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For Hunter S. Thompson's birthday, the always-wonderful Paper and Salt cooks up his birthday breakfast:
4 slices bacon
4 corn tortillas
1 (14- to 15-ounce) can whole tomatoes in juice
1/4 cup chopped white onion
1/8 cup chopped fresh cilantro plus additional for sprinkling
1 tablespoon chopped canned chipotle chiles in adobo
1 garlic clove, coarsely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
sliced avocado, for garnish
cotija cheese, for garnish
Haven’t read the article, I’m just reblogging for the photo of a squirrel in a squirrel-sized NPR baseball cap.
The phrase “dear me” is used in 25 of the 60 original Sherlock Holmes stories. It appears a total of 53 times.
There is absolutely no point to this post. Holmes just kept saying it, and I got curious. Best not to leave me unsupervised… or I’ll do math based on classic literature. Actually, yes. You can totally leave me unsupervised.
The Sherlock Holmes equivalent of “dear God” presumably :-)
I don’t think Holmes’s ego is quite that enlarged! ;)
More seriously, many of the memorable ‘Dear Me’s in canon are really quite snippy and sarcastic, sometimes threatening, and usually at the expense of another character. It’s perhaps closer to ‘oh dear’ … occasionally in the sense of ‘oh dear, that’s a nice life/reputation you have there … what a shame if something happened to it!’:
At the end of VALL, Holmes famously receives a telegram from Moriarty ahead of news that that his efforts to save John Douglas were in vain. The telegram consists of just six words: ”Dear me, Mr. Holmes. Dear me!”
In NORW, Holmes’s Dear Me is a barely concealed expression of pleasure at an awful (and therefore delightful) case…
My companion’s expressive face showed a sympathy which was not, I am afraid, entirely unmixed with satisfaction.
“Dear me,” said he; “it was only this moment at breakfast that I was saying to my friend, Dr. Watson, that sensational cases had disappeared out of our papers.”
…and the fact that he sees Lestrade entirely out of his depth…
“Dear me! Dear me!” he said at last. “Well, now, who would have thought it? And how deceptive appearances may be, to be sure! Such a nice young man to look at! It is a lesson to us not to trust our own judgment, is it not, Lestrade?”
…which is doubled when Lestrade, having apparently ‘beaten’ Holmes, provides the evidence that destroys his own theory….
Holmes had recovered his equanimity, though I still seemed to detect gleams of amusement in his expression.
…and of course he saves his very cattiest “Dear me” for the villain who has tried to get an innocent young man hanged:
“I fancy that for some few years you will find your time very fully occupied,” said he. “By the way, what was it you put into the wood-pile besides your old trousers? A dead dog, or rabbits, or what? You won’t tell? Dear me, how very unkind of you!
In COPP, another insincere and threatening ‘Dear me’ comes from the villainous Mr Ruscastle:
“‘Photography is one of my hobbies,’ said he. ‘I have made my dark room up there. But, dear me! what an observant young lady we have come upon. Who would have believed it? Who would have ever believed it?’
With CHAS furnishing a similar example from Milverton:
“Dear me, dear me, how unfortunate!” cried Milverton, taking out a bulky pocket-book. “I cannot help thinking that ladies are ill-advised in not making an effort.
In SILV Holmes again ‘Dear Me’s insincerely when squeezing someone for clues via his characteristic method of stating incorrect information:
“Dear me! Why, I could have sworn to it. You wore a costume of dove-colored silk with ostrich-feather trimming.”
Much the same in MISS:
“Then that, of course, accounts for my getting no answer,” said Holmes. “Dear me, how very stupid of me, to be sure! Good morning, miss, and many thanks for having relieved my mind.” He chuckled and rubbed his hands when we found ourselves in the street once more.
In 3STU when inwardly smirking that he knows rather more than his client:
“He must have entered through the door. There is no opening except the one pane,” said our learned guide.
“Dear me!” said Holmes, and he smiled in a singular way as he glanced at our companion. “Well, if there is nothing to be learned here we had best go inside.”
Chiding Hopkins in ABBE:
“Dear me, Hopkins! That is certainly rather against your theory that they committed a murder in Kent last night.”
Essentially, while Holmes occasionally emits a sincere ‘dear me’, it’s more likely to be a signal that levels of sarcastic gloating or amused misdirection are about to go through the roof.
Beautiful job by finalproblem. *salutes*
I used to laugh so much about this. Not once in all the movies does a woman die on screen.
I hope that Jurassic World doesn’t break the canon.
I love doing quick morning sketches, but I hate scanning them, because my crappy scanner totally screws up them up.
Anyway, Joan and Sherlock from CBS’s “Elementary”