Sherlock Holmes was an extraordinary man and an amazing detective who had unique skills that enabled him to solve crimes in the book The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He was consulted by many people and the police to solve crimes and mysteries because of his special skills. Holmes was able to briefly look at the most basic items involved in a mystery and reach conclusions that most people would not even notice. His qualities included being observant, being able to recreate a scene from very little evidence and having amazing senses. It was these skills and characteristics that led Sherlock Holmes to be known as a brilliant detective and crime solver. One characteristic that Sherlock Holmes had was being very observant. Sherlock Holmes was able to look at the walking stick left in his office and instantly determined information about the owner. As Conan Doyle noted, “ So your grave, middle- aged family practitioner vanishes into thin air, my dear Watson, and there emerges a younger fellow under thirty, amiable, unambitious, absentminded, and the possessor of a favourite dog, which I should describe roughly as being larger than a terrier and smaller than a mastiff,”(5). This example proves that Holmes did not just look at objects, he made very detailed mental notes about them. He also saw things that others wouldn’t, because they did not notice details like Sherlock Holmes. Holmes figured out plenty of information about Dr. Mortimer by simply observing his walking stick. Over all being observant helped Holmes find many clues in order to solve this mystery.
Sherlock Holmes possessed an ability to visually recreate a scene in his mind just by looking at the tracks left behind or evidence found. The evidence used by Holmes to determine that the letter was written in a hotel was based on how the ink appeared on the envelope. His ability was demonstrated by the following quote, “The pen has spluttered twice in a single word and has run dry...
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