Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Norwood Builder, Scene 4
A Look at the Crime Scene:
Holmes and Watson go to Norwood to see the crime scene. He sees the signs of a struggle, the blood stains, and the marks in the dirt showing that something heavy was dragged across the timber yard. Some remains are found in the ashes. They are too burnt to be identified, but some buttons suggest it was human remains. All in all, it did not look good for John McFarlane. Everything seemed to point to him.
Sherlock returns home very moody because his instincts tell him John is innocent, but the facts don’t seem to fit. It is interesting to note that the weather reflects Sherlock Holmes’ mood. While the case remains unsolved, the weather is unpleasantly hot. It feels like a thunderstorm is coming. That thunderstorm reflects the stormy, unsettled situation in which Holmes’ client, John McFarlane, finds himself.
Then a telegram arrives informing Holmes that new evidence has been found. Police Detective Lestrade is convinced that this closes the case and proves John guilty, but Holmes comes to the opposite conclusion. Holmes is onto a new line of investigation. He announces that he wants to go to Blackheath, but he does not tell Watson what he is thinking. Perhaps this is because it is merely theory and he wants to find more proof before presenting this idea to anyone, even Watson. On the other hand, perhaps it is because Holmes is getting competitive. Although he wants to train Watson to use deductive reasoning to solve cases, as he gets closer to the solution he becomes more secretive. He has a strong desire to come out on top and show everyone that he is still the greatest of detectives.
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