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The Best of Sherlock Holmes

Does sherlock Holmes actually need Watson's help?

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's pairing of the eccentric and brilliant detective with the somewhat stuffy physician home from military service is one of the most successful in literature. Whether in the...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2015 2:54 am UTC

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Currently, the address of 221B Baker Street is in London (Westminster) NW1 6XE.  What would the full address have...

This is an interesting question! As the previous Educator has stated, there was never a 221B in Baker Street until relatively recently, when the Sherlock Holmes Museum took up residence at a house...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2019 9:38 am UTC

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 Please discuss how Sherlock Holmes, the highly intelligent detective in various stories by Arthur Conan Doyle,...

The highly astute Sherlock Holmes has an uncanny ability to reason, acute knowledge of forensics, and a talent for disguise that greatly contributes to the maintenance of law and order. Holmes's...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2014 3:58 am UTC

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What are the facts Sherlock Holmes presented to Dr. Watson about the battered billycock in "The Adventure of the Blue...

The facts that Sherlock Holmes presented to Dr. Watson are that:1. There was a card on the goose's leg inscribed, "For Mrs. Henry Baker."2. The battered billycock hat had the initials H.B. in the...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2009 8:34 am UTC

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What are examples of how Sherlock Holmes uses his keen observation in either "A Scandal in Bohemia" or "The Adventure...

In "A Scandal in Bohemia," the first story in Arthur Conan Doyle's The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock shows off his powers of observation by telling Watson that he's gained weight, he's...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2017 3:26 pm UTC

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In "The Adventure of the Speckled Band," what clever, logical deductions did Holmes make to arrive at the correct...

Sherlock Holmes often explains his reasoning to Watson at the end of a tale, after the mystery has been solved and the guilty party is either dead or has been taken off to jail. Another good...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2014 5:50 am UTC

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How does Sherlock Homes contribute to the preservation of law and order in society?

Sherlock Holmes calls himself a "consulting detective," but actually he is what we nowadays call a "private detective," not unlike Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade or Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe....

Latest answer posted October 1, 2014 11:47 pm UTC

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What was the one thing In Robert Ferguson's letter to Holmes which was not true? What evidence do we have of this...

In his letter to Sherlock Holmes in "The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire," Robert Ferguson claims that he is writing on behalf of someone else. Watson is taken in by Ferguson's subterfuge, but...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2017 10:46 am UTC

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Critics have stated that Sherlock Holmes became an icon among detective novel characters.  What factors made this true?

Holmes became popular with male readers because Sir Arthur Conan Doyle took care to give him an enviable lifestyle. Unlike his readers, Sherlock Holmes works only when he chooses. His clients...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2014 6:17 am UTC

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Explain how Watson's habit of embellishing both helps and hinders a reader's attempt to solve the mystery before...

I do not believe that all the readers of the Sherlock Holmes stories and novels are attempting to solve the mystery before Holmes does. Some readers are intrigued by the settings, the costumes, the...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2014 7:06 am UTC

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In your opinion, which is the best of all the Sherlock Holmes stories in terms of literary merit?

I have always found The Hound of the Baskervilles to be the best Sherlock Holmes story in terms of literary merit. It seems like so much more than a detective novel. It breaks the pattern in many...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2013 11:29 pm UTC

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What was Julia Stoner scheduled to do a fortnight after she died in "The Adventure of the Speckled Band"?    

Julia Stoner was scheduled to get married a fortnight after she died. Helen Stoner comes to hire Sherlock Holmes because her twin sister died and she is afraid that she is next. She hears strange...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2016 4:55 am UTC

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Why did Holmes deduce even before he had met Jacky that the boy was unusually intelligent?

In the story "The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire," Holmes is summoned to examine a case involving the second wife of a man named Ferguson. This wife, who is from Peru, has beaten Ferguson's son,...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2019 1:06 pm UTC

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In the chapter "The Adventure of Beryl Coronet" in The Best of Sherlock Holmes, what was the best possible solution...

Sherlock Holmes makes this particular comment in regards to a note that Mary left behind for her uncle, Mr. Holder. In this note, she reveals that she was going away on account of a statement her...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2019 7:25 am UTC

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What was Sherlock Holmes trying to establish when he told Mrs. Straker that he recollected the dress she had worn...

Sherlock Holmes is calculating in his use of deception. He employs trickery and misdirection for the purposes of gaining more information. In "Silver Blaze," Sherlock Holmes's conversation with...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2019 3:42 am UTC

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How does Sir Arthur Conan Doyle explore the genre of the Victorian detective story in his Sherlock Holmes stories?...

Well, to be honest, mostly he does not do so—because the Victorian detective story didn't really exist as a coherent genre. There were mysteries a plenty, but they were more part of the larger...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2008 4:04 am UTC

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In what ways do Doyle and Shakespeare present the foibles of human nature in Hamlet and The Best of Sherlock Holmes...

Doyle and Shakespeare both use eccentric but brilliant characters to represent the foibles of human nature in Hamlet and the Best of Sherlock Holmes through their egos. Although there do not seem...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2014 10:09 pm UTC

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Which detail supports the inference that Holmes believes in the importance of reliable alliances when solving mysteries?

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Best of Sherlock Holmes recounts some of the most iconic cases solved by Sherlock Holmes. Holmes is a noted recluse, married to the art of deduction. Holmes is obsessed...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2019 9:15 pm UTC

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Why does Mrs. Sinclair think that the opuim house is a terrible place?

I think that you must be referring to Mrs. St. Clair in the story "The Man with the Twisted Lip." To me, Mrs. St. Clair only really thinks the opium den is terrible because of what she thinks has...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2010 10:47 pm UTC

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In The Sign of the Four, how does Sherlock Holmes make a good literary detective in relation to other...

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...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2016 12:54 pm UTC

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