4006Re: SHSI Friendship Day
- Aug 2, 2013This is a fantastic article; I've been meaning to comment on it for a couple of days now.
Many thanks, Mr. Bhatia!
Sherlock and John - indeed an epic "bromance". The scene in "The Three Garridebs where Watson gets shot and Holmes panics - it is one of my favourite moments. As is the moment in "Charles Augustus Milverton", where Watson refuses to let Holmes go off alone on his burgling expedition.
The bond between those two is something fantastic, and represents the very essence of friendship day.
On this note, we hope to receive an article for the next issue of the e-magazine!
Also a reminder: last date for the puzzles contest (The Five Orange Pips - ref. the e-magazine issue 1) is 31 August. We've only got two correct entries so far, and we have several more prizes to be distributed. So, send in your entries to shsieditors@... and/or shsieditors@... and you can earn the title of "Pucca Holmesian" and win some "handsome" (as defined by one of the most eminent Holmesians in the world) gifts!
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From: KUMAR BHATIA <kumarbhatiashsi@...>
Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2013 07:36:04
Subject: SHSI Friendship Day
A STUDY IN FRIENDSHIP
The United Nations has declared 30th July of every year as ,
“ International Friendship Day “, but in some countries and communities it
is celebrated on the first Sunday of August ( this year it falls on the 4th
of August )
My humble tribute to the Mother of all Friendships ,the one between
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.
As the Canon relates , these two Victorian gentlemen , utterly different
in personality and personal habits are thrown together by coincidence and
circumstance , and become room-mates at , what is now one of the most
famous addresses in the world 221 B, Baker Street .
The saga of their eternal friendship , resonates, even today,
in the hundreds of books ,articles , essays , debates and analysis ,
And in the Canon itself , needless to say, which is not just a collection
of stories about a detective and his biographer friend , but tales of
Mystery , adventure , brilliant sleuthing , bravado and above all
An incident from “The Adventure of the Three Garridebs “,a murderous
attack on Watson , is a fine example of the chemistry between the two
*“You are not hurt Watson “* said Sherlock Holmes
*.“ For God’s sake, Say that you are not hurt ! “
Watson is touched by the concern shown by Holmes
In appreciation of which , he tells his readers ;
*“It was worth a wound -- it was worth many wounds -- to know the depth of
loyalty and love which lay behind that cold mask. The clear, hard eyes were
dimmed for a moment, and the firm lips were shaking. For the one and only
time I caught a glimpse of a great heart as well as of a great brain. All
my years of humble but single-minded service culminated in that moment of
*Watson – The Three Garridebs
The friendship between the two men prevails throughout the Canon , evident
from the many remarkable statements
that they made about ,or to, each other :
Some complimentary, Some critical and Some even sharper !
But the underlying camaraderie prevails and comes through ever so
It is indeed a difficult task to choose , but I will try .
I quote from the Canon , which says it best :
*“You have a grand gift for silence Watson , It makes you an invaluable
*Holmes - The Man with the Twisted Lip
*“I have not lived for years with Sherlock Holmes for nothing.”
Watson – The Hound of the Baskervilles
*“ but it is that Watson has some remarkable characteristics of his own ...
which is his modesty"
*Holmes -The Blanched Soldier
*'I know my dear Watson, that you share my love of all that is bizarre and
outside the conventions and humdrum routine of everyday life.'
*Holmes -The Red-Headed League
* “ It is really good of you to come Watson , It makes a considerable
difference to me
having someone with me on whom I can thoroughly rely “
*Holmes - The Boscombe Valley Mystery
*“ I have so deep a respect for the extraordinary qualities of Holmes that
I have always
deferred to his wishes , even when I least understood them “
*Watson – The Adventure of the Dying Detective
*“ I am lost without my Boswell “
*Holmes – A Scandal in Bohemia
*“ Cut out the poetry ,Watson “
*Holmes – The Retired Colourman
*“ The fellow may be very clever , “I said to myself “ but he is certainly
*Watson - A Study in Scarlet
*“ It may be that you are not yourself luminious , but you are a conductor
Some people without possessing genius , have a remarkable power of
stimulating it “
*Holmes - The Hound of the Baskervilles
To quote two of my favourites , their ultimate tribute to each other ;
*“ Good old Watson ! You are the one fixed point in a changing age ! “
* Sherlock Holmes – “His Last Bow.”
*“ The best and the wisest man whom I have ever known “
*Watson - " The Final Problem
Members who do not find their favourite quotes mentioned here , please
write in .
Wishing all Sherlockians on this "Friendship Day" and do let your friend
(s) know how much you care
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