Cav: It has been some time since I read A Scandal in Bohemia. However, I do believe that the action of the story would belie the notion that Ms. Adler and Watson ought to be identified as one.
CJV does the BSI great injustice. I'm not a formal BSI myself, although I did attend a few meetings of the scion society in Chicago--Hugo's Companions, one of the oldest in the US. The BSI is one large shared jest, founded on a shared appreciation for Conan Doyle's singular genius. (He is the literary agent, as you well know.) A large proportion of BSIs are professionals; a condition of formal entrance is an examination of the Canon and presenting an original paper on some aspect of the Canon. Quite different from the commonly heald view of Trekkies. Heck, CJV didn't even get that right--the preferred term is Trekker.
I fear that you all are not taking Stout's essay in the spirit in which it was written. If you are going to refute it, cite chapter and verse, and do not indulge in extra-textual speculation.
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