Comments: 6
Portable Magic 7 months ago
This was the first SH that I read, and it's sort of funny that the most interesting part of it to me was that last conversation. I was mostly annoyed that Doyle placed the moral blame for the murder on the mistress rather than on the cheating SOB who actually committed it.
BrokenTune 7 months ago
You took from it that he blamed the mistress? I didn't read it that way. I read it as that the cheating SOB got exactly what he deserved.
Portable Magic 7 months ago
"'I had no doubt that this woman had plunged him head-over-ears in debt, and so led him into this miserable plot.'"

This sounds to me like just another version of blaming Eve for Adam eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge.
BrokenTune 7 months ago
I see what you mean. LoL. Yeah, because the SOB just had no free will of his own at all.
Murder by Death 7 months ago
I always thought this story went on too long. I was interested at the start and at the end, but the middle just ... meh. Although that is one of my favorite quotes from the canon.
BrokenTune 7 months ago
Exactly! The beginning is good, the end is good, the middle just dragged. I can only guess that ACD was experimenting with the Dartmoor setting and that this was a sort of trial for what would become THOTB.