I am slumped in my armchair, fatigued, bored and irritable. The fallboard of the piano beside me lies open and yet I know that if I were to attempt to depress the keys I would only depress myself further. Neither drink nor sleep nor even company would offer me respite from this infernal lethargy.
Work, literary work, the work of literary critical detection is all that can rouse me now. Only, I am in want of a case.
In fact, this is what I now want to announce: my toil on ‘A Case of Unreliable Memory’ is finished – my ideas have been formulated, the solution invented, the report written, and my notes put back in their proper place. It is over, and I am not unhappy with the results.
I am not insensible to the fact that some of my friends have shown an interest in my work. They are too kind. I would like to make my new report available to them. So, if you are reading this and would like to receive a copy of the draft, please send me a letter to my special postal address: firstname.lastname@example.org I will send you the transcript by return mail.
I hope that this newly completed script will prove more popular than the last.
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Your faithful author
Dr James Holden(Literary Critical Detective)