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|At Naruhodo's Legal Consultancy
- 2:40 PM
In the attic of Herlock Sholmes' apartment, Iris Wilson and Susato Mikotoba are ready to have tea, but Ryunosuke Naruhodo is acting fairly strange. As it turns out, he has a terrible habit. The road between this flat and the office of Mael Stronghart is filled with various second-hand and pawn shops, Naruhodo feels drawn to them every time he makes the regular trip. He winds up buying something every time he goes, even if he doesn't know what he’s actually buying. He's been getting Sholmes to help explain some of the stranger items to him, but Wilson notes that him telling his form of fun. He once told Naruhodo about a collapsible top hat that was actually a cover for a pot.
Naruhodo's latest purchase is a small, hard, and shriveled up sea anemone. The second-hand shop owner got him with talks of how popular aquariums are in England. But Wilson reveals that aquariums were popular here, not are. Long before she was born, the glass tax was repealed, resulting in a rather short-lived boom for aquariums. It was so short lived because exchanging out the sea water was far too difficult. As a result, many homes and shops have discarded aquarium tanks gathering dust in the back somewhere. Naruhodo actually saw one of those at the second-hand shop, that's how the seller roped him in. They yelled it was just the right time to get a sea anemone, all he needed to do is put it in water and it would be good as new. Naruhodo is determined to buy it some shrimps as friends the next time his student allowance comes in.
Wilson also notes that another fad of the time were "Wardian cases", which functioned as small greenhouses meant to raise strange and exotic tropical plants. Like aquariums, the fad was also short lived. Mikotoba remembers seeing one discarded in her area of the flat, she praises her for noticing; she definitely used one herself, though she had grown tropical herbs instead. While staring at the anemone in his hand Naruhodo notes England has some odd fads. Mikotoba counters by saying Japan does too reminding him of the rabbit fad. Naruhodo would rather not be reminded of that and hopes it stays a secret as part of the Meiji era's dark history.
That all being said, Mikotoba would really like it if Naruhodo stopped buying so many strange things. She points out a small set of scales in the back of the room which haven’t found any use it; Naruhodo replies that he just really wanted a tiny set of scales after seeing the massive ones in the courtroom. He also notes that Sholmes's room is just the same, filled with plenty of random items. Mikotoba agrees, feeling like the amount has increased recently: a blowpipe, a warped metal pedestal with a beryl, a golden pince-nez, and a record with “Norbury” recorded on it in a whisper. Wilson remarks that these are all memorabilia from Sholmes’ various cases and Naruhodo responds that that’s exactly the kind of atmosphere he's going for. Mikotoba's a bit skeptical, since it feels like to her that he’s bought things that are unrelated to any previous cases.
For example, they have two collapsible top hats and there was never a case with that kind of evidence. Naruhodo just points to the first case they had many of the witnesses were wearing one. Wilson says that it’s a sign of a gentlemen in London and without a top hat you wouldn’t ever be considered one. Naruhodo wonders if a top hat fits him, the black hat and the black uniform would go together well so Wilson and Mikotoba get him to try it on, but it doesn’t not fit. The image is too strange. Naruhodo feels that anyone from the Orient would have looked at a top hat and wondered why they put a chimney on their head. Wilson responds that it goes the other way as well: top knots. Mikotoba remarks that most Westerns wondered why on earth people in the Orient fastened guns to their heads. Cultural exchange just works that way most of the time, it seems.
But speaking of hats, Naruhodo thinks Sholmes's hat is also fairly strange. This makes which Mikotoba gets incredibly angry. As a hunter of criminals, Wilson thinks it suits him well enough. But Naruhodo is still confused about why there are flaps in the front and the back, maybe it’s so no matter which way he grabs it, it’ll always look like he’s wearing it the right way. Mikotoba is indignant trying to look up an explanation, Wilson provides one. She says that since hunters usually have to hide in the bush while hunting deer, the back flap is to make sure their neck isn’t constantly poked an scratched. But Sholmes isn’t exactly hunting deer.
Suddenly, Herlock Sholmes himself enters the scene wondering where everyone had gone off to. Mikotoba again remarks that they’re about to have tea and Sholmes is glad he came at a good time. He remarks that he's invented a new detective hat with four flaps. Because Sholmes has carelessly put the deerstalker on before so that the two flaps were at the left and right, but with this new hat he can never be mistaken. This makes Naruhodo wonder he doesn't just where a top hat, a defeated Sholmes wonders why he never thought of that before. Naruhodo says he has one he’s been using as a pot cover, so if he wants it he’s more than welcome to have it.
Holmes takes it gladly and tries it on, only for Wilson and Mikotoba to have merriment and laughter. Wilson is convinced it doesn’t fit him at all but Mikotoba wants him to wear it even if it means the whole world explodes in laughter. Sherlock removes the hat and yells about how he'll always wear his deerstalker. Naruhodo echoes the sentiment saying he'll always wear his school cap. But Mikotoba thinks "always" may not be such a good idea.
- When Wilson mentions glass tax, Mikotoba notes that they are having that "detestable discussion" again. This is a reference to At the British Supreme Court, where they talked with Stronghart and Tobias Gregson about taxes.
- Naruhodo notes that their first case in London contain men with top hats. In The Adventure of the Runaway Room, Bruce Fairplay, Lay D. Furst, Magnus McGilded, and even some of the jurors all wore top hats.
Norbury is the location of the Munro residence in "The Adventure of the Yellow Face", a story in which one of Holmes's deductions turns out to be incorrect. A quote from the end of the story reads, "Watson, if it should ever strike you that I am getting a little overconfident in my powers, or giving less pains to a case than it deserves, kindly whisper 'Norbury' in my ear, and I shall be infinitely obliged to you."