[Huffington Post UK (blog)] - There was George Macdonald Fraser whose Flashman, pirated from Tom Brown's Schooldays, had many adventures in late Victorian England and met Queen Victoria, Mr Gladstone and Sherlock Holmes. Holmes himself, of course, like Jane Austen's
I firmly believe people have hitherto been a great deal too much taken up about doctrine and far too little about practice. The word doctrine, as used in the Bible, means teaching of duty, not theory. I preached a sermon about this. We are far too anxious to be definite and to have finished, well-polished, sharp-edged systems - forgetting that the more perfect a theory about the infinite, the surer it is to be wrong, the more impossible it is to be right. - From a letter to his father, quoted in George MacDonald and His Wife by Greville MacDonald (son).