The Arnsworth Castle Business

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

Fictional case.

In the Sherlock Holmes stories

Untold Story

  • Sherlock Holmes refers the case of the Arnsworth Castle where an unmarried woman grabs her jewel box, to explain the Irene Adler reflex in grabbing what values most for her (i.e. the photo). (SCAN, 530)

It is a perfectly overpowering impulse, and I have more than once taken advantage of it. In the case of the Darlington Substitution Scandal it was of use to me, and also in the Arnsworth Castle business. A married woman grabs at her baby - an unmarried one reaches for her jewel box. - Holmes