[LMB] The Great Detective

Bear Master bearmaster0 at gmail.com
Tue Oct 26 04:23:17 BST 2010


On Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 5:44 PM, Raye Johnsen <raye_j at yahoo.com> wrote:

> > On 10/25/2010 11:08 AM, Anthony Breaux wrote:
> > > My fantasy, probably never happen outside fanfic, is Miles as the
> Sherlock of the
> > > Empire, but Roic, not Mark, as his Watson.  Stories need to be Roic's
> 1st
> > > person POV.
>
> --- On Mon, 10/25/10, Howard Brazee <howard at brazee.net> wrote:
> > Trouble is, in order to not chuckle, I have to get in the mood to accept
> Sherlock Holmes
> > in the 19th century world view.   With modern sensibilities, I don't
> believe in his
> > superpowers - such explanations that someone with a pencil on the left
> must be left-
> > handed, etc. aren't rational.
>
> I do not like the idea of Miles as Sherlock Holmes AT ALL.  My major reason
> was actually explicitly addressed in the modern adaption:
>
> POLICEWOMAN: He's a psychopath.
> SHERLOCK: I'm a high-functioning *sociopath*. Get your terminology right!
>
> (For the record, according to all the dictionaries I've consulted, the
> difference between a psychopath and a sociopath is that a psychopath
> demonstrates criminal tendencies, and as that particular policewoman
> openly expected and anticipated Holmes one day breaking out and starting
> to kill people, she actually wasn't incorrect in her terminology, just her
> assumptions.)
>
> Sherlock Holmes is a sociopath. He demonstrates an utter lack of empathy
> that combined with his other abilities borders on the psychologically
> harmful (eg, in the late 1800s, a woman had VERY limited options for making
> her way in the world and the slightest hint of anything less than utterly
> saintly behaviour would destroy her career.  Announcing a governess was
> having an affair with her employer's husband, in a room full of potential
> employers, even if it cleared the two of murder, would at the very least
> annihilate all her future prospects.  Holmes had no qualms about doing just
> that).  The way he calmly announces his deductions without regard to his
> audience or their reactions is almost criminally negligent (you have a
> murderer, unrestrained in any way, in a room full of innocent people who all
> trust that person to varying degrees and the police are on their way - not
> physically present, *on their way* - and you announce and prove their guilt.
>  Hello hostage situation, or worse).
>
> Don't be blinded by his brain.  Sherlock Holmes is a nasty piece of work.
> It's just that he knows it and he chooses to try, as best he can, to use
> what he's got for the benefit of society.  In THAT he is like Miles.  But
> Miles is a much nicer, kinder, gentler soul.  And don't mistake Roic for
> Watson.  Roic is fascinated by and aspiring to Miles' greatness; Watson is
> fascinated by and drawn to Holmes' darkness.
>
> Raye
>

Maybe I'm being taken a little too literally here.  What I want to see is
The Great Detective, Imperial Auditor Miles Lord Vorkosegan, as told by his
bodyguard and assistant, former policeman Armsman Roic.



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