The Baker Street Irregulars investigate the disappearance of a number of flower girls. One of the Irregulars, Rosie, is told of the disappearances by a flower girl named Eliza, the daughter of an alcoholic dustman. Eliza was recently approached by a gentleman who offered to teach her to speak like a proper lady. Professor Moriarty proves to be behind the vanishings. Eliza is Eliza Doolittle from George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion. The gentleman is Professor Henry Higgins. A boatman named Enoch claims that the Chinese festival occurring in Limehouse during the climax of this novel is to celebrate “New Year or summat.” However, Enoch is incorrect, as Pygmalion takes place in Summer 1899, and Chinese New Year (the beginning of the Year of the Pig) fell on February 10 in 1899. The Moriarty in this book must be the second Professor Moriarty; that is, the first Professor’s younger brother, James Noel Moriarty, posing as his elder sibling.
The Crossover UniverseTM is a companion blog to the books Crossovers: A Secret Chronology of the World Volumes 1-2 by Win Scott Eckert, and the forthcoming Crossovers Expanded Volumes 1-2 by Sean Levin. Material excerpted from Crossovers Volumes 1 & 2 is © copyright 2010-2014 by Win Scott Eckert. All rights reserved. Material excerpted from Crossovers Expanded Volumes 1 & 2 is © copyright 2014-present by Sean Levin. All rights reserved.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Crossover Cover: The Case of the Limehouse Laundry
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