PRINT Summer 1987

The Adventure of the Third Essay

This is the third of a series of articles on sight. The first, “Bagpipes on the Shore,” was published in October 1986; the second, “I Like the Free World,” in February 1987.

AN UNKNOWN PARTY HAS KIDNAPPED the Duke of Holdernesse’s only son. At the desperate urgings of the boy’s headmaster, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson rush north from London to “the cold bracing atmosphere of the Peak country”—the “Hallamshire” uplands where the crime took place. After a preliminary reconnaissance of the grounds where the boy was last seen, Holmes examines “a large ordnance map of the neighbourhood.” Placing a lamp at the map’s center, “he began to smoke over it, and occasionally to point out objects of interest with the reeking amber of his pipe.” He has already deduced that the kidnapping required a bicycle. To the south of the school is

a large district of arable land, cut up into small fields, with

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