What the hell’s up with 29?
(Warning— Total crack theory ahead which I do not think is true, but it too fucking good not to share.)
In the Bible, John 11:1-44 is the story of the death of Lazarus; of Jesus comforting the sisters of Lazarus: Martha and Mary; and of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. In verse 28 Martha tells Mary that Jesus wants to talk to her. Verse 29 reads: “When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him.”
Ergo, Mary Morstan is James Moriarty’s sister b/c it’s Moriarty, not Sherlock, who rises from the dead.
DUN DUN DUN!
In REALITY, I think we’ve got an actual explanation for the 29 on the Reichenbags.
From Thursday Next: First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde:
“It’s in ‘The Final Problem.’ You can read it yourself, but essentially Sherlock travels to Switzerland to deal with Professor Moriarty. After the usual Holmesian escapades, Watson follows Sherlock to the Reichenbach Falls, where he discovers that Holmes has apparently fallen to his death—and the book ends twenty-nine pages before it was meant to.”
Jasper Fforde blurbed Mark Gatiss’s novel, The Vesuvius Club.
Darkly erudite and fiendishly unputdownable-Lucifer Box is the most likeable scoundrel since Flashman.
I’m thinking the 29 Reichenbags are a nod to Gatiss’s pal’s Reichenbach scene in Thursday Next. I know Gatiss didn’t write TRF, but what’s to stop him from whispering in Arwel Wyn Jones’s ear that he wants some special shopping bags at Barts?
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