The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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How does Holmes respond when Dr. Mortimer tells him that he and others in the area believe a supernatural creature is loose on the moors and killing people?

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At first, Holmes is surprised that Dr. Mortimer-- a "man of science--" has suggested that a supernatural being is the killer of the late Sir Charles Baskerville. He even asks Dr. Mortimer whether he really believes in this spectral hound. Dr. Mortimer says that he does not know what to believe because the beast...

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