We in the camp office have observed some similarities between Arthur Conan Doyle and Erle Stanley Gardner, and the characters, Sherlock Holmes and Perry Mason, whose lives and work they chronicled. This activity is related primarily to Holmes, but before proceeding, you should best go to “POSTS” (box upper right) and read the entry for June 9, 2008.
You are now asked to dream up new names for the all the Sherlock Holmes stories (56 short stories and 4 novels). The names should take the classic form of “The Adventure of (the) Xxxxx Yyyyyyy”. The new names should use the alliterative style of Erle Stanley Gardner’s names for Perry Mason novels, such as The Case of the Singing Skirt and The Case of the Daring Divoricee. (More were listed in the June post.)
You will recall there are three Sherlock Holmes stories named in this manner, The Adventure of of the Solitary Cyclist, The Adventure of the Dying Detective, and The Adventure of the Second Stain. Our readers’ assignment is to dream up new names for the other fifty-seven Sherlock Holmes stories using the same alliterative style as used by Gardner for the Perry Mason stories. A couple of examples to get you going:
The Adventure of the Demonic Dog, for Hound of the Baskervilles
The Adventure of the Sulfuric Slut, for The Adventure of the Illustrious Client
The Adventure of the Rescued Racehorse, for Silver Blaze.
Special accolades and eternal fame will be granted to whomever submits the finest entry, in the judgment of Matilda and the office staff. Entries will be judged on alliterative quality, alacrity, tie to the story plot or character, perspicacity(!), and any other high-level property that is demonstrated. If you feel the need to violate the rules a little to achieve the best result, so be it. Make your entry in the format demonstrated above, and submit it using the “Comments” box below. If your entry requires special insights to be understand properly, please explain it.
Your e-mail address will not be published. Submissions will be listed in the subordinate page, “Entries”. You may make one or more entry for each story. This is an open-ended activity, so there is an infinite number of possible entries. Good Luck!