Prompt: Who is your favorite character of all time?
He goes by the name of Sherlock Holmes. Nothing more amazing than an intelligent man, but what’s more intriguing is his cynical nature. He is most certainly human, just perfectly intelligent. And it’s comical, sometimes, to see how Sherlock acts with his trusted partner, Watson.
(from ‘The Hounds of Baskerville’ from BBC’s ‘Sherlock’)
Sherlock Holmes: We’re looking for a dog, yes, a great big dog, that’s your brilliant theory. Cherchez le chien. Good, excellent, yes, where shall we start? How about them? The sentimental widow and her son, the unemployed fisherman. The answer’s yes.
Dr. John Watson: Yes?
Sherlock Holmes: She’s got a West Highland terrier called Whisky. Not exactly what we’re looking for.
Dr. John Watson: Oh, Sherlock, for God’s sake…
Sherlock Holmes: Look at the jumper he’s wearing. Hardly worn. Clearly he’s uncomfortable in it. Maybe it’s because of the material; more likely the hideous pattern, suggesting it’s a present, probably Christmas. So he wants into his mother’s good books. Why? Almost certainly money. He’s treating her to a meal but his own portion is small. That means he wants to impress her, but he’s trying to economize on his own food.
Dr. John Watson: Well, maybe he’s just not hungry.
Sherlock Holmes: No, small plate. Starter. He’s practically licked it clean. She’s nearly finished her pavlova. If she’d treated him, he’d have had as much as he wanted. He’s hungry all right, and not well off – you can tell that by the state of his cuffs and shoes.
Sherlock Holmes: [Imitates John] “How d’you know she’s his mother?” Who else would give him a Christmas present like that? Well, it could be an aunt or an elder sister, but mother’s more likely. Now, he was a fisherman. Scarring pattern on his hands, very distinctive – fish hooks. They’re all quite old now, which suggests he’s been unemployed for some time. Not much industry in this part of the world, so he’s turned to his widowed mother for help.
Sherlock Holmes: [Imitates John again] “Widowed?” Yes, obviously. She’s got a man’s wedding ring on a chain round her neck – clearly her late husband’s and too big for her finger. She’s well-dressed but her jewellery’s cheap. She could afford better, but she’s kept it – it’s sentimental. Now, the dog: tiny little hairs all over the leg from where it gets a little bit too friendly, but no hairs above the knees, suggesting it’s a small dog, probably a terrier. In fact it is – a West Highland terrier called Whisky.
Sherlock Holmes: [Imitates John again] “How the hell do you know that, Sherlock?” ‘Cause she was on the same train as us and I heard her calling its name and that’s not cheating, that’s listening, I use my senses, John, unlike some people, so you see, I am fine, in fact I’ve never been better, so just LEAVE ME ALONE!
Ah… I think I’m in love…