A Scandal in Bohemia – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Title : The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Author : Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1892)
Publisher : Project Gutenberg
Edition : Ebook #1661, 12th edition, November 2002

Contents:

  1. A Scandal in Bohemia
  2. The Red-Headed League
  3. A Case of Identity
  4. The Boscombe Valley Mystery
  5. The Five Orange Pips
  6. The Man with the Twisted Lip
  7. The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
  8. The Adventure of the Speckled Band
  9. The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb
  10. The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor
  11. The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet
  12. The Adventure of the Copper Beeches

A Scandal in Bohemia

You see, but you do not observe. –Sherlock Holmes

Seseorang bernama Count Von Kramm, bangsawan dari Bohemia, hendak meminta bantuan Holmes untuk mencari sebuah foto putra mahkota kerajaan Bohemia di masa lalu yang saat itu berhubungan dengan wanita bernama Irene Adler. Saat ini, sang putra mahkota telah menjadi raja dan hendak menikah. Irene Adler mengancam akan menyerahkan foto tersebut pada hari pertunangan sang raja, jika tidak dibatalkan.

Women are naturally secretive, and they like to do their own secreting. –Sherlock Holmes

Pengintaian Holmes di kediaman Adler pun dimulai, rencana telah disusun, bahkan segalanya tampak berjalan lancar. Akan tetapi, Irene Adler berhasil ‘mengalahkan’ Sherlock Holmes. Karena itulah Holmes selalu memberikan kesan penghormatan setiap menyebut nama Irene Adler.

Meskipun kisah ini pendek, Doyle tak luput dari menunjukkan kehebatan deduksi Holmes. Mulai dari awal pertemuan Holmes dan Watson setelah sekian lama, dan Holmes mampu mengetahui kesibukan rekannya itu. Bagaimana Holmes mampu mengidentifikasi kliennya, serta rencana yang dilakukan di rumah Adler, digambarkan secara cepat, singkat, namun tetap menunjukkan ciri khasnya.

It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. –Sherlock Holmes

Masih menggunakan John Watson sebagai narator, dan masih dengan sikap serba rahasia Sherlock Holmes. Namun kali ini ditambah satu karakter yang sanggup memberi kejutan, baik bagi pembaca maupun bagi tokoh utama kita.

To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman. I have seldom heard him mention her under any other name. In his eyes she eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex. It was not that he felt any emotion akin to love for Irene Adler. All emotions, and that one particularly, were abhorrent to his cold, precise but admirably balanced mind.

I only caught a glimpse of her at the moment, but she was a lovely woman, with a face that a man might die for. –Sherlock Holmes

6 responses to “A Scandal in Bohemia – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

  1. Irene Adler itu salah satu karakter wanita yang paling menarik karena dia sanggup menarik perhatian Holmes. Sudah ada terlalu banyak adaptasi dan spekulasi yang beredar dengan nama wanita satu itu. But it’s so amazing that she is the one of whom can be said, “To him she is always the woman.”

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