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Quote #10

Yet even without knowing his brilliant record one could not fail to be impressed by a mere glance at the man, the square, massive face, the brooding eyes under the thatched brows, and the granite moulding of the inflexible jaw. A man of deep character, a man with an alert mind, grim, ascetic, self-contained, formidable - so I read Dr. Leslie Armstrong. (Three-Quarter.113)

This type of description is actually rather typical for Watson. He frequently speaks admiringly, and at length, of the various clients he and Holmes encounter. The use of the word "read" is also notable. Holmes might analyze or dissect people like a scientist, but Watson "reads" people like a romantic writer.

Quote #11

[B]ut since he has definitely retired from London and betaken himself to study and bee-farming on the Sussex Downs, notoriety has become hateful to him. (Second Stain.1)

Holmes as a bee-keeper is a hilarious image. This sentence also implies that Holmes fame just kept growing over the years and eventually drove him into retirement and away from "notoriety."

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