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"My biblical knowledge is a trifle rusty, I fear" [CROO]

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Most Sherlockians are familiar with the more popular quotes from the Sherlock Holmes stories. You know the ones:

"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."

"To Sherlock Holmes, she is always the woman."

"...the curious incident of the dog in the night-time"

For those who cannot get enough of these quotes (and many others), there's always The Daily Sherlock Holmes.

The challenge for finding some of these quotes is the method for locating them is not consistent. Whether using the Doubleday Complete Sherlock Holmes (single or double volume edition), The Annotated Sherlock Holmes (Baring-Gould or Klinger), the Crowborough Edition, the Author's Edition, or some other source, we're left with a jumble of page numbers when it comes to finding a quote.

The answer to that conundrum has arrived.

Paul Thomas Miller (who joined us for Episode 172 of I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere) has developed Chapter and Verse Holmes. His concept is simple:

"...to provide a system whereby specific sentences in The Canon could referenced easily, modelled on the chapter and verse system of the Christian Bible."

So, Paul developed a system in which he broke the Canon down, chapter by chapter, sentence by sentence, and incorporated the Jay Finley Christ abbreviations. The format is straightforward:


So, the above quotes would be sourced as follows:

"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." — SIGN 6:59

"To Sherlock Holmes, she is always the woman." — SCAN 1

"...the curious incident of the dog in the night-time" — SILV 455

There are two versions of Chapter and Verse Holmes for use: one that respects U.S. copyright (and therefore excludes the six stories from The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes that are still under copyright) and one for the rest of the world.

This may help narrow things down for scholars, researchers, and even new acolytes of the Sherlock Holmes canon.