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Frankland, elderly legal enthusiast whom you can also
find in his own digs at Lafter
Hall, can also be seen in these previous issues of Electro-Graphic
Monthly courtesy of his literary agent David Richardson:
2004 . . .
Mr. Frankland's Letter of Introduction
2004 . . .
Mr. Frankland disagrees with Dr. Watson
Letter From Mr. Frankland
Regarding Love and Marriage
Ladies and gentlemen of
the Dark Lantern League, as well as distinguished associates thereof
I repeat the address of
a communication I received from one Lord Ellefont Appledore, a clearly
forged name and title if I ever heard one. His cause: extra-British
marriage. What he apparently means by this is English women marrying
foreign men. (I have to say, I do not understand the phase 'extra-British'
-- if one is British one is, and there's and end to it -- one might
as well say 'extra-virgin.')
The ways of love are strange.
My daughter married a rascal who left her after he had used her.
I had tried to steer her away, but she saw it as unwanted interference,
and for a few years we were estranged. As luck would have it, that
was when Sir Henry came back and Dr. Watson showed up (and perpetrated
his calumnies against me).
My experience has led me
to conclude that speaking out against a marriage is almost the surest
way one can insure that it will take place. I do think that English
women should marry English men, but dark handsome strangers do seem
to appeal to young women.
I am ...