Sherlock's Corner

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  1. odysseusm
    I thought we should have a space in the club where comments about Holmes may reside. Here are a few morsels.

    ".. I held it [the letter] within a few inches of my eyes, and was conscious of a faint smell of the scent known as white jessamine. There are seventy-five perfumes, which it is very necessary that a criminal expert should be able to distinguish from each other, and cases have more than once within my own experience depended upon their prompt recognition."
    Sherlock Holmes, "The Hound of the Baskervilles"

    The Annotated Sherlock Holmes in its note on Holmes’ statement in HotB speculates that Holmes may have contributed a monograph, "Upon the Distinction Between the Various Perfumes: A Monograph on Natural and Synthetic Perfumes with Analyses on the 75 Primary Scents and a Memorandum by J. H. W. on the Types of Women Likely to Favour the Several Modes of Allure."
  2. odysseusm
    The ultimate nose in the Holmes canon is Toby, the dog in "Sign of the Four." Holmes says he is a mongrel, but with "... a most amazing power of scent. I would rather have Toby's help than that of the whole detective force of London."
  3. Aztecface
    Very good initiative.

    Speaking of Holmes... if he were to use a cologne what do you think he would use? Personally I can't see him use anything past a Lavender Water.
  4. odysseusm
    I have long advanced the theory that Holmes would have worn Penhaligon's Blenheim Bouquet. Cool, cerebral, dryly assertive... these scent aspects mirror his own personality, and he would gravitate towards them.
  5. Aztecface
    HHmmmmm, interesting.
  6. odysseusm
    "The case has, in some respects, been not entirely devoid of interest." -- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, (Sherlock Holmes). Great example of the rhetorical device known as litote (affirmation by negating the opposite).
  7. odysseusm
    Certainly our group -- having an interest in things related to oranges -- should pay due attention to the Sherlock Holmes short story "The Five Orange Pips". It is a gripping tale of revenge and murder, signaled by the appearance of an ominous letter containing... five orange pips. The story was first published in The Strand Magazine in November 1891.
  8. odysseusm
    Here is a mix of some of the text from "The Naval Treaty" -- a lovely tribute to Jeremy Brett, the quintessential Holmes.
    Holmes in a contemplative mood... extolling the wonders of a rose.
  9. odysseusm
    "Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective Sherlock Holmes makes occasional references to phrenology ; namely in The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle where he deduces the intelligence of a hat's owner by the size of his head and also regarding to his arch-nemesis Professor Moriarty, deeming that his highly domed forehead as a mark of his superior intellect. Most importantly, in The Hound of the Baskervilles, Dr Mortimer makes an examination of Holmes' skull, remarking on the dolcicophalic features and the supra-orbital fossa." from wikipedia, "Phrenology"
    In the standardized list of "37 brain organs" (zones), there are none dealing specifically with scent detection or memory. I guess the ol' lizard-brain is at work. However, #11 is the area of memory for things and facts -- likely that has a bearing.
  10. odysseusm
    Well, the Diogenese club is living up to its portrait as a rather quiet place. So I'll just make the observation that times have never been better for Sherlock fans. Between the Downey Jr. movie sequel, the second season of the BBC tv series of Sherlock, and the proposed CBS series on Holmes in America -- things are lively! The game is afoot!
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