Have they ever really existed?

Reichenbach Fall (ligação). Pouco antes da inauguração do elevador, lá no cimo da escarpa, Sherlock Holmes e James Moriarty engalfinharam-se e lançaram-se inadvertidamente no abismo.

(mantendo as duas ligações abertas em simultâneo e havendo placa de som, ficamos com uma mistura curiosa a sair dos altifalantes do computador)

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from “The Final Problem,” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; the testament of Sherlock Holmes’ friend and chronicler John H. Watson, M.D.


A few words may suffice to tell the little that remains. An examination by experts leaves little doubt that a personal contest between the two men [Sherlock Holmes and the criminal genius Professor James Moriarty] ended, as it could hardly fail to end in such a situation, in their reeling over, locked in each other’s arms. Any attempt at recovering the bodies was absolutely hopeless, and there, deep down in that dreadful caldron of swirling water and seething foam, will lie for all time the most dangerous criminal and the foremost champion of the law of their generation. The Swiss youth was never found again, and there can be no doubt that he was one of the numerous agents whom Moriarty kept in this employ. As to the gang, it will be within the memory of the public how completely the evidence which Holmes had accumulated exposed their organization, and how heavily the hand of the dead man weighted upon them. Of their terrible chief few details came out during the proceedings, and if I have now been compelled to make a clear statement of his career it is due to those injudicious champions who have endeavored to clear his memory by attacks upon him whom I shall ever regard as the best and the wisest man whom I have ever known.


De nada! But … OBRIGADO for the foto of “the falls of Reichenbach”!!! (Where’s the water?)

I’ll always remember how polite Moriarty was — he gave Sherlock Holmes a few minutes to write a little goodbye note to Dr. Watson before he murdered him. They just don’t raise villains and fiends with such nice manners anymore.

Who is the Portugues language’s greatest detective? Who solves all the mysterious crimes and murders in Lisboa or Rio?

In the USA, of course, we are tremendously proud of Sam Spade (“The Maltese Falcon”) and Phillip Marlowe (“The Big Sleep”). Sam solves all crime in 1920s San Francisco, Phillip solves all crime in Los Angeles 1930s-1950s. William Faulkner wrote the screenplay for “The Big Sleep” starring Humphrey Bogart. And Bogart was also Sam Spade in “Falcon.”

But did you meet Kommissar Hans Barlach, the great detective of Switzerland? I am a HUGE fan of Durrenmatt’s detective stories! Barlach is old, he’s fat, he’s sick — but he’ll catch you!

Also maybe 2 years ago Jack Nicholson made “The Pledge,” one of Durrenmatt’s strangest, most terrifying murder mysteries (so if you want, you can rent the video).

Ah, I must go … “The game’s afoot, Watson!”

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