Books: In Memoriam: Baker Street

On the walls hung eight profiles of hawk-faced Sherlock Holmes, a curved pipe pendent from his thin lips and a deerstalker cap pushed down on his dolichocephalic skull. Five orange pips lay on one table. On another stood a porcelain Hound of the Baskervilles. The guests raised their glasses, drank to Holmesian characters and places—"To THE Woman," "To Mrs. Hudson," "To Mycroft." Along with place cards, women guests found Holmesian cryptograms—a single red rose and a mysterious note: "Dear Miss —, See you at 2216. Sincerely, John H. Watson." In one corner...

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