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Don't have as much to say about this one. It's never been my favorite - I don't actively dislike it, but a) much like "The Five Orange Pips," it has a bit of an annoying non-ending, where things don't really get wrapped up, b) About the only actual deduction that Holmes does is the bit about the distance, and c) it's all so improbable!

Anyhow, the moral of the story kiddies, is that if someone comes to you all secretive and furtive with a job, and one of the first things they make sure of is that you're an orphan and bachelor, you might want to consider very carefully whether you want to take the job. And if you do, for heaven's sake don't call them out on any falsehoods about their shaky cover story!

Scheduley scheduleness!


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Dec. 23rd, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)
This one always makes me think Doyle came up with the scenario and then wrapped Holmes around it to sell the story.
Dec. 23rd, 2009 05:23 am (UTC)
I think it was just a creepy atmosphere piece? "What foul thing will happen to the young hydraulic engineer?"

All I could really think was, "Three-pio, shut down all the garbage smashers on the detention level!"
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