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sherlock holmes characteristics

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Sherlock Holmes characteristics

In matters of personal hygiene, by contrast, Holmes is described in The Hound of the Baskervilles as having a "cat-like" love of personal cleanliness. This in no way appears to hinder his intensely practical pursuit of his profession,

HE IS PRESENTED AS AN INDEPENDENT STUDENT OF CHEMISTRY WITH A VARIETY OF VERY CURIOUS SIDE INTERESTS, ALMOST ALL OF WHICH TURN OUT TO BE SINGLE-MINDEDLY BENT TOWARDS MAKING HIM SUPERIOR AT SOLVING CRIMES.

HOLMES MAINTAINS STRICT ADHERENCE TO SCIENTIFIC METHODS, AND FOCUSES ON LOGIC AND THE POWERS OF OBSERVATION AND DEDUCTION.

HE BELIEVES THAT THE MIND HAS A FINITE CAPACITY FOR INFORMATION STORAGE, AND SO LEARNING USELESS THINGS WOULD MERELY REDUCE HIS ABILITY TO LEARN USEFUL THINGS.

HOLMES WAS ALSO VERY PERCEPTIVE OF THE DRESS AND DEMEANOUR OF HIS CLIENTS AND OTHERS, NOTING STYLE AND STATE OF WEAR OF THEIR CLOTHES, ANY CONTAMINATION (SUCH AS CLAY ON BOOTS), THEIR STATE OF MIND AND PHYSICAL CONDITION IN ORDER TO INFER THEIR ORIGIN AND RECENT HISTORY. SKIN MARKS SUCH AS TATTOOS COULD REVEAL MUCH ABOUT THEIR PAST HISTORY. HE APPLIED THE SAME METHOD TO PERSONAL ITEMS SUCH AS WALKING STICKS (FAMOUSLY IN THE HOUND

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