In The Beryl Coronet, Fairbank is the name of “the modest residence” of the great financier, Alexander Holder. Dr. Watson referred to it as “modest.” He described it :
“Fairbank was a good-sized square house of white stone, standing back a little from the road. A double carriage-sweep, with a snow-clad lawn, stretched down in front to two large iron gates which closed the entrance. On the right side was a small wooden thicket, which led into a narrow path between two neat hedges stretching from the road to the kitchen door, and forming the tradesmen’s entrance. On the left ran a lane which led to the stables, and was not itself within the grounds at all, being a public, though little used, thoroughfare.”
Now, that may seem modest to Dr. Watson. However, compared to the cottage and yard that Mrs . Baynes and I enjoy as our home, it seems splendid.
But we love what we have. No doubt about that.
(Jody Baker is a Chattanooga attorney, who specializes in Sherlock Holmes lore. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)