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Let’s give a name to Claudia’s disease (English Sub)


Firts symptoms at the age of 5: vomit, tiredness, loss of balance, sudden falls.

After two years the vomit disappears but falls became more and more frequent. Tiredness becomes persistent, muscular weakness becomes progressive and she started suffering a persistent belly pain.

Her growth is very slow but until the age of 13 she can walk on her legs.

In June of 2013 she has a breath arrest. She has surgery and the surgeon extracted from her lungs a block of mucus as big as an apple. She never suffered of breath problems before, just occasional common colds.

After this episode and the consequent intensive care hospitalization, she becomes unable to get up and walk, although she still can move her hands and legs.

Her diet consist in meat, pasta and vegetables but if she eats milk or other dairy products her conditions get worse, despite lab tests say she’s not allergic.

Clinical examinations escluded that Claudia is affected by one of the known degenerative diseases, for example ALS or Duchenne syndrome.

Today Claudia is 15 years old and her disease is still unnamed.


Mind and Memory: Sherlock’s Palaces
In Hounds of Baskerville we’re introduced to Sherlock’s Mind Palace:

JOHN: Oh, his mind palace. It’s a memory technique – a sort of mental map. You plot a map with a location – it doesn’t have to be a real place – and then you deposit memories there that … Theoretically, you can never forget anything; all you have to do is find your way back to it.STAPLETON: So this imaginary location can be anything – a house or a street.JOHN: Yeah.STAPLETON: But he said “palace”. He said it was a palace.JOHN (looking back towards Sherlock for a moment): Yeah, well, he would, wouldn’t he?(He leads her out of the room.) (x)

I’ve written about it pretty extensively. It’s a concept Gatiss nicked from Thomas Harris, the creator of Dr. Hannibal Lecter. (I wrote a dissertation chapter draft about that.) Here are some of those metas:
“Intro to Sherlock’s Mind Palace”
“Hannibal the Path to Power: The Influence of The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal on Sherlock”
“Mycroft’s Office: Sherlock’s Memory Palace Versus the Real Deal”
“The Memory/Mind Place of Sherlock Holmes, Or How Long Can He Side with The Angels?”
Aaaand I’ve got a WIP fic based on the concept.
Basically the point I want to make here is that Molly calls it a “Mind Palace” but Mycroft calls it a “Memory Palace.” That is a key distinction.

If you look closely at the shooting scene you’ll see that the Mind Palace is where Sherlock stores data.

The scene of the crime lives there as it is in real life but suspended in animation. Molly and Anderson perform the analytics. 
Molly, with her firm, open-handed slap, is its newly minted sentry. [I could make a case that she’s Shezza’s guardian since he was a) high when she slapped him in real life and b) like, Shezza in a stupor, disoriented after the gunshot (and medicated afterwards).]

The Memory Palace, however, is guarded by Mycroft, Sherlock’s Superego and it is the land of rotten and bittersweet emotions born from traumatic memories.

It’s this Memory Palace version of Mycroft who belittles Sherlock, calls him stupid. Tells him their parents are cross at him. This is where the emotional valence of the shooting lives with Mary not the real life cold assassin in black, but John’s white-clad bride.

Notice she’s in one of the rooms at the college from A Study in Pink where the cabbie threatened Sherlock with a fake pistol and John murdered the cabbie with a real one.
The land of traumatic memories is tinged with love and betrayal. In the midst of Mycroft’s lie about Redbeard’s fate, we have the “something” in the ridiculous that calms Sherlock and saves his life: his identification with Redbeard, the knowledge that he’s to be put down, too.

Death is tempting. And Sherlock dies. His id, Moriarty, takes over. In the Memory Palace, Jim’s actually kind of the humorous yet sinister voice of an affective reason, one which counters Mycroft’s cool dismissal of all things emotional as ridiculous. Yes, Sherlock’s deep emotional life is as ridiculous as Jim.

Astute, ever campy id!Jim declares John to be in danger which activates Sherlock’s ego, waking him into consciousness, into a rebirth. 
This is Lazarus, is Sherlock, come back from the dead.
The padded cell is the physical prison-space, head-space of Mycroft who held a psychotic Moriarty in solitary confinement, The rest of the palace, though, is comprised of corridors and rooms John inhabited, too. (The morgue, the college and the staircase that’s meant to remind us of their first crime scene in A Study in Pink.)
I’m too lazy to do a formal segmentation of the shooting and the Mind v. Memory places but somebody should. Because you can choose to use the term interchangeably but it’s more interesting, in this case, if you don’t. I’d argue that the Mind palace is really a puffed up version of Sherlock Holmes’s mind attic in ACD whereas the Memory palace is more like Sherlock’s consciously ordered emotional depths. It resembles Dr. Hannibal Lecter’s memory palace.
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some previews from Sherlock’s Mind Palace sequence


aubergeen it’s Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii) in Istanbul, if my eyes are not betraying me.