The Adventure of the Cardboard Box by Arthur Conan Doyle
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“The Adventure of the Cardboard Box” is a short story written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his famous detective character, Sherlock Holmes. It was first published in the Strand Magazine in 1892 and later included in the collection, “His Last Bow: Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes” in 1917.
The story begins with Holmes receiving a mysterious package that contains a human ear. After further investigation, it is revealed that the package was addressed to Miss Susan Cushing, who upon opening it, discovered two severed ears inside. As the investigation progresses, Holmes and his partner, Dr. John Watson, uncover a complex web of deceit, passion, and murder.
“The Adventure of the Cardboard Box” is unique among the Sherlock Holmes stories in that it deals with a particularly gruesome and unsettling crime. This is because the story was originally intended to be part of the novel “The Sign of Four,” but was later removed due to its disturbing content. Doyle decided to publish it as a short story instead, giving it a separate identity from the novel.
In addition to its macabre subject matter, “The Adventure of the Cardboard Box” also stands out for its exploration of the complexities of human relationships. The story deals with themes such as jealousy, desire, and revenge, and demonstrates how these emotions can lead to tragic consequences.
As with all of Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories, “The Adventure of the Cardboard Box” is known for its intricate plotting, vivid characterization, and precise attention to detail. Holmes’s deductive reasoning is on full display as he carefully examines the evidence and draws logical conclusions, while Watson provides a steady, grounded perspective on the events.
Overall, “The Adventure of the Cardboard Box” is a gripping and thought-provoking mystery that showcases Doyle’s skill as a writer and the enduring appeal of his most famous creation, Sherlock Holmes.