Sherlock BBC

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ghislainem70:

meta: The man in the mirror: Sherlock’s other self.

John calls Mycroft for help in His Last Vow, after finding Sherlock’s been using again, sleeping rough in a drug den (possibly to avoid sex with his faux girlfriend Janine). Mycroft’s first words to Sherlock:

"The siren call of old habits. How very like Uncle Rudy – though, in many ways, cross-dressing would have been a wiser path for you."

The very particular framing of Sherlock’s reflection in the mirror, as Sherlock reacts to his brother’s seemingly venomous remark by not responding to it in any way, is telling. It is symbolic. The mirror seems to tell us there that Sherlock has another self-image, or even another self. Moments later, Sherlock is furious with Mycroft and actually assaults him for trying to warn him off the CAM case. But this snide remark about cross-dressing is met with silence.

Why, of all the things he could say on the presumably alarming - if too-familiar— occasion of finding his little brother “back on the sauce,” does Mycroft say this, exactly? Perhaps Uncle Rudy was also a cross-dresser, or another family drunk/drug abuser.

But to my mind, Mycroft is saying that if Sherlock had been true to himself (“the wiser path”), perhaps John wouldn’t have ended up with Mary, and Sherlock wouldn’t be trying to nurse his broken heart by turning back to drugs (even if John is only part of the reason Sherlock did it.)

(Footnote: “Sherlock is a girl’s name.”)

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