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Compare and contrast "The Man with the Twisted Lip" and "The Case of Identity" in Sherlock Holmes.

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The major similarity between these two stories is that both of them have to do with a man who has hidden his identity.  In both cases, the men have assumed fake identities for the purpose of money.

However, that is, to me, where the similarity ends.  In "The Man With the Twisted Lip," the protagonist is fooling his family for a good purpose.  He does not want them to realize he makes his money begging fraudulently.  So he is trying to protect his family from the truth.

In "The Case of Identity" the man is fooling his stepdaughter for entirely selfish purposes.  He wants to keep using her money so he wants to prevent her from getting married.

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