Dr. Watson - Wikipedia
Stamford is surprised as Watson is the second to the Barts hospital and he met Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock didn't want me to write up this case for reasons that will become I was taken to Battersea Power Station where I met Irene Adler. John H. Watson, known as Dr Watson, is a fictional character in the Sherlock Holmes stories by . details of the case and Holmes's extraordinary range of recondite, specialised knowledge, Watson meets with limited success in other cases.
Honestly, I cannot congratulate you upon it. Detection is, or ought to be, an exact science and should be treated in the same cold and unemotional manner. You have attempted to tinge it with romanticism The only point in the case which deserved mention was the curious analytical reasoning from effects to causes, by which I succeeded in unravelling it"; whereupon Watson admits, "I was annoyed at this criticism of a work which had been specially designed to please him.
I confess, too, that I was irritated by the egotism which seemed to demand that every line of my pamphlet should be devoted to his own special doings". Sometimes Watson and through him, Conan Doyle seems determined to stop publishing stories about Holmes: Despite this, it was succeeded by twenty other stories.
In the later stories, written after Holmes's retirement c.
John H. Watson
So long as he was in actual professional practice the records of his successes were of some practical value to him, but since he has definitely retired After Holmes's retirement, Watson often cites special permission from his friend for the publication of further stories; but received occasional unsolicited suggestions from Holmes of what stories to tell, as noted at the beginning of " The Adventure of the Devil's Foot ".
In " The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier ," one of only two stories narrated by Holmes himself, the detective remarks about Watson: In any case, Holmes regularly referred to Watson as my "faithful friend and biographer," and once exclaims, "I am lost without my Boswell ".
At the beginning of " The Adventure of the Veiled Lodger ", Watson makes strong claims about "the discretion and high sense of professional honour" that govern his work as Holmes's biographer, but which do not keep Watson from expressing himself and quoting Holmes with candour of their antagonists and their clients.
Physical appearance[ edit ] In A Study in Scarlethaving just returned from Afghanistan, John Watson is described "as thin as a lath and as brown as a nut. In " The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton "Watson is described as "a middle-sized, strongly built man -- square jaw, thick neck, moustache Skills and personality[ edit ] John Watson is intelligent, if lacking in Holmes's insight, and serves as a perfect foil for Holmes: Furthermore, he is considered an excellent doctor and surgeon, especially by Holmes.
For instance, in " The Adventure of the Dying Detective ," Holmes creates a ruse that he is deathly ill to lure a suspect to his presence, which must fool Watson as well during its enactment. To that effect in addition to elaborate makeup and starving himself for a few days for the necessary appearance, Holmes firmly claims to Watson that he is highly contagious to the touch, knowing full well that the doctor would immediately deduce his true medical condition upon examination.
Watson is well aware of both the limits of his abilities and Holmes's reliance on him: If I irritated him by a certain methodical slowness in my mentality, that irritation served only to make his own flame-like intuitions and impressions flash up the more vividly and swiftly. Such was my humble role in our alliance. For example, in The Hound of the BaskervillesWatson efficiently clears up several of the many mysteries confronting the pair, and Holmes praises him for his zeal and intelligence.
However, because he is not endowed with Holmes's almost-superhuman ability to focus on the essential details of the case and Holmes's extraordinary range of recondite, specialised knowledge, Watson meets with limited success in other cases. Holmes summed up the problem that Watson confronted in one memorable rebuke from " A Scandal in Bohemia ": According to Holmes, what he should have done was "gone to the nearest public house" and listened to the gossip.
Watson is too guileless to be a proper detective. And yet, as Holmes acknowledges, Watson has unexpected depths about him; for example, he has a definite strain of " pawky humour", as Holmes observes in The Valley of Fear.Sherlock and his sheet in Buckingham Palace
Watson never masters Holmes's deductive methods, but he can be astute enough to follow his friend's reasoning after the fact. Watson comments as narrator: He followed, however, with many other officers who were in the same situation as himself, and succeeded in reaching Candahar in safety, where he found his regiment, and at once entered upon his new duties.
The campaign brought honours and promotion to many, but for him it had nothing but misfortune and disaster. He was removed from his brigade and attached to the Berkshires, with whom he served at the fatal battle of Maiwand.
There he was struck on the shoulder by a Jezail bullet, which shattered the bone and grazed the subclavian artery. He should have fallen into the hands of the murderous Ghazis had it not been for the devotion and courage shown by Murray, his orderly, who threw him across a pack-horse, and succeeded in bringing him safely to the British lines.
STUD4 Worn with pain, and weak from the prolonged hardships which he had undergone, he was removed, with a great train of wounded sufferers, to the base hospital at Peshawur.
Here he rallied, and had already improved so far as to be able to walk about the wards, and even to bask a little upon the verandah, when he was struck down by enteric fever, that curse of the Indian possessions. For months his life was despaired of, and when at last he came to himself and became convalescent, he was so weak and emaciated that a medical board determined that not a day should be lost in sending him back to England.
He was dispatched, accordingly, in the troopship Orontes, and landed a month later on Portsmouth jetty, with his health irretrievably ruined, but with permission from a paternal government to spend the next nine months in attempting to improve it. STUD12 He had neither kith nor kin in England, and was therefore as free as air - or as free as an income of eleven shillings and sixpence a day will permit a man to be.
Under such circumstances he naturally gravitated to London, that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained. There he stayed for some time at a private hotel in the Strand, leading a comfortless, meaningless existence, and spending such money as he had, considerably more freely than he ought. So alarming did the state of his finances become that he soon realized that he must either leave the metropolis and rusticate somewhere in the country, or that he must make a complete alteration in his style of living.
Choosing the latter alternative, he began by making up his mind to leave the hotel, and to take up his quarters in some less pretentious and less expensive domicile. The Royal Army Medical Corps.
Where did Holmes and Watson meet?
Inafter The Sign of Four case and shortly after his marriage he had bought a connection in the Paddington district.
He purchased it to old Mr Farquhar an excellent general practice, but his age and mental disease had very much thinned it STOC2. But he had a fairly long list of patient a year later BOSC In junehe had moved for a practice in Kensington Then, ina young doctor, named Verner, had purchased his small Kensington practice, and given with astonishingly little demur the highest price that he ventured to ask - an incident which only explained itself some years later, when he found that Verner was a distant relation of Holmes's, and that it was his friend who had really found the money NORW His meeting with Sherlock Holmes On the very day that he had come to this conclusion, he was standing at the Criterion Bar, when someone tapped him on the shoulder, and turning round he recognized young Stamford, who had been a dresser under him at Barts.
In old days Stamford had never been a particular crony of him, but now he hailed him with enthusiasm, and he, in his turn, appeared to be delighted to see him. In the exuberance of his joy, he asked him to lunch with him at the Holborn, and they started off together in a hansom. He gave him a short sketch of his adventures and tell him he was looking for lodgings at a reasonable price STUD Stamford is surprised as Watson is the second man to say the same thing that day.
A friend of him, Sherlock Holmeswas also complaining he could not get someone to go halves with him in some nice rooms which he had found, and which were too much for his purse STUD ,