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UNSUITABLE PEOPLEI only caught a glimpse of her at the moment, but she was
a lovely woman, with a face that a man might die for.
—SHERLOCK HOLMES ON IRENE ADLER, “A SCANDAL IN BOHEMIA”
New York City, August 1889
Perhaps I have presumed. I, Penelope Huxleigh, have always considered myself the sole recorder of the life and times of my friend Irene, nee Adler, now Norton. (Irene, having performed grand opera under her maiden name for some years, now uses both surnames in private life. Propriety was never a sufficiently strong argument with this American-born diva