The Best of Sherlock Holmes

 

The Most Quotable Sherlock Holmes Stories

(sorted by Number of Quotes per Word)

 

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