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Because it amazes me how very faithful Moffat and Gatiss have been. Below are some excerpts from the very beginning of A Study In Scarlet. I might have mentioned this in my last post (?) but Gatiss said that the corpse/riding crop action was canon, and so I had a look and SO IT IS - below - the first speaker is Stamford:

"He appears to have a passion for definite and exact knowledge."

"Very right too."

"Yes, but it may be pushed to excess. When it comes to beating the subjects in the dissecting-rooms with a stick, it is certainly taking rather a bizarre shape."

"Beating the subjects!"

"Yes, to verify how far bruises may be produced after death; I saw him at it with my own eyes."

And now, John's state when he meets Sherlock Holmes, i.e. the PTSD is basically canon too:

"If I am to lodge with any one, I should prefer a man of studious and quiet habits. I am not strong enough yet to stand much noise or excitement: I had enough of both in Afghanistan to last me for the remainder of my natural existence..."


"Let me see—what are my other shortcomings. I get in the dumps at times, and don't open my mouth for days on end. You must not think I am sulky when I do that. Just let me alone, and I'll soon be right. What have you to confess now? It's just as well for two fellows to know the worst of one another before they begin to live together."

I laughed at this cross-examination. "I keep a bull pup," I said, "and I object to rows because my nerves are shaken, and I get up at all sorts of ungodly hours, and I am extremely lazy. I have another set of vices when I'm well, but those are the principal ones at present."

WHEN I'M WELL. (Bear in mind though that canon Watson had enteric fever as well as being shot. but then also he says he was "leading a comfortless, meaningless existence", oh poor sad Watson/John)

but anyway i.e. the particular faults he lists are directly to do with his illness. (I think this supports the theory that the bull pup is not literally a dog.)

tl;dr going to the Sherlock screening last week gave me a NEW APPRECIATION for a) A Study In Scarlet, which when I first read it had struck me as almost unreconcilable with the later stories, b) the artfulness of Moffat & Gatiss.
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