A Sign of Respect: Holmes and Watson



“Upon my word, Watson!” said Holmes at last with an unsteady voice, “I owe you both my thanks and an apology. It was an unjustifiable experiment even for one’s self, and doubly so for a friend. I am really very sorry.”

“You know,” I answered with some emotion, for I had never seen so much of Holmes’ heart before, “that it is my greatest joy and privilege to help you.” – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot

You can count on one hand the number of times amateur detective Sherlock Holmes expresses verbal concern for his compatriot, Doctor John Watson. It’s not so much that Holmes doesn’t feel, for I believe he feels very deeply, but rather he can’t function in his chosen mode of professionalism if he gives emotion a stronghold. Still, the façade is cracked, just a little, every time he places Watson in serious danger, the type that could actually result in their deaths. It’s the brief moments, such as the one from Devil’s Foot, that show Watson how much Holmes actually cares for him as a friend and a colleague. Continue reading A Sign of Respect: Holmes and Watson


From the Editor


Society is confused on a lot of things, but the one thing it gets right is our need for friends. The adage that “no man’s an island” rings true, not only in life but also in literature, television, and film. Frodo couldn’t have made it to Mount Doom without Sam. Without Watson, we wouldn’t know anything about Sherlock Holmes’ crime-solving skills. Tough issues like growing up, growing apart, and even life-threatening cancer is seen through the eyes of the friends in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

Even Jesus had friends on earth… his disciples, among them “his rock,” Peter. David’s friendship with Jonathan was so bonding that he said it was the strongest emotion he ever felt on earth, beyond even his eros (sexual) love for his wife. Because of this, and because we live in a sex-saturated culture, many try to turn friendship into something it’s not, to take brotherly (or sisterly) love and turn it into eros. A deep, mutual affection without sexual attachments is utterly unbelievable to modern audiences, who fail to understand and see love on any other level than sexual attraction. Continue reading From the Editor