The Best of Sherlock Holmes

 

The Most Quotable Sherlock Holmes Stories

(sorted by Number of Listings per Word)

 

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Story
Number
of
Quotes
Quotes
per 10K
Words
Number
of
Listings
Listings
per 10K
Words
"The Crooked Man" 2 2.8 18 25
"A Scandal in Bohemia" 4 4.7 19 22
"The Boscombe Valley Mystery" 3 3.1 11 11
"The Final Problem" 2 2.8 8 11
"The Abbey Grange" 2 2.2 9 10
"Silver Blaze" 2 2.1 9 9
"The Red-Headed League" 2 2.4 7 9
"A Case of Identity" 2 2.8 6 9
"The Second Stain" 1 1.0 8 8
"The Copper Beeches" 1 1.0 8 8
"The Sussex Vampire" 1 1.7 5 8
The Sign of the Four 6 1.4 29 7
"His Last Bow" 1 1.6 4 7
"Wisteria Lodge" 2 1.7 6 5
"The Devil's Foot" 2 2.0 5 5
"The Five Orange Pips" 1 1.4 4 5
A Study in Scarlet 5 1.1 16 4
"The Norwood Builder" 2 2.2 4 4
"Charles Augustus Milverton" 1 1.5 3 4
"The Solitary Cyclist" 1 1.3 3 4
"The Dancing Men" 1 1.0 3 3
"The Bruce-Partington Plans" 1 0.9 3 3
"The Reigate Squires" 1 1.4 2 3
"The Greek Interpreter" 1 1.4 2 3
"The Musgrave Ritual" 1 1.3 2 3
The Valley of Fear 3 0.5 13 2
"The Naval Treaty" 1 0.8 3 2
"The Noble Bachelor" 2 2.5 2 2
"The Missing Three-Quarter" 2 2.5 2 2
"The Speckled Band" 1 1.0 2 2
"The Dying Detective" 1 1.7 1 2
The Hound of the Baskervilles 1 0.2 7 1
"The Stockbrokers's Clerk" 1 1.5 1 1
"The Disappearance of Lady..." 1 1.3 1 1
"The Blue Carbuncle" 1 1.3 1 1
         
TOTALS 62 nm 227 nm
AVERAGE 1.8 1.7 6.5 5.9

 

Notes:

Table is based on citations in Familiar Quotations by John Bartlett or The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. Canonical passages appear in the 11th (1937) to 16th (1992) editions of Bartlett and all four editions (1941-1992) of Oxford. The tallies above include items that appear in footnotes to quotations by other people.

 

Additional details are provided in the monograph "Quoting Sherlock Holmes: Some Observations on the Most Popular Passages" by Randall Stock.

 

Definitions:

 

Number of Quotes: number of quotations, where passages with similar or identical wording from different stories are considered different quotations.

 

Quotes per 10K Words: the number of quotations divided by the number of words in the story.

 

Number of Listings: the total number of appearances (listings) in editions of Bartlett or Oxford. Thus, a story with one quotation that's listed in 3 editions and another quotation that's listed in 2 editions would have 5 listings.

 

Listings per 10K Words: the number of listings divided by the number of words in the story.

 

Story lengths were based on "The Word Length of the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" by Charles Lauterbach in The Baker Street Journal, April 1960, pp. 101-4.

 


 

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