THE QUEEN IS DEAD - Song 7: THE BOY WITH THE THORN IN HIS SIDE



1859: Arthur Conan Doyle (the creator of Sherlock Holmes) is born May 22. ...

1959: On the 100th anniversary of Doyle's birth,  Morrissey is born May 22. ...




  
Arthur Conan Doyle was born May 22, 1859.  Morrissey was born May 22, 1959. ...                         




In the only 2 verses in song 2 on side 2 of the vinyl edition of THE QUEEN IS DEAD, Morrissey's lyrics feature these elements: 


"thorn in his side"

"murderous desire" 

"plundering desire"
(to plunder means to rob)



In his 2nd Sherlock Holmes novel,
THE SIGN OF THE FOUR, Arthur Conan Doyle constructs a mystery around these elements:


"a long dark thorn stuck in the skin just above the ear" 

"It means murder" 

"They have robbed him of the treasure"
 (robbed means plundered)
 




 
In his only 2 verses to song 2 on side 2 of THE QUEEN IS DEAD, Morrissey combines these elements: "the thorn in his side" and "a murderous desire" and "a plundering desire." (To plunder means to rob). 
In his 2nd Sherlock Holmes novel, Arthur Conan Doyle combines these elements: "a long, dark thorn stuck in the skin just above the ear" and "It means murder" and "They have robbed him of the treasure!" ...




While dining in a hotel on the night of August 30, Arthur Conan Doyle was commissioned to write, THE SIGN OF THE FOUR. ... 

After dining in a hotel on the night of August 30, Princess Diana suffers a car crash and she later dies at precisely FOUR a.m. ...   





On the night of August 30, while dining in a hotel restaurant, Arthur Conan Doyle was commisioned to write THE SIGN OF THE FOUR.
On the night of August 30, after dining in a hotel restaurant, Princess Diana suffers a car crash and she dies hours later at exactly FOUR a.m. ...




Morrissey has the same birthday as Arthur Conan Doyle and in Song 5 of THE QUEEN IS DEAD he sides with Wilde. ... 

On the night that Arthur Conan Doyle is contracted to write the novel, THE SIGN OF THE FOUR, he dines with Wilde:


On August 30, 1889, Philadelphia publisher Joseph M. Stoddart, managing editor of Lippincott's Monthly Magazine,
invited a few guests to dinner at the Langham Hotel in London.  Among them were two promising young writers:
Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde.

As a result of that evening, Doyle contributed to Lippincott's his second Sherlock Holmes story, "The Sign of Four."
Wilde published his first version of The Picture of Dorian Gray in the magazine's July 1890 issue.


- CLIFF'S NOTES: THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY




 
Morrissey was born on Arthur Conan Doyle's birthday.  In song five on THE QUEEN IS DEAD, Morrissey sides with Oscar Wilde.
On the same night that he's contracted to write the novel THE SIGN OF THE FOUR,  Arthur Conan Doyle dines with Oscar Wilde.    



THE DIANA-MORRISSEY PHENOMENON