Jody Baker: Watson Continues To Paint Word Pictures

Sunday, December 23, 2012 - by Jody Baker

In The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, we find that Dr. Watson, caught up in the spirit of Christmas just past, continues to present to us vivid pictures, both interior and exterior images, using his pen for his brushes and words for his paints.

“I had called upon my friend Sherlock Holmes…He was lounging upon the sofa in a purple dressing-gown, a pipe-rack within his reach upon the right, and a pile of crumpled morning papers, evidently newly studied, near at hand. Beside the couch was a wooden chair, and on the angle of the back hung a very seedy and disreputable hard-felt hat, much the worse for wear, and cracked in several places.

***

“I seated myself in his armchair and warmed my hands before his crackling fire, for a sharp frost had set in, and the windows were thick with the ice crystals.”

Dr. Watson, was disparaged by Holmes in the Retired Colourman episode when Holmes, impatiently instructed: “Cut out the poetry, Watson.” However, good old Watson continues to favor us with his word artistry:

“It was a bitter night, so we drew on our ulsters and wrapped cravats about our throats. Outside, the stars were shining coldly in a cloudless sky, and the breath of the passers-by blew out into smoke like so many pistol shots.”

Watson enjoyed a sensitivity without equal among the men of the Canon. How in the world could the Literary Agent have been comfortable in quoting, without qualifying or refuting , the characterization of Watson as “the rather stupid friend of Sherlock Holmes.”

Inspector and Mrs. Baynes send Seasons Greetings to all.

----

(Jody Baker is a Chattanooga attorney, who specializes in Sherlock Holmes lore. He can be reached at josiahbaker@bkhcw.com.)


A Toll Bridge Is Needed From Soddy Daisy To Ooltewah

I am writing about the critical need for a new bridge from the Soddy Daisy, Hixson, Middle Valley, Lakesite area across the Tennessee River to the Harrison, Ooltewah, Snow Hill area. I know there has been talk in the past, and this need has indeed grown even more severe.   When I bought my house in Soddy Daisy in the fall of 2012, I was astounded to find out that the only ... (click for more)

Pass The Tennessee Wilderness Act

I was recently drawn to a piece by Samantha Lynn urging Congress to protect the Cherokee National Forest as wilderness. I wanted to echo Samantha’s sentiments in regards to the Tennessee Wilderness Act.  I grew up in upstate New York backpacking the Adirondacks. Like many others, I was attracted to Chattanooga by its incredible outdoor opportunities including the Cherokee ... (click for more)

Avocet Hospitality Group Acquires The Read House; Multi-Million-Dollar Renovation Planned For The Historic Chattanooga Property

Historic Read House Associates, LLC, a subsidiary of Avocet Hospitality Group (AHG), on Wednesday announced the acquisition of The Read House in downtown Chattanooga. The seller, Read House Investors, LP , has owned the property since 1994 and entered a sale agreement with AHG in May. Hodges Ward Elliott represented and advised the seller in the transaction. The 242-room ... (click for more)

Judge Says Dyer, Brennan Can Obtain Loans From Friends And Families After Affidavits Are Filed

Federal Judge Travis McDonough ruled Wednesday that two Chattanooga men who were charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission with defrauding a large number of investors can obtain loans from friends and family to pay attorneys and for living expenses. However, he said details of the loans must be spelled out in affidavits that he and the SEC must approve. The loans to Doug ... (click for more)

Streaking Ooltewah Withstands Walker Valley Challenge

Ooltewah coach Elaine Peigen expected a tough volleyball match on Wednesday at Walker Valley. Her Lady Owls got just that. After winning the first two sets, Ooltewah came up short in the next two and held on for a 3-2 District 5-3A showdown in Cleveland to remain unbeaten in league play. The Lady Owls have now won at least 46 consecutive district matches dating to 2012. ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Sweeps Red Bank For 12th Volleyball Win

The Red Bank Lionettes and the Hixson Lady Wildcats both played non-district volleyball matches at home Wednesday and both lost, Red Bank getting swept by Signal Mountain and Hixson by Soddy Daisy. Signal Mountain rolled to its 12th win against three losses, winning easily by scores of 25-15, 25-13 and 25-7. Aubrie Johnson had 11 kills while Nicole Terfloth had 13 digs and ... (click for more)