3

Holmes makes a reference to an individual he referred to as the "Evil One" in "The Adventure Of Charles Augustus Milverton", though without explicitly naming him:

...He is as cunning as the Evil One.

Exactly who is the "Evil One", and what is his significance in the Sherlock Holmes series?

1
  • I wasn't sure if that was a moniker for someone specifically within the Sherlock Holmes series. Thanks! Nov 2, 2021 at 20:08

1 Answer 1

4

To ensure that there is an answer, "The Evil One" is a euphemism for the Devil, likely under the superstitious idea that speaking the name of a being might invoke or invite it, the same reason that the word "bear" ("the brown one") became popular, and the original Germanic word for the creature is now unknown.

1

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.