Oh, that Snarky Holmes

I'm reading The Valley of Fear right now, and I love the level of abrasive banter between Holmes and Watson. Chesterton was absolutely right about Sherlock Holmes stories when he said, "The best part of it is the comedy of the conversations between Holmes and Watson."

Here are two of my favorite examples from the opening scene:
"I am inclined to think-" said I.

"I should do so," Sherlock Holmes remarked impatiently.

I believe that I am one of the most long-suffering of mortals; but I'll admit that I was annoyed at the sardonic interruption. "Really Holmes," said I severely, "you are a little trying at times."

"...You have heard me speak of Moriarty?"

"The famous scientific criminal, as famous among crooks as-"

"My blushes, Watson!" Holmes murmured in a deprecating voice.

"I was about to say, as he is unknown to the public."

"A touch! A distinct touch!" cried Holmes. "You are developing a certain unexpected vein of pawky humour, Watson, against which I must learn to guard myself."

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buddy2blogger said…
Well said, Rick. The camaraderie between Holmes and Watson is a crucial factor for the phenomenal success of the canon.


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