“An instant afterwards he gave a little cry of satisfaction, and, following the direction of his eager eyes, I saw that a hansom cab with a man inside which had halted on the other side of the street was now proceeding slowly onward again.”
Illustration by Richard Gutschmidt for Der Hund von Baskerville, Stuttgart: Robert Lutz, 1907.
Especially those doing @astudyincanon‘s read-through, this BBC radio drama might be of interest. Clive Merrison and Michael Williams are a charismatic and affectionate Holmes & Watson pairing… and none other than Dame Judi Dench appears as Mrs. Hudson!
He stopped suddenly and stared fixedly up over my head into the air. The lamp beat upon his face, and so intent was it and so still that it might have been that of a clear-cut classical statue, a personification of alertness and expectation.
Watson compares Holmes’ face to a classical statue.
The Strand serialized The Hound of the Baskervilles starting in Aug 1901. Watson and Holmes, about 49 and 47, respectively, had lived again at Baker St. for 7 years.
Some what-ifs about fitting Watson’s writing of Hound into a larger story:
- In 1901, Watson and Holmes together were planning on retiring soon from the consulting detective business. For Watson, the idea of transitioning to writing may have been the excuse for the new book, the first after Holmes’s return. Holmes, for his part, accepted Holdernesse’s large check with uncharacteristic relish.
- The Lady Carfax case took place in 1901, and Watson was thinking (fuming) about the parallel occurrence of Holmes sending him ahead to investigate then showing up without notice.
- Watson more often was “feeling rheumatic and old” that year. In Hound, he twice remembered, or imagined, how well he could run.
- Watson in 1901 really did not care to remember he was married during Hound, if we accept the 1889 date. Whatever the date, things Watson did seem to want to think about – and share in his oddly unguarded way – included missing Holmes, expressing his hurt, Holmes’s tender response and apology, his own competence apart from Holmes, and how an impossible love had wrecked Sir Henry. Did Watson recall this significant time while his relationship with Holmes was strong or, ahead of their separation in 1902, deteriorating?
For the week of September 11th - 17th, we will be tackling
The Hound of the Baskervilles (#HOUN ACD), Chapters 5 - 8
Onward we go, into our second section of The Hound of the Baskervilles. (If you have questions about the timeline we are following, click here for more info.) Just a reminder of how we’re breaking the novel down:
Week 1: Chapters 1 - 4
Week 2: Chapters 5 - 8
Week 3: Chapters 9 - 11
Week 4: Chapters 12 - 15
This week’s section is just over 14,500 words. As with the previous novels, feel free to read and post ahead if you want to do so, but just know that we’ll likely wait to reblog your posts during the relevant weeks. (To that end, if you read ahead and want to help us out, feel free to list a week number or a chapter number in your tags if there’s a particular one that your post pertains to–it just helps us organize a little faster, but we can definitely still figure it out if you don’t tag it that way.) And if you’re still trying to catch up on week 1′s reading, that’s okay, too; we’ll try to grab a few of those posts as well, if there are any.
Feel free to read at your own pace throughout the week. We will be tracking the tags for the story and posting what we find as the week goes on.