How are Watson and Holmes presented as different male characters?

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At the beginning of The Sign of Four, it is clear that Sherlock Holmes intimidates John Watson. Although Watson is a doctor and a war veteran and quite accomplished in his own right, Holmes's confidence and intelligence make Watson reluctant to confront him about his drug abuse. Watson endures Holmes's egotism; he is fascinated by Holmes's powers of deduction and the adventures his work provides for both of them.


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