In preparation for a meeting of The Nashville Scholars of the Three Pipe Problem that I'm attending tomorrow, I just read the Holmes adventure entitled "The Adventure of the Red Circle." (You have to be prepared for these meetings, I've found...there are quizzes and everything!) As I came to the scene where Holmes comes across Inspector Gregson, I was chuffed to see Holmes quote (actually, misquote) from William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night:
“Why, Gregson!” said my companion as he shook hands with the Scotland Yard detective. “Journeys end with lovers’ meetings. What brings you here?”
This is actually the second time Holmes uses the exact same quote from Twelfth Night; he greets Colonel Sebastian Moran with the same phrase in "The Adventure of the Empty House." It is Holmes's fondness for this quote that has led many Sherlockians to conjecture that the great detectives birthday was, in fact, on the "twelfth night," i.e. January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany. Pretty flimsy, I know, but this is the type of trivia that gives Sherlockians almost endless joy.
Reading the Shakespeare quote gave me the idea of cross-posting on this blog and another blog that I started a little while back--Willy Wigglesticks: a Shakespeare Blog. There are two other canons besides that of Sherlock Holmes to which I return again and again: Shakespeare and the Bible. I have blogs for each of these canons, so I thought this little quote from "O Mistress Mine, Where Are You Roaming" would be the perfect excuse to share some content. I recently decided to attempt to revive the Willy Wigglesticks blog, so this is a chance to do that. Readers of the Baker Street Babble blog may find that blog interesting as well. Thanks for reading!
I'm a stay-at-home dad, and Director of Music Ministries at a United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet, TN. And a longtime fan of Sherlock Holmes.