As part of his belief in the spiritual world, Doyle thought communication with the dead was possible. A friend once asked him to visit a fellow author who was seriously ill. “I’ll call in tomorrow,” promised Doyle.
“Tomorrow could be too late-he may not last the night,” said his friend.
“In that case,” replied Doyle, “I’ll speak to him next week.”
Here’s another from author Arthur:
Joking with Arthur Conan Doyle during a rehearsal for one of his plays, a young three-pound-a-week actor called Charlie suggested that he and Sir Arthur should pool their incomes and take half each for the rest of their lives. Though amused by the proposal, Doyle declined for obvious reasons. “I don’t think so, Mr. Chaplin,” he replied.
And a little fable for company:
–G A Stewart