By Andrew Norman
Within the yr 1900, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was once on the peak of his good fortune as a physician, a sportsman, a author of old novels, a champion of the oppressed and, so much particularly, the author of that honorable, courageous, and eminently brilliant grasp detective, Sherlock Holmes. each new Holmes tale used to be greeted with nice anticipation and self assurance within the wisdom that, even though complicated the crime, the supremely clever and logical detective may remedy it. yet in 1916 Conan Doyle shocked his readers by means of mentioning that he believed in Spiritualism. And while, in 1922, he released a e-book during which he professed to think in fairies, his devotees have been notably non-plussed. How may perhaps the guy who invented the ultra-rational Holmes declare to think in anything as imprecise and unproven because the paranormal? Andrew Norman delves into either Doyle’s clinical documents and his writings to resolve the secret.
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En cette-cy faut-il prendre nostre ordinaire entretien de nous à nous mesmes, et si privé que nulle acointance ou communication estrangiere y trouve place; discourir et y rire comme sans femme, sans enfans et sans biens" (I, 38, 241a) ("We must reserve a back shop all our own, entirely free, in which to establish our real liberty and our principal retreat and solitude. Here our ordinary conversation must be between us and ourselves, and so private that no outside association or communication can find a place; here we must talk and laugh as if without wife, children, without possessions, without retinue and servants" ).
Is there a place for the feminine that does not disappear in masculine appropriation? Can the woman be a friend without also being a man? Can the daughter fulfill her duty to the father without also becoming a son, without becoming an active voice who also speaks for herself, promotes herself in her own name, and thus in some way betrays the father? The story of Marie de Gournay provides an occasion for examining these complex questions of gender. Here, as I begin that story in my reading of Montaigne's presentation of his "fille d'alliance," we meet Marie de Gournay in her adolescence at a time when she is not yet the person she is destined by the writing to become.
The reference is not entirely playful, or metaphorical, for the dangers of what she calls "la miserable incorrection," the risk that the printing will betray the text of the manuscript, are real. This time she herself will be the uncommon guarantor, the "tuteur" (from tutus , past participle of tueri , to watch, protect, guard): "Somme, apres que j'ay dict qu'il luy falloit un bon tuteur, j'ose me vanter qu'il ne luy en falloit, pour son bien, nul autre que moy, mon affection suppleant à mon incapacité" (53) ("In all, after having said that he needed a good tutor, I dare boast that, for his welfare he needed only me; my affection makes up for my shortcomings").
Arthur Conan Doyle: The Man Behind Sherlock Holmes by Andrew Norman