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Probably will be briefish this time. Almost forgot this!

Note that Watson just vaguely mentions his old war wound in "one of his limbs," possibly because at one point it was supposed to be his shoulder, and at another, his leg. Maybe Doyle didn't want to try to pick which was right and thus have another be wrong?

"This looks like one of those unwelcome social summonses which call upon a man either to be bored or to lie." Hah! One of those moments when Holmes seems quite human.

Whee, more of those exotic and whacky Americans!

The Lord in the case is somewhat sympathetic because of what happened to him... but not so much, otherwise. Thinking his poor delicate little flower of a wife got a bit unhinged at the sheer awe of marrying him, frex. Yeesh.

The Holmes cases do at least show variety... while last one was almost all story and no actual deduction, here again we have mostly deduction, and little in the way of action.

I'll also admit, I tend to think of the slang as "what's up" as more modern, and American, surely not something that Holmes would use! ("What's up, then?" when Lestrade enters the room to consult with him.)

I will also mention that it is a bit annoying though that it seems like every case has to have a red herring in the form of some coincidence - here, the "F.H.M" as initials.

Anyhow, I think that about does it for my comments! Discuss away!


Oh hai schedule!

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khedron
Dec. 23rd, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
The Lord in the case is somewhat sympathetic because of what happened to him... but not so much, otherwise. Thinking his poor delicate little flower of a wife got a bit unhinged at the sheer awe of marrying him, frex. Yeesh.

Oh, St. Simon drove me nuts on several occasions. I don't know how it read at the time, but "I'll be there at 4" and "I'm sure your other clients weren't as elevated", or however he said it. Yeesh, indeed.

I felt a bit bad for Lestrade though. But that's kind of normal.


Whaddya know, there's a picture of a possible combo with of the Stars & Stripes with the Union Jack, as Holmes predicts. It's a waistcoat.
crouchback
Dec. 24th, 2009 02:46 am (UTC)
I am personally rather fond of the name "Lord Backwater." Perhaps he belongs to the same club as "Baron Boondocks" and the Rt. Honorable Horace Hayseed.

Holmes used Americanisms like "what's up?" that from time to time, and has a surprisingly large knowledge of American crime-cf. The Dancing Men.


stormfeather
Dec. 24th, 2009 12:15 pm (UTC)
The Marquis de Redneck?
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