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5. “‘Snap goes our third thread, and we end where we began....I tell you, Watson, this time we have got a foeman who is worthy of our steel.’” (p. 73, Holmes to Watson, after his ideas fail to yield results in London).
Aside from the mythological reference to the Fates (see Chapter Five notes), the quote also shows the difficulty of the case.
6. “I can still remember your complete indifference as to whether the sun moved round the earth or the earth round the sun.” (p. 109, Watson, in his report to Holmes)
This line, first appearing in A Study in Scarlet, demonstrates the extreme practicality of Holmes. As a detective, he knows his area of expertise thoroughly, but his knowledge of subjects beyond is limited.
7. “‘They say it is the cry of the Hound of the Baskervilles.’” (p.138, Holmes, to Sir Henry after hearing the sound).
Stapleton, though he can hide the hound, cannot muffle its sound and the peasants in the area have heard it a number of times. It strikes fear in those who hear it and adds credit to the family legend.
8. “I swear that another day shall not have passed before I have done all that man can do to reach the heart of the mystery.” (p. 159, Watson in his diary entry)
Watson’s ability and persistence which help make him so useful to Holmes show through here. He gets his interview with Mrs. Lyons and discovers the detective’s hiding place, something Holmes had not anticipated.
9. “‘But now we have to prove the connection between the man and the beast.’” (p.190, Holmes to Watson).
Up to this point, they still have no case against Stapleton, even though most of his plan has been discovered. It also refers to the need to prove that the naturalist and the family murderer are the same person (see Chapter Twelve notes).
10. “‘I said it in London, Watson, and I say it again now, that never yet have we helped to hunt down a more dangerous man than he who is lying yonder’- he swept his long arm towards the huge mottled expanse of green-splotched bog which stretched away until it merged into the russet slopes of the moor.” (p. 230, Holmes to Watson, at the end of the case and with Stapleton dead).
The imagery of the moor is appropriate to the atmosphere of the crime and the fate of the man well here; the “devil’s agent” has been banished to a world matching his own dark nature. Aside from emphasizing the cruelty of the crime, the quote also marks the end of the difficult case.
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