McMurdo’s Camp

July 23, 2009

Sherlock Holmes –Tough Guy

Filed under: Sherlock Holmes — Matilda @ 11:19 pm

This article has been re-written to reflect the release of the new movie “Sherlock Holmes”. It has been moved to the section “Trifling Monographs”, located in the sidebar at the upper left. To view, just move up there and click on “Sherlock Holmes – Tough Guy.”


  1. It should also be noted in the Speckled Band that he straightened a steel poker.

    “He seems a very amiable person,” said Holmes, laughing. “I am not quite so bulky, but if he had remained I might have shown him that my grip was not much more feeble than his own.” As he spoke he picked up the steel poker and, with a sudden effort, straightened it out again.

    Comment by Alan — December 19, 2009 @ 10:29 am

  2. ‘by “metallic argument” Holmes meant using a gun to back up a position in a dispute…’

    Umm, no. He meant coined money: tanners, florins, crowns, sovereigns, guineas…

    The reference is to Mr. Fowler, the fiancé of Alice Rucastle, who succeeded in liberating her from imprisonment by her father, with the assistance of the groom’s wife, Mrs. Toller.

    It is hardly likely that Fowler compelled Mrs. Toller to aid him with threats of gunplay. Toller was passed out drunk at the time of the escape – Fowler’s money having provided the requisite booze. Mrs. Toller says of Fowler that he was a “free-handed gentleman.”

    Comment by Rich Rostrom — December 27, 2009 @ 9:58 pm

  3. For another example of Holmes using violence, there’s “The Naval Treaty,” in which he describes fending off a knife-wielding assailant barehanded:

    ‘”He flew at me with his knife, and I had to grass him twice, and got a cut over the knuckles, before I had the upper hand of him. He looked murder out of the only eye he could see with when we had finished, but he listened to reason and gave up the papers.”‘

    Comment by Abby — January 1, 2010 @ 7:15 pm

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