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I recognised him at once as Stanley Hopkins, a young police inspector for whose future Holmes had high hopes, while he in turn professed the admiration and respect of a pupil for the scientific methods of the famous amateur.
Times and times again, Holmes has been stated (or had himself stated) that he's a "student" of the scientific methods (or something along that line). So when the word pupil appear here, I'm a bit confused as to who exactly it refer to.

Is the narrator saying Hopkins respect the student of science that is Holmes, or that Hopkins' respect for Holmes stem from the fact that Hopkins's under the tutelage of Holmes?

Source: The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • kentix

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    English - U.S.
    You could say science is Holmes' teacher in a figurative sort of way and Holmes is Hopkins' teacher in a more literal way.

    In case that's unclear, I agree with heypresto.
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