Sherlockian.Net: The Reigate Squires

Basic information

Abbreviation (J. F. Christ, 1947): REIG
Word length (C. E. Lauterbach, 1960): 7,186
First published: Strand Magazine, June 1893; Harper's Weekly, June 17, 1893

A note on title

Harper's Weekly titled the story "The Reigate Puzzle", and that name has become standard in American editions. British editions continue to use "The Reigate Squires", following the Strand. Recent research, however, suggests that neither title is right and that the author originally intended a singular title, "The Reigate Squire".

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[Paget drawing of spilt oranges]
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    Links of interest

  • Story summary from McMurdo's Camp
  • Crime Scene Sketch
  • Community Reading Project, Stanford University
  • Decoding the Subtext"
  • Commentary from Sherlock Peoria
  • Commentary by Eddy Webb
  • James Chase, "Did Holmes Get It Wrong?"
  • Old Time Radio
  • Text used to demonstrate 'levels of abstraction' analysis
  • Reigate and Banstead Borough Council
  • Reigate History

    Redmond's Delicate Question

    For the first time, in this tale, the reader finds Sherlock Holmes both ill and deracinated — staying in a country house — which, bachelor establishment though it be, is hardly his usual milieu. Can that premise be taken as deliberate on the author's part (in which case, is it successful in providing variety?) or is it an act of boredom?
    "The View Halloa", by Rosemary Michaud
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