“Life is infinitely stranger…


… than anything which the mind of man could invent. We would not dare to conceive the things which are really the commonplace of existence. If we could fly out of the window hand in hand, hover over this great city, gently remove the roofs, and peep in at the queer things which are going on, the strange coincidences, the plannings, the cross-purposes, the wonderful chain of events, working through generations, and leading to the most outré results, it would make all fiction with its conventionalities and foreseen conclusions most stale and unprofitable.”

Sherlock Holmes in A Case of Identity
Illustration by Sidney Paget