Holmes always tends to give a definite statement, whenever he deduces something, instead of asking whether the fact he observed is true or not for e.g. in ‘A Scandal of Bohemia’ he utters to Watson “How do I know that you have getting yourself very wet lately and that you have a most clumsy and careless servant girl.” This shows that Holmes is very confident in himself regardless of what the real reason is. So once again, it rather gives him a pompous figure.
Conversely, Holmes’ narcissism is arguable seeing that in most cases, he permits the police to take all the credit for his toil with only Watson perceiving the real event. Also from the fact that his deductive skills are seldom faulty. We discover that Holmes is quite fearless from ‘The Speckled Band’. It shows the way he deals with threats i.e. Dr. Roylott, whom the writer presents as an ‘apparition’ in the line “Which of you is Holmes? Asked the apparition” to help convey a supernatural appearance.
Despite the furious intensified anger, the doctor was in and his immense strength backing him up, Holmes’ valiant disposition retaliates without being startled at all. He cunningly averts in telling him of his stepdaughter’s intention, “It is a little cold for the time of the year,” and mocks the doctor to depart, “Your conversation is most entertaining. When you go out close the door, for there is a decided draught.” In addition, he confronts the poisonous snake and manipulates it. However, Watson states that Holmes was so frightened and struck with terror that his face went pale at that scene, “I could, however, see that his face was deadly pale and filled with horror and loathing.” The writer relates to death by using ‘deadly pale’ to create fear and danger.
Consequently, I believe Holmes’ passion and determination as a detective reduces his personal fear and facilitates the unimaginable tremors he has to face. As depicted in all of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Holmes demonstrates one of his most effective attribute, his deductive skills, a rare dexterity way beyond any detective could ever obtain. Initially he would say some surprising facts relating to a person for e.g. in ‘The Speckled band’ he says to his client Miss Stoner, about her navigating the train, “You have come in by train this morning, I see.”
He then waits for a sudden shocking response and proceeds in explaining which he portrays it to be quite elementary; “No, but I observe the second half of a return ticket in the palm of your left glove” leaving the person humbled and immobilised. His advance inference from a mere observation always keeps him one step ahead and due to this astounding aptitude, Holmes already intuits behind the peculiar mysteries for e.g. in ‘The Man with the Twisted Lips’ he brings forth a sponge which he with poise tells Watson that it will disclose the truth. Yet he purposely deviates, so the truth divulge to us only after his excellent plans are accomplished.
We learn that Sherlock Holmes is always precise through Watson’s declaration in ‘The Man with the Twisted Lip’ when Holmes formulates a plan in such a short notice; “it was difficult to refuse any of Sherlock Holmes’ requests, for they were always so exceedingly definite, and put forward with such a quiet air of mastery.” This also specifies just how much trust Watson has in Holmes. Holmes is a master of disguise, like any other detective. In ‘The Man with the Twisted Lip’, he appears as an old opium addict in the opium den to secretly extract information on his rival, and in ‘A Scandal in Bohemia’ he utilizes it to infiltrate inside Irene’s house.
He was so good at it that Watson compares the incognito Holmes to Sir John Hare, a prominent renowned actor at that time to justify and show that the actor could have only accomplishes as much as Holmes, “…and general look of peering and benevolent curiosity were such as Mr. John Hare alone could have equalled.” Furthermore, Watson compliments Holmes’ master of disguise, “The stage lost a fine actor, even as science lost an acute reasoner, when he became a specialist in crime.” From this, we also witness Holmes’ psychological skills for he deviously gets Irene to accomplish the job for him; Irene is manipulated in disclosing the photograph. Holmes work is based on the fact that “an unmarried woman will seek her most valuable possession in case of fire, whereas a married woman will grab her baby instead.”
When it came to woman, Sherlock Holmes’ nature completely changed, he was always gracious and treated them with the greatest hospitality like in ‘The Speckled Band’ he immediately puts a chair in front of the fire place to warm Miss Stoner up for he perceives her cold condition and devastated shape. He courteously requests the lady a hot cup of soothing coffee, “Ha, I am glad to see that Mrs. Hudson has had the good sense to light the fire. Pray draw up to it, and I shall order you a cup of hot coffee, for I observe that you are shivering.” This line also suggests that Holmes cares for the woman even whom he only met today as he is glad the fire is set so the lady can soothe in the warmth. Furthermore, in ‘The Man with a Twisted’ he frequently calls Mrs St Clair ‘Madam’. This repetition adds emphasis on his politeness and gives him the expression of a perfect gentleman, thus is looked up at.
His relation with Irene Adler is very adorable, though he is a man with the absence of mere emotions, stated in ‘A Scandal in Bohemia’, “…but, as a lover, he would have placed himself in a false position.” This was partly due to the belief of Holmes that he would be diverged from his work as Watson clarifies, “Grit in a sensitive instrument, or a crack in one of his own highly power lenses, would not be more disturbing than a strong emotion in a nature such as his.” The writer uses other forms of distraction since Holmes is very passionate on what he does, the lenses which is a very useful tool used by a detective to magnify so you would think he would be easily distracted by a crack in the equipment so as to not working.
He compares this to of that emotion he would get from Irene to tell us just how much of a negative effect this emotion would have on his profession. He is greatly admired by her that he requests the King in ‘A Scandal in Bohemia’ to reward him with a photograph of Irene, refusing the King’s offer of an emerald ring, “Your majesty has something which I should value even more highly.” I believe he only took interest in her amid to her outstanding wit regardless of her charming features.