Sir A. Conan Doyle's Ending

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

Sir A. Conan Doyle's Ending is an article published in the Daily Mail on 4 february 1909, including a letter written by Arthur Conan Doyle.

The play mentioned by Conan Doyle was "An Englishman's Home" by Guy du Maurier, first produced at the Wyndham's Theatre on 27 january 1909. The plot is about an attack on England by an unnamed foreign power, generally assumed to represent Germany. The home of an ordinary middle-class family is besieged by soldiers, and the play climaxes with the father shooting an enemy officer and subsequently being executed.

Sir A. Conan Doyle's Ending

Daily Mail (4 february 1909, p. 5)

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in response to a message, telegraphs his view of how the play should end:

To the Editor of "The Daily Mail."

Confined to the house, so have not seen the play. From published accounts, the final scene destroys the whole moral. The proper end would be the invaders victorious, the village burnt, the inhabitants all shot, and the chairman of the district council tied between the buffers of a train starting for London.