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Trevor and Musgrave

I know I’m biased and I’ve said this before but if you don’t have much familiarity with canon and you’ve never done it, go read The Adventure of The Gloria Scott and The Musgrave Ritual as a double bill and just look at how Doyle writes the descriptions of Trevor and Musgrave. The set up for the two stories are quite similar and then head of in different directions - neither case had Watson in them but they are both about storytelling. Both openers are a joy. Because Sherlock is weaving a story from his past for Watson’s and his entertainment.

Musgrave gives a lot more than TGS does and its characterization so queer coded. Victorian queer euphemisms crammed in line after line to describe the client. And the mirror of Sherlock telling John the story of how a Musgrave sat and told him the story is one of the best narrative “nests” in canon. Watson is *captivated*. It’s just so well crafted. And captures something so beautifully intimate about the two of them by the fireside in 221b.

Both rank very high for me in canon. Highly recommended. And it’s never too late to start reading ACD.


The Copper Beeches (1912) is one of a series of eight silent film adaptations of the Holmes stories that were actually supervised by Conan Doyle himself. The film only has Holmes (no Watson) and the plot is altered in several respects. This is the 8th and final episode of the series and the only episode that survives in English; there is also a surviving version of episode 4, an adaptation of The Musgrave Ritual, in French (Le trésor des Musgraves). 


Got my Hunger Games ticket today!!


Marquette rents out a theater and then buses us there for the small fee of $8. They did this for Harry Potter and Twilight. It’s SO MUCH FUN, because it’s only people from Marquette so you run into a lot of people you know. And it’s a hell of a lot easier than taking the city bus and then having to taxi it home because the buses stop running at midnight.

  • Holmes: It wouldn’t do for Mrs. Hudson to come in just now, eh? Lying on the floor like two naughty schoolboys...
  • Watson: Wouldn’t do at all!
  • Holmes: Though I do suspect there may well be something of the naughty school/girl/ in Mrs. Hudson.
  • Watson: Steady on, Holmes! …do you think so?
  • Holmes: Euhhh…. anything’s possible.
  • Watson: …Yes, I suppose it is. I must say, this carpet is really rather comfortable.
  • Holmes: And kind to the knees.


He had a horror of destroying documents, especially those which were connected with his past cases […] He could not deny the justice of my request, so with a rather rueful face he went off to his bedroom, from which he returned presently pulling a large tin box behind him. This he placed in the middle of the floor and, squatting down upon a stool in front of it, he threw back the lid. I could see that it was already a third full of bundles of paper tied up with red tape into separate packages. - The Musgrave Ritual

Heyyy, lookie here, we have a box of case-notes, labeled with (likely) the cases they contain!

1. Since 1880s, the large tin box has evolved into a small plastic box.

2. Bundles of papers tied up with red tape seem to have morphed into a small notebook with a black thread for bookmarking.

3. That could be because the mind attic has undergone an expansion into mind palace.

4. Or it could be because, the note-taking has shrunk to writing single words occupying whole pages such as BLUEBELL or H.O.U.N.D.