|—||Sebastian Moran (Hound of the D’Urbervilles)|
“Occasionally they shot each other - by accident, of course. Quite a number of officers lost their lives or limbs as a result of a mauling by a tiger, panther or wild pig, or through being crushed by elephants.”
from Mr. Kipling’s Army by Byron Farwell
(Incidentally I do recommend this book for anyone interested in the British army in the Victorian era.)
I’m skim-reading The Victorians by A.N. Wilson and finding it pretty boring and heavy going really but the mention in the 1880s section to it being ”a time when no self-respecting fighting man went bare-lipped in the tropics” caught my attention.
Moustaches, you say?
(Perhaps fabulous moustaches can repel bullets or something.)
a note from Sebastian Moran to Dr Watson after Moran has murdered Mary Watson after the events of The Final Problem, from The Solved Problem by Luke Benjamen Kuhns in The Untold Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
So this is the one interesting thing that happened in this book.
from Basil and the Pygmy Cats by Eve Titus
“Villainous Friendship: Colonel Moran and Professor Moriarty. Although Moran is referred to as a gun-for-hire, he is very loyal - at one point he vows to kill the heroes after digging Moriarty out of the wreckage of a building - and the two of them have plans to go to the opera together.” from here
“Appropriately as evil counterparts to Holmes and Watson, Moriarty and Moran in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows are a type 1 example. The two discuss plans to go to the opera; also, in one scene, mirroring Watson’s behavior tending to a wounded Holmes, Moran pulls a wounded Moriarty out of rubble and then vows vengeance against the heroes for harming his friend.” from here
and what is a type 1?
“The Big Bad and The Dragon are truly the best of friends, with complete trust and devotion between the two. Their relationship can range from True Companions to Heterosexual Life Partners to perhaps even something deeper. The two truly care about each other’s well-being, and both look out for the other. If The Hero threatens the Big Bad, then you can bet that The Dragon will be right around the corner to smash his face in. And should The Hero seriously injure The Dragon (or, heaven forbid, actually kill him), the Big Bad will quickly lose his stoic Smug Snake persona and come after The Hero with Unstoppable Rage. In the case that The Dragon isn’t a person but rather a creature under the Big Bad’s employ (say, for instance, an actual dragon), the Big Bad treats him with care and respect, and in return The Dragon protects him with undying loyalty and ferocity.”
I thought this was going to claim that Moran loves Moriarty but Moriarty doesn’t care much about Moran but NOPE, type 1.
TVtropes speaks the truth you guys.
|—||Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D’Urbervilles by Kim Newman (via subpoenagirl)|
Slash goggles activate!
Indeed, Moran was a professional cheat, a sharper of more than ordinary dimensions - a macer, in criminal parlance. Second only to shooting, he had made card sharping a life’s work
from The Return of Moriarty by John Gardner.
(Moran is portrayed very badly in this story but there are a few interesting lines about him.)
“You are afraid of something?” I asked.
“Well, I am.”
(Granada’s The Final Problem meets Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows)
from The Second Most Dangerous Man in London by Charles A. Meyer in Baker Street Miscellanea no. 55.
I agree with bits of what Meyer said about Moran but in other areas I absolutely disagree, including the claims that Moran is a sexual sadist and he was Jack the Ripper but still, a lot of this part gives me many Moriarty/Moran feelings.
|—||from A Study in Orange by Peter Tremayne in My Sherlock Holmes.|
|—||Charles A. Meyer in The Second Most Dangerous Man in London in Baker Street Miscellanea no.55|