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When he later adds that he hopes the inquiries do no indicate a loss of trust, Sir Henry, by way of assurance that this is not the case, gives Barrymore some of his old clothes. But the uncertainties surrounding the butler’s behavior resurface quickly. When the ever-fitful sleeper Watson hears Barrymore pass by his room, barefoot and by candlelight, he follows at a distance and sees him enter an empty room. There, he holds the light to the window for a few minutes, then puts it out, and returns back down the corridor. Later on that night, Watson hears a key turn in a lock. He reports these occurrences to Sir Henry in the morning and the two make plans.
Sherlock Holmes’s noted indifference over whether the Earth goes around the Sun or vice versa is a comment that dates back to A Study in Scarlet (1887), when he explained that it “makes not a penny-worth of difference to me or my work.” It was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s first work on the detective.
Fast-forwarding to take into account the outcome of this story, there is a pleasant degree of unknowing in Watson’s report. He says that the Stapletons “would be helpless in the hands of a desperate fellow like this Notting Hill criminal,” the irony being that they are in fact not helpless, but rather criminals themselves. This would not be lost on Holmes, who already had strong suspicions about the Stapletons by the time he was reading this.
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