The end of ‘Black Peter’ leaves a huge question.
We finish the story now, but must take note of
the footnote in Leslie Klinger’s ‘Annotated’:
The sentence from the story: “If you want me
for the trial my address and that of Watson
will be somewhere in Norway — I’ll send particulars
And here is Klinger’s comment on that sentence,
“Holmes’s casual mention of a trip to Norway,
where Neligan’s father was headed before meeting
his demise, is bafflingly oblique.”
I’d add an explanation point to that!
Why Holmes go?
What did he do in Norway?
The mystery ends with a mystery…