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Hi,I have a few question about the sentence in Musgrave Ritual by Connan Doyle.

Dr.Watson is reflecting his roommate's untidy habit..

and when I find a man who keeps his cigars in the coal-scuttle, ~ then I begin to give myself virtuous airs.

What is it? Is it..
A: So I feel like bringing out virtuous part of me and reprimand Holmes about his untidiness, or
B: I see I'm not that bad in untidiness compared with my roommate ,so I even feel like I'm a virtuous person looking at him ?

Can someone tell me? Thank you.
  • bibliolept

    Senior Member
    AE, Español
    I think it means that such a habit makes Dr. Watson think very highly of himself in comparison, or perhaps it allows him to feel superior and act a if he is, perhaps treating someone of such poor hygiene or habits as less cleanly, educated, or sophisticated, a man of lower class, a less virtuous man.
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