Wednesday, July 6, 2022

one might think that you were afraid of our finding something out” [PRIO] 



The first week of the month means it's time for another round of Mr. Sherlock Holmes the Theorist, in which we take a look at a piece of old Sherlockian scholarship and discuss it anew. In this case, it's Trevor Hall's essay "A Note on The Priory School" from his book Sherlock Holmes: Ten Literary Studies.

Hall manages to find a clue buried later in "The Blanched Soldier" and traces it back to "The Priory School." What he found is enough to shock even the most devoted fans of Thorneycroft Huxtable, M.A., Ph.D., etc. It's just a Trifle.



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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

run down to the advertising agency and have this put in the evening papers” [BLUE] 



We know Sherlock Holmes valued the agony column; we discussed that previously on Episode 50. Looking back at a paper by an advertising executive from the mid-20th century — a real-life Mad Man — we find the makings of an expert copywriter and marketer.

We even identify a media buyer. All of this and more, related to advertising in the Canon. It's just a Trifle.



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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

“the rest of that strange company” [DANC] 



Men and women from professions of all kinds consulted Sherlock Holmes. And throughout the Canon we're introduced to a number of companies, either by name or type of business. 

But some of them stand out because of their unusual categories. Strange company, indeed. It's just a Trifle.



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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

“much addicted” [TWIS] 



This month's Masters Class brings us back to a Morley-Montgomery Award-winning article from The Baker Street Journal.

Susan Rice wrote "Watson's Hidden Addiction" for Vol. 47, No. 2 (June 1997) of the BSJ, and it concerned a significant flaw in Watson's character. Perhaps "flaw" is not the right word — let's call it a weakness. She even found a syndrome that would explain it. It's just a Trifle.



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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

“What's this, Mr. Holmes? Man, it's witchcraft!” [VALL] 



Continuing on our supernatural theme, we land on witchcraft. And not just any witchcraft, either. This was a spell cast at Baker Street.

Our monthly "Mr. Sherlock Holmes the theorist" theme lands on Frank Allen's "Witchcraft in Baker Street" from the anthology Beyond Baker Street, and it looks at how some of the people we meet in "Charles Augustus Milverton" were bothered, bewitched, and bewildered. It's just a Trifle.



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Wednesday, June 1, 2022

“some hocus-pocus” [SIGN] 


The last time we were together, we examined Sherlock Holmes's Tours de Force (Episode 282), in which we discussed a number of ways he wowed people with his unique skills.

As we look closer, there are instances when people accuse him of practicing magic, sorcery, or wizardry. What are those examples, and what might have happened to Sherlock Holmes, had he lived in a different era? It's just a Trifle.



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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

my poor little reputation, such as it is, will suffer shipwreck if I am so candid” [REDH] 


One of the greatest features of the Sherlock Holmes stories is seeing the master ply his trade. That is, watching Holmes when he dazzles Watson (and us!) with his brilliance.

In the first two novels plus The Adventures and The Memoirs, we have some delicious examples of Holmes at his finest. It is just a Trifle.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

it is a remarkable cow” [PRIO] 


The third week of the month means it's time for Master's Class: a look at an exemplary piece of Sherlockian scholarship from over the years. 

In this episode, we turn to an award-winning article in The Baker Street Journal. S. Tupper Bigelow pondered the patterns of hoof-marks as laid out in various editions of the Canon, and won the Morley-Montgomery Award in 1962 for it. It's just a Trifle.



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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

“A touch! A distinct touch!” [VALL] 


Every author owes something to Shakespeare. His inventiveness with language has withstood the test of time, and many of the phrases he originated or popularized are still in use today.

We find Shakespeare's words dotted throughout the Sherlock Holmes stories, well beyond the usual quotes. A number of Shakespearean phrases are allusions in the Canon. It's just a Trifle.



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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

As to your dates, that is the biggest mystification of all.” [CREE] 



This is another instance of the new product we're calling "I Can't Believe We Didn't Talk About This Already."

An early instance of Sherlockian scholarship and commentary, in 1934 Dorothy L. Sayers wrote "The Dates in the Red-Headed League," picking up where H.W. Bell's 1932 Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: The Chronology of Their Adventures left off.

It's a fine example of using data at hand and being creative, and it's part of our series covering old Sherlockian scholarship. It's just a Trifle.



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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

“Drive like the devil” [SCAN] 



Call this the case of the overlooked fact. And one that was staring us in the face, too. It concerns the marriage of Irene Adler and Godfrey Norton in "A Scandal in Bohemia."

A listener wrote in and asked us just why Irene Adler had to get married in such a rush. We did a little digging, found some material to discuss, and put our own thoughts into it. It's just a Trifle.
 
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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

“There’s not a tree in the park” [EMPT] 



The third week of the month means it's time for Master's Class: a look at an exemplary piece of Sherlockian scholarship from over the years. 

In this episode, we look at Nicholas Utechin's masterful piece from the 1972 Baker Street Journal in which he deduced exactly where Colonel Moran was when he shot the Hon. Ronald Adair in "The Empty House." Or was it Moran at all? It's just a Trifle.
 
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Wednesday, April 13, 2022

“studying all those branches” [MUSG] 



We're back with the second part of a two-part series looking at trees in the Sherlock Holmes stories. 

In the first part (Episode 274), we covered the oak and the elm. This time, we go a little farther afield and chase mentions of other trees in the Canon: beeches, cedars, firs, plane, pine, yew, and others. Perhaps even shrubbery. It's just a Trifle.
 
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Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Holmes turned to his desk and, unlocking it, drew out a small case-book” [SPEC] 



The first week of the month means it's a "Mr. Sherlock Holmes the Theorist"-themed episode, featuring an old piece of scholarship that investigates some trifling issue.

In this episode, we look at an early piece that Martin Dakin wrote for The Sherlock Holmes Journal, questioning the authenticity of some of the stories in The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes. Which made the passing grade? It's just a Trifle.
 
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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

“grazing the top of the oak” [MUSG] 



I think that I shall never see... a Sherlock Holmes story as lovely as a tree. However, there are plenty of instances of trees in the Canon that make for interesting observation, if only we stop to look at them through the forest.

Inspired by one of Don Jewell's books, we spend some time investigating the instances of oaks and elms in the stories (far more than just "The Musgrave Ritual," we assure you) and comment on the state of these trees in Victorian times.

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  • Inspired by The Botanical Holmes: A Monograph on Plants in the Time of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 6 in The Sherlock Holmes Natural History Series by Donald Girard Jewell.
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Wednesday, March 23, 2022

“a look of grief and despair” [BERY] 



Let's face it: when clients arrived to consult Sherlock Holmes, they were rarely in positive spirits. Some were confused, others were concerned, and some were just looking for answers.

But some were grief-stricken. Or had cases that ended in grief. It's a sad admission of reality, but there is a strain of grief that starts at the beginning of the stories and continues to the final entry. It's just a Trifle.

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