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Apr 28, 2021

“I am a poor man” [PRIO]  

Time and again, we find people in the Sherlock Holmes stories who are having money problems. As in money problems drastic enough to cause them to make unfortunate decisions.

Who were some of these people, and what hard choices did they make? We have a few of them; it's just a Trifle. 

Apr 21, 2021

"like a viper’s tooth" [DYIN]

Here we are again, ready to tackle the monthly topic of exotic animals. So naturally, we turn to the wiper. Wait, the what?

Suffice it to say that the oddly-identified snake does have a place in the Sherlock Holmes stories, although way down at the East End. Oh, and there's the little...

Apr 15, 2021

"It is fortunate for this community that I am not a criminal."[BRUC]

Sherlock Holmes certainly ran with a rough crowd. Burglars, murderers, blackmailers, thieves, spies, kidnappers, and even politicians. Given his store of criminal knowledge, what stopped him from becoming a criminal himself?

Wait just a moment; while...

Apr 7, 2021

“a sharp touch of brain-fever” [MUSG]   

Inspired by two sources of Sherlockian medical scholarship, we decided to discuss brain fever. What was brain fever, medically speaking?

And why does it only rear its head in Victorian literature? Was it an actual affliction, or just a literary device? It's just a Trifle.