#6: THE RED CIRCLE (or, when romance and personal ads meet)
Return for a moment to the world of Sherlock Holmes and ‘The Adventure of the Red Circle.’ The story? An Italian opera singer and her husband are on the run from the Red Circle, one of the most notorious and ruthless crime syndicates in Europe.
The couple communicate through the Victorian equivalent of the Craigslist missed connections section—that is, the personal advertisement space in the newspaper (remember those?) but of course the brilliant Mr. Holmes is able to crack their codes and—along with the help of Watson, Inspector Hawkins, and an American inspector to boot—track the couple down whilst unravelling the mystery and trying to save the amorous pair of operatic Italians. It is a great story and the Jeremy Brett/Edward Hardwick version from Granada TV is excellent, check it out.
So what does this have to do with Craigslist missed connections (besides suggesting yet another interesting idea for Holmes story updated via Sherlock, of course?)
Simply that the Craigslist missed connections section can sometimes be used for both romantic and other personal purposes. You can post things to the site which blend the two by inquiring for a general ‘type’ of person to share a specific place, i.e., your home.
Then again, you could always take the Cyrano route and use the medium as a means by which to share your feelings with others in a kind of safety for which indirect communication allows and which likewise does not always exist in face to face communication.
Whether you’re looking to rent out a room or to resolve some love’s labour’s lost, directness and a clear understanding of your objectives, as demonstrated above, can help you ensure all’s well that ends well when it comes to your own Craigslist missed connections experience.
Do you have some Craigslist missed connections stories to share with us?