Prof. L. Molina English 1102 T/R 9:50 29 November 2012 Sherlock Holmes: An Impartial Defender When talking about Holmes, money is not an incentive to decide if he helps or not to solve a case. There are other factors that makes Sherlock Holmes an impartial defender of justice. He is not an ally of just one economic class. He certainly feels interested in a great case that captive him no matter economic situation. To begin with, in the story “The problem of Thor Bridge” Mr. Holmes is consulted by Mr. Neil Gibson, a wealthy gold-mining magnate. Gibson’s wife was found dead in the grounds of the couple’s Hampshire estate, Thor Place, late one evening. Mr. Gibson told Sherlock that money wasn’t a problem: Let me say right here, Mr. Holmes,- he began, that money is nothing to me in this case. You can burn it if it’s any use in lighting you to the truth. This woman is innocent and this woman has to be cleared, and it’s up to you to do it. Name your figure! (Conan Doyle 1687)
Aciego 2 But suddenly Sherlock said: “My professional charges are upon a fixed scale, I do not vary them, save when I remit them altogether.” (Conan Doyle 1687).
Arthur Conan Doyle in almost all his stories states clearly the position of Holmes about social classes, this is an example: Oh! You meant "spectacularly ignorant" in a nice way. Look, it doesn't matter to me who's Prime Minister or who's sleeping with who. Oh! How? What does that matter? So we go 'round the sun. If we went 'round the moon or round and round the garden like a teddy bear it wouldn't make any difference. All that matters to me is the work. Without that my brain rots. Put that in your blog. Or better still, stop inflicting your opinions on the world. (“The Great Game”)
In this quote Conan Doyle demonstrates one more time that Sherlock is an impartial defender, looking for great cases that makes him feel proud, intelligent and focused. Holmes...