Professional Respect

Steed has many emotional responses to the villains he has to catch. Some of them, like Cartney in “Touch of Brimstone” and the Major in “Danger Makers” he loathes with all his being. Others, like Henry in “How to Succeed at Murder,” he finds pitiable. But for some he has a kind of collegial respect.

In “Mr Teddy Bear,” Steed describes to One-Ten how during the war, Teddy Bear killed a German officer by booby-trapping the officer’s cigarette lighter:




Later Steed tells Cathy a story about how when a client refused to pay, Teddy Bear killed him and then dumped the body in a spectacular and public fashion.


Steed tells both these stories with more than a modicum of delight. I think Steed really does appreciate and respect Mr Teddy Bear’s creativity and flair for the dramatic, and in Teddy Bear Steed sees a kindred spirit in terms of imagination and technical skill, although not philosophy.

Steed is extremely inventive and a champion improviser himself, but he doesn’t hold with murder. He’ll do everything he can to stop this villain. This time, however, he is getting to go after someone who’s actually in his own league in terms of skill and talent, so he looks forward to a fun and interesting challenge of a kind that he doesn’t get very often.


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