I like to think that Sherlock ‘you’re so vain’ Holmes would go into a tizzy the moment he finds a gray hair amongst his curls. He would go into a strop, researching dye options and detractors, obsessing to the point of madness.
That is, until he discovers that the gray at his temples lends him a distinguished air… one that Molly finds more than a little attractive.
Suddenly, the gray hairs don’t seem so bad and he uses this new aura to full effect. On her.
Whenever I watch Sherlock and Molly scenes from ASiB, TEH and TFP (and even the ones from HLV and TLD), I get this feeling that Sherlock can’t really believe someone with a heart so pure like Molly Hooper could actually be in love with someone like him.
“After all, not all the men you fall for can turn out to be sociopaths.”
“I hope you’ll be very happy, Molly Hooper. You deserve it.”
“So who loves you? I’m assuming it’s not a long list.”
The depth of Molly’s feelings for him surprises Sherlock. It confuses him. Scares and amazes him at the same time.
“All those complicated little emotions, I lost count.”
His facial expressions in the Christmas scene from ASiB and the ILY scene say it all.
Molly really punctures his protective shell. But he doesn’t think he is worthy of her love.
Molly Hooper is not the weak one here. It’s Sherlock.