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    elsaf, Brecht

    perhaps I am unusual in my devotion to the Sherlock Holmes stories.  His frustration with women seems to me to be due to their unpredictability, as in "...the motives of women are so inscrutable...How can you build on such quicksand? (The Adventure of the Second Stain)  He hates social BS.   I am inspired by his absence of fear and concern for what others may think in his dogged pursuit of the truth.   He has no illusions about himself, either.  He carefully maintains his freedom to be true to his values.  He has superb discipline (when he is on a case, anyway).  Although he puts mental activity above care of the body, he knows exactly what he is doing, for his art.  His perceptions are completely open on many levels, and he develops in character as he gets older.  He starts somewhere in a case and keeps adjusting as he gets more data as long as it takes to get to the solution.  He has a great sense of humor.  He resists labeling, and it is ridiculous, because he himself would not care what anybody thought.  Doyle had him constantly evolving.

    I have also read these stories over and over and find Sherlock, Watson and Mycroft great company and have learned so much about humanity from them.  Doyle must have been as lovable to create such stories.


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