Dear Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,
Hello. I am Cole Jacobson, a reader of
your book, The Hound of Baskervilles. I am currently a
ninth grader at Spencer High School in Spencer,
Your book, The Hound of Baskervilles, was a book that greatly
affected the way I look
at my life. You see, I read your book and saw how observant Sherlock
Holmes was. He used simple logic
to solve the mysteries. I never really understood how he always solved the mysteries before. It actually surprised me
in the beginning. At
first, I thought he had a superpower, but all he had was just
a really good education and an observant mind. This caused me to greatly rethink
how I observe the world around me.
He did things
I had never thought
of doing before. I am a very big deer hunter,
and one day I decided to use some of his tactics. I used simple logic and predicted where
the deer would come in
on their path to the water. Sure enough, along
the deer down the
exact path I had predicted them to come along. I never would
have thought that I could have predicted it
down to a couple feet. I was extremely happy with myself. I thought
this could be a game changer.
one way the book changed me. Another reason is make sure you are right before you accuse someone of doing something, or in other words, don't jump the gun. If you do you could hurt
someone’s feelings, or make yourself look like a complete door knob. I have three sisters, and they can get on my nerves
quite a bit. Most of the time it is by ruining or taking my stuff.
One day, one of my sisters, Olivia, took a couple things from my room. I found the stuff in my other sisters' room.
It looked pretty bad for my other
sisters, Natalie and Anna. To cement my hypothesis, Natalie was in there
and she looked pretty suspicious. So
I did my own version of an interrogation on
her, and of course, she said she didn't
steal it. So I left and came back later and saw Olivia taking the stuff from the one area I had left it. She had been the original
culprit. Olivia is six years
old and enjoys picking on her big brother.
My other sister, Natalie, had just secretly eaten a cookie,
and that is why she looked so suspicious.
I know, that was quite a long story. It did affect me though I could have told on her right away but it made think,
do I have enough
proof? No. So I didn't
and it looks like I made
decision. Today I still jump the gun every once and awhile, but I have refrained quite a bit from how I used
to. It truly has affected the way I look at things these days.
I have one more reason your book has changed the way I think. Your English context
difficult for me to interpret. I tried to understand it at first, but soon I figured
out I was looking
at it all wrong. I was trying to turn English
to English ( that is how I looked at it). Soon I just let the words
flow, and I got into the story and loved it. I completely understood the
words you were saying. I was really quite proud of myself.
This story has also had another
smaller impact on
my life. This is more of
a personal story, to be honest with you. I have a younger friend that has an older brother
that I never really talked
to. One day, my friend was out for a little bit, so I struck
up a conversation with his brother and got to the
subject of Sherlock Holmes.
From there the conversation flew off. Now he is a great friend of mine.
In conclusion, your story has affected me by showing
me to be more observant and to not jump the gun as often.
Also, I thank you for helping
me create a friendship. As you can see your story has had a huge affect on me. I thank
you for writing the book and allowing
me to learn from all the good knowledge
of Sherlock Holmes.