When John comments that he needs to get a job, Sherlock has just one word to say a response: "Dull." He doesn't even look at John when he says that. However, he does hear him, as is evident in his retort. At that point, John starts to ask Sherlock to loan him some money; because Sherlock doesn't seem to be paying him any attention, he cuts short his request to ask if Sherlock is listening. At that point, Sherlock says, "I need to go to the bank."
The reason isn't immediately evident to John, but it is to us. An old college classmate has emailed Sherlock, asking him to investigate a problem at the bank, and at the point I mention above, Sherlock suddenly decides to go to the bank to find out about it. He doesn't even seem to be listening to John when he starts to make his request, nor does he give John a real chance to finish it. He just suddenly decides to go to the bank to learn about the case that he's being offered. So one of 2 things is happening: either Sherlock is being obtuse towards John, not showing any inclination to even listen to him, let alone give him a loan, or else Sherlock makes this sudden decision to find out about this case because he knows that John needs a chance to earn some money, since he's broke.
What do you all think? Which do you think Sherlock is doing? I prefer to think that he's giving John a chance to make some money by working with him on a case, seeing as he makes this decision right when John is needing some money, but the question is, is that actually his motivation?
Last edited by kgreen20 (August 17, 2016 1:29 am)