David Hines (hradzka) wrote,
David Hines

SHERLOCK HOLMES: The Valley of Fear

THE VALLEY OF FEAR is the weakest of the long Holmes adventures, because it's not a Holmes adventure insomuch as an attempt by Conan Doyle to make one of his historical novels saleable. You start off with a Holmes investigation, get sidetracked into a boring thing about counterfeiting and unions, and wind up with Holmes again at the end. Holmes and Watson are transparently tacked on, and I really can't recommend it. It's not even worth a summary, in part because I was too bored to figure out what was going on. It does, however, have one bit that's awfully endearing characterization, as well as being slashy as hell:

It was late that night when Holmes returned from his solitary excursion. We slept in a double-bedded room, which was the best that the little country inn could do for us. I was already asleep when I was partly awakened by his entrance.

"Well, Holmes," I murmured, "have you found anything out?"

He stood beside me in silence, his candle in his hand. Then the tall, lean figure inclined towards me. "I say, Watson," he whispered, "would you be afraid to sleep in the same room with a lunatic, a man with softening of the brain, an idiot whose mind has lost its grip?"

"Not in the least," I answered in astonishment.

"Ah, that's lucky," he said, and not another word would he utter that night.

(Say it with me, "Awww, *Holmes*.")
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