It is remarkable just how often they end up in opera houses/theatres/restaurants. Also, note that Holmes is the one who always invites Watson. We know that he is a music enthusiast, but would it really be necessary to take Watson along if they were only friends (opera together? pretty intimate…), and is he not the one who does not care about eating? So why are they always having fancy dinners/nights out?
Augustus Milverton, 1885-1888?
and I put on our dress-clothes, so that we might appear to be two
theatre-goers homeward bound.
BBC Sherlock, it is official that Sherlock sees crime scenes as
dates. In the ACD canon, Holmes makes Watson wear elegant clothes for
breaking into CAM’s house.
Cardboard Box, 1888
us to some decent hotel, cabby, where we may have some lunch, and
afterwards we shall drop down upon friend Lestrade at the police
had a pleasant little meal together […] and we sat for an hour over a
bottle of claret while he told me anecdote after anecdote of that
extraordinary man [Paganini].
and claret, and it is “late in the afternoon” when they continue
with the investigation.
Hound of the Baskervilles, 1889
now, my dear Watson, we have had some weeks of severe work, and for
one evening, I think, we may turn our thoughts into more pleasant
channels. I have a box for ’Les Huguenots.’ Have you heard the De
Reszkes? Might I trouble you then to be ready in half an hour, and we
can stop at Marcini’s for a little dinner on the way?
dinner and an opera…
Red-Headed League, 1890
put on your hat and come. I am going through the City first, and we
can have some lunch on the way. I observe that there is a good deal
of German music on the programme, which is rather more to my taste
than Italian or French. It is introspective, and I want to
introspect. Come along![…] And
now, Doctor, we’ve done our work, so it’s time we had some play.
A sandwich and a cup of coffee, and then off to violin-land, where
all is sweetness and delicacy and harmony, and there are no
red-headed clients to vex us with their conundrums.
they have to hurry to get to the opera on time, but they do and
Watson later describes Holmes thus:
the afternoon he sat in the stalls wrapped in the most perfect
happiness, gently waving his long, thin fingers in time to the music,
while his gently smiling face and his languid, dreamy eyes were […]
unlike those of Holmes the sleuth-hound
Dying Detective, 1890
you, Watson, you must help me on with my coat. When we have finished
at the police station I think that something nutritious at Simpson’s
would not be out of place.
was one of the most exclusive (and expensive) restaurants/hotels in
London. It still exists and still keeps its old fame. So Holmes is
treating Watson to an elegant dinner. Huh.
Blue Carbuncle, 1890
you will have the goodness to touch the bell, Doctor, we will begin
another investigation, in which, also a bird will be the chief
do not go out, but a) this is Boxing Day and b) Watson’s supposedly
married at the time. I mean, his wife is never mentioned, but it is
1890. (I rest my case.)
Retired Colourman, 1898
leave it there, Watson. Let us escape from this weary workaday world
by the side door of music. Carina sings to-night at the Albert Hall,
and we still have time to dress, dine, and enjoy.
dine, and enjoy”? This is starting to get ridiculously obvious.
Illustrious Client, 1902
did not see Holmes again until the following evening when we dined
once more at our Strand restaurant.
This is too sweet.
Red Circle, 1902?
the way, it is not eight o’clock, and a Wagner night at Covent
Garden! If we hurry, we might be in time for the second act.
is nice to see that over 20 years after meeting each other they still
go to the opera together. They are an old married couple. A happy
one. The happiest I have ever read about, in fact.