In 'A Slight Trick of the Mind,' Cullin imagines Holmes in 1947, which would make him 93. Holmes is living in the Sussex countryside, retiring to his study every night to deal with reams of correspondence from his admirers. Holmes tosses most letters aside; he has never suffered fools, and old age has made him even more impatient.
Instead, with Watson gone, he finds himself writing about a case from 1902, when he was at the top of his powers.
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
SHERLOCK HOLMES, REVISITED: Mitch Cullin imagines the fictional detective at 93, absorbing loss and protecting desire: