Thursday, November 3, 2022
Article: Thrills and Chills and Postage and Wills; a Look at a Few Aspects of 'The Five Orange Pips'
Leslie Katz recently published an article entitled, Thrills and Chills and Postage and Wills; a Look at a Few Aspects of 'The Five Orange Pips', 2022. Provided below is the abstract to the article:
The paper discusses a few aspects of “The Five Orange Pips": its date of action; the likelihood of Elias's threatening letter having been sent through the French postal system; and the validity of Elias's will.
The story “The Five Orange Pips” (hereafter “FIVE”) was first published in the November 1891 issue of The Strand Magazine.1 It was the seventh in order of first publication of the sixty adventures that together constitute the Sherlock Holmes Canon, all of them written, of course, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Of the six Canonical adventures that preceded FIVE in order of first publication, the first two were novels and the next four were stories. Of the two novels, one was The Sign Of Four (hereafter “SIGN”), first published in the February 1890 issue of Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine,2 while of the four stories, one was “A Scandal In Bohemia” (hereafter “SCAN”), first published in the July 1891 issue of The Strand Magazine.3 I single out SIGN and SCAN for mention now among the six Canonical adventures that preceded FIVE in order of first publication because, in FIVE: (1) SIGN was referred to by name; and (2) SCAN was referred to by implication. I’ll be discussing below the significance of those references.