Quotes / The Watson


"Is there anything else that puzzles you?"
Sherlock Holmes, A Study In Scarlet

Dirk: I need you, MacDuff!
Richard: You need me?
Dirk: No... That is to say, you are the grit around which the pearl of truth often forms. Your plain-speaking everyman perspective is useful counterpoint to... And you're a very good sounding board for my more outlandish theories...
Richard: You mean you think better when you're showing off?
Dirk: See? There you go. Cutting straight to the heart of the matter.

On works

"[P]lot-wise, the companion’s job is fairly straightforward. They’re supposed to act in a particular way within the narrative. In that regard they’re fairly interchangeable. Most basic plots would work with any companion. Nothing about what Jo Grant does is that noticeably different from what Mel or Rose or even Romana would do in a similar situation. Yes, the flavor of it would change - the dialogue changes, and some of the mechanisms by which characters accomplish things change, but the basic shape they fill in a plot is the same. Which leads to a sort of diminishing returns—- all you can do with them is switch the iconography around. A knife-wielding savage! A bossy Australian stewardess! Bonnie Langford!"

"9. The stupid friend of the detective, the Watson, must not conceal any thoughts which pass through his mind; his intelligence must be slightly, but very slightly, below that of the average reader."
Ronald Knox's Ten Commandments of Detective Fiction (as seen on Fair-Play Whodunnit)