PrinceOfSerenity said...Anyways are Holmes and Watson gay? They never really speak of an attraction to women. Atleast not so far.
I read every Sherlock Holmes short story & novel when I was 13, in a "complete" collection my parents got me for Christmas. I eventually replaced it years later, because I had worn it out, and needed a new copy as I continued to reread the stories, always as a bedtime relaxer.
Some months ago an RJer gave us a coded puzzler to decipher. I solved it first under 15 minutes, using the exact same methods Holmes did in "The Adventure of the Dancing Men."
Dr. James Watson did get married, and eventually moved out of Baker Street. But he later moved back in, without much of an explanation. Arthur Conan Doyle was never very good at providing a lot of background on these characters, and what there was could be contradictory, especially regarding Watson. Nothing gay was really present in the lives of these gentlemen of the late Victorian-Edwardian period.
Drug addiction was supposedly used by Doyle to help turn the public against Holmes, at a time when he was getting tired of having to pump out the short stories in installments for a periodical called "The Strand." The addiction also helped to mold this image of Holmes having an obsessive personality, a man so compelled to solve crimes that when none presented themselves, he had to drug himself to survive the idle periods. Holmes says virtually those very words himself.
I'm glad you like them, they gave me a great deal of pleasure. And while I'm not Holmes myself in my observation skills, and our modern world not lending itself to his quaint techniques, I still like to observe closely and surprise my companions with my correct conclusions about other people.