Quote Analysis In 'The Hound Of Baskervilles'

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Michael Hixon 3A
The Hound of Baskervilles Quote Analysis

"Of course, if Dr. Mortimer's surmise should be correct, and we are dealing with forces outside the ordinary laws of Nature, there is an end of our investigation. But we are bound to exhaust all other hypotheses before falling back upon this one." -Holmes pg. 164
Quote analysis: Holmes wouldn’t just take a supernatural thing happening as an explanation for his case. This is a testament to how dedicated holmes is, he will exhaust every lead, check every detail before he’s done. QUOTE#2
"Just tell me what it all means, Watson, and I'll owe you more than ever I can hope to pay." -Sir Henry pg. 231
Quote analysis: Sir Henry is addressing Watson,
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We may waste time in following the wrong one, but sooner or later we must come upon the right." -Holmes pg. 181
Quote analysis: After no new leads and lots of dead ends in the investigation Holmes is not upset or fed up. He is instead invested into the fact that they have the “threads” in their hands and one of them was going to lead them to the solution.
"I knew that seclusion and solitude were very necessary for my friend in those hours of intense mental concentration during which he weighed every particle of evidence, constructed alternative theories, balanced one against the other, and made up his mind as to which points were essential and which immaterial." -Watson pg. 162
Quote analysis: Watson is saying that he understands the method to Holmes’s madness, because even though they are partners Watson is commonly left out so Holmes can think. Watson gets that to get Holmes on a thinking trip he must give him solitude. QUOTE#5
"I shall soon be in the position of being able to put into a single connected narrative one of the most singular and sensational crimes of modern times." -Holmes pg.
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Where do you think that I have been?" -Holmes pg. 163
Quote analysis: Holmes is telling Watson about his methods after he exits his club. Holmes is saying that he is capable of handling many observations at once and can handle interpretations for each observation so he basically travels through his imagination. QUOTE#7"One of Sherlock Holmes' defects--if indeed, one may call it a defect--was that he was exceedingly loath to communicate his full plans to any other person until the instant of their fulfillment. Partly it came no doubt from his own masterful nature, which loved to dominate and surprise those who were around him. Partly also from his professional caution, which urged him never to take any chances.” Watson pg. 295
Quote analysis: This is from Watson’s journal and he is speaking on Holmes and how he doesn’t like to talk to anyone about his thoughts until the case was over. Watson says it’s because of Holmes’s showmanship and love for the surprise that kept his mouth shut. But also because he is still a detective in the job and he has to be one hundred percent sure of himself.
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