The Sign of the Four/La Marque Des Quatre (bilingual Edition/ dition Bilingue)

The Sign of the Four/La Marque Des Quatre
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  • december 2016
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was born in Edinburgh. Educated by the Jesuits at Stonyhurst, Doyle entered the medical school at Edinburgh University in 1876, working as a doctor's assistant at times to help pay the fees. He graduated in 1881 and, after Greenland and African voyages as a ship's doctor, went into practice at Southsea, Portsmouth.

Conan Doyle had started to write while he was a medical student, and at twenty he had a story published in Chamber's journal. Sherlock Holmes first appeared in A Study in Scarlet (1887), and from 1891 he featured regularly in stories for the Strand Magazine.

To replace Holmes, Conan Doyle created Etienne Gerard, a young French cavalry officer from the time of the Napoleonic Wars, whose memoirs were collected as The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard (1896) and its sequel, Adventures of Gerard.

Knighted in 1902, Conan Doyle produced more than 60 books in the course of his career, including songs, poetry and historical fiction in the spirit of Scott. But his greatest literary achievement lay in his short stories, unrivalled in the mingling of character, action and atmosphere, whether Holmesian or Gerardine.

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The story is set in 1888. The Sign of the Four has a complex plot involving service in East India Company, India, the Indian Rebellion of 1857, a stolen treasure, and a secret pact among four convicts (''the Four'' of the title) and two corrupt prison guards. It presents the detective's drug habit and humanizes him in a way that had not been done in the preceding novel, A Study in Scarlet (1887). It also introduces Doctor Watson's future wife, Mary Morstan.According to Mary, in December 1878, her father had telegraphed her upon his safe return from India and requested her to meet him at the Langham Hotel in London. When Mary arrived at the hotel, she was told her father had gone out the previous night and not returned. Despite all efforts, no trace has ever been found of him. Mary contacted her father's only friend who was in the same regiment and had since retired to England, one Major John Sholto, but he denied knowing her father had returned. The second puzzle is that she has received six pearls in the mail from an anonymous benefactor, one per year since 1882 after answering an anonymous newspaper query inquiring for her. With the last pearl she received a letter remarking that she has been a wronged woman and asking for a meeting. Holmes takes the case and soon discovers that Major Sholto had died in 1882 and that within a short span of time Mary began to receive the pearls, implying a connection. The only clue Mary can give Holmes is a map of a fortress found in her father's desk with the names of Jonathan Small, Mahomet Singh, Abdullah Khan and Dost Akbar.Ennuyé par le manque d'enquêtes, Sherlock Holmes s'adonne à la consommation de drogues pour s'occuper, ainsi qu'à diverses activités ennuyeuses, sous le regard de son colocataire, le docteur John Watson.En 1888, une jeune cliente blonde, Mary Morstan, débarque chez Holmes, et lui demande de l'aide. Elle lui explique qu'elle est gouvernante, et que c'est sa patronne qui lui a conseillé de venir ici. Watson tombe sous le charme de la jeune femme qui expose son problème : son père, navigateur dans les Indes, est décédé environ dix ans auparavant (disparu le 3 décembre 1878). Or, elle reçoit, depuis six ans, et à cycle régulier, des perles de grande valeur. Et ce même jour lui est parvenu une enveloppe où un anonyme lui demande de venir à un rendez-vous, accompagnée si elle le souhaite, mais pas d'un policier.Holmes accepte de l'aider et, épaulé de Watson, accompagne Mary audit rendez-vous. Ils découvrent sur place que l'anonyme est le fils d'un ancien ami et collègue du capitaine Morstan. Celui-ci révèle que leurs pères avaient découvert un trésor de cinq cent mille livres, mais que ni le trésor ni les bijoux n'ont été partagés avec la fille de Morstan. L'homme explique enfin que son frère a découvert le coffre hier, caché dans leur maison.Mais arrivés sur les lieux, ils constatent la mort du frère et la disparition du coffre. Holmes et Watson commencent alors un dangereux périple qui les mènera jusqu'à une course poursuite folle sur la Tamise...



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