MBTI Type: ISTP

Holmes doesn’t want Dr. Mortimer to read him the newspaper report of Baskerville’s death, he wants to hear “just the facts, and from your own perspective.” He wants them to be clear, concise, and well-reasoned, so that he can have as pure of an account of the man’s demise and the curse as possible. His entire personality is built around deductive reasoning; taking ideas and theories and suspects apart, mentally deconstructing them, building up a credible theory, and operating off that assumption. He also loves to be hands-on; he wants the concrete facts of what happened (footprints, suspects, environment), and then hastens out to the moor to hunt down the escaped convict and ask him what has been happening behind the scenes. He often takes risks in his investigative work, going into mines, prowling about the moors at night, and assuming a man they saw mauled to death is Sir Henry (he doesn’t question this until he return to the Hall and see Sir Henry alive and well). He notices details in his environment and comments on them (the missing painting, the webbed right hand of a suspect, Franklin and his missing spider, even killing the spider that climbs up on Sir Henry). Holmes also shows flashes of Ni insight in the conclusions he draws about Mortimer, Sir Henry, Stapleton, and various others about the moor. His inferior Fe shows up in his unapologetic bluntness and tendency to get directly to the point; he cares more about information than others’ feelings. But he also plays with their emotions at times, to get a rise out of them – he flatters Franklin to get on his good side, he builds up Watson when he sends him out to the moor, and he provokes Sir Henry into accepting a dangerous dinner invitation by calling his new friends “peasants” and snidely saying he hopes Sir Henry enjoys the “rabbit pie.”

Enneagram: 5w4 so/sp

Holmes prides himself on being detached and on his mental prowess; it makes him rather unfeeling and a bit socially awkward, since he bluntly asks people questions to probe them to get at “the truth.” He has never married, choosing instead to remain separate from everyone (apart from his friend Watson), so he can contribute to society through solving cases – which he mostly does for the intellectual challenge it provides him (being paid for it is a side benefit). The puzzle and solving it matters more to him than the outcome or even getting paid. He fully trusts his own insights and intuitions, but doesn’t share his thinking easily until he has proof. He’s rather offended at the idea that he would go into a mine without knowing there were alternative exits, since that casts aspersions on his logical prowess. His 4 wing is singular, a bit arrogant, and often a little condescending; he assumes himself better at deduction than everyone else (he is) and shows a haughty side, sometimes merely to provoke people into doing what he wants them to do. In intense situations, Holmes often becomes more reckless and risk-taking, engaging with the environment and allowing Sir Henry to act as the bait for the hound, while standing on the sidelines in wait for the hound to strike.

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