What reasons does Holmes give for being unable to accompany Sir Henry and Dr. Mortimer to Dartmoor in "The Hound of the Baskervilles"? Anywhere in chapters 4 and 5.
What reasons does Holmes give for being unable to accompany Sir Henry and Dr. Mortimer to Dartmoor in "The Hound of the Baskervilles"?
Anywhere in chapters 4 and 5.
Holmes reasons for not accompanying Watson are false. Holmes does not accompany Dr. Watson and Baskerville to the hall because he plans to come disguised to the area. He wants to investigate alone hoping to discover the secret of the hound and its apparition. Disguised as a beggar, he not only discovers the possible hiding place of the dog, but also the hiding place of Seldon the escaped convict and his relationship to the servants at the hall. He implies that he will be available only if worse comes to worse, but he is, in fact, present during the entire time. He quickly eliminates the red herring of Seldon and the hall's housekeeper and butler and discovers other possible suspects lurking about.
This is not an unusual situation for Holmes. In many of his stories he has "hiding" places all over London where he quickly disguises himself in order to follow or observe situations and people. Some times he is so well disguised that even Watson does not recognize him. It is one more tool in his arsenal of weapons to prevent or solve crime.
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