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The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton

The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton Holmes and Watson push the limits of the law when they confront the machinations of a blackmailer whose victims either pay dearly or suffer life destroying humiliation

  • Title: The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton
  • Author: Arthur Conan Doyle Edward Raleigh
  • ISBN: 9781601362605
  • Page: 156
  • Format: None
  • Holmes and Watson push the limits of the law when they confront the machinations of a blackmailer whose victims either pay dearly or suffer life destroying humiliation.

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    1. In which the villain Charles Augustus Milverton is as dangerous as Prof. Moriarty; and is completely oblivious of fair play.

    2. A very mysterious story of my most favorite fictitious character of all time, Sherlock Holmes. Charles Augustus Milverton, 'the most dangerous man in London' is a loathesome blackmailer, preying on the weaknesses of his victims. Lady Eva Blackwell asks Holmes to broker a deal with Milverton to retrieve some letters which would harm her impending marriage but Milverton only ups the asking price. Masquerading as a work-man Holmes discovers where the blackmailer keeps his victims' letters and, with [...]

    3. It's fun to see how Sherlock and Watson ended up meeting each other, and seeing the first case they worked on together.

    4. From BBC radio 4 Extra - The Return of Sherlock Holmes:To trap an evil blackmailer, the Baker Street sleuth dons a cunning disguise. Stars Clive Merrison and Michael Williams.

    5. Holmes is procured by the débutante Lady Eva Brackwell to recover trading off letters from a blackmailer: Charles Augustus Milverton, who causes Holmes more aversion than any of the 50-odd killers in his vocation. Milverton is "the ruler of blackmailers" and he makes his living out of extortion. He requests £7,000 for the letters, which would cause an embarrassment that would end Lady Eva's marriage engagement to the Earl of Dovercourt. Holmes offers £2,000, all Lady Eva can pay, yet Milverto [...]

    6. Read originally in May of 2010. Decided to reread before watching season three of BBC Sherlock which features the master blackmailer. The short story puts forth some interesting ideas on the ethics of the grey areas of the law. I think the break-in may have been morally justifiable but certainly not the murder, however badly everyone (myself included) wanted that man to die. "Vengeance is mine, I will repay declares The Lord." However, the case is still one of my favorites because (1 it involves [...]

    7. I've been wanting to read this since a very long time. Glad to have finished before the BBC Sherlock episode airs tonight. His Last Vow, the S3 finale episode introduces a new villain, Charles Augustus Magnussen based on this short story's titular character and if Magnussen is even half as menacing as the book character, it'll be wonderful!Fast paced and riveting, this story is about 8 pages long with never a dull moment.Holmes and Watson show a different kind of camaraderie and Holmes even ends [...]

    8. تشارلز أغسطس ملفرتون قصة أخري لشارلوك هولمز يواجه فيها ما أسماه أحد أكثر رجال لندن شرا.ملفرتون هو شخص يتعامل بالأسرار البذيئة أي يشتري الأسرار عن أي شخص ثم يقوم بابتزازه من أجل الحصول على الأموال.هذه القصة تم اقتباسها بتصرف نوعي في الحلقة الثالثة من الموسم الثالث للمسلسل ال [...]

    9. 5 stars, should be essential reading, period. There’s Sherlock and Watson of course. There is blackmail, unfortunate letters, beautiful women, and predatory, villainous greed. Oh, and there’s a small revolver of justice. But SH refuses to assist Lestrade. Like I said, 5 stars.

    10. This is another case where Holmes comes across a villain who (like Moriarty) appears to be an evil equal, however Milverton isn't in the same league as Holmes and Moriarty. Nevertheless, Milverton is a formidable opponent, that this story is one of my favorite Sherlock tales.

    11. “‘Do you feel a creeping, shrinking sensation, Watson, when you stand before the serpents in the Zoo and see the slithery, gliding, venomous creatures, with their deadly eyes and wicked, flattened faces? Well, that how Milverton impresses me.” Charles Augustus Milverton is the full name to be exact. According to the one-and-only Sherlock Holmes, he is the worst man in London! Arthur Conan Doyle is back after ten years and his writing hasn't lacked one bit! The Adventure of Charles Augustus [...]

    12. I consider this one of the best short stories featuring Sherlock Holmes. In this story, Holmes is hired by the débutante Lady Eva Blackwell to retrieve compromising letters from a blackmailer: Milverton, who causes Holmes more revulsion than any of the 50-odd murderers in his career. Milverton is "the king of blackmailers" and he makes his living out of blackmail. He demands £7,000 (about £700,000 in 2010) for the letters, which would cause a scandal that would end Lady Eva's marriage engagem [...]

    13. Holmes was intrigued with mysteries, but he had a moral compass that guided his actions. Although the law was important to him, truth and decency were held in higher regard. In this tale, as in some previous works, we see Holmes choose goodness over law. This story is a personal favorite. Holmes is generally considered to be reserved and rather uncaring about people, but here he is shown to be greatly disturbed by the unnecessary pain and destruction of the lives the blackmailer touches. It is H [...]

    14. People really don't give Arthur Conan Doyle enough credit. Sure, people love his creation of Sherlock Holmes but those who really know the character and stories know that he did make many mistakes. Calling John Watson 'James' and calling Mrs Hudson 'Mrs Turner' are terrible mistakes and things like that happen all the time in his stories but this story is very smart. The premise itself isn't anything groundbreaking, nor is the simple story. One could even argue that he made the same mistakes as [...]

    15. First, a story of aggravation: I have five books of Sherlock Holmes stories and this short story isn't in a single one! Annoyed, I decided that I could allow myself to buy a new book (I've restricted myself currently) from work that had the story in it. My aggravation only grew to find that not a single book at my work (in a bookstore!) had this short story in it either! Now, three days later and after searching numerous bargain collections at work full of misprints and bad book covers, I finall [...]

    16. What I liked most about this story is how realistic it is. Far from the bravado and hollywood-ism of most modern fiction, the way in which the events in this story materialized seemed to me how they would play out in real life. I can imagine, if this were written today, that Charles Augustus Milverton would stumble upon Sherlock Holmes in his study, and there'd be a long malevolent exchange between them, which would proceed to a gunfight or a fistfight or both. When caught with the murder weapon [...]

    17. This story was a bit unusual compared to the other Sherlock Holmes stories; although, it is not the first case where Mr. Holmes seemingly turns a blind eye to person who commits the crime, especially when he deems the perpetrator of said crime to be the real victim instead of the deceased, but in this instance, *****SPOILER ALERT****** Mr. Holmes was not only an eyewitness to the crime but also a conspirator to boot; plus, when contacted by Scotland Yard for his help, the great detective refused [...]

    18. Holmes and Watson set out to bring down a blackmailer, but someone else gets to him first. In the process, Holmes gets engaged to a woman who works in the blackmailer's household, simply to get information. This is stated only in one line to explain how Holmes got the information. We never see the woman, and it is never mentioned again in the story. There are a hundred different ways to explain that away, taking advantage of a random woman wasn't necessary. It's especially ironic that the blackm [...]

    19. Read it on the train back to my home, so I could familiarize with the plot before the final episode of BBC Sherlock And to be frank, I was dissapointed. I was hoping for some bigger mischief considering Milverton being the most dreadful blackmailer to ever walk on the planet, and yet there was scarcely one conversation between him and Sherlock… and the ending? Well… Just made me wonder if they will thake it as in the original to the screen, if the Royal Familly might be involved in that one. [...]

    20. "Well, I'm afraid I can't help you, Lestrade," said Holmes. "The fact is that I knew this fellow Milverton, that I considered him one of the most dangerous men in London, and that I think there are certain crimes which the law cannot touch, and which therefore, to some extent, justify private revenge. No, it's no use arguing. I have made up my mind. My sympathies are with the criminals rather than with the victim, and I will not handle this case."

    21. The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton is a short story in which the nefarious doings of the title character, a blackmailer, prompt Holmes and Watson to take matters into their own hands outside the confines of the law. In short, this is a heist story with a heavy dose of moralism. This gets points for the fiendishness of the villain and for not following a typical template of a Holmes story. This story also provides a nice window into the social mores of England in the early 1900s.

    22. A villain so evil he actually turns Holmes’ stomach, and an ending that shows another side of Holmes’ character through the theme that law and justice aren’t always the same thing. Yet, the story lacked any of Holmes’ usual sleuthing. Not that every Sherlock story must follow the usual formula, but it’s always fun for me to try to solve the problem along with him, and if that fails, to marvel at his deductions.

    23. I often wondered that Holmes didn't cross the line into crime himself with the best of intent. Surely it is easier to seek out and eliminate a Moriarty than to have him convicted. I had forgotten this story, which may be the one to time Holmes crosses the line. I can't say I judge him negatively for it.

    24. It's a very straight forward case like the adventure of Irene Adler and the Yellow Face incident. But this story is as entertaining as any Sherlock Holmes adventure I've read. I think Charles Augustus Milverton is the most disgusting adversary Holmes ever crossed paths with. He always give his foes all the due respect but not for this guy.

    25. So far the most peculiar adventure of, Sherlock,that was dealing with black mailing where the others where mostly murders and theft.It somehow a very moralistic, story of Sherlock, which imparted the result of muddling with others life.However this story was short and thrilling. -Over and Out Rao Umar

    26. it was an excellent and heart rending book. its excellent for mystery lovers and the experiences of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are very unique and everything turns out to be unexpected. This another adventure of the pair provides us a good entertainment with a lot of shocks and mis happenings in the middle. to sum up it was an amazing book and must be read.

    27. the Return of Sherlock HolmesMy Rating System:* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.

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