The Magic That Touches Us All
A quote from the story that first convinced me of the friendship and partnership of Watson and Holmes. Watson could have said. ‘Forget it,’ and rolled over in the covers and gone back to sleep. But he did not, and thus became one of my best friends who just happens to be fictional.
“Chips” aka Ron
‘Come, Watson, come!’ he cried. ‘The game is afoot. Not a word! Into your clothes and come!’
–Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Abbey Grange
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Yes, Chips, that quote does indeed have magic in it for me, more than any other sentences in literature. It is time once again to sit down with the story and enter the Holmes and Watson world. What a joy.
And for me . . . the great reveal of the depth of the relationship–from Holmes’ view–is when Watson is shot. Holmes is shown as caring, emotional; indeed, may we say, affectionate? It is the one bit of dialogue that allowed me to see beneath the skin and to understand that he is not “just a brain.” And Watson: well, he took a bullet for The Firm–again.
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