How does Arthur Conan Doyle present Sherlock Holmes as a detective throughout The Sign of Four?

Arthur Conan Doyle presents Sherlock Holmes as an outstanding detective throughout The Sign of Four. Holmes is portrayed as a man driven by his quest for the truth, with abilities to observe and deduce that are unmatched.

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle presents Sherlock Holmes as a particularly fine detective. This starts right in the first chapter, when Sherlock makes deductions about a watch held by Watson. As Holmes says to Watson, "[his] mind rebels at stagnation", and it is this ever-busy mind which notices everything and makes him a great detective.

As in all his detective novels, Holmes’s approach to the mystery at hand in The Sign of Four shows him to be a man driven by rationality and common sense. For example, he makes the point that even if a scenario seems really unlikely, if he has ruled out every other possibility, then the one that seems improbable but has not been ruled out must in fact be the truth.

His powers of deduction seem to take on qualities of a sixth sense. He is not distracted by any personal issues, because he far prefers a line of cocaine to the idea of a wife or partner. It is apparent throughout that Holmes's powers of deduction and observation are second to none.

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