Sherlock Holmes is tall and lean. He is obsessively clean; when he hides in the Grimpen Mire, he not only arranges for supplies of food but for daily clean clothes and opportunities to bathe, as well. His voice is "cold, incisive, ironical." A brilliant thinker, his education is at once large and narrow. Able to identify different brands of tobacco at a sniff, he knows nothing about astronomy until Dr. Watson explains to him that the Earth orbits the Sun. Holmes is obsessed with the intellectual excitement of criminal detection and studies only that which may be of practical value in his...
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