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Holmes does have an ego that sometimes seems to border on arrogance; however, his arrogance is usually deserved. He seems to enjoy baffling the police inspectors with his superior deductions. Holmes is usually quite content to allow the police to take the credit for his work, with Watson being the only one to broadcast his own roles in the case in " The Adventure of the Naval Treaty ", he remarks that of his last fifty-three cases, the police have had all the credit in forty-nine , although he enjoys receiving praise from personal friends and those who take a serious interest in his work.
Although he initially needed Watson to share the rent of his comfortable residence at B Baker Street we are told in " The Adventure of the Dying Detective " when he was living alone "I have no doubt that the house might have been purchased at the price which Holmes paid for his rooms" suggesting he had developed a good income from his practice, although it is never revealed exactly how much he charges for his services.
It is possible, however, that he charges based on the client's ability to pay in " The Adventure of the Final Problem ", Holmes states that his services to the government of France and the royal house of Scandinavia had left him with enough money to retire comfortably, while in " The Adventure of Black Peter " Watson notes that Holmes would refuse to help the wealthy and powerful if their cases did not interest him, while he could devote weeks at a time to the cases of the most humble clients. Certainly, in the course of his career Holmes had worked for both the most powerful monarchs and governments of Europe including his own and various wealthy aristocrats and industrialists, and also been consulted by impoverished pawnbrokers and humble governesses on the lower rungs of society.
Holmes is generally quite fearless. He dispassionately surveys horrific, brutal crime scenes; he does not allow superstition as in The Hound of the Baskervilles or grotesque situations to make him afraid; and he intrepidly confronts violent murderers. He is generally unfazed by threats from his criminal enemies, and indeed Holmes himself remarks that it is the danger of his profession that has attracted him to it. Finally, Holmes does have capacities for human emotion and friendship. He has a remarkable capacity to gently soothe and reassure people suffering from extreme distress, a talent which comes in handy when dealing with both male and female clients who arrive at Baker Street suffering from extreme fear or nervousness.
He also has a close personal friendship with Watson, whose near-death at the hands of a counterfeiter in " The Adventure of the Three Garridebs " elicits grief and anger from Holmes. Over time, Holmes' relations with the official Scotland Yard detectives goes from cold disdain to a strong respect. Holmes believes the use of cocaine stimulates his brain when it is not in use.
He is a habitual user of cocaine, which he injects in a seven-per-cent solution using a personal syringe that he keeps in a Morocco leather case. Holmes is also an occasional user of morphine but expressed strong disapproval on visiting an opium den. These drugs were legal in late 19th-century England. Both Watson and Holmes are continual tobacco users, including cigarettes, cigars, and pipes, though this was not an uncommon habit during this era. Holmes is an expert at identifying tobacco-ash residues, having penned a monograph on the subject.
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Dr Watson strongly disapproves of his friend's cocaine habit, describing it as the detective's "only vice" and expressing concern over its possible effect on Holmes' mental health and superior intellect. Even so, according to his doctor friend, Holmes remains an addict whose habit is "not dead, but merely sleeping". The most characteristic feature of Holmes' attire is introduced in " The Boscombe Valley Mystery " where he is described as wearing a "cloth cap" which in Sidney Paget 's illustration appears as a deerstalker.
It was introduced into more illustrations by the American illustrator F. Steele, who was also responsible following the model of the American actor William Gillette who portrayed the detective for associating Holmes' image with the curved calabash pipe. Although on occasion Holmes and Watson carry pistols with them see also Dr Watson's revolver , there are only three times when these weapons are fired:. In " The Musgrave Ritual " it is revealed that Holmes decorated the wall of their flat with a patriotic "V. As noted above Watson reports Holmes skilled in the martial arts of singlestick and sword fencing-although the only use a sword by Holmes is the Jeremy Brett adaptation of " The Adventure of the Naval Treaty " in which Holmes uses a sword-cane to force Joseph Harrison to give up the stolen treaty papers!
Holmes is also quite skilled in the use of unarmed combat-such as using jujitsu to knock the murderous Professor Moriarty to his doom and also in the art of boxing - he fought three rounds with prizefighter McMurdo "The Sign of the Four" ; he beat Joseph Harrison, and he knocked out the bully Woodley with a straight left cross "The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist".
Nevertheless Holmes has received injuries during his career - a knife cut on his right hand "The Adventure of the Naval Treaty" ; a cut on his right knuckles from a fight with a thug of Professor Moriarty "The Adventure of the Final Problem" ; being nearly strangled by the Cunninghams "The Adventure of the Reigate Squire" ; being beaten by the thugs of Baron Gunther "The Adventure of the Illustrious Client" ; Holmes also lost one of his canine teeth in a fight with a criminal named Matthews at Charing Cross Station "The Adventure of the Empty House".
An estimate of Holmes' age in the short story "His Last Bow" , in which he is described as a "man of sixty" in the year , places his year of birth around ,. Historically, Holmes lived from the year at B Baker Street , London in early notes it was described as being situated at Upper Baker Street , a flat up seventeen steps, where he shared many of his professional years with his good friend Dr Watson for some time before Watson's marriage in or and after Mrs Watson's death.
The residence was maintained by his landlady, Mrs Hudson. In almost all of the stories Holmes is assisted by the practical Watson, who is not only a friend but also his chronicler his "Boswell". Most of Holmes' stories are told as narratives, by Watson, of the detective's solutions to crimes brought to his attention by clients. Holmes sometimes criticizes Watson for his writings, usually because he relates them as exciting stories rather than as objective and detailed reports focusing on what Holmes regards as the pure "science" of his craft. He is also mentioned in a number of others, including " The Adventure of the Empty House ".
Law enforcement officers with whom Holmes has worked include G. Holmes usually baffles the police with his far more efficient and effective methods, showing himself to be a vastly superior detective. Holmes' arch-enemy and popularly-supposed nemesis was Professor James Moriarty "Napoleon of Crime" , who fell, struggling with Holmes, over the Reichenbach Falls. Conan Doyle intended " The Final Problem ", the story in which this occurred, to be the last that he wrote about Holmes. However, the mass of mailings he received demanding that he bring back his creation convinced him to continue, since the public showed little interest in his other literary endeavours.
His return in " The Adventure of the Empty House " had Conan Doyle explaining that only Moriarty fell over the cliff, but Holmes had allowed the world to believe that he too had perished while he dodged the retribution of Moriarty's underlings. Also, numerous sources claim that Moriarty was initially Holmes' mathematics tutor, as is also referenced in the work of Baring-Gould. Professor Moriarty also has a presence in The Valley of Fear.
The only woman in whom Holmes ever showed any interest that verged on the romantic was Irene Adler. According to Watson, she was always referred to by Holmes as " The Woman. She is also one of the few women who are mentioned in multiple Holmes stories, though she actually appears in person only in one, " A Scandal in Bohemia ". She is often thought to be the only woman who broke through Holmes' reserve.
She is possibly the only woman who has ever "beaten" Holmes in a mystery; this point is unclear due to a comment with some chronological problems in one of the stories see the Irene Adler or " The Five Orange Pips " articles for details. However, it is important to note that Watson explicitly states, "It was not that he felt any emotion akin to love for Irene Adler. Whilst it should be noted that Mrs Hudson is never actually described, Watson writes in " The Adventure of the Dying Detective " that Mrs Hudson is fond of Holmes in her own way, despite his bothersome eccentricities as a lodger, owing to his "remarkable gentleness and courtesy in his dealings with women.
In one story, " The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton ", Holmes is engaged to be married, but only with the motivation of gaining information for his case. He clearly demonstrates particular interest in several of the more charming female clients that come his way such as Violet Hunter of " The Adventure of the Copper Beeches ", whom Watson thought might become more than a client to Holmes.
However, the context implies that Holmes found their youth, beauty, and energy and the cases they bring to him invigorating, as opposed to an actual romantic interest, as Holmes inevitably "manifested no further interest in her when once she had ceased to be the center of one of his problems".
If he was able to turn on a certain amount of charm, as indicated by these episodes, there is no indication of a serious or long-term interest apart from the case of Adler. Watson states that Holmes has an "aversion to women" but "a peculiarly ingratiating way with [them]. How can you build on such quicksand? Their most trivial actions may mean volumes