How does Arthur Conan Doyle present Watson and Holmes as very different people?

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Dr. Watson's romantic attachment to Mary Morstan is crucial here. We simply can't imagine, in a million years, that someone as coldly logical and rational as Sherlock Holmes would ever give his heart to a woman the way that Watson does to Mary. Watson is presented to us in The Sign of Four as an unabashed romantic, a man who follows the dictates of his heart. Holmes, on the other hand, is concerned purely and solely with what is logical. And what could be less logical than love?

Because Watson is much less devoted to cold, hard facts than Holmes, he's pretty useless when it comes to solving this particular mystery. But his romanticism does have the advantage that it provides much-needed emotional support to Holmes as he goes about his ace detective work. Holmes may not care to acknowledge the...

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