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And Sherlock Holmes was as British as you can get, with the hat and pipe, with the catchphrases and idiom, with that sturdy almost firm way of carrying himself, of  speaking, of thinking.



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Arthur Conan Doyle
Elementary my dear watson

I remember devouring all the Sherlock Holmes books I could lay my hands on twice in my life. The first time was a wee child, as I got the children edition translated works of Arthur Conan Doyle, and the second half a decade later as I got the full English original compendium and was delighted not only by the brilliant stories but also by the way they were told, the obvious British accent that leaped out of the pages.

I have to say that throughout my youth I was a big anglophile.
I saw Britain, great Britain, as something noble, something that reeks the air of the old empire, old times, good manners, proper behavior, culture, wit. As I look at Britain today I just sigh.

Gregory: "Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?"
Holmes: "To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time."
Gregory: "The dog did nothing in the night-time."
Holmes: "That was the curious incident."

And Sherlock Holmes was as British as you can get, with the hat and pipe, with the catchphrases and idiom, with that sturdy almost firm way of carrying himself, of  speaking, of thinking.

Speaking of catchphrases, yes it is true. The words "elementary my dear Watson" come for the adaptation to the screen and never appear in any of the books, but it is still a great catchphrase , and as Doyle created a character who was so alive and so real, it is obvious this Sherlock character would continue developing on its own wind , after the books are closed and done with.

Sherlock Holmes is now a household name. a brand. What are you? Some Sherlock Holmes? Look at Sherlock here…it is a synonym for a detective, for a master of the inquisitive mind, of the unrelenting journey to possibilities and theories, a journey paved with evidence and half truths. Just like his author was.

My mind rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram, or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation.

I think that was the magical component about Sherlock Holmes, the key to its success, to its fame worldwide. It was Arthur Conan Doyle. And when you write about something you know everything about, it helps. Doyle was Holmes. It was obvious. From the pipe to the cocaine habit, he is as sharp as can be, as unforgiving as can be, as accurate he could be. And it worked.

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself,
but talent instantly recognizes genius

Holmes paved a way to a generation of forensic literature, which even today is represented in the best television crime shows. This might be a place to thank Arthur Conan Doyle for CSI, one of my favorite shows. He wasn’t the first to write about crimes and evidence, but he was the best, and the most interesting.


As a rule, said Holmes, the more bizarre a thing is the less mysterious it proves to be. It is your commonplace, featureless crimes which are really puzzling, just as a commonplace face is the most difficult to identify.


I have learnt a lot from Sherlock Holmes. I even smoked a pipe for a while, but as I looked more like a Russian revolutionary than a preppy English nobleman I gave it up and. Sherlock Holmes was the early version of Plato for me, the way to know the truth is to ask the right questions, and to prove if we really know what we think we know.
If there is one really helpful thing I learnt from Sherlock Holmes is the simple law :

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.