Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Dog That Didn't Bark In The Night


In Arthur Conan Doyle’s short story, "Silver Blaze," the following exchange takes place:


Gregory (Scotland Yard detective): "Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?"

Sherlock Holmes: "To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time."

Gregory: "The dog did nothing in the night-time."

Holmes: "That was the curious incident."

I remembered that story at the breakfast table this morning, when my wife said, “Someone knocked on our door in the night. Just two times. Knock, knock. I listened for a car (we are at the end of a dead-end lane) but when I didn’t hear anything more, I decided not to wake you.”

Me: “The dog didn’t bark?” (We have an electronic dog that barks when a caller approaches the door.)

Wife: “I forgot about the dog. No, he didn’t bark but maybe he’s turned off.”

Me: (Returning from the front door) “The dog barked.”

Wife: “That’s it, then. The two knocks must have been part of a dream.”

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1 comment:

  1. When we lived in the city, we slept in the living room by the front door. One time I swear I heard someone trying to open the front door, but thought it was a dream (we didn't have any dogs, real or electric). Later on our house got broken into.

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