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* AerithAndBob: Sherlock Holmes uses the four names on the titular pact to deductively identify Jonathon Small, the sole English name on the pact, as the murderer of Bartholomew Sholto.


* TheyHaveTheScent: Holmes employs the mongrel dog Toby to track down Jonathan Small, who had accidentally stepped in some creosote. Temporarily subverted when Toby instead leads them to a barrel of the stuff.

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* TheyHaveTheScent: Holmes employs the mongrel dog Toby to track down Jonathan Small, who had accidentally stepped in some creosote. Temporarily subverted when Toby instead gets his scent trails crossed and leads them to a barrel of the stuff.stuff at a construction site.

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* AerithAndBob: Sherlock Holmes uses the four names on the titular pact to deductively identify Jonathon Small, the sole English name on the pact, as the murderer of Bartholomew Sholto.

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* HypocriticalHumor: Athelney Jones lectures Holmes about the importance of facts over theories when he'd arbitrarily decided that Thaddeus had murdered his brother over the treasure before even entering the crime scene, much less examined it for evidence.


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* PoliceAreUseless: Athelney Jones arrests pretty much the entire Sholto household for being connected to Bartholomew's murder on no evidence whatsoever (correctly catching one accomplice in the murder by sheer luck), causing Watson to comment to Holmes that they're lucky they didn't get arrested as well. The only thing he does that actually helps solve the case is provide Holmes with a steam launch to run down Small's boat in the finale.


* AdaptedOut: In most adaptations, the Rajah's servant set to secretly watch over the one escorting the treasure and then alerting the authorities in Agra about his disappearance and then the subsequent discovery of his corpse is left out. Instead most adaptations merely state the body was discovered, because the Four decided to give him DueToTheDead by burying him instead of feeding the corpse to the jackals lurking outside the fort's ditches.

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* AdaptedOut: In most adaptations, the Rajah's servant set to secretly watch over the one escorting the treasure and then alerting the authorities in Agra about his disappearance and then the subsequent discovery of his corpse is left out. Instead most adaptations merely state the body was discovered, because the Four decided to give him a DueToTheDead by burying him (cremating the body according to Sihk custom being impossible without attracting attention) instead of feeding the corpse to the jackals lurking outside the fort's ditches. Watson sums it all nicely in the Granada adaptation:


* AdaptedOut: In most adaptations, the Rajah's servant set to secretly watch over the one escorting the treasure and then alerting the authorities in Agra about his disappearance and then the subsequent discovery of his corpse is left out. Instead most adaptations merely state the body was discovered, because the Four decided to give him DueToTheDeath by burying him instead of feeding the corpse to the jackals lurking outside the fort's ditches.

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* AdaptedOut: In most adaptations, the Rajah's servant set to secretly watch over the one escorting the treasure and then alerting the authorities in Agra about his disappearance and then the subsequent discovery of his corpse is left out. Instead most adaptations merely state the body was discovered, because the Four decided to give him DueToTheDeath DueToTheDead by burying him instead of feeding the corpse to the jackals lurking outside the fort's ditches.

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!! Adaptations
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* AdaptedOut: In most adaptations, the Rajah's servant set to secretly watch over the one escorting the treasure and then alerting the authorities in Agra about his disappearance and then the subsequent discovery of his corpse is left out. Instead most adaptations merely state the body was discovered, because the Four decided to give him DueToTheDeath by burying him instead of feeding the corpse to the jackals lurking outside the fort's ditches.
--> '''Dr. Watson:''' A body not burned in India is soon discovered.

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For the 1932 film adaptation, see ''Film/TheSignOfFourSherlockHolmesGreatestCase''.


* BigBad: [[spoiler:Jonathan Small]]

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* BigBad: [[spoiler:Jonathan Small]]Jonathan Small

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"It is a thorn..."

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"It "[[RuleOfThree It is a thorn..."]]"


** Very much averted in Small's flashback. The reason why Small and his comrades end up in Cape Town is because the body of the rajah's servant is found.

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** Very much averted in Small's flashback. The reason why Small and his comrades end up in Cape Hope Town is because the body of the rajah's servant is found.


* BilingualBonus: On the final pages, Holmes quotes a distych by [[DichterAndDenker Goethe]] (No. 20 ''Der Prophet'' from the ''[[TakeThat Xenien]]'' Goethe wrote in collaboration with Schiller in 1796 against their literary colleagues.):

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* BilingualBonus: On the final pages, Holmes quotes a distych by [[DichterAndDenker [[UsefulNotes/DichterAndDenker Goethe]] (No. 20 ''Der Prophet'' from the ''[[TakeThat Xenien]]'' Goethe wrote in collaboration with Schiller in 1796 against their literary colleagues.):

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* SeadogPegLeg: Jonathan Small is a former soldier who lost his leg to a crocodile while serving the British army in India and replaced it accordingly. He has also sailed throughout the world, although that happened after losing his leg.

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* BigBad: [[spoiler:Jonathan Small]]

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