What became of Irene Adler, Sherlock Holmes’ famous adversary from the short story “A Scandal in Bohemia” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?
According to Dr. Watson, his friend seemed to be quite taken with her:
Quote from “A Scandal in Bohemia” [SCAN]
To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman. I have seldom heard him mention her under any other name. In his eyes she eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex. It was not that he felt any emotion akin to love for Irene Adler. (…)
Despite this last sentence, many fans enjoy the theory of a secret love story between Holmes and Adler – just think about Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes” movies, to name one of the most prominent examples.
Did they ever meet again?
Personally, I have never really seen them as a romantic couple. Still, Irene Adler has always been a really fascinating character to me, and I have often wondered about some kind of potential unfinished business regarding the Holmes/Adler relationship.
Officially, they never met again after SCAN.
However, there is this intriguing period of three years, during which Sherlock Holmes was officially presumed dead: the famous “Hiatus.”
A Circle Closes… in Montpellier
When Holmes returns from the dead (in a manner of speaking), he mentions a visit to Montpellier during his hiatus. So… my imagination combined the hiatus… and Montpellier… Irene Adler… and Sherlock Holmes, and a circle coming to a close in the South of France.