The Parsley In The Butter

Googling for a phrase that crossed my mind, looking to see whether it had been used before, I came across a quote from Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Adventure of the Six Napoleons’

You will remember, Watson, how the dreadful business of the Abernetty family was first brought to my notice by the depth to which the parsley had sunk into the butter upon a hot day.

I can imagine a smile and a rumbling laugh lighting up Conan Doyle’s face as he dreamed up that wonderful sentence.

Here is the sentence again, with the sentence before it to give it a bit more context.

The affair seems absurdly trifling, and yet I dare call nothing trivial when I reflect that some of my most classic cases have had the least promising commencement. You will remember, Watson, how the dreadful business of the Abernetty family was first brought to my notice by the depth to which the parsley had sunk into the butter upon a hot day.

Mulberry 1608

To get to your destination, enter Christ’s College via the door in the Great Gate on St. Andrew’s Street. Walk around the green and to an arch in the Fellow’s Building at the far right corner.

Go through that into the Fellows’ Garden.

Walk directly across the grass or follow the path either way around to the far end. There, there are two mulberry trees, the older of which was planted in 1608 and both of which still fruit every year.

Here’s a close-up, deep in the mound: