Here is my first post about them being brothers. (It’s rough, ok? I was a newbie.) We now know what a mathematician mummy Holmes is, and how Moriarty in ACD is of course a brilliant mathematician. Now that we’re on the other side of S3, let’s take a look at some nods to ACD in TRF.
The Adventure of the Priory School
In this tale we have a client who needs milk and biscuits to calm him. A boy kidnapped from a priory school, his cricket cap the first clue, his German teacher under suspicion, and a jealous 1/2 brother named Jim to blame for the crimes. It just so happens, the illegitimate Jim is indeed guilty of terrorizing his little 1/2 brother.
1) Max & Claudette are kidnapped from a priory school
2) A cricket bat is Sherlock’s big clue:
3) A German teacher is the suspect. A burnt biscuit appears.
In TRF we have the German Brothers Grimm make an appearance both in the fairy tale book and as the courier that brought the burnt biscuit to Mrs. Hudson. (“a funny name, German, like the fairy tales.”)
4) James Moriarty goes by “Jim.” We have a missing Holmes sibling to account for. [It’s Mofftiss’s head canon that Mr. Holmes was unfaithful to the Mrs. and Sherlock revealed it. (x)]
5) A jealous 1/2 brother named Jim?
“You will ask me what was James’ motive in doing such a deed. I answer that there was a great deal which was unreasoning and fanatical in the hatred which he bore my heir. In his view he should himself be heir of all my estates, and he deeply resented those social laws which made it impossible…He knew well that I should never willingly invoke the aid of the police against him…”
I do hope Mummy and Daddy Holmes return and have as spicy a past as Mary Watson does.
These little nods to ACD canon are Mofftisson through and through. Who knows if they’ll actually make James Moriarty into Sherlock’s 1/2 brother? But I think we’re certainly supposed to entertain the idea. There is nothing more in keeping with ACD’s style than leaving us with enough ambiguity and contradiction to make a million head canons at the end of each season. There’s nothing to stop us from righteously believing
in Johnlockour (textually supported) head canons even if they don’t explicitly become BBC canon. After all— it was Mofftiss who believed that Watson and Holmes killed Milverton. They believed that in spite of ACD canon— they believed that Watson was surely covering up the truth. Their some time distrust of Watson’s veracity is part of Mofftiss’s aesthetic. When they do it to us, we now call it trolling. I have a million words to say about how BBC Sherlock’s contemporary audience can’t handle Mofftisson’s Victorian narrative strategies but that’s for another meta… (These thoughts have been brewing for a couple of years now…)