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In The Sign of the Four, how does Sherlock Holmes make a good literary detective in relation to other detectives? What qualities does he have?  

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Sherlock Holmes makes a good literary detective in part because he is far from perfect. When The Sign of the Four begins, he is injecting himself with a seven-percent solution of cocaine, and he also administers morphine to himself. He says to Watson, "My mind rebels at stagnation." Holmes has the marks of a type of mental health disorder, such as bipolar disorder, that subjects him to periods of productivity and good...

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