Sherlock’s Best Man Speech

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A friend of mine introduced me to Sherlock a few years back and I’ve been in love ever since. Season 3 or Series 3 as the Brits call it just ended here in the U.S and I’m glad it’s still so good. The good thing about this show is its just 3 episodes per season. This season, episode 2 where John gets married (this is not a spoiler) was my favorite episode, largely because of Sherlock’s speech to John. I love Sherlock because he makes no bones about who he is and it was embodied in this speech. I loved it so much, I figured I’d share with you guys. Enjoy!

“All emotions — in particular, love — stand opposed to the pure, cold reason I hold above all things. A wedding is, in my considered opinion, nothing short of a celebration of all that is false and specious and irrational and sentimental in this ailing morally compromised world.

If I burden myself with a little help mate during my adventures, this is not out of sentiment of caprice. It is that he has many fine qualities of his own that he has overlooked in his obsession with me. Indeed, any reputation I have for mental acuity and sharpness comes, in truth, from the extraordinary contrast John so selflessly provides.

The point I’m trying to make is that I am the most unpleasant, rude, ignorant, and all-around obnoxious arsehole that anyone could possibly have the misfortune to meet. I am dismissive of the virtuous, unaware of the beautiful, and uncomprehending in the face of the happy. So if I didn’t understand I was being asked to be the best man, it is because I never expected to be anybody’s best friend, and certainly not the best friend of the bravest and kindest and wisest human being I have ever had the good fortune of knowing. John, I am a ridiculous man, redeemed only by the warmth and constancy of your friendship. But as I am apparently your best friend, I cannot congratulate you on your choice of companion.
Actually, now I can. Mary, when I say you deserve this man, it is the highest compliment of which I am capable. John, you have endured war, and injury, and tragic loss — so sorry again about that last one. So know this: Today, you sit between the woman you have made your wife and the man you have saved. In short, the two people who love you most in all this world. And I know I speak for Mary as well when I say we will never let you down, and we have a lifetime ahead to prove that. Now, on to some funny stories about John…”

How awesome is that? If you didn’t like it, then I suggest you go watch Sherlock because that’ll be the only reason you didn’t.

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