Molly and Irene

by Andrea Elizabeth

Kayaking has been more on my mind lately than writing, but I did write about some of our recent trips here.

I have also neglected reading and cross stitching lately.

I could write about the BBC TV show, Sherlock, though.

After recently rewatching the first 4 episodes, Sherlock’s and Mycroft’s conversations about how “caring” is useless are occupying my mind. John, on the other hand, is so empathetic, especially when Sherlock says indelicate things about Molly. Yes, humiliating someone is bad, but so are tactics that you think you’re getting by with. Both Molly and Irene Adler try to ensnare Sherlock, but Adler is more successful. Her look of triumph at the end of “A Scandal in Belgravia” shows it. Molly is not as narcissistic as Irene, and takes Sherlock’s observations to heart. She loves even when she’s not getting what she wants out of it. She adjusts her expectations for the cause. Irene is more ruthless and committed to getting what she wants. Sherlock identifies more with this, but keeps his goals in mind and will not spoil them to give into hers. Maybe both women do get what they want: intimate unattainability. They don’t want their entrapment to be ultimately successful. Does Molly not really want to be The Woman? Perhaps not. She is more casually driven than Irene. And she’s not from Conan Doyle’s cannon.