History Headscratchers / SherlockHolmes

20th Nov '17 3:38:10 AM DoctorNemesis
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* The real answer, of course, is AnthropicPrinciple. If Watson wasn't able to write down the stories, we wouldn't be able to read them since they're from his perspective. Ergo, Watson is for whatever reason able to write them down (and we just need to take a deep breath, remember that [[MST3KMantra it's just a story and we really should relax]], and enjoy reading it).

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* The real answer, of Of course, ultimately the real answer is simply AnthropicPrinciple. If Watson wasn't able to write down and publish the stories, we wouldn't be able to read them since they're from his perspective. Ergo, Watson is for whatever reason able to write them down and get them published (and we just need to take a deep breath, remember that [[MST3KMantra it's just a story and we really should relax]], and enjoy reading it).
20th Nov '17 3:36:41 AM DoctorNemesis
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## If those involved don't want it published at all, Watson still writes it down but doesn't submit it for publication, but may be willing to ask again in future, or at least wait until either (a) those involved who object or would be negatively impacted are no longer around to be affected (either via death or emigration) or (b) such a time that the events recorded are no longer considered scandalous enough to worry about; or

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## If those involved don't want it published at all, Watson still writes it down (presumably to maintain his archive) but doesn't submit it for publication, but may be willing to ask again in future, or at least wait until either (a) those involved who object or would be negatively impacted are no longer around to be affected (either via death or emigration) or (b) such a time that the events recorded are no longer considered scandalous enough to worry about; or




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* The real answer, of course, is AnthropicPrinciple. If Watson wasn't able to write down the stories, we wouldn't be able to read them since they're from his perspective. Ergo, Watson is for whatever reason able to write them down (and we just need to take a deep breath, remember that [[MST3KMantra it's just a story and we really should relax]], and enjoy reading it).
3rd Nov '17 10:25:22 AM Selene011
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**** Sorry if this isn't formatted properly, but as far as I'm aware there has never been a statute of limitations in our (the UK's) law.
24th Oct '17 4:55:08 AM DoctorNemesis
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** The guy ''had'' just had his head bashed in and was literally experiencing his last moments of life. That sort of thing is presumably quite disorientating. We can perhaps excuse him under the circumstances for not quite having the mental wherewithal to make his last message crystal clear or to pick the best possible words to identify his murderer with laser-sharp accuracy.

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** The guy ''had'' just had his head bashed in and was in. It's not like he had full command of his faculties at the time, when trying to reveal his killer he was literally experiencing his last moments of life. That sort of thing is presumably quite disorientating. We can perhaps excuse him under the circumstances for not quite having the mental wherewithal to make his last message crystal clear or to pick the best possible words to identify his murderer with laser-sharp accuracy.accuracy; presumably he was trying his best to reveal something that would identify his killer while simultaneously trying to cope with massive head trauma, brain damage and the gradual slowing of his heart-rate to fatal levels.
24th Oct '17 4:50:28 AM DoctorNemesis
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## If those involved don't mind it being published but don't want their identities revealed, Watson changes or obscures sufficient details to prevent those involved from being identified while still preserving what happened;

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## If those involved don't mind it being published but don't want their identities revealed, Watson changes or obscures sufficient details to prevent those involved from being identified while still preserving what happened;happened, or fictionalises a just-too-good narrative but invents new characters, settings, etc. to fill it;
7th Oct '17 6:36:18 AM DoctorNemesis
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* At least one story directly addresses several of these questions. "The Veiled Lodger" opens with Watson openly saying that he's got boxes and boxes filled with records of cases that he and Holmes worked together to solve, but many of them will likely never see the light of day because those involved have asked him to keep them secret (which, we can presume, also includes Holmes). He assures the reader that he's happy to acquiesce to any reasonable request for confidentiality... but also notes that someone involved with a case has apparently tried resorting to burglary or other unscrupulous methods to get at Watson's records in order to keep the affair he or she was involved with secret, with a barely-veiled warning that if said person doesn't knock it off sharpish the world will soon know rather a lot more about the affair "concerning the politician, the lighthouse, and the trained cormorant" than said person would presumably like. In addition to other examples listed, several stories also note that much of the affair in question is already public knowledge and Watson's just offering another perspective. So we can presume that with the stories that are published, either:

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* At least one story directly addresses several of these questions. "The Veiled Lodger" opens with Watson openly saying that he's got boxes and boxes filled with records of cases that he and Holmes worked together to solve, but many of them will likely never see the light of day because those involved have asked him to keep them secret (which, we can presume, also includes Holmes). He assures the reader that he's happy to acquiesce to any reasonable request for confidentiality... but also notes that someone involved with a case has apparently tried resorting to burglary or other unscrupulous methods to get at Watson's records in order to keep the affair he or she was involved with secret, with a barely-veiled warning that if said person doesn't knock it off sharpish the world will soon know rather a lot more about the affair "concerning the politician, the lighthouse, and the trained cormorant" than said person would presumably like. In addition to other examples listed, several stories also note that much of the affair in question is already public knowledge and Watson's just offering another perspective. So we can presume that with the stories that are published, either:
7th Oct '17 6:35:28 AM DoctorNemesis
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## Being a decent, honourable sort of chap, Watson gains consent from the people involved with the case for him to publish it;


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## If the case is not public knowledge, then being the decent, honourable sort of chap that he is Watson gains consent from the people involved with the case for him to publish it;
7th Oct '17 6:26:40 AM DoctorNemesis
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## If they don't mind it being published but don't want their identities revealed, Watson changes or obscures sufficient details to prevent those involved from being identified while still preserving what happened;
## If they don't want it published at all, Watson still writes it down but doesn't submit it for publication, but may be willing to ask again in future, or at least wait until either (a) those involved who object or would be negatively impacted are no longer around to be affected (either via death or emigration) or (b) such a time that the events recorded are no longer considered scandalous enough to worry about; or
## The people involved have sufficiently annoyed Watson or themselves behaved in a sufficiently dishonourable manner about things for Watson to consider himself freed from any honourable obligation to keep their involvement in events secret.

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## The case is already public knowledge to a degree (as IIRC with "The Noble Bachelor") and Watson's just filling in the details of what happened, in which case the identities of those involved are already widely known;
## If they those involved don't mind it being published but don't want their identities revealed, Watson changes or obscures sufficient details to prevent those involved from being identified while still preserving what happened;
## If they those involved don't want it published at all, Watson still writes it down but doesn't submit it for publication, but may be willing to ask again in future, or at least wait until either (a) those involved who object or would be negatively impacted are no longer around to be affected (either via death or emigration) or (b) such a time that the events recorded are no longer considered scandalous enough to worry about; or
## The people Those involved have sufficiently annoyed Watson or themselves behaved in a sufficiently dishonourable manner about things for Watson to consider himself freed from any honourable obligation to keep their involvement in events secret.
7th Oct '17 6:10:56 AM DoctorNemesis
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** It's admittedly a bit of a stretch, but this case does take place after Holmes's retirement, when his powers were presumably not as sharp as they once were. He might also have simply been distracted by trying to attend to the man dying right in front of him, and depending on the weather the man might have dried fairly quickly if it was a hot, sunny day.

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** It's admittedly a bit of a stretch, but this case does take place after Holmes's retirement, when his powers were presumably not as sharp as they once were. He might also have simply been distracted by trying to attend to the man dying right in front of him, and depending on the weather the man might have dried fairly quickly if it was a hot, sunny day. So this might just be a case where a younger Holmes might have come to the correct conclusion a bit quicker, but older Holmes was just a bit slower on the uptake.
15th Sep '17 8:42:24 PM DoctorNemesis
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** Also, considering that the events of the narrative heavily revolve around India and all but one of the Four were Indian, it's also logical to speculate that the inside man is probably connected to India in some fashion as well. [=McMurdo=] presumably is not Indian nor has been to India, which likely rules him out.
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