Sunday, August 9, 2015
Sherlock Holmes and “the woman”
While Irene Adler, aka Mrs. Godfrey Norton, was a main character in one of Doyle’s first stories - A Scandal in Bohemia -- she is mentioned in four other stories. However, she has captured the imagination of every author who has ever written a Holmes story, television program or movie . . . including this author.
Sherlock Holmes was an unwitting witness at the wedding of Irene Adler to Godfrey Norton at St Monica’s church in Doyle’s A Scandal in Bohemia. Irene gave him a gold sovereign for his help that he put on his watch chain. You may recall that he also received a portrait of the lady at the conclusion of the story, as the only payment he would accept from the Duke.
“The Woman” returns in the newest collection of Sherlock Holmes stories – Sherlock Holmes – The Golden Years. And, while she only appeared once, and lurked in the background of other stories, she has come out of the shadows and into all five of the stories in this new collection.
Sherlock Holmes – The Golden Years explores the vague and foggy relationship between the world’s greatest detective and the one woman who captured his imagination . . . and maybe his heart.