The Inspiration to Keep Going

To All (from on the road):

I always carry a copy of the Canon with me while on a trip. I am researching statements about our beloved Doctor for a future purpose.  I have a few now, however, that I would like to share with you:

“I know, my dear Watson, that you share my love of all that is bizarre and outside the convention and humdrum routine of everyday life. You have shown your relish for it by the enthusiasm with which you have chronicled it, and if you excuse me saying so, somewhat to embellish my own little adventures.” (REDH)

Coming from a less than perfect situation, words like the ones above and so many other words and tales gave me fuel to keep going.

“I am bound to say in all the accounts you have been so good as to give of my own small achievements, you have habitually underrated you own abilities. It may be that you yourself are not luminous, but you are a conductor of light. Some people without possessing genius have a remarkable power of stimulating it.” (HOUN)

Oh! To be able to fit the above description of our Doctor.


aka Ron from Denver

5 Replies to “The Inspiration to Keep Going”

  1. Hmmm–Chips, I wonder if Moffat and Gatiss took the words bizarre and outside the humdrum really seriously when they, shall we say, “extended” the character of Mary Morstan so far outside the canon coupled with writing John’s character equally or even further out of the canon? Cheers, Daisy

    1. I have posted this elsewhere on the internet but Mary Morstan as a CIA-trained assassin who shoots Sherlock to save his life was directly lifted from the William Boyd official James Bond pastiche “Solo”. It is well-know that Moffat is a Bond enthusiast.

      So Chips, which version and what type (paper or electronic) of the Canon do you take with you?

  2. I carry both paper and electronic.. The paper version is the Doubleday 1 volume edition. The electronic is one I have on my kindle. It is listed as a special edition authorized by Doyle Estate. My wife wants the kindle to be my traveling library since it is so small. I can not travel without my Beloved Doubleday edition which was my passport to this Sherlockian world where it is always 1895.

    1. The Doubleday is not light reading and must take up considerable suitcase space. I don’t have an e-reader, but I imagine it must be a convenience.

      1. I agree, “Chips” . . . Most don’t know, but I was an antiquarian book dealer in first editions of Doyle, Dickens, Thomas Hardy and Kenneth Grahame (Wind in the Willows) for a number of years. I recently (just prior to moving to Florida) gave away my entire stock and library of first editions to a young antiquarian. The only copy of The Complete Sherlock Holmes I kept is the 1930 Doubleday, one-volume edition. It has been my constant companion since 1953 when I received it for Christmas. Sometimes you have to free yourself in order to move forward.

Comments are closed.