In ancient Rome, the Palatine was the greatest of The Seven Hills. The city of Rome was founded upon it and later, the emperors themselves built their stately homes upon it. Now, I invoke the ancient name to designate the place where I post silly videos and even sillier pictures! Huzzah!
The villain challenges Holmes to a fight after knocking the detective down. He calls Holmes a swine, but Holmes corrects him: ‘A gentleman! Only a ruffian deals a blow with the back of his hand.’ Holmes then proceeds to circle his opponent using some very fancy, fastidious footwork which prompts ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ of appreciation from the onlookers. Brett himself choreographed his little boxing dance, and it is most impressive. His stance, with his arms in the standard Victorian boxing position, is redolent of the period. Michael Cox was worried about all the elements of this first show, and this scene was no exception: ‘I thought, Gosh, are we going to get away with this? It’s all rather balletic isn’t it? But, in the end, I think we did. Or rather Jeremy did. Well done to him. And of course it echoes something within the story: the straight left against the slogging ruffian. He’s doing the posh kind of boxing against the boorish brute.’