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The mentions of American locales are scattered throughout the Canon. There are 25 states mentioned - quite an accomplishment, when one considers that there were fewer than 48 states while Conan Doyle was writing - with the Deep South taking up 8 of those slots.

It was the Deep South that represented particularly mysterious and misunderstood backgrounds - think The Five Orange Pips and The Yellow Face as prime examples. "The Five Orange Pips" actually contains a mention of 7 states in the South, including Tennessee.

In a nod to the Volunteer State, this installment in the Sherlock Holmes Music Video series uses "Walking in Memphis" as its soundtrack. Enjoy.



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2 comments:

Mary said... June 28, 2007 at 11:10 AM

Thank you! I am enjoying the videos very much.

Anonymous said... June 28, 2007 at 11:23 AM

NIce video Scott!

When STUD appeared in 1887 there were 38 American states. By the time SIGN was published in February 1890 four more (ND, SD, MT, and WA) had entered the Union. So 25 states mentioned in the Canon is quite remarkable.

Bobby the Bike

 
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