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... and, thinking about 'handled', would an educated English member of the landed gentry have claimed to be able to "handle" his opium habit in the late 19th.C.? I'm not at all sure, but that sounds very 20th.C. to me.
Another word that didn't seem right was 'momentarily'. Holmes says he will do something 'momentarily'. Chambers (10th ed.) gives the word as North American: I cant find it at all in my 3rd revised edition of the Shorter Oxford from the '60s. Anyone know of earlier uses?
How was Holmes and Watson's relationship handled? Just curious, as that relationship is one that I fiercely protect, and am very touchy about.
My copy of this book comes tomorrow...
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