Sherlock as a spy! SH takes on the Germans! Clearly it is pro-British with Sherlock as the quinntessential English hero….I don’t know that the story could be considered propaganda–that is all in the eye of the beholder. Also we are reading it from the benefit of history we know what will come. At the time the author did not have that knowledge. As an American I have to wince at the portrait of the loud, gauche American, but I see in it as a ribbing for some of our American ways.
My favorite quote: You are the one fixed point in a changing age. There’s an east wind coming all the same, such a wind as never blew on England yet. It will be cold and bitter, Watson, and a good many of us may wither before its blast.“
I feel the emotion as Holmes and Watson contemplate the past and another period of separation as John goes back to war as an Army doctor, mirrowing the sacrifices that other families are making for the war effort. This my second time reading it and each time I have been moved to tears. As I read the canon I am surprised each week. Queen and Country. Holmes and Watson.