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Hello!

I recently came across the quote below and wondered if anyone could help me find the book title and page which it came from... my thanks!

"I've always assumed that love is a dangerous disadvantage."

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Hi Kathleen and welcome to the forum! :wave:

Is this in the books as well? I know that Sherlock Sherlock says it in S2E1, during the final confrontation with Irene Adler. Maybe it's in the original Scandal in Bohemia, too?

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I don't think it's in the original ACD story...

I think Holmes just says all forms of romantic love are an anathema to him.

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Hi, Kathleen -- welcome to Sherlock Forum!   :welcome:

It looks like besleybean is correct.  I searched Archive.org's file of The Complete Sherlock Holmes [link] and nothing came up.  So the quote apparently originated with the BBC television show Sherlock, specifically the episode "Scandal in Belgravia."  It's been quoted from there a number of times.

Sorry we couldn't track the quote back to Conan Doyle's stories for you!  But do feel free to stick around and join in the discussions -- or post more questions.

 

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Thank you so very much for your thoughtful response and investigative search! ; ) I am hoping to find any thoughts that Holmes had about love for a screenplay I am writing. If you have further thoughts or ideas, I would be delighted to hear them. I have delved into a few of Doyle's books with nothing noteworthy thus far. Are there any specific titles you feel I should read on the subject? 

My thanks again!

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You're welcome, Kathleen!  That's what we're here for, to learn about Sherlock Holmes (and do a good bit of goofing off, on the side).

I'd recommend that you next go to the website I linked to before, and use your browser's search function to look for keywords like "love," "romance," "emotion," etc.  The site is pretty rudimentary, just a big long file of the complete works, one story after another.  So once you find an interesting scene, you'll need to scroll back up till you come across the beginning (and title) of the story or novel.  One other thing, the file was created by a scanner.  So, for example, if a word happens to be hyphenated in the edition that was scanned, it'll be hyphenated in the file (so your search may not find it).  Plus the scanner sometimes misreads characters or even whole words, so there are some typos.  It's accurate on the whole, though, and a very valuable resource.

I assume you've already read the first paragraph of A Scandal in Bohemia (the Conan Doyle novel)?  That pretty well sums up Holmes's attitude toward "the softer passions," I think -- at least insofar as Watson is aware at that point.  But later in the Complete Works, there are a few paragraphs just a couple pages before the end of "The Three Garridebs," where Watson realizes how tremendously Holmes values his friendship.

Meanwhile, I'll quote your request for suggestions on a thread where our Holmes fanatics experts have been hanging out, and hopefully they'll have more suggestions..

 

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Thank you, again, for being so thoughtful! Yes, I did read A Scandal in Bohemia, and I will take a look at the Three Garridebs. I am hoping to use many readings by Holmes in the script through the protagonist in voice over; I have found some gems from books that both my Husband and I own. I think it's time to invest in his entire collection! Thank you for the link... I finally have a moment to peruse.

Best to you, Carol.

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Thanks, and you're welcome!

Do check back here, though.  Some members come on the forum only sporadically, so new info could still be posted at any time.  If you go to the top of this page and click the Follow button, you'll be notified when any new posts are made to this thread -- though you'll also need to be sure your settings are in order (at top of any page, click the drop-down arrow by your user name, then on the menu click Settings: Manage Followed Content, then deal as you choose with the page that comes up.)

Please let us know what quotes you end up using, and best of luck with your screenplay!

 

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Thanks, Herlock.

As you may have noticed, Kathleen also posted this:

On 2/7/2021 at 6:30 PM, Kathleen B. said:

I am hoping to find any thoughts that Holmes had about love for a screenplay I am writing

We've already mentioned Scandal in Bohemia and Three Garridebs.  Can you think of any others?

 

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https://thenorwoodbuilder.tumblr.com/post/61994044448/sherlock-holmes-and-love-yes-youve-read

I don’t know if there’s anything worthwhile here?

The stories do touch on the subject of love but of course it’s other people’s love and Holmes comments are hardly in depth. He rarely lets the mask slip. The Three Garrideb’s one is probably the most famous. There’s also The Empty House where Holmes returns and meets Watson. I think Brett and Hardwick played it perfectly with Watson still feeling wounded that Holmes trusted Mycroft with his secret but not him. At least he didn’t punch him like Martin Freeman.🙂

 

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