THE MODJESKA WALTZ
-THE ADVENTURES OF MORIARTY
Ed. Maxim Jakubowski
'The Professor’s jaw was set firm, and there was fierce concentration in his eyes. Even the most casual onlooker would know that he was counting. I decided against reminding him of the need to smile, as I felt certain it wouldn’t help his mood. We managed the corner thanks to my subtle steering - I dreaded to think how the Professor would get on without a guide. He was in the arms of fate, as were his partners.
I had a momentary respite when the first change arrived. The Professor positively had to be pushed away from me. I enjoyed the smalltalk of a friendly young man who claimed to be a writer and wit living in the city, who told me he had witnessed my Desdemona at the Royal and enjoyed it immensely.
Having not yet played Desdemona, I made do with giving him the ghost of a smile.
When Moriarty returned, he clutched my wrist as if it was the only thing keeping him on the floor.'
Irene Adler, repositioned in the starring role, is approached by a buffoonish Moriarty - a man inconveniently coy around matters of the body and in need of finishing lessons in high society etiquette to pull off a diamond heist.
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