Mrs Watson (No, the Other One) Very little has been written about Mrs Watson, John Watson’s mother. There is no Canonical evidence, but from the abundant evidence about her son, what can we say about Doctor Watson’s mom? … Continue reading
Melissa Anderson “Faith” has posted a significant comment on the Weekly Forum of September 30 concerning Doctor Watson and his military service. It is concise, well-stated, thoughtful and goes to the core of the Canon. Well worth reading. Thank you, “Faith.”
This morning, the tree nursery is coming to plant a Chinese Fringe Tree in our yard (Google image it if you haven’t seen one). Those three words led me to ask myself if I could cite the use of each word … Continue reading
For a moment, forget all of the “character business” we know about Mycroft and think of him in context of the Canonical structure. What is Mycroft’s role and purpose in the Canon? Is he a major or minor character? Is he essential to … Continue reading
Margie Deck “Gwen” from Seattle’s Sound of the Baskervilles and one of our most active Members has sent along a very interesting question. She refers to the Sherlock Peoria blog and a posting that ask whether Mycroft might have passed … Continue reading
A question recurs: How many different train trips are mentioned in the Canon? Not subway or ‘tube’ trips, but true train journeys. Buttons, who has logged many train trips criss-crossing England in all directions, as well as Wales and Scotland, over … Continue reading
The Sherlock Holmes Society of London is sponsoring a seminar looking at Photography in the Canon. This worthy topic, of course, raises the question: What are the photographic references in the Canon; which stories, and what are the specific instances? Frankly, … Continue reading
The Canon is filled with differing nationalities, nations, and international references; perhaps more so than any other collection in the detective fiction genre. Many of the stories and books contain elements of international travel, foreign settings, citizens of many countries, … Continue reading
Below is “Bobbie’s” question: Watson tells us that he was “. . . standing at the Criterion bar” when he met Stamford, “. . . who had been a dresser under me at Bart’s.” The Criterion was then, and is … Continue reading
What do we know of shaving and barbering in the Canon? Equally, what do we know of hairstyling and cosmetics? Please reply directly to “Comments” here.
AND THE RESULTS ARE . . . It would seem that this question could be the basis of a very interesting paper for The Watsonian. There are echoes in both solutions below to indicate the presence of myth, folklore, religion, … Continue reading
Weekly Quiz #7 1 November to 6 November 2013 RESULTS: Elinor Hickey “Misty” was second in with 16/20; Dean Turnbloom “Stoker” was third in and tied with 16/20; and James O’Leary “Pippin” was first in with 15/20. They go forward to the Monthly Quiz … Continue reading
Our member, Ron Lies, “Chips” takes part in a Sherlockian group on the web led by “Judith” who poses interesting questions for the participants to discuss. Here is a recent example concerning “The Reigate Squires”: Judith: This case opens with Watson saying: “The … Continue reading
With the last days of summer vacation dwindling, perhaps the participation in quizzes will return … let’s hope so since our members do so well. Here is one to think about: Thugs, pugs and toughs in the Canon. Who can … Continue reading
No matter where you were in 1895 England, horses abounded. The Canon presents horses often. Can you organize them by story, breed, use, name, colour, etc., as may one day be helpful to scholars of the works?
Does the Canon contain references to herbs?
Buttons is surprised there has not been a response to the lawyer question. On vacation or working on the Treasure Hunt? Feedback appreciated.
Is the legal profession well-represented in the Canon? Who are the lawyers mentioned and is there an indication of their speciality?
With seemingly no takers on “death” let’s lighten up a bit. We know Dr Watson has a “pawky” sense of humour which is defined as “shrewd and cunning, often in a humourous manner; chiefly British.” We also know Holmes rarely laughs, … Continue reading
Dr Watson writes often of death, either through murder or other causes. Can you catalogue the deaths – of all and any types – mentioned in the Canon? This would make an interesting paper: “Thanatopsis and the Sacred Canon”