As known to many, Sherlock Holmes is the most portrayed fictional private detective written by a British Author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
He is known for his dedication of his craft using his extraordinary powers of observation to solve mysteries of crimes and abandoned cases too complex for an average detectives.
But what will peak our curiosity here is that inspite of his brilliant mind of cracking mysteries, the only thing he can’t solve is the mystery of love. And to quote…
“I conduct myself as though I’m above matters of the heart, chiefly because I have seen them corrode people I respect. But in my candid moments, I sometimes wonder if I take the stance I do because “love”, for lack of a better word, is a game I fail to understand, and so I opt not to play.”
– Sherlock Holmes (CBS’s Elementary Season 2 Episode 12)
Though in his defense of being a man of reason said he had never loved, I would say he arguably did.
He might have fell to a woman he considered his equal in intellect and wit.
She was being projected as an antagonist in the story (A Scandal In Bohemia), the only woman who had ever defeated Holmes to which the only case he’d perhaps failed. Her name is Irene Adler.
Holmes met Adler in a case mission to retrieve a disputed photo in the possession of Adler herself, to which he failed to obtain because Irene outsmarted Sherlock by disguising as a youngster and fled the country together with the item Sherlock needs, passing through Holmes’ extraordinary powers of observation.
She is best described in the short story as THE woman to Sherlock Holmes. He seldom mention her in any other name and in his eyes, she “eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex”.
Though Sherlock Holmes is known to have remarkable courtesy and considerate in dealing with women and showed attentiveness to several who were also fond of him, he was never really involved to them emotionally as near as his admiration with Irene Adler.
Holmes may deny any emotions akin to love for her, but to him there is only but one woman as puzzling and as cunning as her.
With that said, could it be that Sherlock Holmes found The Right One in Irene Adler?
In our modern world, Sherlock Holmes could be any of us, who are dedicated to our own craft, be it our career, work, advocacies or anything we’re too passionate about that keeps us occupied.
Sherlock Holmes may have stated this:
“love is an emotional thing, and whatever is emotional is opposed to that true cold reason which I place above all things. I should never marry myself, lest I bias my judgement.”
– Sherlock Holmes (The Sign of Four)
And this statement may leave you into thinking that maybe it’s Sherlock’s choice not to fall in love because it will just cloud his judgement and his objective nature but the last few words of his statement imply that he considers it.
“…lest I bias my judgement.”
Perhaps, it’s because The Right One still came to him where he least expected it and without him longing for it to come into the scene of his life.
And as it happens in stories, it can also happen to us.
Whilst it still hasn’t, what could be better than to spend our times being single in ways we are most productive and dedicated with our own respective crafts where we are good at like Sherlock Holmes?
We might not have a very keen observation powers like him but I’m sure that we are atleast good and passionate about something.
And while we waste time wishing and longing for The Right One to come into our lives, single people like that of Sherlock Holmes are spending valuable and fruitful endeavors that makes them happy and worthwhile, bettering themselves.
Without realizing that in the process of doing so, it may set the universe in motion and pull The Right One into our orbit where we least expected it.
And like the song of Julia Fordham goes…
“Who’d have thought this is how the pieces fit?”
Because love moves in mysterious ways that even the famous Sherlock Holmes couldn’t even break.
Are you like Sherlock Holmes? How would you relate yourself from this post?
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