A drunken-looking groom

A drunken-looking groom

Sidney Paget


Photographic reproduction of watercolor

Illustration for Arthur Conan Doyle's “A Scandal in Bohemia,” p. 17.

Passage illustrated: “It was close upon four before the door opened, and a drunken-looking groom, ill-kempt and side-whiskered, with an inflamed face and disreputable clothes, walked into the room. Accustomed as I was to my friend’s amazing powers in the use of disguises, I had to look three times before I was certain that it was indeed he. With a nod he vanished into the bedroom, whence he emerged in five minutes tweed-suited and respectable, as of old. Putting his hands into his pockets, he stretched out his legs in front of the fire and laughed heartily for some minutes.

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Formatting and text by George P. Landow

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