Thursday, June 11, 2015
Question about the Gloria Scott
In that post I stated that if while doing my research I came up with a few unrelated discussion points I would post them as they came up.
So here goes. . .
Chronologically most all Sherlockians list GLOR as the first story in the Canon of Sherlock Holmes.
And it is true that it is the first 'case' Holmes was involved in where he actually believed he had found his calling. Taking place many years before he comes to know Watson, the story is basically about Holmes understanding the value of his skills and how he can apply them.
But if we are to actually look at this 'case' chronologically, placing it at the beginning of any book where the stories are in some kind of, well, chronological order would be an error.
By placing it first we are forgetting that the discussion between Holmes and Watson takes place many years after Holmes travels with his friend Trevor for a summer break.
Going by a few of the introductory paragraphs we are led to believe Holmes and Watson have known each other for a while.
Do we bother to place other cases else where in the order because some other case is mentioned within?
We are completely, at least to my knowledge, forgetting the discussion about when this conversation took place around the fire that winters night.