Inspector Tobias Gregson

A tall, white-faced, flaxen-haired man, with a notebook in his hand.

"Gregson is the smartest of the Scotland Yarders."

"They are both quick and energetic, but conventional — shockingly so." (Sherlock Holmes)

Wagner and Covent Garden

“Well, Watson, you have one more specimen of the tragic and grotesque to add to your collection. By the way, it is not eight o’clock, and a Wagner night at Covent Garden! If we hurry, we might be in time for the second act.”
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Journeys end with lovers' meetings

"Journeys end in lovers meeting,
Every wise man's son doth know."
Twelfth Night (II, iii, 44-45)(William Shakespeare)
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Kid gloves

Gloves made from kid (young goat) leather were very commonly worn from the nineteenth to the early twentieth century.

Daily Gazette

There was no Daily Gazette in London at the time but there was the Pall Mall Gazette. The ‘Pall Mall’ was mentioned by Sherlock Holmes in ‘The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle.’
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Sherlock Holmes - Character Illustrations

Holmes was accessible upon the side of flattery, and also, to do him justice, upon the side of kindliness. Read More...

Sherlock Holmes - Deductions

“It opens a pleasing field for intelligent speculation. The words are written with a broad-pointed, violet-tinted pencil of a not unusual pattern. You will observe that the paper is torn away at the side here after the printing was done, so that the s of ‘SOAP’ is partly gone. Suggestive, Watson, is it not?”
“Of caution?”
“Exactly. There was evidently some mark, some thumbprint, something which might give a clue to the person’s identity.”

Sherlock Holmes - Sayings

“Why should you go further in it? What have you to gain from it?” (Watson)
“What, indeed? It is art for art’s sake, Watson. I suppose when you doctored you found yourself studying cases without thought of a fee?”
“For my education, Holmes.”
“Education never ends, Watson. It is a series of lessons with the greatest for the last. This is an instructive case. There is neither money nor credit in it, and yet one would wish to tidy it up.”

Deception practised on Mrs Warren

Gennaro Lucca rented rooms from Mrs Warren, but then left and it was his wife who returned to occupy the rooms.

"The first thing that strikes one is the obvious possibility that the person now in the rooms may be entirely different from the one who engaged them.”
"Was it not suggestive that the only time the lodger went out was immediately after his taking the rooms? He came back — or someone came back — when all witnesses were out of the way." (Sherlock Holmes)

Disc with red circle

Disc with the red circle on it which was drawn by Gennaro Lucca at the meeting of the Red Circle, and meant that he was chosen to dynamite the house of his friend, benefactor and employer, Snr Castalotte.

Black kid glove

Black kid glove which lay on the floor by the body of Black Gorgiano. (It is not clear whether this belonged to Gorgiano or Gennaro Lucca)

Two edged dagger

Two edged dagger which lay on the floor by the right hand of Black Gorgiano. (It is not clear whether Gorgiano was killed with this dagger or whether it was one with which he had tried to defend himself)

Matches and cigarette end

The landlady drew an envelope from her bag; from it she shook out two burnt matches and a cigarette-end upon the table.

“They were on his tray this morning. I brought them because I had heard that you can read great things out of small ones.”

Messages flashed by candlelight by Sherlock Holmes

Holmes had stepped across, had lit the candle, and was passing it backward and forward across the window-panes.

“Your cipher was not difficult, madam. Your presence here was desirable. I knew that I had only to flash ‘Vieni’ and you would surely come.”

Messages flashed by candlelight by Gennaro Lucca

Messages flashed by candlelight from Gennaro Lucca to his wife, Emilia.

“A single flash — that is A, surely. Now, then. How many did you make it? Twenty. So did I. That should mean T. AT — that’s intelligible enough! Another T. Surely this is the beginning of a second word. Now, then — TENTA. Dead stop. That can’t be all, Watson? ATTENTA gives no sense. Nor is it any better as three words AT, TEN, TA, unless T. A. are a person’s initials. There it goes again! What’s that? ATTE why, it is the same message over again. Curious, Watson, very curious! Now he is off once more! AT — why, he is repeating it for the third time. ATTENTA three times!”
“PERICOLO pericolo — eh, what’s that, Watson? ‘Danger,’ isn’t it? Yes, by Jove, it’s a danger signal. There he goes again!” (Sherlock Holmes)

Advertisements in the Daily Gazette

‘Be patient. Will find some sure means of communication. Meanwhile, this column. G.’ Read More...

Notes left by Emilia Lucca for Mrs Warren

Notes left for Mrs Warren by Emilia Lucca.

“Yes, sir; prints it in pencil. Just the word, nothing more. Here’s one I brought to show you — SOAP. Here’s another — MATCH. This is one he left the first morning — DAILY GAZETTE. I leave that paper with his breakfast every morning.” (Mrs Warren)

Long Island Cave Mystery

Long Island Cave Mystery. A case of Mr Leverton of Pinkerton's American Agency rather than that of Sherlock Holmes, Nevertheless Holmes was aware of the case and had heard of Mr Leverton because of it.

The Case of Mr Fairdale Hobbs

“You arranged an affair for a lodger of mine last year,” she said — “Mr. Fairdale Hobbs.”
"He would never cease talking of it — your kindness, sir, and the way in which you brought light into the darkness." (Mrs Warren)

Covent Garden

A Wagner night at Covent Garden.
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Brooklyn, New York

“We had taken and furnished a little house in Brooklyn, and our whole future seemed assured when that black cloud appeared which was soon to overspread our sky.” (Emilia Lucca)
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Bowery, New York

“Gennaro was able to do a service to an Italian gentleman— he saved him from some ruffians in the place called the Bowery.”
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“We fled together, were married at Bari, and sold my jewels to gain the money which would take us to America. This was four years ago, and we have been in New York ever since.” (Emilia Lucca)
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Posilippo, Near Naples

Birthplace of Emilia Lucca.

“I was born in Posilippo, near Naples,” said she, “and was the daughter of Augusto Barelli, who was the chief lawyer and once the deputy of that part.”
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An area of London around the British Museum and where Mrs Warren had her lodging house.
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Howe Street

Howe Street, with its more pretentious houses. Holmes pointed with a chuckle to one of these, a row of residential flats, which projected so that they could not fail to catch the eye.
“See, Watson!” said he. “‘High red house with stone facings.’ There is the signal station all right.”

It was in one of these houses that Giuseppe Gorgiano was murdered.

Great Orme Street

Great Orme Street, where Mrs Warren had her lodging house.

‘A narrow throughfare at the northeast side of the British Museum’ -there is no Gt. Orme Street, but Gt. Ormond Street is not far from the British Museum.

Hampstead Heath

Hampstead Heath where Mr Warren was left after being kipnapped by two (or three) men.

“Two men came up behind him, threw a coat over his head, and bundled him into a cab that was beside the curb. They drove him an hour, and then opened the door and shot him out. He lay in the roadway so shaken in his wits that he never saw what became of the cab. When he picked himself up he found he was on Hampstead Heath.” (Mrs Warren)
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Tottenham Court Road

Premises of Morton and Waylight where Mr Warren worked as a timkeeper.
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Tito Castalotte

“The senior partner of the great firm of Castalotte and Zamba, who are the chief fruit importers of New York. Signor Zamba is an invalid, and our new friend Castalotte has all power within the firm, which employs more than three hundred men.”
"Signor Castalotte was a bachelor, and I believe that he felt as if Gennaro was his son, and both my husband and I loved him as if he were our father." (Emilia Lucca)

Mr Leverton of Pinkerton's American Agency

“The hero of the Long Island cave mystery?” said Holmes. “Sir, I am pleased to meet you.”
The American, a quiet, businesslike young man, with a clean-shaven, hatchet face, flushed up at the words of commendation.
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Morton and Waylight

Morton and Waylight, in Tottenham Court Road where Mr Warren was employed as a timekeeper.

Mr Warren

Husband of Mrs Warren, the Landlady, and a timekeeper at Morton and Waylight’s, in Tottenham Court Road.

Gennaro Lucca

“He had neither money nor position — nothing but his beauty and strength and energy.”(Emilia Lucca)

Husband of Emilia Lucca and murderer of Black Gorgiano.

Emilia Lucca

There, framed in the doorway, was a tall and beautiful woman — the mysterious lodger of Bloomsbury.

Wife of Gennaro Lucca.

Giuseppe Gorgiano

Black Gorgiano of the Red Circle.
“Oh, he has a European fame, has he? Well, we’ve learned all about him in America. We know he is at the bottom of fifty murders, and yet we have nothing positive we can take him on. I tracked him over from New York, and I’ve been close to him for a week in London, waiting some excuse to get my hand on his collar.” (Mr Leverton) Read More...

Mrs Warren-Landlady

Landlady who consulted Sherlock Holmes about her strange new tenant.

Inspector Gregson

An energetic, gallant, and, within his limitations, a capable officer.

Tottenham Court Road

It was here on the corner with Goodge Street that Mr Henry Baker lost his hat and goose.
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Tottenham Court Road

Site of Mary Sutherland’s father’s plumbing business.
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Dr John Watson

Companion and chronicler of Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock Holmes

“Well, I have a trade of my own. I suppose I am the only one in the world. I’m a consulting detective, if you can understand what that is. Here in London we have lots of government detectives and lots of private ones. When these fellows are at fault, they come to me, and I manage to put them on the right scent." (Sherlock Holmes) (Study in Scarlet)
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