|Rex and Pola Stout|
1) Sleeping arrangements are, arguably concealed: "...but not once are we shown either Holmes or Watson going to bed."
2) Watson speaks in the manner of a person (woman?) in a relationship. E.g. "I endeavored to break through the reticence."
3) Holmes is solicitous like a person in a relationship. E.g. "...at my request he has played me some of Mendelssohn's Lieder."
4) There is evidence of domestic disagreements. E.g. ". . . I rose somewhat earlier than usual, and found that Sherlock Holmes had not yet finished his breakfast . . . my plate had not been laid nor my coffee prepared."
5) Watson's manner of expression and description can be read as feminine. E.g. "and then it appears that I must have fainted." (Men, presumably, never suffer from syncope).
6) Watson in objecting to cocaine use is " a typical reformist wife".
7) The explanation of Holmes survival at Reichenbach is so nonsensical it must cover for a break and reunion of the relationship.