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The years before World War I were busy and happy ones for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He was finally married to Jean, for whom he had waited so long. Of their idyllic union he wrote after 17 years, [There are some things which one feels too intimately to be able to express, and I can only say that the years have passed without one shadow coming to mar even for a moment the sunshine of my Indian summer.] They moved to a house called Windlesham in Sussex to be near Jean's family. Kingsley and Mary, now in their teens, were fortunately very fond of Jean, and Touie, on her death bed, had told Mary that she should not be upset if her father remarried. The couple had three children, Denis, Adrian, and Jean, and Conan Doyle wrote a book about their antics, called Three of Them, published in 1923.
By now, Arthur Conan Doyle had established himself as one of the most prominent figures of his time. He remained eager to use his power to fight for the weak and helpless against injustice. In 1909, he was approached by a man named Roger Morel, who asked if he would use his influence to press for reform in the Belgian Congo. Conan