Special Note: The question that first appeared on this post, involving Henry Baker’s hat, was–well, it was just wrong. As the post was just up, I have substituted a new question. However, if you have an answer for that one, or the reason why I was wrong, you will also be entered into the drawing. Thanks so much to Resa Haile, who pointed out my error!
It’s the last day of Winter Break. The day that–if you’re a stay-at-home-mom–craaawwwwwlllllls by, and is filled with little voices declaring that they’re bored, hungry (when they just ate), and “telling” on their siblings. It is the day when you would love to get away, but as the grocery store is the only real option, you might as well stay home. Oh, how you would love a Great Hiatus!
There is a theory–which I don’t subscribe to, by the way–that in the moments after the Fall from Reichenbach, Holmes saw the opportunity most of us want at least once in our lives: the chance to go off and reinvent his life. To escape others’ needs and expectations and do things he’d always wanted to do.* I mean really, coal tar derivatives. Who can resist?
Because Holmes just doesn’t say much, and Watson never writes about them, the Hiatus Years are a favorite topic for pasticheurs. After all, they really have carte blanche. If you can make it believable, well, who’s to say you’re wrong? So today, in honor of Escape and the Freedom of Imagination,** we’ve got another anthology, also edited by Michael Kurland–Sherlock Holmes: The Hidden Years. Authors like Carolyn Wheat, Carole Buggé, Peter Beagle and Rhys Bowen take Holmes off to Burma, Norway, Tibet, and New Orleans, among other exotic locales. The book also includes Gary Lovisi’s “The Adventure of the Missing Detective,” which was an Edgar Award finalist.
Sound interesting? Then just answer the question below (via blog comment, FB PM, or Twitter DM–which seems to be working again) for your chance to win.
Why did Henry Baker’s wife “cease to love him,” at least according to Holmes? (Canon or Granada)
Best of luck, and here’s hoping your 2013 is off to a good (and quiet, tattle-free) start!
Day Nine Winner!
Congratulations to Mary Loving, who won the drawing after submitting the answer that Moffatt and Gattiss’ “Golem,” (“The Great Game”), was an homage to the Rathbone/Bruce villain, “The Hoxton Creeper,” in “The Pearl of Death.”
*I really think he knew he stil had a few Moriarty-ish loose ends to tie up (like the guy who was still trying to kill him), and didn’t want to endanger Watson and his wife. I also think that Mycroft used the Hiatus to his own advantage, lengthening it somewhat.
**Feel free to do the SpongeBob thing with your hands. If you get a rainbow, let us know.