The Hound of the Baskervilles

Do you think conan doyle has made sherlock holmes smart by dumbing down all the other character

the hound of the baskervilles

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No, Holmes is naturally clever and not at the expense of other characters. The cases are pretty tricky. For Holmes to succeed as Doyle's protagonist/hero he has to function a cut above everybody else. Watson, for example, has great powers of perception. Although he never achieves Holmes's stature, he does help Holmes solve the crimes. I don’t recall any characters as being inordinately stupid.