Good-night Mister Sherlock Holmes

February 25, 2009

To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mark Loper @ 2:01 pm
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So begins the first short-story by Author Conan Doyle about his super-sleuth Sherlock Holmes. In A Scandal in Bohemia — probably one of the best know Sherlock Holmes Stories but not one of the best — Holmes openly admits that he was bested by Irene Adler but there seems to be more to it than that.

What I find interesting is that Holmes was so completely taken in by Irene Adler. Sure she was able to fly from London before Holmes could actually bring the case home but that’s happened before and is even to be expected in the private detective business, but the incident in front of 221-b Baker Street was the most telling:

“We had reached Baker Street and had stopped at the door. He was searching his pockets for the key when someone passing said:

Good-night, Mister Sherlock Holmes.”

There were several people on the pavement at the time, but the greeting appeared to come from a slim youth in an ulster who had hurried by.

“I’ve heard that voice before,” said Holmes, staring down the dimly lit street. “Now, I wonder who the deuce that could have been.”

Forgetting for the moment that Holmes was searching his pockets for the key – which seems very un-Holmes-like, wouldn’t you expect Holmes to have the key ready before he approached the door? – how could Irene Adler have followed Holmes home without his knowledge and then actually speak to him without him realizing what was going on?

In all fairness, Holmes was concerned who the deuce it was but considering he was so embroiled in the case and considering he’d heard Irene’s voice earlier that day, shouldn’t he have sorted it sooner than he did? In fact, it seems as though he never figured it out until the until the next day when Irene herself confessed to have “imprudently, wished you good-night”.

Come on, we’re talking Sherlock Holmes here.

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