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Vernon Lee

I recognized that quote about London from the beginning of A Study in Scarlet

Here's more for context:

“I had neither kith nor kin in England, and was therefore as free as air -- or as free as an income of eleven shillings and sixpence a day will permit a man to be. Under such circumstances, I naturally gravitated to London, that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained.”

So it's actually Watson's voice we're hearing. But how do we know Sherlock at all in the books? Through Watson's voice. Very satisfying indeed!


When I heard that Elementary was going to cast a female Watson I got all excited.
Then I saw the show and how the writers used Lucy Liu and I stopped watching.
Just couldn't get into it.
They need to use her better or just drop the idea.

I've seen the new series of Sherlock already (I cheat) and my head is still spinning.
The last episode is so good and uses London in a way you'll appreciate.

Ian Toll

Yeah, the thing in Elementary about Holmes and Watson basically being cops in all but name bugs me too. One thing, though -- is their brownstone actually supposed to be in Manhattan? I don't remember anyone ever mentioning it being in any particular neighborhood, and the occasional rooftop scene would seem to place it in or around Long Island City (not coincidentally, I suspect, also the home of a couple of major tv production facilities), which only adds to the sense of sense of geographic nonspecificity you also mention.

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