cruelty of the grave


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In Sherlock Holmes's short Story, The Adventure of the Illustrious Client, Holmes has a case where the young daughter of General De Merville falls in love with an Austrian Baron who hides an awful past as a criminal that has murdered his wife and getting away with it. When Holmes goes to meet him he describes by the following words:
He has breeding in him—a real aristocrat of crime, with a superficial suggestion of afternoon tea and all the cruelty of the grave behind it.
I wonder what he means by this sentence. Does the Baron invites him for afternoon tea with the intention of killing him?
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