What was Sherlock Holmes trying to establish when he told Mrs. Straker that he recollected the dress she had worn when he met her at Plymouth? Did Holmes really meet her at Plymouth?
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 Mrs. Straker displays one of these deceptions.
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