For years, the end credits for ‘Masterpiece Mystery’ has contained word puzzles – a series of random letters are colored red and when lined up they spell out a word or three which have some relevance to the episode just seen. (There have been times when they served as a little preview clue to the upcoming episode.)
I don’t know why, but I’ve always enjoyed most the ones to be found in episodes of ‘Endeavour’ and ‘Sherlock’.
Let’s take a look at the word puzzle from the most recent episode (in the US, that is) of ‘Endeavour’ – “Pylon” (S06E01). I also apologize for the quality of my screen shots. For some reason, the red letters tended to wash out, so I circled them.
At one point, a little girl in the episode was seen reading Ms. Sewell’s claim to literary fame – “Black Beauty”.
While living in Old Catton, Sewell wrote the manuscript of “Black Beauty” – in the period between 1871 and 1877. During this time her health was declining; she was often so weak that she was confined to her bed. Writing was a challenge. She dictated the text to her mother and from 1876 began to write on slips of paper which her mother then transcribed.
Sewell sold the novel to Norwich publisher Jarroldson 24 November 1877, when she was 57 years old. She received a single payment of ₤40 (£3,456 or US $4,630 in 2017) and the book was published the same year.
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