"by the memory of your dear mother" [GLOR]
A happy Mother's Day to all of the Sherlockian mothers out there. Parental figures in the Sherlock Holmes stories are a mixed bag (listen to Episode 43: Fathers in the Canon for paternal examples), and in looking for maternal examples, we discovered that there were a good number of people who lost their mothers within the 60 tales.
Many of these these motherless children had tragic and heart-wrenching descriptions of their situation. Of note:
- Lucy Ferrier, who was near death in the Great Alkalai Plain, stating "as long as we die we'll be with mother again." [STUD]
- Mary Morstan, who returned to England when her father was stationed in the Indian army: "my mother was dead, and I had no relative in England." [SIGN]
- Julia Stoner, step-daughter of Dr. Grimesby Roylott, stated "Shortly after our return to England my mother died - she was killed eight years ago in a railway accident near Crewe." [SPEC]
- Violet Hunter sought Sherlock Holmes' perspective on her strange experience with Jephro Rucastle, saying "I have no parents or relations of any sort from whom I could ask advice..." [COPP]
- The mother of the Hon. Ronald Adair, felled by Col. Moran's bullet. [EMPT]
- William Kirwan's mother, who was put into shock that "has made her half-witted." [REIG]
- Arthur Cadogan West's mother, described as "the bereaved mother. The old lady was too dazed with grief to be of any use to us..." [BRUC]
So be good to your mother for Mother's Day. Or honor her memory by doing something of which she would have approved. And for God's sake, lock up the firearms.