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The true love of Sherlock's life: Mrs Hudson
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Quite rightly, people have asked me to explain further my assertion that "A Scandal in Belgravia" shows the deep and everlasting love that Sherlock has for one woman ... Mrs Hudson.

I stated that Sherlock loves Mrs Hudson above all other women, that he admires and respects her, and will do his utmost to protect her from any harm (physical or emotional).

What is my proof?

- Sherlock, I get a sense, lacked maternal care and affection. One example of this is when Mycroft volunteers to pour the tea at the Palace, "I'll be Mother", and Sherlock's quip "And there is a whole childhood in a nutshell". Sherlock wanted a mother who looked after him, took care of him and showered him with affection - he deserved that! - but, for whatever reason, this was not forthcoming

- Mrs Hudson is the mother Sherlock never had. She does all the things that Sherlock's mother never did - fusses around him; takes care of him and looks after him; worries about him; and sees to all his physical and emotional needs

- Sherlock's love for Mrs Hudson is the purest kind of love you can have. It is the deep seated love that a son has for his mother, when that mother means everything to him

- Sherlock's protectiveness of, and towards, Mrs Hudson I found profoundly affecting and deeply moving. The way Sherlock barks at Mycroft when Mycroft says "Shut up, Mrs Hudson", and the pain in Sherlock's eyes and face when he sees the injuries that Mrs Hudson has sustained at the hands of the henchman, followed by his violent and brutal treatment of the henchman who hurt her, shows this.

Sherlock's love of, and for, Mrs Hudson, and his admiration and respect for her qualities, is clearly shown in the scene below:

Scene in 221B kitchen:

Sherlock:
Shame on you, John Watson.

John:
Shame on me?

Sherlock:
Mrs Hudson leave Baker Street? England would fall.

Sherlock puts his arm around Mrs Hudson in a loving and protective embrace.

- A Scandal in Belgravia, Sherlock Series 2, Steven Moffat

Case proven beyond a shadow of a doubt. Case closed!


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Also the look in his eyes at the beginning of that scene, when he's just walked in the front door and processes what's happened on the stairs, is completely murderous just at the thought of what 'they' might have done to her. That look alone says it all!

Agree totally! Exactly!

Oh yes, Sherlock is fiercely protective of Mrs Hudson very much as a son might be of his mother. There is no doubt that he feels love and attachment to certain people who accept him unconditionally, such as Mrs Hudson and John... but never a sexual love. Which is why I don't think the backstory you suggest between him and Sally in another post amounts to anything that could be termed a relationship. I think the antagonism there amounts to no more than her strident personality versus his general and continuous disparaging of the police force, herself included.

I think it's pretty clear that BBC Sherlock is almost entirely asexual. Even with Irene Adler, his attraction to her (intellectual, as a female counterpart to himself, as a puzzle) confuses him and clouds his judgement – doubtless confirming his belief that eschewing all sexual matters is the only way to keep his brain sharp and therefore be ahead of everyone else.

So yes, I'm agreeing that Mrs Hudson is the woman he loves above all others. He's fascinated by Irene, admires her cunning, and is wistful when she is gone and there is no game of wits to play. But it is not love that he feels for the adventuress. No way. He saves her (or conspires with her to get the better of Mycroft more likely) at the end of A Scandal in Belgravia out of respect for her as a worthy adversary. After all, he must have worked out that it was her timely call to Moriarty at the poolside which saved the day right at the start of the episode. Fair play. :-)

I totally agree that the two people who Sherlock loves are John and Mrs Hudson, who both accept him for who he is.

Two people whose judgement I trust (one of them you!) have now said that I am wrong about Sherlock and Sally. Well I am often wrong so no surprises there!

Sherlock is NOW asexual, I agree. I just feel that his younger incarnation may have experimented.

"Sherlock's belief that eschewing all sexual matters is the only way to keep his brain sharp and therefore be ahead of everyone else". This is BBC Sherlock. This is also Canon Sherlock.

Edited at 2012-01-04 11:47 am (UTC)

Thought this would help. The definition of asexuality as lifted from Wikipedia.

Asexuality (sometimes referred to as nonsexuality), in its broadest sense, is the lack of sexual attraction to others or the lack of interest in sex. It may also be considered a lack of a sexual orientation. One commonly cited study published in 2004 placed the prevalence of asexuality at 1%.

Asexuality is distinct from abstention from sexual activity and from celibacy, which are behavioral and generally motivated by an individual's personal or religious beliefs; sexual orientation, unlike sexual behavior, is believed to be "enduring". Some asexuals do engage in sexual activity despite lacking a desire for sex or sexual attraction, due to a variety of reasons, such as a desire to please romantic partners.

Only recently has asexuality started to become accepted as a sexual orientation and a field of scientific research, although a growing body of research, from both sociological and psychological perspectives, has started to be done. While some researchers assert that asexuality is a sexual orientation, others do not, and various asexual communities have started to form since the advent of the Internet and social media. The most prolific of these communities has been the Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN), founded in 2001.

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