've read and reread Sherlock Holmes. I never tire of them.

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  5. How cool that this was their first meeting. One day i will read some Sherlock Holmes

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    1. They are such a classic pair. We will always love them!

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  6. Hey Sharon,

    I think the opening line is weakened by being a run-on sentence with the conjunction word "and" not being necessary. Could of started a new sentence at that point. Hey, Arthur knows best! :)

    Gary

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    1. :) Arthur probably had little to do with it. Dr. Watson took the reins like characters sometimes do...and here he is years later still spouting off!

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  7. Opening lines are so important. You need great ones, like your example shows.

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  8. Nearly every classic work I've checked has had one!

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