• Chapter 1. Mr. Sherlock Holmes

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    Mr. Sherlock Holmes, who was usually very late in the mornings, save upon those not infrequent occasions when he was up all night, was seated at the breakfast table.

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  • I stood upon the hearth-rug and picked up the stick which our visitor had left behind him the night before.

  • It was a fine, thick piece of wood, bulbous-headed, of the sort which is known as a “Penang lawyer.”

  • Just under the head was a broad silver band nearly an inch across.

  • “To James Mortimer, M.R.C.S., from his friends of the C.C.H.,” was engraved upon it, with the date “1884.”

  • It was just such a stick as the old-fashioned family practitioner used to carry—dignified, solid, and reassuring.

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    Sherlock Holmes

    “Well, Watson, what do you make of it?”

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    Holmes was sitting with his back to me, and I had given him no sign of my occupation.

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    Me

    “How did you know what I was doing? I believe you have eyes in the back of your head.”

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    Sherlock Holmes

    “I have, at least, a well-polished, silver-plated coffee-pot in front of me,”

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    said he.

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  • “But, tell me, Watson, what do you make of our visitor’s stick?

  • Since we have been so unfortunate as to miss him and have no notion of his errand, this accidental souvenir becomes of importance.

  • Let me hear you reconstruct the man by an examination of it.”

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    Dr. Watson

    “I think,”

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    said I, following as far as I could the methods of my companion,

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  • “that Dr. Mortimer is a successful, elderly medical man, well-esteemed since those who know him give him this mark of their appreciation.”

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    Sherlock Holmes

    “Good!”

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    said Holmes.

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