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Sherlock Holmes also seems to form a contrast to Dr. Roylott. It is clear from the first time they both meet that Holmes always seems to be the one in control of the conversation. Dr. Roylott is loud and aggressive, whereas Holmes is calm. “See that you keep yourself out of my grip”, this is a quote from Dr. Roylott’s first meeting with Holmes. Instead of arguing back, Holmes is calm and witty, “Your conversation is most entertaining”. Dr. Roylott is not just loud but he also seems quite strong, “he stepped swiftly forward, seized the poker, and bent it into a curve with his huge brown hands”.

This description of “brown hands” gives Dr. Roylott a 2bear like” appearance. He then threatens Holmes: “Keep yourself out of my grip”, telling him that he’d do the same to Holmes as he did to the poker if he did not stay out of his way. Holmes seems quite amused by what Dr. Roylott has done and says that he is not so weak himself: “I am not quite so bulky, but if he had remained I might have shown him that my grip was not much more feeble than his own”. Sherlock Holmes continues to be an influence on modern writers, a gentleman and a hero at the same time.

The most impressive aspect of Holmes’ character is his intelligence, which leaves other characters and the reader astonished. We can see this from the very start were Holmes tells Helen Stoner exactly how she arrived at his house, in detail. We also find out that he has worked out how the murder was committed long before all the evidence is put together at the end of the story. Modern day fictional detectives still often have many things in common with Sherlock Holmes: high moral standards, wealth, loner tendencies and great intelligence.

This shows us how appealing Sherlock Holmes was and still is as a character. We also find out that Holmes is unpaid for his work which only increases our admiration for him. The most interesting thing that I have learned about Victorian society is the attitude towards men and women. Men in stories were very much the heroic character, whereas women were helpless and not very clever. It’s interesting comparing this story to a modern one as it shows us how attitudes have changed over the last 100 years.

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