Who would you be?
Imagine for a moment, that you are able to go back in time to the late 1800's or early 1900's. Of all the characters who appeared in the Canon, what character would you be if you could assume his or her identity? Would it be Sherlock himself? Or perhaps Watson? Or maybe you identity with Mycroft, Moriarty, or any of the others who appeared in the 60 original stories. Register your choice today!
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Characters identified in the Canon
(Courtesy of The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopdia)
Billy the Page
Thomas De Quincey
Duchess of Devonshire
Josiah H. Dunn
John B. Hood
Thomas J. Jackson
John the cabman
King of Scandinavia
Robert E. Lee
Mary (Openshaw's servant)
William Clark Russell
Colonel Lysander Stark
Dr. Lysander Starr
Toby (the dog)
Clotilde Lothman von
John H. Watson
Billy the Page... Can you imagine as a child, or teen, in 221b and getting to see Holmes and Watson in action... you could not have gotten a better at-home schooling... And Mrs. Hudson would probably instill some very good morals and ethics in you, as well as a lot of good food...
John Straker, if he hadn't got kicked to death. A rambler, a gambler and a two timing ladies man... that's the life for me.
Watson, because he has a life with Holmes *and* a life outside of Holmes, with friends, at least one wife, and patients about whom he cares and who care about him. Plus, he writes better than I can now!
Irene Adler, of course!
"The Woman", for me! ...because whilst that era was a wee bit...*ahem* misogynistic... Holmes had the grace to admit when he was beaten. That'll do for me, and no criminal record too (if my memory serves me correctly)
Irene Adler. I admire her confidence, her intelligence - street smarts even - and the mischief she displays in her dealings with Holmes. :)
Straubenzee (The Adventure Of The Mazarin Stone - maker of air guns)
Godfrey Norton. He wound up with THE woman, Irene Adler.
Mrs. Hudson. Although, unfortunately, I would be a widow, I think being a respected, independent woman with a regular income from my boarders would be outstanding. And I would be privileged to be on the sidelines on Sherlock's numerous adventures with the added excitement of getting to participate occasionally (The Empty House).
Nathan Garrideb, who had visions of becoming the Hans Sloane of my (his) age.
Mr. Joyce Cummings (The problem of Thor Bridge)
"We were compelled to spend the night at Winchester, as the formalities had not yet been completed, but next morning, in the company of Mr. Joyce Cummings, the rising barrister who was entrusted with the defence, we were allowed to see the young lady in her cell."
I would like to be Miss Harrison, from "The Naval Treaty", "a woman of rare character"
Toby - apologies, this pup sprang to mind before I realized there was a list of strictly human choices - in The Sign Of The Four, Holmes says he would “rather have Toby’s help than that of the whole detective force in London” - need I say more?
Grant Munro, because of his quote. "I am not a very good man, Effie, but I think that I am a better one than you have given me credit for being."
I would choose to be Wiggins. Although he only appears in Study in Scarlet and Sign of the Four, and like Lestrade and Mrs. Hudson never gets a first name, I find him an engaging character in that (1) appearances notwithstanding, he is the leader of a successful crime fighting group allied with Holmes - the Baker Street Irregulars - and is given appropriate recognition in that regard by Sherlock Holmes, (2) he appears to enjoy his work (Doyle sees him as having a "lounging superiority") which doesn't always seem the case with Holmes and Watson who exhibit satisfaction but not much joy in their work, and (3) he is wonderfully young with his life still before him.
I would like to be Jabez Wilson. Why? What a great occupation!! A generous salary, short hours, my own office, lots of interesting subjects to learn about, and no annoying co-workers, pesky customers, or frowning supervisor constantly looking over your shoulder. Heck, for that job, I'd even be willing to dye my hair red!
Sherlock Holmes, because, why not? I won't deny that I am already in the same shoes as Dr Watson. Being fascinated by his dear friend and colleague. I would love to be inside of Sherlock Holmes' brain, and most definitely would like to experience what SH did from a young chap up until his end... who knows the life and cases of Holmes before his adventures with Watson, better than the sleuth himself? Don't forget the beekeeping!
Dr. John H. Watson, MD - This is the most important guy in the Canon. Without him, the world would not know of the exploits of the famous detective, Sherlock Holmes. Even though he is treated poorly by Holmes, he is still as loyal as a bull-pup.
Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigismond von Ormstein, Grand Duke of Cassel-Felstein and hereditary King of Bohemia. He had his youth with Irene. And then found a mate more attractive than Irene.
Moriarty. It would be the ultimate challenge to try to best Holmes!
Sigerson. I am the explorer in the family, and have done a lot of glacier mountaineering, ski mountaineering, etc., and working across the globe.
I would be John Watson. Why? Let Me count the ways - He shares a flat with Holmes; He goes on cases with Holmes; He is a successful author; He has a successful medical practice; He has a patient and understanding wife.
Dr. Watson; I'd like to advise and learn from Holmes. I'll be humbled and perplexed at the same time.
I would be Sherlock Holmes. I find him very smart n dumb at times. I too act like that at times. Most of all he is very good at was dose and has a good right hand man Watson
I identify most closely with Mycroft Holmes. I prefer quiet, I rarely go anywhere other than my office (and now, with Sherlockian society, my "club"). I am greatly inclined to spend my time alone and thinking, or reading, rather than in any other way. I have my rails, and I run on them.
I like to do my work behind the scenes and I am a better advisor than someone working in the field. I enjoy privacy. I enjoy complicated problems. I am an autodidact. I am very interested in diverse and frequently, seemingly unrelated subjects
I am James Stanger. Stanger was the editor of the Vermissa Herald in The Valley of Fear. I am a retired newspaper editor. While many newspapers were named in the canon, I believe Stanger wss the only editor named.