23 December 2007

Reading Assignment

Today I'll simply suggest a bit of seasonally appropriate reading: The classic Conan Doyle story, "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle."

The story actually takes place on December 27, and a couple of years after Dr. Watson has moved out of the famous Baker Street flat.

Nonetheless, 'tis still the season ... when better to visit an old friend and wish him the best? Watson does this, and before long he's seated himself in the old armchair to listen to Holmes cogitate about an abandoned hat, while he (Watson) warms his hands by the crackling fire, "for a sharp frost had set in, and the windows were thick with ice crystals."

With the familiar setting already warming him and his readers, I leave you to it.


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