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The Hound of the Baskervilles Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapter 4 Summary

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Chapter 4 Summary

Dr. Mortimer returns to 221B Baker Street with Sir Henry Baskerville. Sir Henry shows Holmes a strange letter he received that morning addressed to him at his hotel in sloppy handwriting. The letter reads: "As you value your life or your reason keep away from the moor." All the words had been cut from a newspaper except the word "moor," which was written in ink.

Holmes is able to locate the exact article in the London Times from which the letter-writer cut the words for his epistle. He also deduces that the writer used hotel ink and nail scissors to cut the article. Because the Times is read by educated people, Holmes believes the writer to be an educated person trying to conceal his intelligence with sloppy handwriting. Holmes asks Sir Henry if he thinks he is being followed or if anything out of the ordinary has...

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