|Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes|
Last night (in the wee hours when I couldn't sleep), I read Act III which finds Henry and his retinue on the French coast laying siege to the city of Harfleur. This is the source of the famous speech that begins, "Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more." As I read Henry's exhortation to his troops I stopped short at the end when I read, "The game's afoot."
Well, we all know that Sherlock Holmes is brilliant and, as a well-educated man, he certainly would have studied Shakespeare. So Conan Doyle puts in his mouth a line that is straight from Henry V, warrior extraordinaire. Fitting isn't it? The master detective who defeats so many villains speaking a line from one of Shakespeare's most successful warrior kings?
As a fan of both Shakespeare and Sherlock, I was tickled to make this discovery. Although I read Henry V in college the link with Sherlock escaped me at the time. Forever after when I hear "the game's afoot" I will think of Henry V and his victory at Harfleur and Sherlock rousing Watson to charge into the breach to defeat Moriarty and his cohort.