“[…] life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent. We would not dare to conceive the things which are really mere commonplaces of existence. If we could fly out of that window hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the roofs, and peep in at the queer things which are going on, the strange coincidences, the plannings, the cross-purposes, the wonderful chains of events, working through generations, and leading to the most outré results, it would make all fiction with its conventionalities and foreseen conclusions most stale and unprofitable.”
— Sherlock Holmes, from “A Case of Identity,” by Arthur Conan Doyle
I picked up Adventures of Sherlock Holmes last week, as something fun and light to read on my morning commutes. (I do so dislike falling asleep then; it’s always so unpleasant, waking up again.) I came across this quote, and thought it something neat to share. I’ve always liked this quote, ever since I read it for the first time. I like the concept expressed, the imagery (very Peter Pan-ish, don’t you think?), and the eloquence in Holmes’ words. Gosh, the Victorians knew how to use English.
Your turn, readers! What was something neat that you came across in a book?