To the very best of times, John.
John: Is that it?
Sherlock: Is that what?
John: We’ve only just met and we’re gonna go and look at a flat?
“The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist”, 1903.
A Slight Trick Of The Mind - The long-retired consulting detective who is still haunted by an unsolved case from 50 years ago. Holmes is losing his memory, and without his sidekick Dr Watson, he can only remember fragments of what has happened.
That’s getting a bit scary now.
“Now, my dear Hopkins, draw up and warm your toes,” said he. “Here’s a cigar, and the doctor has a prescription containing hot water and a lemon, which is good medicine on a night like this.”
Illustration by Frederic Dorr Steele for ‘The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez’, Collier’s, October 1904
John: Why have you suddenly taken an interest in another human being?
Sherlock: I’m… chatting.
One false move and we’ll have betrayed the security of the United Kingdom and be in prison for high treason.
Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles
My girlfriend’s a big fan of yours.