Wednesday, April 14, 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 his cause was justice, his practice wasn't always on the right side of the law. Thanks to a suggestion from Erik Deckers, we're examining the criminality of Sherlock Holmes. It's just a Trifle.


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Wednesday, April 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.


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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

“Apply 221B, Baker Street” [NAVA]   



Last week, we left you hanging with Vincent Starrett's chapter in his book The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

We couldn't leave it unfinished, so we're back with the second half. And a special treat at the conclusion of the episode—also with a 221B theme.  It's just a Trifle.


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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

“I have my eye on a suite in Baker Street” [STUD]  



There is no question that 221B Baker Street is the most famous address in all of fiction. What makes it interesting is its non-existence at the time of the stories' publications, and legions of fans attempting to determine its actual location afterward.

Vincent Starrett was a huge fan of this game. So much so that he dedicated a chapter in his book The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes to it. To celebrate our 221st episode, Scott and Burt read "No. 221B Baker Street" from the book. It's just a Trifle.


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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

“some creature of the weasel and stoat tribe” [CROO]




There was a fad in mid-century Victorian England that led to pets becoming more common. But the third week of each month, our episodes focus not on everyday household animals but rare and unusual creatures.

In this case, we focus on a member of the family Herpestidae. Namely, the mongoose. Making a few appearances in popular fiction, they're just a Trifle.


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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

“rarefied heights of pure mathematics” [VALL]



As we know, James Moriarty was a professor of mathematics. We know little about his academic appointment, other than having to step down from a chair.

What we do know is he has two publications to his name. What are they, and what do they tell us about Moriarty's approach to a life of crime. They're just a Trifle.


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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

“I return with an excellent appetite” [BLAC]

The buffet Swindon station by George Elgar Hicks, 1863 (public domain - Wikimedia Commons)


The Sherlock Holmes stories are a cornucopia of content. A smorgasbord of smarts. A full menu of fulfillment. So it shouldn't be terribly surprising that we find buffets mentioned in the Canon.

Perhaps you skipped over the Canonical buffet line. We can't blame you. The references are fleeting, at best. As we say, it's just a Trifle.


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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

 “Our own colours, green and white.” [WIST]  



Yes, the circle was red, the study was scarlet and the pips were orange. But there are so many other colors (or colours) to explore in the Sherlock Holmes stories.

Conan Doyle did a masterful job of using color to give us a vivid sense of the settings. But more than that, what does his use of various colors tell us? It's just a Trifle.


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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

 “It is a nice household,” he murmured. “That is the baboon.” [SPEC] 




It seems that Dr. Grimesby Roylott had a bit of a wild side. Killed a man in India. Threw a blacksmith off a small bridge. Had a cheetah and baboon wandering his grounds. You know, as one does.

As we looked at the animals in detail, we came across a startling detail about Roylott's menagerie. You might say it's just a Trifle.


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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

“There are certainly one or two indications upon the stick.” [HOUN]




Walking sticks were once fashionable. They were just as necessary as a pair of gloves and a hat in a gentleman's daily attire in Victorian England.

But they also served a practical purpose from time to time. And Sherlock Holmes was able to use these personal effects as clue givers. What do we know about walking sticks and canes in the Canon? It's just a Trifle.


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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

“shoes, but no socks.” [PRIO]



Over the course of our first four seasons, we covered a wide variety of haberdashery: dressing gowns, clothes, disguises, and hats, to name a few. But we haven't covered anything related to footwear (unless you count that fleeting reference to tennis shoes in Episode 119).

Shoes, boots, and slippers are a few of the kinds of footwear we come across in the Sherlock Holmes stories, and they all help Sherlock Holmes in some way. Which way is that, you ask? It's just a Trifle.


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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

“I can tell a Moriarty when I see one.” [VALL]



Quick: in "The Final Problem," what is the name of Sherlock Holmes's arch-rival? Yes, we know it's Professor Moriarty, but what's his first name? If you said "James," you'd be wrong.

Would you be surprised to learn that he has not only one, but two brothers, at least one of whom is also named James? It's a conundrum worthy of Moriarty himself. And it's just a Trifle.


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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

 the great black-faced monkey of the Himalayan slopes,” [CREE] 



It's only mentioned in passing, but the langur played an important role in "The Aventure of the Creeping Man." It showed you could make a monkey out of Professor Presbury.

In this episode, we begin a monthly series on exotic animals. What do we know of langurs? Or of the other choices at hand during that time? It seems like a peculiar choice, but then again, it's just a Trifle.


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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

“His life as been academic” [CREE] 

*Not a professor


Sherlock Holmes and academic affairs are, well, elementary. [Sorry] But have you considered those who hold the title "professor" when it comes to the stories?

Of course you know Professor Moriarty. But there are only two others, which is a tad surprising, given the stories that involved the academy. It's just a Trifle.


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