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Today’s letter is one of the tough ones–the letter Q. I thought of talking about qualities again, or perhaps quotes in general, but instead I chose a word people rarely use. Q is for Quintessential.
Today, I want to talk about the literary character I admire most, Sherlock Holmes, the quintessential observer. Interestingly enough, the font used for this image is called quintessential.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the books depicting what is surely the world’s best known detective, had a way with words that many writers, including myself, aspire to emulate. Since I write suspense romance, the power of observation, even the smallest detail, can be essential to a story. Over the years, many actors have attempted to portray the wily detective–some have done a better job that others. Some of these I know; others are a mystery. Basil Rathbone was the quintessential Sherlock Holmes just as Sean Connery is the quintessential James Bond. How many can you name? How many have you seen in action? Did you love their portrayal? Did you hate it?
Two nights ago, I watched a new Sherlock Holmes movie, one that touched me deeply. It was simply called Mr. Holmes.
This film really got to me, and I think it’s because it touched on my greatest fear–senility. If we agree that Sherlock Holmes didn’t drown at the hands of Dr. Moriarity, then the quintessential detective grew old. Ian McKellen protrays Sherlock Holmes long past his time. He’s a lonely old man who gave up detective work because of his last case. After seeing Dr. Watson’s version of the case brought to life on the screen, he determines to “fix the inaccuracies” in the story, but there’s a problem–his memory is failing. I won’t spoil the story, but surfice it to say, I was in tears a couple of times.
Seeing the quintessential detective struggle to be the person he was, capable of doing what he did, brings home the nature of our humanity and the fragility of our bodies and minds. To me, Sherlock Holmes will always be the best deductive reasoner– ficitonal or real makes no difference.
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