It is therefore rather amusing (and a tad depressing) when you hear Sherlockians pondering questions concerning the Great Detective. Why did Holmes refuse a knighthood?, why did he use the spy name Altamont? and so on….
|Holmes aka Altamont overpowers Von Bork in His Last Bow|
Holmes’s spy name of Altamont was drawn from the middle name of Conan Doyle’s father. Holmes’s refusal of a knighthood reflects Conan Doyle’s own frustration at having accepted one many years earlier largely due to the wishes of his family (he did not want to accept it).
The point I am trying to make is this. If you are a Sherlockian and you have a question about an aspect of Sherlock’s character or motivations, you would do well to start your search for an answer by looking at the life of his creator – the much overlooked Arthur Conan Doyle.
|Arthur Conan Doyle in 1893 - the year of The Final Problem|