Watson enjoys watching Holmes solve cases, because he doesn’t understand or see the clues that lead his friend to his assumptions. He admits up front that he saw “nothing significant in what Dr. Mortimer said,” implying that he prefers to take reality as it is, and not over-question it. He keeps detailed accounts of what he sees on the moor, which he sends to Holmes in London, never once assuming that it’s a farce to conceal the detective’s presence and allow him to wander about the moor unnoticed to gather information. Watson investigates things directly through action – he and Sir Henry go out on the moor at night in pursuit of a mysterious light, then encounter the escaped convict; but he draws no conclusions from it and is surprised to learn that the criminal is associated with someone in the house. He also takes a local girl at face value, and attempts to prevent her from fleeing into the moor, only to fall into the mire himself. Watson is generous with his feelings, concerned with social appropriateness, and finds trapping animals to be “unnecessarily cruel.” But he also immediately concedes his statement when he realizes Stapleton cannot shoot a gun properly due to his webbed fingers, thus admitting that values change dependent on the circumstances involved (in some situations, it’s okay for someone to use a trap to take care of their family). He’s sensitive to people and their emotional needs and considerate of their feelings, but also easily shares his own admiration for Holmes’ deductions. He rather halfheartedly makes a few guesses as to the circumstances around the deaths and the mysteries, but leaves most of it to Holmes. He doesn’t freely speculate and is amazed at his friend’s Ni deductions.

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Watson is a mild-mannered, good-natured, rather unflappable man who willingly goes to the moors on Holmes’ behalf and faithfully keeps him updated via telegram of the facts of the situation. He is quick to leap into action in protection of Sir Henry, and to go out onto the moors at night in pursuit of a mysterious light, showing his cautious assumption that everything will turn out all right. Even though Holmes corrects him often, sometimes snidely, Watson doesn’t react or become offended. He trusts himself to make decisions and investigate, even though he leaves most of the heavy lifting to Holmes. He takes his duties seriously as Sir Henry’s protector and has rather firm views of what is appropriate and not (he gets angry at Dr. Mortimer for leaving Sir Henry after an argument, and says that an insult is no reason to leave a man unprotected like that).

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