The editors remark that it is an under-appreciated story which is a sentiment that I agree with. In many respects this is a classic whodunit involving a small number of characters within a relatively confined space. It is also, in my opinion, one of the best stories from The Return of Sherlock Holmes. This series of thirteen stories made regular use of the deliberate hiding of something or someone. Out of the thirteen The Norwood Builder, The Six Napoleons, The Second Stain and The Golden Pince-Nez all involved something or someone being deliberately concealed. That's nearly a third of the entire series.
|Anna's suicide and the spectacles themselves|
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