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Oct 18, 2017

"a quite epicurean little cold supper" [NOBL] 


In "The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor," Lord Robert St. Simon assumed that Holmes was going up in the world by taking him on as a client; Holmes replied that he was actually descending, as his previous client was something of a king. But it was still a royal feast set...

Oct 11, 2017

"several successful voyages" [BLAC] 


The second week of October marks the remembrance of Christopher Columbus in the U.S.. Long thought to be the individual who "discovered" America, we've come to understand that claim to be overblown and his tendencies less than flawless.


Still, he was a brave voyager. What about...

Oct 4, 2017

"Sarasate plays at St. James's Hall this afternoon" [REDH] 

We know Sherlock Holmes enjoyed music. From his own violin playing to a few mentions of concerts he attended, he often escaped from the woes of the world and the problems he was trying to solve through music.

In "The Adventure of the Red Headed League," he...

Sep 27, 2017

"this terrible secret society" [FIVE] 

The Ku Klux Klan famously plays a role in "The Adventure of the Five Orange Pips." To British audiences, the 'K.K.K.' note would have seemed mysterious - something along the lines of a Dancing Men code. But to American audiences, it was a known entity. 


The KKK was a secret...

Sep 20, 2017

"fondness for photography" [REDH] 


During the earliest days of the Sherlock Holmes stories, photography was still in its infancy. And yet, we are greeted with a number of instances in which photography plays a central or partial role in the plot.


Who were the Canonical photographers and why did they pursue this...