The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets by Nancy Springer

By Nancy Springer

We all know Dr. Watson is Sherlock Holmes? right-hand man?so while he is going lacking, it?s a surprise. Even Sherlock hasn?t the slightest clue as to the place he will be. Enola is intrigued yet cautious; she?s nonetheless hiding from her older brothers, and becoming concerned may perhaps end up to be disastrous. yet Enola can?t aid yet examine, specially whilst she learns extraordinary bouquet?with plants all symbolizing death?has been brought to the Watson place of dwelling. Enola is familiar with she needs to act fast, yet can she locate Dr. Watson in time?

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The matron has dealt with many lunatics, but she feels particularly sorry for this one, because he seems as if he might have so much good in him if he were in his right mind. CHAPTER THE FIRST IT IS DIFFICULT TO CHOOSE A NEW NAME FOR oneself. Even more difficult, I imagine, than choosing a name for a child, for one is confusingly intimate with oneself, whereas one is barely acquainted with a baby upon its arrival. Some artistic whim, surely, had caused Mum to name me “Enola,” which, backwards, spells alone.

Oh! ” Hardly what he meant to convey; he wanted her to get rid of me, but she seemed to feel that she had been rude, forgetting to introduce me. Freeing her hands, she turned to me. “Miss, um…” If one is literally trembling with ill-mixed emotion, one might as well make the best use of it. Relieving Mrs. Watson of the necessity of remembering my name, I squealed, “Is this really Mr. ” Simulating great girlish excitement, I hurried forward, smiling, nay, grinning like a skull. ” I squeaked, my voice a full octave above its usual level.

Alternatively, concern has been expressed that, carrying his black bag identifying him as a physician, he might have been attacked by an anti-vaccination mob in the East End. No form of foul play at this time may be ruled out. Attempts are being made to trace Dr. Watson’s movements this Wednesday last, on which day he departed to perform customary calls and errands but failed to return to his home and business in the evening. Cab-drivers are being questioned… And so forth, a great many words to describe, essentially, nothing.

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