I wonder why this chapter has the subheading "The Light Upon the Moor," but the last chapter was also a report from Watson, and it has no subheading.
Also, I just realized this letter is dated October 15th, coincidentally the date I started this read-along. Huh! No wonder I want to read/watch this in October every year!
So anyway, here we learn that Sir Henry sleeps even more lightly than Watson. Watson's heard Barrymore walking around once. Sir Henry has heard him two or three times.
And Watson's so sweet, writing to Holmes that he hopes he has not "disappointed you as an agent -- that you do not regret the confidence which you showed in me when you sent me down" (p. 639).
How about that Sir Henry, though? He's quite a brave guy, going out after a convicted murderer (a vicious and brutal murderer) armed only with a hunting crop. And then although the sound of a hound howling on the moor completely freaks him out, he wants to keep going after Selden!
And though we lose Selden, we spot a mysterious man standing on top of a moor hill. Clear up one mystery, find another.
"We'll see it thorugh if all the fiends of the pit were loose upon the moor" (p. 644).
There, outlined as black as an ebony statue on that shining background, I saw the figure of a man upon the tor (p. 645).
Possible Discussion Questions:
Do you think Holmes is finding Watson's reports helpful?