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.”