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Christmas 221B Request: Re Joyce

Happy Christmas to Blooms84

BBC Sherlock

Rating: U

Prompt: Harry (the historian) and Sherlock, last word bloom/blooms

"How can you n-not have heard of Ulysses?" Harry protested. "I'm not expecting you to have read it, but it is a landmark of m-modernist literature."

"I know nothing about literature," Sherlock replied, smiling.

"It shocked p-people when it appeared. The British and American authorities banned it."

"Is it still banned?" That sounded more promising.

"N-no, they lifted the restrictions in the 1930s."

"Hence no longer a book provoking criminal activities, hence not my area."

There was a look on Harry's face that reminded Sherlock of John discussing the solar system. Followed by an even more alarming expression. Harry was a lecturer, after all, and she'd obviously decided this was a teachable moment.

"Why do I need to know about Ulysses?" he protested half-heartedly; knowing he'd be on firmer ground if he hadn't just spent forty minutes explaining what could be deduced from a five line e-mail.

"Because one day," Harry said triumphantly, "you'll get a case where someone claims as an alibi that they were in Dublin on 16th June and you will kn-know they're lying because they haven't mentioned the Bloomsday celebrations."

"Which involve?"

"Book readings, pub crawls. People dress up."

Moriarty was a Dubliner. Perhaps it might be useful information.

"And why's it called Bloomsday?"

"After the central character of Ulysses," Harry began. "A man called Leopold Bloom..."


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 24th, 2011 11:25 pm (UTC)
FA-LA-LA-LA-LA . . . LA-LA-LA-LA!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you muchly, my dearest, Ms. Sutherland. This is a delight-- and the notion that Harry has latched onto a teachable moment with Sherlock and is going to shove Ulysses down his throat is truly making my Christmas Eve merry! *beams and raises a glass of merlot to you!*
Dec. 25th, 2011 12:41 am (UTC)
*snerk* I do love Harry the historian!
Dec. 29th, 2011 08:19 am (UTC)
It's the unstoppable enthusiasm of a really good scholar that's fun to write - I think that's why Sherlock puts up with her, that's she always interested in talking about new things.
Dec. 25th, 2011 01:49 am (UTC)
I think I just love Harry.
Dec. 29th, 2011 08:25 am (UTC)
I'm not sure how much more of her I'll write (I don't think she's going to fit with Molly's story in S2), but all the Harry/Molly fics I've done so far are now up on AO3 in a series, including "A case of identities", where there are some passing references to Harry and Sherlock arguing about penguins.
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