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5203Re: SHSI Coincidence in the Second Stain

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  • Ravi
    Aug 7, 2017
      Hi Noufal,

      For the sake of argument, I disagree with you :)

      You say that the coming of the French woman, just as Lady Hilda was leaving, was completely coincidental. However, do pay attention to the words the french lady utters as soon as she enters - <quote> screamed in French, ‘My waiting is not in vain. At last, at last I have found you with her!’ </quote>

      Does the above not imply that the french lady was waiting for an opportune moment, to capture Lucas red-handed? And if so, then it cannot be coincidental.

      I rest my case.


      On Sun, Aug 6, 2017 at 11:59 PM, Noufal Ibrahim KV noufal@... [SherlockHolmesSocietyofIndia] <SherlockHolmesSocietyofIndia@...> wrote:

      Hello fellow Holmesians,
      Here's a long unsolved problem I've had with Sherlock Holmes that
      I'd like to offer for consideration.

      In the Adventure of the Second Stain, the detective names 3
      possible criminals one of whom is Eduardo Lucas. Immediately, there's
      news that this person was found dead in his rooms.

      Watson suggested that the murder was a coincidence to which Holmes
      asserts - "A coincidence! Here is one of the three men whom we had named
      as possible actors in this drama, and he meets a violent death during
      the very hours when we know that that drama was being enacted. The odds
      are enormous against its being coincidence. No figures could express
      them. No, my dear Watson, the two events are connected -- MUST be
      connected. It is for us to find the connection."

      Now, this seemed like he was jumping to conclusions, given how
      stubbornly led by facts he is but in this instance, we can actually
      verify it. Lady Hilda had exchanged the diplomatic paper for her
      indiscreet love letter and was leaving when the French woman came into
      the room and stabbed Mr. Lucas. This was completely coincidental. The
      only thing that actually helped the mystery was that Mr. Lucas couldn't
      immediately use the letter in any fashion but the murder itself was
      still a complete coincidence. If one of the other 3 possible suspects
      had stolen the letter, the whole murder would still have happened and
      Holmes would have followed up the fake lead because of his confidence
      that the two incidents "MUST be connected".

      Is this not a lapse in his judgment? What are your opinions?


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      And cure all ill, is cordial speech.
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