Moriarty has just been acquitted, and before John can even finish warning Sherlock, Sherlock already knows that the first thing Moriarty will do is come for him. How does he know this? Why would this be the first thing Jim does? If Sherlock is a show-off, Jim is, too. They are “just alike” Jim will tell him shortly, and we’ve already had mirror comparisons to clue us in on this. The difference is that, for Sherlock, the only person he ever seems to care about impressing is John. He could give a toss what the rest of the world thinks of him. He barely understands their interest. He enjoys showing off for Lestrade, too, but it doesn’t seem to matter to him nearly as much as John’s opinion.
Who does Moriarty show off to? The world, certainly, but even he says he doesn’t really care. He just likes to watch them all competing for his attention. No, the one person he consistently wants to impress is Sherlock Holmes. He just won his court case, and now he needs to tell someone how clever he is: who else would he go to but Sherlock? Continue reading