Sunday, September 6, 2020

Hot characters of the Sherlockian Canon

After the recent discussion of hot Sherlocks, perhaps we should turn to our much-respected Canon and see what the citizens therein thought was hot and what was not. Being Victorians, they were not like Paris Hilton in her heyday, pronouncing every other thing as "so hot." Yet they did seem to have a few opinions on the topic, from which we might learn a thing or two. What were they?

"He was so hot that I think he would have thrashed Drebber with his cudgel . . ."

               -- Jefferson Hope on a man his was obsessed with, in A Study in Scarlet

"So hot was I . . ." 

              -- John H. Watson, The Sign of the Four

". . . the scissors-grinder, who was equally hot. . ."

            -- John H. Watson, also The Sign of the Four

". . . he was hot . . ."

            -- John H. Watson, regarding Sherlock Holmes in "Beryl Coronet"

"I have reason to think that they are hot . . ." 

           -- Sherlock Holmes, regarding Moriarty's gang, in "The Final Problem"

"I think that we are particularly hot . . ."

          -- Sherlock Holmes, upon himself and Watson, in The Hound of the Baskervilles

"Well, Jack, you are very hot."

         -- Beryl Stapleton, about her brother/husband in The Hound of the Baskervilles

"He has a reputation of being hot . . ."

        -- Mycroft Holmes on Cadogan West in "Bruce-Partington Plans

". . . I was hot . . ."

      -- John H. Watson, looking for "Lady Frances Carfax"

In any survey of the Canon, we're always going to get John Watson's opinion first and foremost, and the preceding quotes do tend to hit him the most. John Watson apparently thinks he himself is hot more often than he thinks Holmes is. This would correspond to the longtime idea of Watson as the looker of the two, the serial lover of the two, and . . . well . . . that moustache. 

Holmes seems to favor the criminal element in what he finds hot, Mycroft likes a young government clerk type, and . .  well, Watson has a scissors-grinder kink. (Oh, wait . . . scissoring . . . grinding . . . NEVER MIND!) There is info here for further investigation, to be sure.

These are actual quotes from the actual Canon after all, whatever the context police might want to tell you. I'm just reporting. It doesn't answer our ongoing questions about Jeremy Brett, but I'll leave those to his stage-door jennies and loyal followers.

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