on the previous page is from J.M. Barrie (1860-1937), The Little
White Bird (1902), an early version of Peter Pan in Kensington
Gardens, which Barrie later wrote into his famous play, Peter
Pan. Barrie and Conan Doyle were close friends.
the wall which leads into Mortimer Street....
have reason to think that they are hot upon our trail. Ah,
there is Moriarty himself.'"
If Watson's rooms backed on Mortimer Street, then he lived in an
area near several hospitals, located quite close to the place where
Holmes was attacked.
"It was my brother Mycroft."
Mycroft Holmes, known both for his brilliant mind and his sedentary
habits, apparently made an exception to his usual aversion to action
in order to accommodate Watson. Besides this story, he appears in
two others, "The Greek Interpreter" and "The Bruce-Partington Plans,"
and is mentioned in two more. Mycroft is deeply involved behind
the scenes in the British government.
"This train stops at Canterbury; and there is always at
least a quarter of an hour's delay at the boat."
Canterbury is located on the way to Dover, a port at the end of
a rail line on the south coast of England. From Dover, one could
take the steamboat (today the ferry or hovercraft) across the English
Channel to Calais, France.
"Well, then we must make a cross-country journey to Newhaven,
and so over to Dieppe."
Instead of boarding the steamboat across the English Channel to
France at Dover, they will travel overland to Newhaven and from
there take the ferry to Dieppe, France. Today, although a train
tunnel has been bored underneath the English Channel, several different
ferry routes are available to France, some longer than others. Newhaven-Dieppe
is one of the longest.
A master stroke.
We sat in the Strasburg salle-à-manger arguing
the question for half an hour....
Strasburg (or Strasbourg) is a city on the border between France
and Germany. After enjoying a century of independence, it passed
back and forth between France and Germany until the end of World
War II. In Holmes's time it belonged to Germany, but was returned
to France after World War I. During World War II, it reverted to
German control, but today is part of France.
The salle-à-manger is the dining room at the train