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Jul 31, 2019

“I travelled in my youth” [TWIS] 

We know little about Dr. Watson's life, aside from what he managed to tell us. Yes, he was in the Army's medical department. Yes, he was wounded. And he needed to find a flatmate to be able to afford London on his pension.

But what about beyond that? Sherlock Holmes was able to...

Jul 24, 2019

“her people have been leaders in Pernambuco for generations” [3GAB]  

South America and its exotic tropical climate is about as far removed from the dampness of England as one can find. Its collective countries stand in juxtaposition to proper Victorian customs, and anything in the Sherlock Holmes stories that...

Jul 17, 2019

“a boarding house that was recommended” [VALL]  

When traveling or settling into a city for a bit, Victorians had options. Hotels were commonplace, but could be expensive. So what's a reasonable alternative? A boarding house! 

There were two stories in which mysterious boarders caught the attention of Sherlock...

Jul 10, 2019

“Come into the billiard-room and have a quiet cigar.” [GLOR]  

Rack 'em up! Our monthly discussion of games and sports turns to billiards.

While the game itself is mentioned once in a significant way, there are a number of times when a room dedicated to the activity pops up in the Sherlock Holmes stories. What is it...

Jul 3, 2019

“he sang your praises very loudly” [STOC]  

As early as A Study in Scarlet, we discover that Sherlock Holmes "was as sensitive to flattery on the score of his art as any girl could be of her beauty." Then once again toward the end of the Canon, in "The Red Circle," Watson reminds us that "Holmes was accessible upon...