What is Holmes's opinion of the abilities of Jones, the Scotland Yard agent, in "The Red-Headed League"?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Holmes and Jones do not seem to think highly of one another.  Holmes is unimpressed with Jones, and Jones is unimpressed with Holmes.

Holmes calls upon Jones when he needs police muscle.  Basically, he just needs someone there in an official capacity so that he can arrest John Clay for the bank robbery.

Jones does not seem thrilled to be working with Holmes.

He has his own little methods, which are, if he won't mind my saying so, just a little too theoretical and fantastic, but he has the makings of a detective in him. (p. 15)

Holmes has an interesting view of Jones.  While he does not think he is smart, he is glad that he is brave.  He appreciates his bravery, not his methods.

He is not a bad fellow, though an absolute imbecile in his profession. He has one positive virtue. He is as brave as a bulldog and as tenacious as a lobster if he gets his claws upon anyone. (p. 15)

In the end, Holmes needs Jones to arrest Clay, and Jones needs Holmes to catch him.  They both help one another and everyone wins.  Holmes may not be impressed with Jones’s methods, but he gets the job done.

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xhahaz | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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lol you must be OCA, anywhoo...

he disliked working with him because his methods were not compatible with those of the Scotland Yard. Often working with a member of the yard hampered Holmes' abilities to solve the case and catch the perpetrator to his satisfaction.

it's B. Holmes is unimpressed, calling Jones "an imbecile in his profession."

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