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    Warsaw, Poland
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    Apart from Sherlock Holmes it's Poirot, Jane Austen, feminism, modernism, contemporary literature. Add to that Elizabeth Gaskell, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, D,H. Lawrence, F.S. Fitzgerald. I don't live in the past. I've read books by Liz Trenow, Katharine, McMahon, Victoria Hislop. I read also books about history by Anne Sebba and Anne de Courcy. Type the names of those authors online if you feel like it, maybe you haven't heard of them.
  • Favorite series 1 episode
    A Study In Pink
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    The Reichenbach Fall
  • Favourite Series 3 Episode
    The Empty Hearse
  • Favourite series 4 episode
    The Abominable Bride

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  1. Sherlock goes to Mycroft's office and tells him about Mary. Look at Mycroft's face when he says this if you have access to this episode. It makes me wonder what Mycroft knew about John's wife. Mycroft says assassins like her don't die naturally. I assume she works for the MI6, among others. If she were a villain Mycroft wouldn't have even allowed her to approach John in the first place and would've gotten her out of the country. In another episode Mycroft calls M and that's Bond's boss. No wonder Mycroft works for the government. He has access to an unbeliveable amount of secret documents as far the plot of this series goes. John and Sherlock also behave like criminals at times. Mycroft knows who Ajay is, yet isn't concerned about him. The guy knows something and is a threat to Mary, but Mycroft shows no sign of interest. Ajay could even threaten Lady Smallwood and reveal MI6 secrets! He's convinced Mary's a traitor. Then Sherlock angrily says "not on my watch" which shows that he knows a few things about Mary, others apparently don't. For reference resd my question on Mary shooting Sherlock, but not killing him. Shouldn't Mycroft be interest in a man like Ajay, who after years in captivity may pose a threat to British security? Mary is John's wife. She's pregnant as well and a friend of Sherlock's. Mycroft is Sherlock's brother. Lady Smallwood is Mycroft's girlfriend (at least I see it like that, though it's not explained), so a lot of people are connected to each other. I found this issue to be quite puzzling. It's another example of inconsistencies in the plot of the series. Comments welcome as usual, I mean that's what we're here for! Cheers!!
  2. I'd like to say that we never find out who Uncle Rudi is for example. Why would John text a woman on the bus while being married? Yes, he had girlfriends before the wedding and many literature critics debate if he was a womaniser. Dr. Watson talks briefly in one sentence about his vast experience with women and Holmes says the fair sex is his area of experitise. However, the married doctor/John would behave like a gentleman or decent guy in modern parlance. It's not explained what happened to Mycroft's assistant from season 1 who had a Blackberry phone or maybe it was mentioned in one sentence and now I forgot it. The virus in the data from the special episdoe mentioned by Mycroft who is fat is peculiar. Maybe it's proof that the story takes place in Sherlock's head, but it's not explained. Viruses did exist in the Victorian era, but data as a word was used differently as computers didn't exist then. At Sherrinford the Holmes parents just accept that Eurus is suddenly alive while Sherlock accepts her as a relative and Mycroft just lives. I'm not even sure is she stays in the facility. She escaped from it. Why didn't Trevor's parents look for him? How come Mr and Mrs. Holmes quickly accepted that Trevor's dead and didn't look for their daughter? There's mention of a fire, but for me this was inserted into the plot out of the blue. John gets out of a well without a key to the chains. Sherlock and John survive serveral explosions during the series. They even carry guns though John is in the army. Technically he wouldn't be allowed to keep a gun in Britian this century. Mycrofy also survives miraculously when the flat is destroyed in The Final Problem. There's a lot to think about. About Millverton kindly look my remarks about Mary shooting Sherlock ( I asked a question in January, so it's on my profile) , but not killing him as Magnussen was the target. Sherlock surprised Mary in the process of killing CAM. In the story it's the female that shoots him and Holmes knows this, as does Watson. I make a reference to the orignal story there and give a theory of my own. Thanks goes to Carol for mentioning the Milverton story.
  3. Gatiss has said that though he's a homosexual himself John and Sherlock aren't but some people don't want to believe this. Tea? It's a British custom invented by a lady who was hungry between the 12 pm meal and the 18 meal. Dinner was had at 12 and tea at 5, supper was at 7. Then some time between Jane Austen's era and the 1840's lunch was eaten at 2 pm by middle and upper classes. It's unclear if Queen Victoria's lady in waiting invented tea but it certainly was a lady of noble birth. The idea that it was Queen Victoria's lady in waiting makes a good myth I suppose. Sure, Russians also drink tea as do the French, but the way the British do it is so unique. Now tea in Polish is herbata, from the French herbes, not from Russian. The Russian word for tea is from Chinese (or maybe I should say Mandarin). Poland is always in the middle of one thing or other. A digression. I have nothing against LGBTQ+ people, but I think that confusing Conan Doyle with Oscar Wilde just because they lived in the same decades is missing the point. The Sign of Four was published in 1890 and Oscar Wilde was relased in 1895. Yes, there's " my dear Watson" and Holmes's reaction to Watson being really badly injured in one story, but that's our modern thinking. Few of us can really ask a Cambride or Harvard historian to tell us about the relationship between men in that period. Moffat and Gatiss have said in mumerous interviews that allusions to homosexuality are to be treated humorously, but some people can't accept this. In BBC Sherlock Holmes does have sexual intercourse with Irene Adler and Gatiss has said that himself, but that doesn't mean they're in love, sorry. Many internet users seem to think Watson is lying in the story when he says Holmes wasn't in love with her. Holmes says he hates emotions. In the last stories as Holmes is over 50 there are hints that he observes women more carefully. However, he always seems to admire they're attention to detail. he tells Watson that Miss Morstan would've been a good detective herself! He is a feminst supporter sort of as is Watson to some extent.
  4. I don't think the series BBC Sherlock should be confused with the stories. That's important. Carol's question about the club being limited to diplomats is of interest. In the Greek Interpreter it's not stated what sort of men went there. Neither does the story about the Bruce Partington Plans give clues. All that we know is that the club was for men who didn't like having conversation with others and that talking was only allowed in the Stranger's Room, though why it's written in capital letters I have no idea. This brings me to the next topic I want to start about Mycroft in the stories first and then in the series. I wanted to keep the Diogenes separate from the "spy" issue and the functioning of the club. Thanks for J.P who explained what 1972 means, I had no idea what could it possibly mean. Here's a bit about clubs and female members. Apparently in the 19th c courtesans didn't go to such places, even by invitation. I thought it a convenient place for men to dine with grandes horizontales ( a French term used also in English for the most expensive ladies only the upper echelons of aristocracy could afford) before going to hotel rooms or the woman's house, away from the eyes of female relatives. If the clubs were places for men there must be a deeper reason for this. Still only the Queen is allowed at White's. Will The Queen Consort, Catherine be allowed as well? She won't be a monarch. https://www.theguardian.com/news/2015/apr/30/time-gentlemen-when-will-last-all-male-clubs-admit-women https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/27/to-drain-the-swamp-of-men-only-clubs-there-must-be-a-public-register https://time.com/5706134/the-wing-london-members-clubs-history/ I want to thank Herlock Sholmes for information about existing clubs and what goes on there. Honestly, I'm surprised at how recent the online texts are. I didn't know how much of the Victorian era is with us and that there are streets in London that seem to cater to a male clientelle selling all sorts of items. Carol has some interesting points about who was considered a gentleman in the Victorian era. I never thought about a rubbish collecting business! However, my point was to emphasise that Mr. Gardiner, Elizabeth Bennet's uncle would belong to a club in the Victorian era and would be considered a gentleman in the same way as Mr. Thornton from Mrs. Gaskell's novel would. I doubt Conan Doyle would be admitted to the same club an earl frequented. There was system, maybe someone knows more.
  5. I suppose what separated a gentleman from a worker was the fact that he belonged to a club, you're right. The word "gentleman" changed in the Victorian era. Compare that to Mr. Gardiner being called a tradesman by Charlotte Bingley, though he lived in a fairly large house, two stories at least and presumably had one cleaner. In Conan Doyle's time a gentleman was a man who had manners, but probably wouldn't engage in a duel as these were made illegal in Jane Austen's time, or maybe I'm mistaken.
  6. It was a room where speaking was allowed, that much I understood, but it's the name that puzzles me. The club was for members and women weren't allowed in unless they were maybe courtesans, but I'm not even sure about that. I'm not a historian. The idea that gentlemen don't speak to each other and just read ignoring each other's presence " have no wish for the company of their fellows" to quote from The Greek Interpreter, is beyond my comprehension. In the Victorian era clubs were places where fortunes were lost due to gambling, fights with fists erupted over financial losses, especially as a gentleman claimed another was cheating.Card games were played, alcohol was drunk and tobacco was smoked. It could get quite noisy as far as I understood from 19th c novels or from reading about that historical period. The interiors were richly decorated and I think that by the end of the Victorian era suck clubs weren't necessarily for the aristocracy. Middle class men had their own clubs. Conan Doyle belonged to one. It's main purpose was to discuss exploring. This club was a "poor relation" of the Royal Geographical Society and its members had to have a record of some travelling I read somewhere. Apparently the club was modelled on a real place called The Athenaeum. I understand the Greek reference to Diogenes. What are your ideas about this?
  7. I read the norwoodbulider text too but I can't really imagine Watson in an Egyptian brothel or in the arms of a Parisian courtesan. In India he wouldn't have time to visit a woman of the night with his duties I assume. As a doctor he knew about diseases, though the knowledge of the doctors at that time about anything medical was scant. Doctor Watson seems to be quite celver, he washes his hands. Even in the 1880's a number of doctors didn't do that. Thanks to all respondents. In 1881 Warson wouldn't have travelled round Africa, I disagree. The Suez Canal was the established route, although he may have visted Bombay at some point in his life, but I'm not sure it was necessarily on his way to Britian. Yes, it was common for young man to visit brothels as students and there were madams with places for middle class clients by the late Victorian era. I doubt dr. Watson was a virgin when he married Miss Morstan, but that doesn't make him a Casanova. How many women would he visit as a student of a medical college and then a doctor, though? I heard about that wife in America, but I don't see how that's possible. He never mentiones the States or Mexico. One of the continents can't be South America as he doesn't know basic Spanish. I doubt he went to Australia. It's Holmes that mentions the wife from 1902 in a story written by himself. Him being Holmes doesn't devote much time to her. Sure, Mary is the love of Watson's life. He's impressed with her mind from the beginning of the book. The Sign of Four is a book, but few people notice this. There are 56 stories and 4 novels written by Conan Doyle.
  8. I can't recall the name of the survey, but it was about which persons are real and which are fictional. I think it was conducted in Britian. Here's what I found for those that are interested in the survey according to which some respondents thought Sherlock Holmes was a real character, animate, with body and flesh to put it humorously. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/may/13/michael-goves-claim-teenagers-ignorance https://www.outsidethebeltway.com/winston_churchill_a_myth_sherlock_holmes_real/ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1577511/Winston-Churchill-didnt-really-exist-say-teens.html you need to subscibe to read the Telegraph, but maybe if someone has one they could access the text. I'm just offering different points of view. There was an article from the daily mail, but apparently it wasn't reliable so I didn't post it. However I include a tabloid to balance the views, honesty is vital. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/britons-think-winston-churchill-and-florence-291974 you have to consent to cookies for this one. This is from a different country https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/many-britons-think-gandhi-never-existed-churchill-was-a-fictional-character/articleshow/2756814.cms?from=mdr https://www.abc.net.au/news/2008-02-04/nearly-quarter-of-brits-think-churchill-a-myth-poll/1031856 Enjoy and feel free to comment!
  9. Well put about blurring imagination with the real world. That was my point in asking this question. I even wrote that this fragment appears out of nowhere. Modern Sherlock is outside the car in his famous contemporary coat and then we get this scene that makes us think about what we're actually seeing. I like that coat it's a nice transition from the Victorian coat. It's strange that I wrote how Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character, but it seems such emphasis is needed, though not necessarily here, I hope. There was a famous survey where respondents thought Churchill was fictional! This Prime Minister lived to be 90 and the current Queen even attented his funeral, wow. The difference between fiction and reality has always baffled scientists ever since we left the Middle Ages behind us. I'm glad my question has generated interest.
  10. Hello to you all, I'm confused about the ending of the special and would be glad of your thoughts. When modern Sherlock is getting closer to the car suddenly we see Holmes and Watson talking about airplanes. This scene appears almost out of nowhere. Then we have a nice transition from a street with carriages to a street with buses. That's great. Maybe it shows that Sherlock Holmes a fictional character is timeless.That's how I understood it. I couldn't find a thing about this ending online even when I typed all sorts of things into the search engine in 2017 hoping for some revelations, a few months after the episode aired. What is your opinion on this scene that takes place in a Victorian setting? In your view is it in modern Sherlock's mind palace? If that were so, how would you explain the change of the street then? When the street changes we don't see modern Sherlock in Baker Street, but a view from the window only. Modern Sherlock is near his car close to the airport when the Victorian bit takes place is how I understood it. Oh, I know that the grave digging and the scene at the hospital takes place inside Sherlock's mind palace. He doesn't leave the plane to dig the grave. Sherlock leaves the plane later. The waterfall is certainly in the mind palace. It's hard to decide what's in his mind palace and what's not so I gave 8/10 for the episode.
  11. Thanks for all comments. This is going to be long, though not too long, but I just want to clarify a few ideas. My point is not really to defend Mary and be biased. https://wellingtongoose.livejournal.com/28988.html has some interesting thoughts. I just want some people to see what she's like. For me she wants to let go of her past, be a mother to Rosie, a wife to John and work in a different setting. She's decided to move out of danger. However, her past catches up with her in the form of Ajay. There are reasons why she doesn't want to talk to John and Sherlock, but we're not told what they are. Gatiss said she wanted to kill CAM and shot Sherlock because she was vulnerable. When Sherlock enters the office she's scared and asks if John's with him. At the hospital she's frightened. If she wanted to murder him she could've done that easily without anyone noticinh this at the hospital. I understand why some viewers may be outraged. If we look at the script carefully, we can see why she did some things or why she said certain words. Mary investigates with Sherlock and John for a while. That's why I said that if Sherlock saw her as a threat he'd move her from John's path asking Mycroft to fake a car accident for example. This wellingtongoose user has some interesting thoughts about other issues as well, related to the series. S/he, though I think it's a woman, seems to be a voice of reason online amid all the hatred that's circling around. As for being grey I say it applies to Lady Smallwood more then to Molly. And the idea about Rosie is meant to be ironic, I think. I don't think Mary wanted to murder Sherlock. She wanted to kill Magnussen. Why? Listen to this. Have you read the original story? If not I'm revealing the ending, so make a decision to read more. Who shot CAM? A lady. Sherlock Holmes (not Sherlock, that's modern) knows her name, but doesn't reveal it to Inspector Lestrade. Why? Because he's protecting her. Don't we get a similar disussion between Lestrade and John? Now, why would Sherlock protect Mary? Because he knows she's not the equivalent of a killer employed by Bond's Blofeld. That's why earlier I made references to Poirot and glass shattering. Mycroft mentions the mirror in Sherlock's mind palace. Sherlock in his mind palace says the mirror is complete. When Sherlock enters the room he thinks it's Lady Smallwood on account of the perfume. Lady, see? In the story the woman who shot Millverton was respectable. We don't know if she was an aristocrat with a title, but she wasn't a tradesman's wife, from what I gathered. The issue concerned letters. Didn't Lady Smallwood's husband write something? That's my idea, didn't find anything to support my view online. In the BBC series it's Mary standing over Magnussen. That's a nice twist I think. Look at Mary's laugh when CAM tells Sherlock she'll kill them both. She knows who to kill, why and when. She wants to kill CAM, not Sherlock. Why? She has a conscience. That's why I said that Sherlock lures her to Leinster Gardens to ask her to fill the gaps and takes John with him. Why does he rush out of the hospital? To make deductions before getting both John and Mary to come and make up. However, he needs to Mary to complete his train of thought. That's why he says he'll take the case and smiles at the bewildered woman. He spends a lot of time at Leinster Gardens from what we know because Mycroft and quite a number of people serach for him. That's why I said he uses the facade bit and the police will find my body to get Mary to tell the facts. I compared that to Vivian and how the secretary is unlike Mary. I'm not saying I'm so intelligent. A number of people online claimed that when Sherlock shoots CAM fatally it's sexist because it's a lady who kills Millverton. I disagree with them. The modern Sherlock has flaws, sure like Mary at Leinster Gardens(my original question), but it's quite good. The thing is it requires analysis and it's easier to show hate online then think logically, using plain common sense or grey cells and ask others for opinions. Each episode is a mind blowing riddle, to be sure, well except the first one about the cabbie. You can disagree and I know that Mary's actions might be hard to swallow. Like I said I think she navigates between John and Sherlock more than Molly does. She's a distraction in my opinion and has been in the series for too long. I read online some say it's Mycroft. Not in my view. He gets a lot of screen time sure, but he's not a plot device. Remember that John's surprised that Mary says she likes Sherlock? Does that mean she's manipulative? She's not Eurus, who is a real threat, though a sister too. I also made a reference to the ending of The Sign of Four when Holmes tells Watson that the then Miss Morstan would be good at what they do. The whole concept of Sherlock Holmes novels and stories is based on an intellectual puzzle. Yes, I'm angry that Moffat fails to explain things in the series and Gatiss in interviews, but if you spend 3 months scouring the internet you may find some interesting things. Not being able to find what you're looking for can be irritating, but we have to live with this, I guess. Thanks for your patience. I felt I had to make a longer comment for clarification purposes after reading other remarks.
  12. https://stanfordartsreview.com/2020/12/26/sorry-sherlock-fans-but-sherlock-season-5-wont-be-returning-in-2021-heres-why/ It's not official, but reliable.
  13. It doesn't surprise me that a Polish member lives in Germany. I like all sorts of crime stories. Poirot, Maigret, etc.
  14. One of the reasons I asked this question is to find how others view this scene. You're welcome to share my post on this forum, just state my name. Yes, 007 is a secret agent as well. However he kills people and his bosses criticise him for it sometimes, but he manages to get out of trouble, it's fiction. That doesn't mean he lacks a moral backbone. In one scene Mycroft picks up the phone (can't remember what episdoe) and says M into the headpiece, so I figured out it's THAT M and Mycroft is kind of his subordinate. I use "kind of" especially to highlight the vaguness of what he actually does. My point was that even in Mary killed somebody it wasn't as if she went on a shooting rampage like in a horror film! The men in Magnussen's office were unconscious for a while and Sherlock didn't seem to have pity for the criminal with five dots on his arm. She knows who to kill, why and when. Notice that when Magnussen is kneeling he says to Sherlock that Mary will kill them both and she's smiling. Why? Because she wanted to kill only one man, she's mocking CAM with that facial expression.
  15. Bon Apetit then. I'm Polish and my name is Katarzyna, Catherine in English. However, there's not Kat in Polish as an abbreviation, so this is my idea. Maybe others will write a comment. You can write anytime. I know the transcript. It's great almost like a professional screenplay. I read it on live.journal myself. With hindsight that scene reminds me a bit of Vivian, the secretary. Sherlock is trying to get her to speak, but is too sure of himself. Mary warns him, bu he being Sherlock doesn't heed. Then Mary dies. Yes, I know she died in the stories but not like this with Mycroft, and a bunch of agents/police officers in the room! I thought the Norbury bit was nicely done. Sherlock talks to Mrs. Hudson, who gets more screen time in the BBC version then even in the Guy Richie film. In the Holmes stories you get potential villains saying something like no, please Mr. Holmes I have 3 children, it's not like that I'll explain. Don't send me to prison! When Sherlock asks Mary how good a shot he is he doesn't mean it literally. At this point he knows she called an ambulance. When she says how badly you want to find out it's humour. I find English humour complicated sometimes and a bit insulting, but not here. Also when Sherlock says the doctor's wife is bored, he's provoking her to speak the truth like he did with Norbury at the aquarium. However, Norbury is evil from the start. Mary was an assassin, yes, but she worked for Mycroft and the British Government. Isn't 007 an assassin too? There's a difference between killing people like Blofeld and his cronies and killing because you have to sometimes. Mary went to Georgia to rescue the ambassador and his wife, but Vivian betrayed Lady Smallwood in a way and everything went wrong. It's so easy to say a character shot another one. Thinking and understanding why requires the use of "grey cells" to quote another great detective created by a wonderful lady at a time when women were still seen as decoration. I'm going to stare out of the window now to rest my eyes as it's past 1 am CET.
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