The Stormy Petrels of BC will continue to meet, for the time being, via Zoom, to discuss “The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor” published in The Strand Magazine in April 1892.

According to The Oxford Sherlock Holmes (1993 – edited by Richard Lancelyn Green) explanatory notes: The Philadelphia Inquirer called it “The Story of the Missing Bride”, The St. Louis Dispatch called it “The Adventures of a Nobleman” and The Atlanta Constitution called it “Adventures of a Noble Bachelor”.

Find out what happened to the young, American heiress. What made her drop her bouquet as she walked down the aisle at the church? What happened at the wedding breakfast? Did the “Noble Bachelor” act nobly? What was in the black canvas bag which Lestrade brought to Baker Street?

This adventure mentions Dr. Watson’s wound. “…the Jezail bullet which I had brought back in one of my limbs as a relic of my Afghan campaign…”

Which limb? “In The Sign of Four” Dr. Watson “Sat nursing my wounded leg.” In “Study in Scarlet” Sherlock Holmes notes that “His (Watson’s) left arm had been injured.” In “The Resident Patient” as well as “The Cardboard Box” Holmes notices “…your hand stole towards your own old wound.”

Was it his leg? After all, he did not accompany his friend on his afternoon stroll, but sat with his legs up, surrounded by a litter of newspapers.

Could the following demonstration depict how Dr. Watson was wounded in two separate limbs?

From “On the Scent with Sherlock Holmes” – Some Old Problems Solved” by Walter Shepherd

Do you agree that this adventure was “remarkable” as Dr. Watson said, or do you agree with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle when he rated it “…about bottom of the list.”

Discussion will take place: Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. (Pacific Time)

BONUS QUESTIONS:

  1. Mr. Moulton stayed at the Northumberland Hotel. Which other client of Sherlock Holmes also stayed there at one point?
  2. Americans were referred to as ………. (two answers here)

If you would like more information, or have any questions, please contact Fran at: franziskah@shaw.ca

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