The Naval Treaty

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Basic Information

Abbreviation: NAVA (J. F. Christ, 1947)
Word length: 12,701 (C. E. Lauterbach, 1960)
First published: Strand Magazine, October and November 1893 (two installments); Harper's Weekly, October 14 and 21, 1893


Redmond's Question

At 12,701 words, this tale is the longest of all 56 Canonical short stories—some 50 percent longer than the average, in fact. What does it have, by way of plot, character, atmosphere, or skill in story-telling, to justify such verbosity?