The Return of Sherlock Holmes
How we cite our quotes:
With a confused brain, but with a heart into which some warmth of hope was returning, I accompanied my friend in a walk round the garden. (Norwood Builder.150)
This sentence really sums up Watson's relationship with Holmes. Though he's often "confused," Watson worships Holmes so much that he willingly follows him anywhere and roots for him even when he doesn't quite know what's happening.
It amused me to see how the detective's overbearing manner had changed suddenly to that of a child asking questions of a teacher. (Norwood Builder.204)
People often adopt the role of the admiring student when they are around Holmes, even the "overbearing" Lestrade.
He introduced himself as Inspector Martin, of the Norfolk Constabulary, and he was considerably astonished when he heard the name of my companion.
"I should be proud to feel that we were acting together, Mr. Holmes," said the inspector, earnestly. (Dancing Men.88-93)
Inspector Martin is a good example of a Holmes fanboy, and he also helps to demonstrate how Holmes's reputation has spread outside of London. The man has fans everywhere, particularly in law enforcement.