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Mamie Smallwood considers Mr. Watson a hero in Killing Mister Watson. What qualities of Mr. Watson does Mamie consider heroic?

The qualities that Mamie is talking about are his clothing and his general demeanor. To her, Mr. Watson looks the part of a traditional hero as he stands there shining in the sun while wearing a white linen suit and light Panama hat. As he stands there next to his wife and child, he looks like a fine upstanding man.

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It's clear from Mamie Smallwood's gushing description of Mr. Watson that she regards him as something of a hero. In fact, she actually says that Watson acts like "our idea of a hero." In this neck of the woods it would seem that appearances count for more than reality. Though Mr. Watson may be a man with a disreputable past, none of that matters to the likes of Mamie...

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