Blast from the Past: A Case of Identity

A Case of Identity by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
1/25/2007–17 pages–short story
Borrowed from public library

Miss Mary Sutherland had a mother 15 years older than her stepfather who was only 5 years older than herself. They worried with her amiable and loving character they would lose her in marriage along with her 100 a year. So the stepfather disguised himself as a young man and made her fall in love, get engaged, and promise if something should happen to wait for him forever this way ensuring her income a while longer.

“Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.” (p44)

“The little things are infinitely the most important.” (p50)

I’m beginning to wonder how Doyle himself would’ve faired as a detective. Would he be able to deduce in real life like Sherlock in the stories?


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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