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“One night — it was on the twentieth of March, 1888 — I was returning from a journey to a patient (for I had now returned to civil practice), when my way led me through Baker Street.

As I passed the well-remembered door, which must always be associated in my mind with my wooing, and with the dark incidents of the Study in Scarlet, I was seized with a keen desire to see Holmes again, and to know how he was employing his extraordinary powers.”

– Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, A Scandal in Bohemia

My friend: why do you have a Sherlock Holmes book out on your desk and bookmarked?

Me: Oh I needed to find a quote.

My friend: ….. why?

Me: ……

Me: ……. I was arguing with a stranger online about whether or not Irene Adler was meant to be a love interest.

My friend: Oh. She was, wasn’t she?

Me: *licks finger and flips open to A Scandal in Bohemia without breaking eye contact* First of all-

Hey Sherlockians, and also Granadians, I have something for you: ACD’s “A Scandal in Bohemia”, “Silver Blaze”, and “The Adventure of the Copper Beeches” as read by Edward Hardwicke. <3 Before you listen, I feel it’s necessary to tell you that at the beginning Ted dedicates his reading “to the memory of Jeremy Brett.” Do what you need to prepare your heart, and have tissues nearby. I haven’t listened to it all yet, but so far I can guarantee that you will LOVE his voice of the King of Bohemia, or your money back. (And do you recognize the pic I used?) ;)

And, amidst the frenzy of Freddy Frenzy Friday I reached 400 followers! Thanks for having fun with me! :)

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holmes interacts with irene for a grand total of… maybe an hour? he helps her marry her husband, and he rests in her sitting room for a few minutes

that’s it. that’s the entirety of their “relationship”

and yet somehow, here we are, with 126 years’ worth of he loves her he loves her he loves her!

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So I’ve been without my computer for three days, and the genvana penbrush (a new year gift from @tamrius) and my beloved uptable have been keeping me company)) 

One of the many things that could have gone wrong(er) with this singularly badly thought through plan, or happy 163 birthday to one mr. Sherlock Scott Holmes, esq.!))

(ps.: if you’ve noticed a mistake in speechbubbles, PLEASE TELL ME.)

Adlock – The Woman

To Sherlock Holmes she is always The Woman. I have seldom heard him mention her under any other name. In his eyes she eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex.

And when he speaks of Irene Adler, or when he refers to her photograph, it is always under the honourable title of The Woman.

From A Scandal in Bohemia

Watson in Scandal like, So Holmes hates love and would never put himself in a position to enjoy love and devotion and in a totally unrelated matter I had left Baker Street and gotten married and I’m super good at love and totally happy and fine and good without Holmes but like I was passing by his door and felt a keen urge to go in. Not because of any of the stuff I was just talking about but for bro reasons!!!

So this line from A Scandal in Bohemia:

As I passed the well-remembered door, which must always be associated in my mind with my wooing, and with the dark incidents of the Study in Scarlet, I was seized with a keen desire to see Holmes again, and to know how he was employing his extraordinary powers.

His “wooing”? What does that mean? It’s not him wooing his wife, because that doesn’t make much sense in the scope of his memory of 221B. So is he the one that had been wooed here? If so, it’s obviously by Holmes. And that’s such an odd word to use. I know to woo can mean to curry general favor, but it’s almost always connotated romantically, or at the very least meant to sound like an enticement.

So, put another way, “When I passed the door and thought about Holmes wooing me and our first case together, I was seized with a keen desire to see him again.”

That’s adorable. And gay. So very gay. Honestly, how do people interpret lines like this WITHOUT a queer lens? Where do the words go? Even if there is another way to interpret that line, how does someone adequately argue AGAINST this interpretation?

For the week of March 27th - April 3rd, we’ll be tackling two short stories and one of them is a doozy!

The Adventure of the Reigate Squire  (#REIG ACD)

and

A Scandal in Bohemia  (#SCAN ACD)

Reigate Squire is roughly 7000 words, and Scandal comes in just shy of 9000, so I think we can handle it.  

Readers and “scholars” have been getting the relationship between Adler and Holmes consistently wrong for 130 years.  Let’s take the time to give it the reading it deserves.  Be silly, be serious…it’s all fine.  Holmes, Watson, and Adler deserve to have the record set to rights.

(If you have questions about the timeline we are following, check out the link in the header)

Feel free to read at your own pace this week, we will be tracking the tags for both stories and posting what we find as the week goes on.