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Asimov's Sherlockian Limericks

Кроме бесконечного количества бесконечно увлекательного научпопа, трёх законов роботехники, романов про Транторианскую Империю и всё, что с ней случилось дальше, Азимов написал, например, 60 лимериков про Шерлока Холмса, суммировав каждую историю в пять строчек.

The Five Orange Pips
Now to Holmes there come tales of wild deeds,
Eerie warnings on which terror feeds.
Young John Openshaw flips
On receiving five pips —
(But to Yanks they will always be "seeds".)

The Adventure of The Cardboard Box
Two fresh ears are received in the mail.
At the sight, all who view it turn pale.
A poor practical joke?
Or some dead hacked-up bloke?
It's the latter, says Holmes, without fail.

The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton
C.A.M. is the worst man uncaged;
Decent men who meet him are enraged.
He has blackmailing letters
All involving his betters.
But what's this? Sherlock Holmes is engaged?

The Final Problem
Moriarty! Good God, how it galls
That he lasts through the closest of calls.
And when Holmes meets that prime
Vile Napoleon of crime,
Both men die (?) at the Reichenbach Falls.

The Adventure of the Empty House
Holmes' sad death was an ending dramatic,
Watson mourns in a manner emphatic,
But just wait! Can it be?
Who's that bookman I see?
Watson faints — and he then is ecstatic.

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