I like that Watson decides since he is Holmes' agent in Dartmoor, he can't listen to what he views as superstitious nonsense about spectral hounds. Doesn't rely on his own judgement, but on Holmes'. It's very sweet and loyal of him.
I'd totally forgotten that Dr. Mortimer's little spaniel disappeared :-( Poor Dr. Mortimer! Poor spaniel.
This chapter feels a little slow, compared to the last -- mostly pulling together some story threads and revealing that there's definitely a mysterious, unknown man lurking on the moor. Watson says, "If I could lay my hands upon that man, then at last we might find ourselves at the end of all our difficulties" (p. 648). The worthy doctor never spoke a truer word!
Favorite Lines: I have not lived for years with Sherlock Holmes for nothing (p. 652).
Possible Discussion Question: Watson says, "if I have one quality upon earth it is common sense" (p. 647). Do you agree?