victorian

Holmes’s and Watson’s pet names

(How Holmes and Watson call each other)

Watson’s for Holmes

“My dear Holmes”: 16 times

“My companion”: over a hundred times (I’m refusing to count any further)


Holmes’s for Watson

“My dear Watson”: 94 times 

“My dear boy”: two times (this means exactly what it sounds like)

“My boy”: nine times 

“My dear doctor”: two times

“My Watson”: three times


There is an awful lot of possessive pronouns here, if you start to think about it…

Could they appear more married if they tried??

Even in “Scandal”, Holmes is gay

A Scandal in Bohemia

Holmes about Irene Adler: Oh, she has turned all the men’s heads down in that part. She is the daintiest thing under a bonnet on this planet. So say the Serpentine-mews, to a man.

This is important: he has never seen her: he is only quoting somebody else. So please do not come with “the woman” here… Especially as her fiancee is described very flatteringly by Holmes after he has seen him – and twice:

Holmes about Godfrey Norton: He is dark, handsome, and dashing

Still about him: He was a remarkably handsome man, dark, aquiline, and moustached

Two important conclusions can be drawn: Holmes appreciates Mr Norton’s beauty, but not Irene Adler’s. And Holmes likes moustaches.

(More is coming soon…) 

anónimo perguntou:

Hey! I'm writing a novella set in Victorian England, about a high society heiress and the people she meets during the Season. But It's got a lot of paranormal elements and I'm really struggling to know how Victorians would react because they're all so proper but they liked the Occult right? Was it widespread?

Hey nonnie. Lemme tell you a thing.

The Victorians adored the Occult.

Many people suspect this is because their life was such a strict routine, and while the World around them was changing, their status’, and everyday lives really did not. People were losing touch with nature and the way life had been for centuries. They wanted to feel in contact with something a little… more, you know? The same reason so many people; women especially, took up exploring during this period. People were so curious. 

Being into the Occult was like being into… conspiracy theories, you know? It was something quite a few people took interest in, but not something polite society would always admit to enjoying. You wouldn’t be likely to sit down to a dinner party with your Grandmother from the country and tell her all about it. It was a reputation thing; whatever the person’s actual beliefs, it depended who was nearby as to what was said. 

But it is widely documented that quite a lot of rich and Noble people especially would incorporate the Occult into their own gatherings and dinner parties. Or, they would go together to see, for example, psychics. Seances were very popular. See more.

The type of Occult that was widely accepted was more a Spiritual kind. It was highly romanticized and dwelled on those who had died, as well as mysterious, other-worldly figures. If you were to talk to a Victorian about demons or dwarves or elves I’m not sure how interested they’d be. 

There also seemed to be those who did not believe in anything paranormal yet enjoyed the experience. The thin line between these two groups was hard to gage. Remember that the 18th and 19th centuries birthed the rise of the Horror novel; and, for one thing, vampires. Arguably this began with Burney’s Camilla in 1796. 

If you story actually contains Occult sightings or happenings, then attitudes will likely vary on what was seen or what is being recollected to the characters. To capture all aspects of Victorian ideas, I’d personally include at least three viewpoints. a) that it is nonsense, b) that is is fascinating but only as some kind of joke or entertainment and c) that it could be true, and there is a genuine curiosity. It also depends on what type of paranormal event(s) are happening in your book. Something to do with Spiritualism is a lot more likely to be accepted/played upon. 

I’d recommend looking at some first hand accounts from actual Victorians who claim to have had paranormal experiences. 

Good luck!