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4008Re: SHSI Re: Friendship Day

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  • Binand Sethumadhavan
    Aug 3, 2013
      Though I feel the friendship aspect is something the canon does not
      dwell upon in depth. If I were to rank fictional BFFs, I would rank
      Holmes & Watson way below Harry & Hermione, Huck & Jim and Rebus and
      Siobhan.

      Binand

      On 3 August 2013 09:07, sumalsn <no_reply@...> wrote:
      > Dear Bhatiaji and Holmesians,
      > A concise and neat post which encompasses the bond of friendship between Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. I suppose three adventures in the Canon, i.e."The Final Problem", " The Devil's Foot" and " The Dying Detective" show that the support of Dr Watson was vital in the successful resolution of the case. I quote from the Canon to show the bond between them- "The Adventure of the Empty House"-
      > "Several times during the last three years I have taken up my pen to write to you, but always I feared lest your affectionate regard for me should tempt you to some indiscretion which would betray my secret. For that reason I turned away from you this evening when you upset my books, for I was in danger at the time, and any show of surprise and emotion upon your part might have drawn attention to my identity and led to the most deplorable and irreparable results".
      >
      >
      > --- In SherlockHolmesSocietyofIndia@..., KUMAR BHATIA <kumarbhatiashsi@...> wrote:
      >>
      >> 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
      >> Friendship .
      >>
      >>
      >> An incident from "The Adventure of the Three Garridebs ",a murderous
      >> attack on Watson , is a fine example of the chemistry between the two
      >> friends .
      >>
      >> *"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
      >> revelation "
      >> *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
      >> sincerely .
      >>
      >> 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
      >> companion ."
      >> *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
      >> very conceited"
      >> *Watson - A Study in Scarlet
      >>
      >> *" It may be that you are not yourself luminious , but you are a conductor
      >> of light
      >> 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
      >>
      >> Kumar Bhatia
      >>
      >>
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