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.
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How would you feel if a stranger wrote a will leaving everything he had to you? Why do you think John believed the stranger when this happened to him? Please rely in the comments below.