|James Ryder pleads for mercy, and Holmes grants it|
I had called upon my friend Sherlock Holmes upon the second morning after Christmas, with the intention of wishing him the compliments of the season. -- "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle"
For Sherlockians, today might be called Blue Carbuncle Day, "the second morning after Christmas."
Do you ever wonder what happened between Mr. Henry Baker and his wife after he walked off the pages of "The Blue Carbuncle" with his replacement goose? I do.
The poor man had told Holmes that he bought the ill-fated goose as a peace offering for Mrs. Baker. How came he into the dog house? We'll never know the specifics, but we can easily deduce that his offense had something to do with alcohol, of which Mr. Baker was overly fond.
Did his undoubtedly long-suffering wife accept the peace offering, restoring harmony to the Baker household at Christmas? We can certainly hope so. The fellow was contrite. "Besides," as Holmes told Watson after letting the criminal James Ryder escape, "it is the season of forgiveness."