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Friday, November 8, 2013

Doctor Watson, Detective?

Your scribe with the first issue of The Watsonian

Janis Wilson's speculation, reported here on Wednesday, that Dr. Watson could have solved the Jack the Ripper killings fits neatly into my own thesis.

In "Doctor Watson, Detective?" my essay in the inaugural issue of The Watsonian, official journal of the John H. Watson Society, I answered my own question in the article's title affirmatively.

The argument developed in my six-page article is too comprehensive to repeat here, but essentially I assert that Holmes was too harsh in his criticism and too sparing in his praise for the good doctor's abilities in the sleuthing line. But I also note that he is always a man of action and romance rather than one of ratiocination.

I conclude:

Doctor Watson, detective? He certainly is – just not a detective in the mold of his mentor. With his predilection for action, adventure, and the ready use of his revolver, Watson’s sleuthing style is more Birdie Edwards than Sherlock Holmes.  And wasn’t Birdie “the best man in the Pinkerton service” (VALL)? 

What do you think -- Doctor Watson, Detective - yes or no?

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