“Several times during the last three years I have taken up my pen to write to you, but always I feared lest your affectionate regard for me should tempt you to some indiscretion which would betray my secret.”
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Arthur Conan Doyle. London: George Newnes, 1892 and 1894. First editions. Illustrations by Sidney Paget.
Adventures stories include A Scandal in Bohemia. Memoirs first London edition in 1894 did not include The Adventure of the Cardboard Box, perhaps as it included adultery and so was unsuitable for younger readers.
An instant afterwards he had closed the door behind
us, and we had become felons in the eyes of
the law. The thick, warm air of the conservatory
and the rich, choking fragrance of exotic plants
took us by the throat. He seized my hand in the
darkness and led me swiftly past banks of shrubs
which brushed against our faces.
i really love the C.A.M. story and this passage in particular. mostly because conservatories are cool and even cooler at night? it’s so intimate.