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Sherlock Holmes had pushed away his untasted breakfast and lit the unsavoury pipe which was the companion of his deepest meditations. ~ The Valley of Fear

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"I wonder!" said he, leaning back and staring at the ceiling. "Perhaps there are points which have escaped your Machiavellian intellect. Let us consider the problem in the light of pure reason." ~ The Valley of Fear

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Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius . . . ~ The Valley of Fear

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A long series of sterile weeks lay behind us, and here at last there was a fitting object for those remarkable powers which, like all special gifts, become irksome to their owner when they are not in use. ~ The Valley of Fear

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"Then, with your permission, we will leave it at that, Mr. Mac. The temptation to form premature theories upon insufficient data is the bane of our profession." ~ The Valley of Fear

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"Can a husband ever carry about a secret all his life and a woman who loves him have no suspicion of it? I knew it by his refusal to talk about some episodes in his American life. I knew it by certain precautions he took. I knew it by certain words he let fall. I knew it by the way he looked at unexpected strangers." ~ The Valley of Fear

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"'The Valley of Fear,'" the lady answered. "That was an expression he has used when I questioned him. 'I have been in the Valley of Fear. I am not out of it yet.' -- 'Are we never to get out of the Valley of Fear?' I have asked him when I have seen him more serious than usual. 'Sometimes I think that we never shall,' he has answered." ~ The Valley of Fear

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He was too much absorbed with his own thoughts to give any immediate answer to my remonstrance. He leaned upon his hand, with his untasted breakfast before him, and he stared at the slip of paper which he had just drawn from its envelope. Then he took the envelope itself, held it up to the light, and very carefully studied both the exterior and the flap. ~ The Valley of Fear

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"When you have one of the first brains of Europe up against you, and all the powers of darkness at his back, there are infinite possibilities." ~ The Valley of Fear

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"Dear me, Watson, is it possible that you have not penetrated the fact that the case hangs upon the missing dumb-bell?" ~ The Valley of Fear

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