Shakespeare Sunday🎭 #2

I’m doing it again. 😀 Obviously I can’t resist the temptation. 😀 But it’s relevant I promise!

So last week I shared with you my favourite part from The Lying Detective (BBC’s Sherlock, Series 4, Episode 2), namely Sherlock reciting Henry V’s speech “Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more”. You can check my post here.

Quite recently I became a proud Tumblr-er (is that a word?!) so I guess I could safely say that Sherlock reciting Shakespeare is my new aesthetic.😂 Do you know what’s the most precious definition of the word aesthetic? According to Urban Dictionary it is “something that tumblr weirdos say way too often and use it for every damn thing under the sun. A generally annoying word”. *lol, I laughed more than I should have*😂

So, in order to please my aesthetic, today I will be drawing your attention towards the first episode of series 4 of Sherlock – The Six Thatchers and that’s because we can find another Shakespeare quotation there. *yay* The scene goes:





(GIFS from theabbeygrange on Tumblr)

So… “By the pricking of my thumbs…” – this is a quote from William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Just a quick revision of this particular Shakespeare play:

A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia. Forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion, he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler. The bloodbath and consequent civil war swiftly take Macbeth and Lady Macbeth into the realms of madness and death.

The line “By the pricking of my thumbs…” followed by “Something wicked this way comes…” occurs after the witches have finished brewing their potion and is referring to the coming of Macbeth to their heath, when he comes to find out more about his prophecy. Premonitions, intuitions, that kind of stuff… 😀

They used the quote very clever in The Six Thatchers as a way to show us a different side of Sherlock – one that takes into account feelings and intuition in addition to the cold logic we so often consider to be all that Sherlock Holmes is made of. So, whether you like it or not it seems that Sherlock gets a funny feeling every now and then. 😀

Adieu my dear friends! Hope you enjoyed this post! Is Sherlock X Shakespeare your aesthetic, too?😂 Let me know in the comments below! 😉

P.S. Lets end this properly.


“By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes.” ― William Shakespeare, Macbeth

– Snowanna of 221B


10 comments on “Shakespeare Sunday🎭 #2

  1. DAMMIT I just recapped ‘The Six Thatchers’ and I knew I’d left something out! I noticed that too and I thought ‘bit of a Shakespeare theme building’.

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  3. Sabrina Khuntia says:

    Sherlock maniacally reciting Shakespeare was one of the greatest scenes of the show LOL. And thank you for reading my post on Eurus.

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  4. I adored him reciting from Henry V. And as soon as he started “By the pricking of my thumbs…” I finished the line out loud and got a very confused look from my husband. Hail Shakespeare nerds!!

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