Elbow-Triggers — an intentional or unintentional rôle as turning-points in literature.

Yet, from today’s review of A SCANDAL IN BOHEMIA here

Dr. Watson:
“When I hear you give your reasons […] the thing always appears to me to be so ridiculously simple that I could easily do it myself, though at each successive instance of your reasoning I am baffled until you explain your process.”

Sherlock Holmes:
“I have no data yet. It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”

Is this what is called ’confirmation bias’?


Many elbows in comment stream here:


And in the comment stream below —

5 thoughts on “Elbow-Triggers — an intentional or unintentional rôle as turning-points in literature.

  1. Thanks to Mike Alexander elsewhere, we have this life-changing clincher of an elbow, although it’s not strictly the sort of written fiction I had in mind.
    I watched THE SINGING DETECTIVE when it was on but had no memory of the elbow reference!


    “What’s the loveliest word in the English language, officer? In the sound it makes in your mouth, in the shape it makes on the page? What do you think? Well now, I’ll tell you: E-L-B-O-W. Elbow.”

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