Watson finds Holmes with a visitor, Mr. Jabez Wilson. Give Details about his appearance. Does his appearance tell anything about him as a person? Explain why or why not. Can you explain what this...

Watson finds Holmes with a visitor, Mr. Jabez Wilson. Give Details about his appearance. Does his appearance tell anything about him as a person? Explain why or why not.

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"I did not gain very much, however, by my inspection. Our visitor bore every mark of being an average commonplace British tradesman, obese, pompous, and slow. He wore rather baggy gray shepherd's check trousers, a not over-clean black frock coat, .... A frayed top hat and a faded brown overcoat with a wrinkled velvet collar lay upon a chair beside him."

The question is related to the appearance of Mr. Wilson and whether accurate inferences can be drawn about him as a person based on the description.  As Watson, the narrator, points out there is very little to gather from the description of Mr. Wilson.  However, it is possible to gain a few details.  It is stated he has the look of a commonplace tradesman, is obese and pompous.  The baggy trousers and not overly clean coat suggests he is not particular about his appearance considering the importance of the meeting with Holmes.  The frayed hat and faded overcoat suggest Mr. Wilson does not possess any wealth.  This is also hinted at in the mismatch of colors and cloth.

While it is possible to gather a few details and form some assumptions upon his habits based on his appearance, there is not enough information to form a complete picture of Mr. Wilson.

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