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in a brown study

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  • Holmes first appeared in A Study in Scarlet - he and his sidekick must have faded by 1893.

    December 28, 2007

  • No. And the fact that it's not weird is...well, it's weird.

    October 18, 2007

  • Is it weird that, when reading the passage, I had exactly the same thought as reesetee?

    October 18, 2007

  • *tries to come up with a good pun about the study being elementary*
    *fails*

    October 18, 2007

  • You know, if you read this the wrong way, it sounds like he leaned so far back that his chair fell into the next room--which was, of course, painted brown. ;-)

    October 18, 2007

  • From Wiktionary:

    definition: melancholy mood accompanied by deep thought; daydream.

    usage example:

    Finding that Holmes was too absorbed for conversation, I had tossed aside the barren paper, and leaning back in my chair, I fell into a brown study. Suddenly my companion's voice broke in upon my thoughts. — Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Adventure of the Resident Patient", 1893

    October 18, 2007

  • Deep in thought (usually depressing thought), no? That's how I've heard it used.

    October 18, 2007

  • I never heard this one before. Can you give a usage example?

    October 18, 2007