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Sherlock Holmes Stories - That Was a Hell of a Reconstruction
At the end of "The Final Problem," while Holmes is having his little wrestling match with Moriarty, Doyle added that Sherlock's apartment was set afire and destroyed. He wanted to be done with Holmes and get to writing other stories. He eventually was goaded by many fan letters to continue, and in the next story, we eventually come back to Holmes and Watson back among familiar surroundings and possessions at 221B Baker St.
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The story, "The Final Problem," and the next story that says Holmes didn't die
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Monti writes:
Please note, it was three years between the "final problem" and the "empty house." There would have been time for it to have been rebuilt, and Watson was living away with his wife at the time. Most of Holmes' possessions could have been replaced in that amount of time. It never says, for instance, that he keeps his tobacco in the exact same bedslipper that he used to. He might have bought a new one (and other new stuff too)
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Scolman writes:
Actually, In "The Final Problem", when Sherlock and Watson are on the train, Sherlock says "They set fire to our room's last night. No great harm was done" Maybe this means that only the front passageway was damaged (Remember a lot of times it is mentioned that footsteps were heard on the stairway and landing outside before the client entered the room. Watson and Sherlock's apartments where on the second floor)
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