Many years ago a young doctor began to write stories
about a man who was a detective. Readers liked his stories
because they were very interesting and the doctor decided to
become a writer. The doctor was Conan Doyle and he wrote
about Sherlock Holmes.
Conan Doyle wrote his first story about Sherlock Holmes
in 1887. In this story the detective meets his friend Dr.
Watson. Holmes and Watson lived at 221 В Baker Street in
Many discussions take place about where 221 В was. There
is no house there now. But a large company has its office near
the place. This company answers twenty or so letters which
still come every week to Sherlock Holmes, 221 В Baker Street.
Most come from the United States and many people ask if Mr.
Holmes can help them with some problem.
The company answers saying that, "Mr. Sherlock Holmes
is no longer working as a detective".
There is a pub in London called Sherlock Holmes. One of
the rooms in the pub is Sherlock Holmes* room. It has many
things the room in Conan Doyle's stories had — Holmes' hat,
some letters written to Sherlock Holmes, chairs and tables like
those described in the stories. Besides, there are some pictures
of Holmes and Conan Doyle, of actors who played Holmes
and Watson in films, on television and radio.
In 1961 lovers of Sherlock Holmes formed the Sherlock
Holmes Society. They meet three or four times a year to talk
about Sherlock Holmes. The members of the Society know the
stories about Sherlocki Holmes very well, and they discuss
these stories at their meetings.
1. Why did readers like Conan Doyle's stories?
2. When did Conan Doyle first write about Sherlock
3. What did lovers of Sherlock Holmes form?
4. What do the lovers of Sherlock Holmes do at their
discussions — обсуждения
to take place — происходить