"I am a brain, Watson. The rest of me is a mere appendix."This is a very Holmesian quote, reminiscent of "I use my head, not my heart" from "The Adventure of the Illustrious Client." Most probably, Holmes even thought that it was true. But it wasn't.
-- Sherlock Holmes, "The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone"
The Canon is full of examples of Sherlock Holmes being emotional, even sentimental. A few come to mind immediately:
- Holmes turns down the offer of an emerald snake ring from the King of Bohemia as a gift for his service, requesting instead a photograph of Irene Adler.
- James Ryder in "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" is just the first of numerous villains -- some of them murderers -- that Holmes allows to escape for essentially sentimental reasons.
- On the other hand, he assures Killer Evans in "The Adventure of the Three Garridebs," "If you had killed Watson, you would not have got out of this room alive."
What's your favorite example of the emotional Sherlock Holmes?