Even after all these years, Ser Barristan could still recall Ashara’s smile, the sound of her laughter. He had only to close his eyes to see her, with her long dark hair tumbling about her shoulders and those haunting purple eyes.
Also, I mean, to be very specific, in the story it’s based on, Charles Augustus Milverton - has a very strange ending, where Holmes and Watson break into his house to get the papers back. And this character we’ve never seen before, from another blackmail plot, comes in and kills him. And we’ve always thought, that’s Doctor Watson editing the real story. So we decided to tell the real story. Obviously, it wasn’t a stranger who killed Milverton.
Grit in a sensitive instrument, or a crack in one of his own high-power lenses, would not be more disturbing than a strong emotion in a nature such as his. And yet there was but one woman to him, and that woman was the late Irene Adler, of dubious and questionable memory.