Blast from the Past: The Sign of the Four

The Sign of the Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
11/28/2006-12/1/2006 — 88 pages

Yet another case of an avenger correcting his wrongdoers. Jonathon Small seeks vengeance for a treasure he killed for being stolen. He hunted Major Sholto for years but couldn’t get to England. Sholto sent Miss Morstan pearls because her father was his friend and was supposed to have split it with him. In pursuit of a steam launch chase down the Thames, Small throws all the jewels so the pursuers Holmes and Watson can’t collect them. In all actuality Small had nothing to do with any deaths of Sholto or his son or Morstan. I didn’t feel he was worthy of this justince like Jefferson Hope.

“I cannot live without brainwork. What else is there to live for?” (p104)

“Of course, we know that men despise what they don’t comprehend.” (Goethe, p131)


Blast from the Past is a weekly post I write that focuses on a book I read long before I ever had a blog about books. While I didn’t “book blog” until a couple of years ago, I’ve kept a reading journal of sorts for about 6 years. Blast from the Past is essentially just my way of digitalizing my old book journals–and reminding me what I thought of books long since read. I think it will be a fun way to look at how my reading selections have changed and what I like most in the books I read.


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