The Quotation Mark Puzzle: An Imperfection of “The Field Bazaar”

Green Bag Almanac & Reader, pp. 511-520, 2016

George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 16-11

11 Pages Posted: 17 Mar 2016  

Ross E. Davies

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty; The Green Bag

Date Written: March 16, 2016

Abstract

The rare, and until now rarely seen, first printing of “The Field Bazaar” — that odd little 1896 Sherlock Holmes and John Watson vignette — has an intriguing defect of punctuation. Or is it a feature? The original story, which ends with Holmes speaking about violins, lacks a closing quotation mark. It is a small defect, but one with contradictory yet possibly significant implications for the proper reading of the story.

Keywords: Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes, The Field Bazaar, punctuation, quotation mark

Suggested Citation

Davies, Ross E., The Quotation Mark Puzzle: An Imperfection of “The Field Bazaar” (March 16, 2016). Green Bag Almanac & Reader, pp. 511-520, 2016; George Mason Legal Studies Research Paper No. LS 16-11. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2748616

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