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Nov 23, 2022

“revealing what they are” [ENGR] 

"By a man’s finger nails, by his coat-sleeve, by his boot, by his trouser knees, by the callosities of his forefinger and thumb, by his expression, by his shirt cuffs—by each of these things a man’s calling is plainly revealed." 
So Sherlock Holmes tells us in A...

Nov 16, 2022

“That sounds a little paradoxical.” [BOSC] 

The fourth short story in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, "The Boscombe Valley Mystery," gives us a host of sayings and tenets of Sherlock Holmes's philosophy. But there are also a number of things that seem contradictory. 
In this Masters Class episode, Nick...

Nov 9, 2022

“a cry for help and a splash in the water” [FIVE] 

Water, water everywhere. And that just makes us think. Of the Sherlock Holmes stories, of course.
Since England is an island, it stands to reason that in the Sherlock Holmes canon, we encounter a good deal of water. But it's what's commonly associated...

Nov 3, 2022

“heard upon the stairs” [SCAN] 

So much of how we think about Sherlock Holmes is due to the scenes where we find Holmes and Watson at home in Baker Street.
And thanks to the illustrations of Sidney Paget, we have a pretty good idea of what that ought to look like. James Edward Holroyd wrote about this in...