Sherlock Holmes, a character in the novel Jane Eyre Gets Real, loves solving any mystery. That includes treasure hunts. It was with great interest that he followed the true story of Forrest Fenn, a wealthy art dealer, who buried a chest full of gold coins and nuggets, jewelry and gemstones galore in the Rocky Mountains of #Colorado; he then issued clues via his self-published book, The Thrill of the Chase: A Memoir. Anyone who found the treasure, valued at $2 million, could keep it. Fenn, diagnosed with cancer at the time he published The Thrill, wished to motivate people to pursue adventures outdoors and to instill a passion for life.
The chest itself is a treasure, a bronze box dating from the 12th century, decorated with scenes from the Renaissance poem Le Roman de la Rose, in which knights scaled walls to catch a glimpse of maidens who, in turn, cascaded them with flowers.
On June 6 of this year Fenn posted on his blog that the treasure had been discovered, 10 years after its burial, by a man who wished to remain anonymous. If Sherlock had been younger he might have joined in the hunt; as things stand he sends a heartfelt congratulations to the person who gallantly sought, and found.
Finding the traditional #4thofJuly fireworks might be a pursuit in itself, in a 2020 still impacted by #Covid-19. Sherlock’s new home, #NewYorkCity, has announced that the annual #Macy’s sponsored sky pageant will be held at undisclosed locations throughout the five boroughs, to avoid large groups congregating. Look up tonight and you may suddenly find yourself bedazzled, like a knight in the presence of his lady love.