5073Re:: Re: SHSI Re: Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot!
- May 7, 2016thank you friends for your kind words of appreciation
---In SherlockHolmesSocietyofIndia@..., <cs_gollum@...> wrote :Excellently put, Mr. Harshawardhan!C. SridharAll that is gold does not glitter,Not all those who wander are lost;The old that is strong does not wither,Deep roots are not reached by the frost.On Saturday, May 7, 2016 8:40 AM, "harsha_wardhan@... [SherlockHolmesSocietyofIndia]" <SherlockHolmesSocietyofIndia@...> wrote:Chiming in late with my thoughts on SH and HP and their relative popularitySherlock Holmes is more popular than Hercule Poirot because Holmes is more interesting than Poirot. Simple.1. Sherlock is young and energetic - we see his career growth in real time, as it were; Poirot is a retired old man and exclusively psychological in his approach2. There's always a possibility that Sherlock may abandon his bachelor status and fall in love with a woman, Poirot has ruled himself out of the romance game - he calls himself "papa poirot"3. Sherlock engages in multifarious adventures of all types; Poirot deals exclusively with murder in a social, almost claustrophobic setting.4. Sherlock has a fawning chronicler who serves as a mirror on to which his better qualities project powerfully, and by proxy, on to us; Poirot, except for a lackadaisical Capt Hastings in a few episodes, needs the narrator to elevate him - a rather tawdry task, given that the narrator has to give proportionate space to all characters5. Sherlock shocks with his eccentric, bohemian and abrasive personality; Poirot is uniformly polite to the point of excessiveness6. Sherlock has superhuman talents and abilities that spring when the situation demands, we have no advance warning that he is an expert in "baritsu" or has written a monograph on some obscure subject or was that disguised bookkeeper till after the fact; Poirot has no talents other than extensive police experience and conversational interrogation7. Sherlock has foibles that somehow endear him to us - he takes drugs not because he's a junkie, but because his mind can't cope with slowness/boredom, he doesn't care about his appearances - he is a man-child in his slovenliness and housekeeping. Poirot is very finicky and fussy about neatness to the point of vanity8. Sherlock has a hidden criminal streak, he is pals with criminal informers, he enjoys burgling; Piorot is always the policeman9. Sherlock has an extensive network of friends- his own brother is a mighty important G man; Poirot is a single operator, often found accepting invitations from old ladies to some party (where a murder occurs....)10. Sherlock has a powerful antagonist who's his equal, a Joker to his Batman; Poirot unfailingly dispatches his villain to jail at the end of each book
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