A Scandal in Bohemia

By Arthur Conan Doyle

Genre

Mystery & Adventure

Literary Element

Climax
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"You have the photograph!"

"I know where it is."

"And how did you find out?"

"She showed me, as I told you she would."

"I am still in the dark."


"I do not wish to make a mystery... The matter was perfectly simple."

In a "Scandal in Bohemia," Sherlock Holmes and John Watson have been requested by the King himself to find one small photo that Irene Adler owned. They end up in the Church of St. Monica, and they will find the photograph by just using measly tricks.

A quarrel of men were surrounding Irene, trying to open the door for her because they thought they might get a penny or two out of it. Sherlock dashes out and tries to protect her. He faked a cry of pain and fell to the ground, splatting on red paint onto his forehead so it could imitate blood. Sherlock was taken inside the building while John was waiting for a signal. Sherlock was by a window inside the building, raising a hand as if he was in need for air. John noticed the signal and yelled to everyone there was a fire and people started to evacuate. Irene, before trying to escape, grabbed the photo. Sherlock slipped out of the room and returned to John. People returned to the building when they realized the emergency was just a hoax. Sherlock planned to come there with the King at the next day.


This photo essay explains the climax of the story. It works like a story board, showing what happens on each image with no unnecessary details in it. The quote helps explain what Sherlock Holmes and John Watson were looking for, but subtly and not obviously.

Using both the photo essay and the quote, it tells the actual climax of the story.