Daily Archives: January 15, 2015

T3 :: of Sherlock Holmes and the death of “Elementary, my dear Watson!”

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I have not read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s seminal work since I was in single digits.

Yes, I was that precocious child who read Shakespeare and Doyle and Bronte when she was a mere elementary school child. Before you cry “savant”, I must confess that I also read Barbara Cartland novels, so my literary upbringing was certainly not as high-brow as my previous claim implies.

I must also confess that I read all the classics simply because a) I was an introverted child who hid behind the pages of a very thick book during a seemingly never-ending parade of family functions (Filipinos have loads of extended family), b) I only had these books available to me, the Philippines not being a hub for contemporary Western fiction and our school library being woefully under-stocked of such, and c) I was a middle child who craved attention and received it by being “the smart one”.

Thus, I remember reading Sherlock Holmes and feeling smugly confident that I enjoyed the tales at the time, but honestly, I couldn’t for the life of me tell you now which tale is which. Nowadays, my knowledge of the famous sleuth is rooted in film and television, Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch’s most recent interps of him first and foremost in my mind.

So as I choose Mr. Holmes as my Favorite Literary Man, I hope I am excused this egregious breach – choosing the movie over the book. I do promise to reread the book. It’s currently on my TBR pile at work as we speak. And I sincerely believe that the cinematic adaptations of his character have remained relatively true to the original work anyway. (Insert a silent “So there!” here).

Regardless of incarnation, when I think of Sherlock Holmes, I think competent and objective, severe and logical, brilliant and acerbic – all the adjectives I also think of when I’m invoking my most academically professional persona. And when I’m being academically professional, I wear my regulation crisp, white button up, some form of plaid, and a pair of comfortable yet take-no-prisoners footwear. Throw in a tie and a velvet coat for good measure, and you’ve got yourself a kick-ass ensemble, Victorian England style.

And for your perusing pleasure: 10 Most Famous Quotes from the Holmes Stories

Now your turn. Who’s your Fave Literary Man who inspired your sartorial splendor today? Do click on the blue froggy and tell!

 

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – L.L. Bean
Blazer – Daisy Fuentes
Vest – H&M
Pants – Karmaloop
Loafers – Payless

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