Charles Augustus Milverton

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Basic information

Abbreviation: (J. F. Christ, 1947): CHAS
Word length: (C. E. Lauterbach, 1960): 6,775
First published: Collier's Weekly, March 26, 1904; Strand Magazine, April 1904


Redmond's Question

Holmes seems to view Milverton with special loathing, chiefly because of the nature of his crime (blackmail, rather than mere murder) though perhaps also because of the oily pleasure with which he does his evil deeds. And yet to deal with the case, he stoops to a form of love and betrayal not very different from what must have befallen Milverton's victims, and he laughs as he does it. What moral distinction can be made?