Wednesday, October 20, 2021

“a pin, a cork, and a card” [HOUN]  




When it came to exotic insects, butterflies were all the rage in Victorian England. They were sought after by naturalists and collectors, to become part of collections in studies as well as institutions.

We have a few collectors in the Canon who made it their business to pin butterflies to cork and display them. Here's what we know about them and about their hobby. It's just a Trifle.




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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

 “extraordinary stories about your financial ability” [STOC] 



Money was occasionally a concern for Sherlock Holmes. But when, and more importantly, why? All of those police engagements were likely pro bono work, after all.

His relationship with Watson began over the need to economize, and over the course of his career, he enjoyed some remarkably wealthy individuals as clients. It's just a Trifle.




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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

 Have you noticed anything amiss with them of late?” [SILV] 




"The Three Gables" isn't likely to be found on anyone's "best of" list of Sherlock Holmes stories. It arrives late in the Canon, and rather weakly at that.

But it is worth pointing out a few items within that are rather curious. One might even call them a Trifle.




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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

 it was her plot as much as mine” [ABBE] 

Image credit: YouTube


From the realm of conjecture: what if the star-crossed lovers in "The Adventure of Abbey Grange" and "The Problem of Thor Bridge" weren't simply victims of circumstance? What if the damsels in distress weren't being unfairly persecuted? 

That is, what if they plotted the demise of the hated member of their love triangle and were able to fool Sherlock Holmes? It's just a Trifle.




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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

“Maybe you collect yourself, sir” [EMPT] 



Sherlock Holmes shared his reading interests on occasion, and they tended to be wide and varied. Some of them were for professional development purposes, yet others seem to exist to expand his thinking.
 
Was Sherlock Holmes a book collector? And if he was, what kind of care did he take for his volumes? It's just a Trifle.




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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

“pinned like a beetle on a card” [BLAC] 


It's the third week of the month, and that means it's the exotic animal episode. Last month we covered worms, and we mentioned the slow-worm, which Mr. Sherman said kept the beetles down.

A listener called in with a comment on that episode, and it led to this one, where we look at this detestable insect, its place in Victorian England, and how it spread. It's just a Trifle.






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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

“passionate, whole-hearted, tropical, ill-balanced” [THOR] 



Maria Gibson (nee Pinto) was a troubled woman. What could have driven her to her final acts? Is she a victim? A villain? A sympathetic character? 

If anything she was less two-dimensional than she is typically assumed to be. Could her demise have indeed been a murder rather than a suicide? It's just a Trifle.



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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

“a general practitioner with very limited experience and mediocre qualifications” [DYIN] 

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We know Watson had a serious medical career before he met Holmes. But what do his qualifications mean? And aside from the brandy, how did his training come in handy?

Helen Simpson's "The Medical Career of John H. Watson" in H.W. Bell's Baker Street Studies provides some insight into what Watson was telling us and what he wasn't. It's just a Trifle.



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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

“some arm-chair lounger who evolves” [STUD] 



From a humble beginning to the heights of international fame and importance, the career of Sherlock Holmes was a rocket ride. And his personal relationships took an opposite ride.

This is the third and final entry in this series on the evolution of Sherlock Holmes. And it's anything but a Trifle.



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Wednesday, August 18, 2021

“Why does fate play such tricks with poor, helpless worms?” [BOSC] 

Image credit: The Sherlock Holmes Society of London (Flickr)


On the third episode of every month in Season 5, we explore exotic animals in the Sherlock Holmes canon. This month's animal is a rare one: worms.

While you may be thinking the only reference is the remarkable worm unknown to science that left Isadora Persano stark staring mad, there are a few others. But just a Trifle more.



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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

“window-breaking Furies” [VALL]  



Windows are everywhere in the Sherlock Holmes stories. But in certain cases, they form an essential part of the plot. In some cases, it may be transparent. In others, not so much.

Whether they're decorative, a passage of one form or another, or are broken in the course of a crime, some windows serve a purpose in the Canon. It's just a Trifle.




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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

“It is full of old houses which are named after the men who built them centuries ago.” [SUSS]  



Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a master storyteller. He gave us memorable characters and plots that painted a picture over the course of the entire Canon.

But more than plot or characters, place played an outsized role. What does the geography in the Sherlock Holmes stories tell us? It's just a Trifle.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

“evolved from his own inner consciousness” [BOSC]  


In Episode 237, we looked at how Holmes's personality traits changed over the course of his career. We're back for another look using four separate stories, each 10 years apart.

What can the Canon tell us about the ways Holmes's interests, tastes, enthusiasms, relationships, reputation, and more changed during his long career? It's just a Trifle.



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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

“Cyanea! Cyanea!” [LION]  

Image credit: Lion's mane jellyfish in Gullmarn fjord at Sämstad (public domain - Wikimedia Commons)


In the third week of every month in our fifth season, Trifles looks at exotic animals. We turn to the sea this time, examining jellyfish. And this episode brought us into contact with an old publication: the Catalogue of an Exhibition Held at Abbey House, Baker Street, London, May–September 1951.

For those intimately familiar with the Sherlock Holmes stories, there is only one story in which we find a jellyfish. For those not familiar, spoiler alert. It is just a Trifle.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021

“Let me show you the evolution of this case” [WIST]  



In our last episode, we discussed the subtle yet undeniable change in the nature of the relationship between Sherlock Holmes and Inspector Lestrade. But what about the evolution of Holmes himself?

What aspects of his character changed over the course of his career, from a 20-something during his first case at university to his final case four decades later? What remained the same? It's just a Trifle. 



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Scott Monty and Burt Wolder are both members of the Baker Street Irregulars, the literary society dedicated to Sherlock Holmes. They have co-hosted the popular show I Hear of Everywhere since June 2007.

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