Sherlock Holmes — on imagination

Hound of the Baskervilles -- movie On my About page, I present quotations and images that—like the ones at the top of the sidebar to the left—suggest the importance of imagination, inspiration, imagery, art.

There is some dialogue in the film of The Hound of the Baskervilles that, for me, also expresses this perfectly.

Holmes: Well, if you’ve had enough to eat, Watson, and you’re feeling in better spirits I think we’d better be getting along.
Watson: Getting along where, if I’m not prying?
Holmes: I’m returning with you to Baskerville Hall. There are still some gaps to be filled in, but all in all things are becoming a little clearer.
Watson: Not to me, I assure you. Still a hopeless jumble: Mister Frankland, Doctor Mortimer, the Barrymans. Put it all together and what have you got?
Holmes: Murder, my dear Watson: refined, cold-blooded murder.
Watson: Murder?
Holmes: There’s no doubt about it, in my mind—or perhaps I should say “in my imagination,” for that’s where crimes are conceived and where they’re solved: in the imagination.
Watson: But there’s been no murder, unless you mean Sir Charles and the facts clearly indicated that he died from heart failure.
Holmes: That’s why so many murders remain unsolved, Watson: people will stick to facts even though they prove nothing. Now, if we go beyond facts, use our imagination as the criminal does, imagine what might have happened, act upon it—as I’ve been trying to do in this case—we usually find ourselves justified.
Watson: Then you know?
Holmes: Another day or two at the most and I will know. My one fear is the murderer will strike before we’re ready. In that case . . .

—Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce,
as Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson

It’s not just crimes that can be solved that way, but other things.

The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Hound of the Baskervilles,
by Sidney Paget

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2 Responses to Sherlock Holmes — on imagination

  1. moviesmusic says:

    looks good! I love old movies!

  2. ravi chandra says:

    i love stories particularly of suspense .i like this novel alote because of it’s tremendous fiction.send me names of some few novels which involve much suspense.thank you

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