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Quote #10

Then I caught my breath as I read the time-honoured title of the great nobleman and statesman whose wife she had been. My eyes met those of Holmes, and he put his finger to his lips as we turned away from the window. (Milverton.3.1)

Holmes and Watson share some non-verbal communication here as they both silently agree to keep a secret.

Quote #11

"You may have heard of any little reputation which I possess. I will stake it all on the fact that your story is an absolute fabrication."

Mistress and maid were both staring at Holmes with pale faces and frightened eyes.

[....]

"Think once more, Lady Brackenstall. Would it not be better to be frank?"

For an instant there was hesitation in her beautiful face. Then some new strong thought caused it to set like a mask.

"I have told you all I know." (Abbey Grange.104-12)

This scene is significant because Lady Brackenstall is one of the few people not to cave to Holmes. She refuses to make a confession to him and persists in her lie, even when he calls her out on it.

Quote #12

"If you work with me I can arrange everything. If you work against me I must expose you." (Second Stain.193)

Holmes is notably willing to help people maintain a lie at times, as long as they cooperate with him. Holmes seems to not mind being part of a lie, but he can't stand someone lying to him.

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