The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Where was Watson living? Baker Street
Pre/Post Reichenbach (May 1891)? Pre. February. Before Watson/Morstan Marriage (1888).Characters:
Alexander Holder – (client) senior partner at Holder & Stevenson
Lucy Parr - the second waiting-maid, sweetheart was Francis Prosper
Arthur Holder – son of Alexander, plays cards and gambles, loves Mary
Sir George Burnwell – “ruined gambler, an absolutely desperate villain, a man without heart or conscience”, Mary’s lover
Mary Holder – niece of Alexander
Francis Prosper – green-grocer
Sir George Burnwell’s valet Locations:
221B Baker Street
Fairbank somewhere in Streatham?
Sir George’s house (wherever that is)
Receiver (unknown location)
Cell that holds Arthur (unknown location)Other crimes/criminals mentioned:
NoneOther studies mentioned:
NoneQuestions about the story
London weather - http://www.netweather.tv/index.cgi?action=winter-history;sess
Question about this. I was chatting with a British expat friend about winters. When he was little he was told to never walk on frozen ponds because the ice wasn’t think enough. When he came to New England he was all freaked out that people were ice skating on ponds. Is this normal?
More winter questions. How drafty would these buildings be? Are the windows single pane? Is the only heat from a fire place? Would each bedroom have a fireplace?
Snow removal on streets – I’m pretty sure they didn’t have snow plows. The snow in Boston gets nasty during the winter and I’m guessing that it would be the same here. Probably one of the few times that the smog was reduced.
Threadneedle Street – There are actual banks there! Lloyds, Nationwide, Bank of England (and Bank of England museum)
Underground – as in subway? Do Holmes or Watson ever use this?
£50,000 sounds like an insane amount to me now (not a trifling sum!). What would this be today?
Beryl = emerald/aquamarine or just about any other color of precious stone. What color is this piece? I had in my mind that it is blue
Coronet = not a necklace but a crown.
First time reading this I thought it was a necklace with blue stones not a golden crown with some sort of colored or clear gemstone.
“I felt that it would be an imprudence to leave so precious a thing in the office behind me.” Yah, bad idea bud.
Streatham to Threadneedle street is about an hour commute one way. That seems like a monster commute for any time period but especially for that one that time period.
“short railway journey and a shorter walk brought” Train ride was ~25 min.
“green-grocer who brings our vegetables round” I’m guessing that grocery stores were not invented yet but there were markets. People of a certain social class could afford to have their groceries delivered.
common loafer/collar turned up, his shiny, seedy coat, his red cravat, and his worn boots/disreputable clothes = I’m guessing lower class
“he breathed his vows” guessing this doesn’t mean wedding vow.
“the pavement had been cleared” Ah ha! Snow removal. By what?
“life-preserver” the same one that is used to keep people afloat in water?
“I knew my man, however, and I clapped a pistol to his head before he could strike.” OK, now why didn’t Holmes take Watson? I thought Watson is typically used in this type of situation. Seems rather foolish to go there alone.
“address of the receiver” pawn shop?
“got to my bed about two o’clock, after what I may call a really hard day’s work.” Yah, exactly. Also travelled at least 20 miles.
Fee = Paid £1000 for this case. Also, did he have to front the £3000 to pay for the beryls or did the receiver accept an IOU?Other things about Holmes
“Sherlock Holmes pushed him down into the easy-chair and, sitting beside him, patted his hand and chatted with him in the easy, soothing tones which he knew so well how to employ.”
“It was no uncommon thing for him to be away for days and nights on end when he was hot upon a scent…”