" I shall ever regard him as the best and the wisest man whom I have ever known."
-Dr. John Watson, The Final Problem by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Reichenbach Falls was the fateful place Sherlock Holmes vanquished his archenemy, the criminal mastermind Professor James Moriarty. In doing so, Holmes lost his own life, May 4, 1891.
The Final Problem" was intended to be exactly what its name says. Conan Doyle meant to stop writing about his famous detective after this short story; he felt the Sherlock Holmes stories were distracting him from more serious literary efforts and that "killing" Holmes off was the only way of getting his career back on track. "I must save my mind for better things," he wrote to his mother, "even if it means I must bury my pocketbook with him."
Conan Doyle sought to sweeten the pill by letting Holmes go in a blaze of glory, having him rid the world of a criminal so powerful and dangerous that any further task would be trivial in comparison; indeed, Holmes says as much in the story.
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