The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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How does Watson communicate with Holmes? 

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In the story The Hound of the Baskervilleswritten by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson are looking into the mysterious death of one Sir Charles Baskerville. The people of Dartmoor, where Baskerville Hall is, believe that a great, spectral dog is haunting the moors and killing off members of the Baskerville family. Henry Baskerville, heir to the Baskerville estate, is worried that the dog might come for him, too. 

In the first several chapters of the story, Mr. Holmes and Dr. Watson are together, in person, at their apartment at 221B Baker Street. They communicate here by speaking directly. Later in the story, Mr. Holmes says that he cannot travel to Baskerville Hall to investigate in person because he needs to stay in London to continue working on other cases. He sends Dr. Watson in his place, who sends regular letters reporting on the state of things in Dartmoor. Eventually, Mr. Holmes joins Dr. Watson in Dartmoor to solve the matter of what- or who- is killing off the Baskerville family. At this time, they speak to one another directly, just as in the beginning.

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