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.

And if you're a Patreon supporter, we have special bonus audio material for you.



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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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Thursday, July 8, 2021

“That you, Lestrade?” [EMPT]  


One might say that Sherlock Holmes and Inspector G. Lestrade had a contentious relationship. While this may be the popular stereotype between the two professionals, a long-term assessment doesn't bear this out.

Listener Ron Lies has shared a paper of his that takes us through the Holmes-Lestrade relationship chronologically, and things may be a little different than they appear. It's just a Trifle. 



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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

“Altogether there are eight maids” [MUSG]  



Two stories. Two jewels. Two lady's maids. And two strikingly similar circumstances.

In "The Blue Carbuncle" and "The Six Napoleons," published just 11 years apart, we can find some remarkable parallels that result in the disappearance of minor players who were involved in critical plot points. It's just a Trifle. 



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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

“some secret society, some implacable organization” [VALL]  

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We know the Mafia, the KKK, and other named secret societies permeate the Sherlock Holmes stories. They add to the mystery and mystique of the plots.

But what were some of the lesser-known secret societies? And were they really that secret? It's just a Trifle. 



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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

“the direct nature of the experiment” [BRUC]  


It's the third week of the month, and that means it's time for our Exotic Animals feature! When you hear "rat" anywhere near the Sherlock Holmes stories, there are three possible conclusions: the Giant Rat of Sumatra, Ballarat, or...

Lab rats, which is our topic of discussion. While lab rats aren't literally mentioned in the Canon, there are some figurative ones. What were they? We look at those, plus the history of animal experimentation in medicine. It's just a Trifle. 

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

“The best possible” [NOBL]  


In Episode 231, we left you with a bit of a cliffhanger. The show was filled with answers to questions from listeners, and one asked about our favorite Sherlock Holmes stories. 

Rather than boring you with only our personal preferences, we got into a history of the best Sherlock Holmes stories, first as judged by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself, and later by multitudes of Sherlockians. It's just a Trifle. 



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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

“they are pretty sure to ask questions anyhow, so it would be as well to have answers” [RETI]  


We're doing something a little different for this episode. There are certain elements about the Sherlock Holmes stories that are just too trifling out of which to create an entire episode. So we turned to you.

We're answering questions that you have submitted, hopefully providing more clarity than less. If this works well, we'll do it again. It's just a Trifle. 



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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

“That is very fortunate” [SCAN]  



Sherlock Holmes didn't believe in superstition, the supernatural, or random guesses. He was a detective who dealt in facts and data.

And yet, the canon of Sherlock Holmes stories is littered with coincidences (happy or otherwise) and instances of luck. How did these play into the stories and Holmes's ability to solve them? It's just a Trifle. 



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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

“the whole story concerning the politician, the lighthouse, and the trained cormorant” [VEIL]  

Image credit: Cormorant, from the Game Birds series (N40) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes, 1888-90 (Metropolitan Museum, Public Domain CC0)

There is one scant mention of a cormorant in the Sherlock Holmes stories — in one of Watson's enticing throwaway lines of a case which we'll never read. In "The Veiled Lodger," he tells us about the case involving a trained cormorant that might be revealed to the public.

But what is a cormorant? Can it really be trained? It's the third week of the month, and that means we discuss exotic animals in the Canon. It's just a Trifle. 



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Wednesday, May 12, 2021

“I stooped to the eyepiece and focussed for my vision.” [SHOS]  


Given Arthur Conan Doyle's training in the field of eye medicine, it's no surprise that we find a number of Sherlock Holmes characters who wear glasses.

In fact, an entire story is named after a set of eyewear. Who were some of the bespectacled band in the Sherlock Holmes stories? It's just a Trifle. 



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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

“the sending of general messages” [VALL]   



Sherlock Holmes was an inveterate message sender and receiver. The many notes, letters, telegrams, cryptogram, and other forms of communication that passed by his view made for key clues in some cases.

We wondered how things might have turned out differently in certain cases if the frequency of messages were different. And how, in certain cases, Holmes duped the messengers. It's just a Trifle. 



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Wednesday, April 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. 


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Wednesday, April 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 matter of a Great War publishing machine. 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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