Undeveloped Characters in the Canon
The Undeveloped Characters
Like Mrs Turner, there exist other undeveloped and often completely unexplained characters in the Canon.
One of these is Mercer, a member of Holmes’s agency, described as his “. . . general utility man who looks up routine business . . . .” And, there is the other Mercer, the second mate of Gloria Scott, who is also named as Mereer in some editions.
Mercer would seem to have had a significant function in the agency activities (and apparently in the creative mind of Doctor Watson), but we have little or nothing of him to give further clarification. Perhaps you have thoughts on this character (or other characters) that exist only in the Canonical shadows.
The Income of the Firm
The Firm, with its headquarters at 221B Baker Street, was–in today’s terminology–a closely-held, limited liability corporation, or LLC; otherwise it would likely not have been called “The Firm” by Holmes.
What was the attitude toward income, profit and wealth-building (the primary, if not only, objectives of a corporation)? We perhaps think of Holmes as above such things, but in fact was he? Do we find either direct comments or written, narrative by Doctor Watson regarding Holmes’ income motives? Does Holmes provide clues as to his opinions of money and wealth?
Then, contrast the income, profit and wealth-building attitudes of the other professional in the household: Doctor Watson. What evidence do we have that he either was concerned or not concerned with his practice’s income? How do they reconcile their individual views about money and wealth?
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This week’s Forum concerns the Canonical novels: How do the American settings of VALL and STUD influence your opinion of the novels? Contrast your feelings about those two novels to your feelings about HOUN and SIGN.
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This week’s Forum delves into the various screen and television portrayals of Doctor Watson. If we begin with the earliest Watson’s, including Roland Young and others, move through the Nigel Bruce period, then to the David Burke and Edward Hardwicke portrayals with Jeremy Brett, on to Jude Law, Martin Freeman, and Lucy Liu, can we contrast the Watsons and what each of them add to or take away from our own ideal version of John Watson?
Our own Society Members, Kieran McMullen “Raleigh” and Molly Carr “Brenda,” have written excellent books on the Dr Watson subject (The Many Watsons by Kieran McMullen and In Search of Doctor Watson by Molly Carr). Both are highly recommended to all who are interested in the Watson history. They are available on Amazon.
The key to this discussion is what you think and how you wish your Doctor Watson to be and remain. Please join in the discussion. We are most interested in your thoughts.