Unfortunately, my book has "His Last Bow" as a series of short stories, too- for example, ones about tigers and murder instead of the one we were supposed to read. So I had to re-read everything.
It is highly fascinating to me that the beginning is not told from Doctor Watson's perspective in this story- it is told from the third person, and the first people we meet are not our dynamic duo.
""They are not very hard to deceive, these Englanders," he remarked. "A more docile, simple folk could not be imagined.""
As someone who lived in England, I can honestly attest that it is surprisingly easy to convince the English of anything (as a nation). It was actually fun to watch and join in.
Also- Holmes? Retired? Bees?
No no no no no no
|Beekeeping Buddies does have a certain appeal... |
(courtesy of ghostbees.tumblr.com)
(Ooops that's a bit ahead of where we agreed to stop)
Another fun quote:
"She [Martha] might almost personify Britannia," said he, "with her complete self absorption and general air of comfortable somnolence..."
These gentlemen honestly have such low esteem of England!