“You may marry him, murder him, or do anything you like to him.”
- Doyle was very uncomfortable with the idea of giving Holmes a female love interest. But he also just really wanted to not write the play Sherlock Holmes, and handed the reins over to William Gillette. This quote was in response to Gillette’s request to marry Holmes off to a woman. It was basically Doyle’s way of saying “Bugger it, I’m done. Do what you want.”
- In his play The Speckled Band, Doyle wrote Billy the pageboy as all but Holmes’ adopted son. He also put him in a dress and had him pretend to be Holmes’ daughter.
- Doyle wrote both Holmes and Watson as having their names attached to a great many confirmed bachelors, with both men regularly commenting on how attractive certain men were- Holmes had a penchant for muscular, tan skinned men with moustaches, while Watson generally preferred lean men with pale eyes.
Stop using Doyle as your defense against a queer reading of the Canon, and the characters of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. Even if his intent wasn’t to make them queer, he flat out wouldn’t care if that is what we see them as. If he were to rise from the grave tomorrow and read our interpretations, he would be less appalled at the thought of Watson eating Holmes’ ass, than he would be at the fact that after a hundred years, Holmes is still popular.