“the motto of the firm” [CREE]
One of the wonders of the attraction of Sherlock Holmes is that we stand (or sit, as the case may be) in amazement at his abilities.
While we may never have the same skill at ratiocination and logical conclusions, we would at least hope to be able to exercise the same kind of judgment or justice that Holmes did.
As Edgar W. Smith wrote in his essay "The Implicit Holmes,"
"For it is not Sherlock Holmes who sits in Baker Street, comfortable, competent, and self-assured; it is we ourselves who are there, full of a tre-mendous capacity for wisdom, complacent in the presence of our humble Watson, conscious of a warm well-being and a timeless, imperishable content. The easy chair in the room is drawn up to the hearthstone of our very hearts — it is our tobacco in the Persian slipper, and our violin lying so carelessly across the knee — it is we who hear the pounding on the stairs and the knock upon the door."
While we like to picture ourselves in Holmes's shoes — in the sitting room at Baker Street or out on the moor pursuing the Hound — the opposite is closer to the truth: we like to think of Holmes in our shoes.
"That is the Sherlock Holmes we love–the Holmes implicit and eternal in ourselves."
Let's see how it's playing out at Baker Street Elementary...
Baker Street Elementary follows the original adventures of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, as they and their friends work through the issues of elementary school in Victorian London. An archive of all previous episodes can be viewed at www.bakerstreetelementary.org.
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