The Quotation Mark Puzzle: An Imperfection of “The Field Bazaar”
Green Bag Almanac & Reader, pp. 511-520, 2016
11 Pages Posted: 17 Mar 2016
Date Written: March 16, 2016
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
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