Laura Parkinson (stormfeather) wrote,
Laura Parkinson

Parasha: Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: December 23rd reading

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!
Tags: books, parasha, parasha_holmes

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