My intention to get back to my blog this week was thwarted a bit by my 7-year-old daughter coming down with a virus yesterday. She's still home sick today, but feeling much better. Anyways, having a sick kid, and thinking of my Sherlock Holmes blog, got me thinking about the Holmes case in which he feigns sickness in order to get a criminal to confess: "The Adventure of the Dying Detective." I've always thought Holmes treats Watson rather shabbily in this story. He claims to be doing it so Watson could get Culverton Smith to come to 221B, and he needed his friend to be sincere in his dealings with Smith. Doesn't he have any faith in Watson's abilities? Hasn't Watson proved himself in numerous cases by this point? Pretty crappy, really...badly played, Mr. Holmes!
Incidentally, this case is one that is greatly expanded in the Granada TV adaptation. They took a very short story, and built it into an entire 50 minute episode, in which the actual events of the Doyle story happen towards the very end. Downton Abbey fans may be particularly interested in watching the episode, though, as it features a young Hugh Bonneville (a.k.a. Lord Grantham on Downton), credited in those days as "Richard Bonneville." You may watch the episode below:
I'm a stay-at-home dad, and Director of Music Ministries at a United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet, TN. And a longtime fan of Sherlock Holmes.