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Such a melodramatic introduction to a new client! Yeesh.

You'd think that if a coronet is so very valuable, it wouldn't be put up for collateral in the first place. I mean come on, there HAS to be something else that someone in such a lofty position could use! Especially if the coronet is public property in the first place! How could it even be used as collateral in a private loan? Handwaviness ensues, I guess.

And then Holder compounds the stupidity by taking the thing OUT of the bank itself, which is intended to be secure, and not only taking it home with him, but then telling people about it! Gah. How did a guy like this get to such a high position in business, again?

Mary is "not so very young" remember... she's a whole twenty-four! Gah, making me feel old and crumbly, much?

I also sincerely hope that the coronet can be easily mended, considering that it's been broken and twisted horribly! I mean, with the return of the stones everyone seems to be acting like it's all hunky dory (and granted, that was apparently the big issue since the stones were irreplaceable), but I'd imagine there are still going to be some uncomfortable questions from the guy who left the coronet in the first place!

Despite the awkward points - the handwaviness in the setup, mostly - I tend to like this story. I don't know why, I guess maybe because it has a decent blend of setup, drama, action, and bittersweet endings.


The pitiful remnants of the schedule

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khedron
Dec. 29th, 2009 03:04 am (UTC)
I had a hard time with him taking it out of the bank, too. On the one hand, if he thought it was a set-up and it was going to lead the bank robbery, then I'm glad he's taking precautions, but couldn't he take it somewhere besides his own rather insecure home?

I think inflation since 1900 means that 24 then is worth 40 today.
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crouchback
Jan. 3rd, 2010 12:38 am (UTC)
Is the idea that someone could get to a position of high responsibility without having much sense that much of a stretch? Nepotism and the old boys network were far stronger in Holmes time than in ours. It's entirely possible the guy got to where he was via family connections and class than actual skill and capability-and it's not exactly unknown for people to get to high positions that way in our age, either.
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