The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Why is Dr. Mortimer conflicted about bringing Sir Henry to Baskerville Hall?

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Dr. Mortimer, who has come to seek the help of Mr. Holmes and Dr. Watson, fears that taking Sir Henry Baskerville to the family estate is a bad idea. Dr. Mortimer's friend, Sir Charles Baskerville, has recently died after being attacked by something everyone seems to suspect is a spectral dog. There is a rumor around the Baskerville estate that the family has an ancestral curse, and this ghostly dog will come for the male heirs. Naturally, Dr. Mortimer worries that if he takes Sir Henry-- the heir-- to Baskerville Hall, the same fate will befall him. 

Mr. Sherlock Holmes points out that if something supernatural is to blame, it is just as likely that the ghost dog might attack in London as in Devonshire. With this, and Sir Henry's insistence that he ought to go to the family estate, Dr. Mortimer reluctantly agrees to take Sir Henry to his family home.

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