The Debut of the Quiz Page


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Each day, one of our Watsonians will ask a question for the members to answer, discuss, refute, or otherwise ruminate on, as we further the knowledge and scholarship of the writings of Dr Watson.

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The first question is posted by the boy in buttons who is seen above in the illustration. His question: “Who are the people in the illustration and what story are they featured in and what is taking place in the scene?

7 Replies to “The Debut of the Quiz Page”

  1. Ahh, so let us bring our reasoning to bear. We have a lady in distress (what other reason would she come to 221B?) Her dress, with a generous bustle, fur lined neck piece, and hand muff, might signify wealth. Then there is a buttons/pageboy in employ, and what appears to be a mature Holmes. Could this possibly be a rendition of some visitation from one of Holmes’ later adventures when he might have been a bit more established? (This may, however, run against the idea that “Buttons” had matured into a more relied-upon character in Holmes’ later years?)

  2. The boy in buttons is showing in Mary Sutherland; Holmes awaits her. The plush trim on her dress and the broad-brimmed l00ks-like-straw-to-me hat are what sold me on the ID.

    1. Excellent deductions, “Roxie” . . . Thank you.

      Do we agree? Is there definitive proof yet? Any other options to be put forth?

  3. Inspired by Russel Clark’s fine sea stories, Watson is trying his hand at sketching out a dockside scene: “the boy in buttons entered to announce Miss Mary Sutherland, while the lady herself loomed behind his small black figure like a full-sailed merchantman behind a tiny pilot boat.” One of the rare examples of Watson’s ungallant behavior.

    1. Thank you, James. Interesting slant on Russel Clark and Watson’s use of language

  4. This story has me wondering why Mary had on a straw hat and a heavy fur boa as they belong to two different seasons. And who is riding horses as Holmes can lay his hands on a hunting crop at once. Does Watson ride horses as well a bet on them?

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