Mr. Jabez Wilson

Mr. Jabez Wilson — an illustration (1891) by Sidney Paget for Arthur Conan Doyle's “The Red-Headed League,” p. 26. Photographic reproduction of watercolor. [Click on image to enlarge it.]

Passage illustrated

“Beyond the obvious facts that he has at some time done manual labour, that he takes snuff, that he is a Freemason, that he has been in China, and that he has done a considerable amount of writing lately, I can deduce nothing else.”

Mr. Jabez Wilson started up in his chair, with his forefinger upon the paper, but his eyes upon my companion.

“How, in the name of good-fortune, did you know all that, Mr. Holmes?” he asked.

“How did you know, for example, that I did manual labour. It’s as true as gospel, for I began as a ship’s carpenter.”

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References

Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes. “Reproduced from the original publication in The Strand Magazine with the classic illustrations by Sidney Paget.” Edison, New Jersey: Castle Books, [after 1954]. Internet Archive version of a copy donated by Friends of the San Francisco Library. Web.


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