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Sign of Four

Arthur Conan Doyle's second Sherlock Holmes novel is both a detective story and an imperial romance. Ostensibly the story of Mary Morstan, a beautiful young woman enlisting the help of Holmes to find her vanished father and solve the mystery of her receipt of a perfect pearl on the same date each year, it gradually uncovers a tale of treachery and human greed. The action audaciously ranges from penal settlements on the Andaman Islands to the suburban comfort of South London, and from the opium-fuelled violence of Agra Fort during the Indian 'Mutiny' to the cocaine-induced contemplation of Holmes' own Baker Street. This Broadview Edition places Doyle's tale in the cultural, political, and social contexts of late nineteenth-century colonialism and imperialism. The appendices provide a wealth of relevant extracts from hard-to-find sources, including official reports, memoirs, newspaper editorials, and anthropological studies.

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    Introduction
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    Arthur Conan Doyle: A Brief Chronology
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    A Note on the Text
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    The Sign of Four Title Page; "India, 1857"; Chapter 1
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    Chapter 2
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    Chapter 3
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    Chapter 4
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    Chapter 5
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    Chapter 6
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    Chapter 7
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    Chapter 8
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    Chapter 9
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    Chapter 10
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    Chapter 11
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    Chapter 12
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    Appendix A: Domestic Contexts
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    Appendix B: Colonial Contexts: Accounts of the Indian "Mutiny," 1857-58
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    Appendix C: Colonial Contexts: The First and Second Anglo-Afghan Wars
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    Appendix D: Colonial Contexts: The Andaman Islands
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    Appendix E: Contemporary Reviews
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    Select Bibliography
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    Sign of Four (complete text)
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