Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Norwood Builder, Scene 2
McFarlane Seeks Holmes’ Help
Lestrade arrives ready to arrest McFarlane, but Sherlock Holmes talks him into hearing McFarlane out first — to listen to his side of the story.
The story has already hit the morning news, so Watson tells Holmes the newspaper version of the story. They then hear out John McFarlane.
Lestrade is still sure it’s an ‘open and shut’ case. There seems to be a lot of evidence against McFarlane, and no other suspects.
McFarlane’s case stirs the beauty of normal life into chaos. Sherlock Holmes takes on the case believing he can set things right again. The worldview of the cozy detective story is that life is good, people are generally good. This crime is just ‘a blip in the radar’, but once we solve it, everything will be good again. In cozy detective stories, this positive worldview is reflected in the setting (where the story takes place). This one takes place in the rolling green hills near a small country village just outside of London, England. What an unfitting place for a crime! The crime seems so out of place.
Word List, Vocabulary Game, Quiz, and Transcript
On my accompanying website, Venture Into English, you will find a list of key words, a drag ‘n’ drop vocabulary game, a short quiz, and a transcript of the play. Make sure you take the quizzes — they move you through the story, connecting you to the next page.