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Why did Sherlock Holmes ask Watson to whisper "Norbury" in his ear in The Adventure of the Yellow Face?

At the end of the story, Sherlock says to Watson that if he ever gets too confident with a case or too complacent, that Watson should whisper the word "Norbury" in his ear. Sherlock says that he...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2019 10:26 am UTC

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What are three physical clues used in Hounds of Baskerville, not counting the Boot and the letter?

In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles, Dr. Mortimer recounts the tale of a curse upon his family name. He has a letter dated from 1782 that describes the presence of a "hound of...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2017 4:01 am UTC

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"Elementary, my dear Watson" I have been told that Sherlock Holmes is never actually quoted saying his famous phrase...

Eureka! There is a two-in-one example in The Hound of the Baskervilles. When a guest leaves his walking stick behind, Holmes (with Watson, this time!) makes several conjectures about its owner;...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2008 10:13 am UTC

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What was Mrs. Windibank's motive in the Sherlock Holmes "A Case of Identity"?

Mrs. Windibank conspires with her husband to ensure that her daughter, Miss Sutherland, is seduced and abandoned just before her forthcoming wedding to Mr. Hosmer Angel. Of course, the caddish Mr....

Latest answer posted July 18, 2018 4:53 am UTC

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List the facts Holmes presents to Watson about the battered hat in "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle."

From the hat, Holmes deduces that the owner was intelligent but has fallen on hard times and his wife has left him. Watson walks in on Holmes one day, intending to wish him Merry Christmas. He...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2016 6:29 pm UTC

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How are readers being confronted with mysterious facts throughout the story that are not explained until the end?...

Many of these tales contain mysteries that are not solved until the end and in which readers are confronted with confusing facts that represent "red herrings" (or devices that lead the readers to...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2017 2:44 pm UTC

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