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Speculations of morality and spirituality in Arthur Conan Doyle’s writings
David Beck

regarding the location of Wilson’s tattoo, though not the significance of its design. It states: ‘[w]ith women the decoration is usually a bee, a butterfly, a spray of flowers or a monogram. These ornaments are worn inside the wrist, so they may be hidden by the glove, if necessary’ ( Tit-bits 1891a : n.p.). Wilson’s tattoo, being situated above his right wrist, may be convenient as it would be easy to hide with long sleeves. In plotting Holmes’s investigations, Doyle used the motif of an easily hidden tattoo to conceal aspects of a character’s past, while intentionally

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