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“I have never loved” [DEVI] 

It might seem strange that we would celebrate a holiday about romance with a detective whom Watson called “a reasoning machine.” 

But let's not forget that there was also an occasion when Watson wrote “I caught a glimpse of a great heart as well as of a great brain,” (even if it was the only time).

The fact is, love plays a part in much of the Sherlock Holmes canon, from the deep and true love of Jefferson Hope and Lucy Ferrier in A Study in Scarlet that was made even more tragic by the interference of Drebber and Stangerson.

That was immediately followed by The Sign of Four, another novel tinged with romanticism, as Watson didn't work “a love-story or an elopement into the fifth proposition of Euclid,” but rather met Mary Morstan, (one of ) the great love(s) of his life.

 Again and again, we find clients who arrive on the doorstep of 221B Baker Street with some concern over an affaire de coeur. So what better way to celebrate the day than with some romance-related episodes of I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere and Trifles?

IHOSE Episode 90: Love in the Canon

There are many couples in the Sherlock Holmes stories: husbands and wives, intended spouses, or spurned lovers. There is a good deal of love that runs through the Canon, some of it good and decent, some of it passionate and infatuated, and some of it selfish. Episode 90 of I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere covers love in the canon.

Trifles Episode 7 - John, James, and Mary

Then there was that time when Mrs. Watson called the good doctor by another name. Was it a sign of infidelity on her part? A typo? Whatever it is, it's just a Trifle (Episode 7).

Trifles Episode 61 - John Watson, Ladies Man

We know that Watson had “an experience of women which extends over many nations and three separate continents, but which continents were those? And what did the relationships consist of? Trifles Episode 61 looks at John Watson, Ladies Man.

Trifles Episode 369 - Hosmeric Hypocrisy

Poor Mary Sutherland was led astray by her stepfather, who posed as Hosmer Angel. Sherlock Holmes was outraged, but it didn't stop him from getting romantically involved under false pretenses. It's Trifles Episode 369.

Feel free to browse the archives of Trifles for other related episodes. Are there other instances of romance that you can think of that are worth exploring?