Sherlockian Shorts #6 – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Part 4

A series of posts, containing full spoilers, as I make my way once more through the complete canon, picking out points of interest and reflecting on my personal experience of the stories.

The Noble Bachelor

  • “It is always a joy to meet an American, Mr Moulton, for I am one of those who believe that the folly of a monarch and the blundering of a minister in far-gone years will not prevent our children from being someday citizens of the same worldwide country under a flag which shall be a quartering of the Union Jack with the Stars and Stripes,” says Holmes. This attitude explains why Andrew Lane gave him an American tutor in his Young Sherlock series.

The Beryl Coronet

  • Holmes’ fees must be in some way proportionate to what his client can afford to pay. Here he charges £1,000 on top of the £3,000 that he had in ready cash to pay to recover the three stolen jewels.
  • Despite his aversion to women, Holmes has not ruled out the possibility of children as he says “…your son, who has carried himself in the matter as I should be proud to see my own son do, should I ever chance to have one.”

The Copper Beeches

  • A companion piece to The Red-Headed League where an offer of a salary far above the market rate indicates that something not quite right is afoot.

Previous posts in this series:

#1 – A Study in Scarlet

#2 – The Sign of the Four

#3 -A Scandal in Bohemia, The Red-Headed League, and A Case of Identity

#4 – The Boscombe Valley Mystery. The Five Orange Pips, and The Man with the Twisted Lip

#5 – The Blue Carbuncle, The Speckled Band, and The Engineer’s Thumb

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