Structure

The short story “A Scandal in Bohemia” by Arthur Conan Doyle begins with a short introduction in which Watson, who is also the narrator, explains to the reader the personality of Sherlock Holmes and the important role Irene Adler played in his life. 

The story has a linear plot structure and recounts the events in chronological order. The narrative functions as a story within a story, as Watson recounts the events that had happened sometime in the past . Thus, in his introduction, Watson hints at the respect Holmes gains for Irene Adler at the end of the story, by mentioning that he refers to her as “the woman”.

A possible example of ironic foreshadowing is when Holmes remarks to Watson that he has seen, yet has not observed. The same thing will happe...

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