The Adventure of the Final Problem (The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, #11)

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Hypothesis: Professor Moriarty & download; Sherlock Holmes…. The Adventure of the Final Problem (The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, #11) EPUB EBook.brothers?….Hmmm?....I could be wrong but the pair certainly appear to be broth from the same stubby shillelagh.

Being a very recent convert to Team Jacob Sherlock, it's likely I'm missing some obvious smoking gun that explains why this idea can’t be true.
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If so, I’m hopeful my fellow Sherlockians will clue me in as to why this theory is fit only for washing hogs or walloping cods(ouch). However, after reading this “one and only” in story meeting between these two singular geniuses, master strategists and pompous bags of wind, the idea, or rather the possibility, gained a certain traction with me. Therefore, purely for the fun of speculating, here are some surface factors that came to mind in support of the supposition:

THE BROTHER THEORY:

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1. They both appear to be of similar age (60-70) which makes the fact of their being siblings at least possible.

2. It is my understanding that little is known about Holmes’s early life or the history of his ancestors. Thus, it's at least possible that a casual affair by Sherlock’s father, an earlier marriage or similar circumstance could have produced Moriarty and that the child was shunned or deprived of parental love/guidance as a result of his "improper" origin. This factor also has the virtue of supporting Moriarty’s later developments into a super villain...just saying;
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3. The equal and extraordinary facility both men possess fordeductive, inductive and inferential reasoning displayed by both of these individuals certainly suggests a common genetic delivery system (dad) and/or genetic receptacle and gestation vehicle (mom). Two men of such extraordinary intellect existing within such a small geographical area. Do I hear a maybe?

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4. It is quite unusual for a well known “non-biologically related” pair of hero/arch villain to be defined by their similarities rather than their differences. Look at:

Batman/Joker,
Superman/Lex Luthor,
Dracula/Van Helsing,
Captain Hook/Peter Pan,
Elmer Fudd/Bugs Bunny, and
Newman/Jerry Seinfeld.


Each of the above pairs are defined, at least in part, by being the antithesis of their rival.

By the same token, when arch-nemeses happen to also be familial relations, they are more often defined by their similarities. For example:

Data/Lore from STNG,
Sydney Bristow/Irina Derenko from Alias (The best mom/daughter duo in TV history),
Darth Vader/Luke Skywalker (this comparison is even better now that we have see Vader as a juvenile dork named Anakin),
Mel Gibson/Beelzebub, and
Snooki/A walking case of infected genital warts (Jersey Shore).**


** Okay, I admit that was a long way to go just to take a stab at Mel Gibson Beelzebub and Snooki genital warts but, c’mon, they’ve earned it.

Granted, the above doesn't begin to prove anything. It was just something that fluttered into my brain while I was reading the story and noticed how very similar the two are in almost all of their mannerisms and capacities. I’m just surprised that in all of the years since this story came out no one has explored this possibility...unless, as I said above, there is a smoking gun that I am missing.

Just food for thought…discuss…

PLOT SUMMARY:

**While I can't imagine that the “big reveal” of this story is not generally known to those reading this, I'll still throw out a spoiler warning as the climax of the story is discussed in general terms (though I will avoid the specifics in case you have not read the actual story).
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So this was supposed to be the last Sherlock Holmes story and in it we are introduced to and see the only "in story" appearance of Professor Moriarty.
He is a man of good birth and excellent education, endowed by nature with a phenomenal mathematical faculty. At the age of twenty-one he wrote a treatise upon the binomial theorem which has had a European vogue. On the strength of it, he won the mathematical chair at one of our smaller universities, and had, to all appearances, a most brilliant career before him. But the man had hereditary tendencies of the most diabolical kind. A criminal strain ran in his blood, which, instead of being modified, was increased and rendered infinitely more dangerous by his extraordinary mental powers. Dark rumours gathered round him in the University town, and eventually he was compelled to resign his chair and come down to London. He is the Napoleon of Crime, Watson, the organiser of half that is evil and nearly all that is undetected in this great city...
Holmes has spent months trying to gather enough information to bring down Moriarty and his entire organization and thinks he finally has the proof he needs. However the final piece will not be available for a few days and he must avoid Moriarty until then.

Of course, Moriarty shows up to have a first and final tete-a-tete with Holmes before the end game. This one and only conversation in the story is brilliantly constructed by Sir Arthur as a sort of semi-mind reading exercise between the two adversaries. So perfectly can they anticipate their opponents responses and counter-arguments that no lengthy discussion is needed though much is resolved. I was very impressed with this scene because I don’t think it could have been effectively written any other way.

To summarize, Moriarty tells Holmes to back off “or else” and Holmes tells Moriarty to blow him (though in a much more civilized, gentlemanly manner). Moriarty warns him that the next time they meet, one of them will not survive and Holmes concurs.

The game is afoot.

As stories go, this is terrific as it pits these two men equal in both intellect and arrogance who have been reluctantly forced into a sort of grudging appreciation for their adversary. As much as I loved their intercourse and the character of Moriarty, I think I am happy that this is there one and only meeting. It seems fitting and authentic that once these two titans circled this close to one another, the game could not last long.

Anyway, a short cat and mouse, blind-double blind game of misdirection ensues leading up to the final fatal meeting between the two.

In a word...superb.

5.0 stars. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!
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