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In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the classical detective story thrived Also during these centuries the middle class rose to social prominence There are many classes of people in our world While the upper class receives all the luxuries and the lower class receives all the attention the middle class holds the majority of the people and had the biggest voice in society Society rises and falls with the middle class In Sir Arthur Conan Doyles book The Sign of Four the status of the middle class continually comes into the readers mind Sherlock Holmes as the main character tries to solve a mystery involving many people from the lower to middle class In The Sign of Four Holmes and his trustworthy Dr Watson undertake a case to help a young woman Ms Morstan is a troubled woman that comes to Holmes for help Her father has disappeared and she has no idea what happened to him She has one lead and that is a contact who every year send her a pearl She is for the most part a middle class citizen except for the fact that unknown to her she is the heir to a treasure that could make her one of the richest ladies in the country Not only is she the heir to a treasure but she is a beautiful lady that catches the eye of Dr Watson Dr Watson is himself a middle class citizen He lives with Holmes as friend and physician Slowly Watson develops an attraction to Ms Morstan he cannot stop thinking about her however with the knowledge that she is to become one of societies elites he decides to keep his feeling to himself As we read further into the story we find that Ms Morstans treasure has been found by Holmes and Dr Watson When Watson brings what he thinks is the treasure to Ms Morstan and discovers that it is
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