The Hound of the Baskervilles Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Based on Watson's examination of the walking-stick, how does he describe Dr. Mortimer?

Watson sees from the inscription of M.R.C.S. that the man is a doctor, but decides that only an elderly doctor would use a walking-stick. From the amount of wear on it, though, he then decides that the man is a country doctor, as a city doctor would not do nearly as much walking. When he notes the C.C.H. on the handle, Watson concludes that the walking stick is a gift from a hunting club of which the doctor is a member.

2. What are Holmes's deductions of Dr. Mortimer from his walking-stick, and how did he arrive at them?

Holmes notes that the C.C.H. stands for Charing Cross Hospital. He believes Watson's theory of the doctor being in the country is correct, but believes that the doctor is young, amicable and unambitious. Holmes declares him unambitious because the doctor evidently left the city life for the slower pace of the country life, though was friendly enough with his hospital staff that they presented him with a walking-stick. Holmes then notes that the doctor owns a dog because of the teeth marks. He does mark the doctor as absent-minded, as the doctor did leave his walking-stick behind.

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