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When Watson returns from the war, the first coat he buys is an oversized ulster, too large and long, so better to conceal his wasted frame and limp. At Baker Street, he won't remove his jacket, hoping the layers of clothing beneath will cover prominent ribs and the tan he's gained under a cruel sun.

It's not until Holmes tugs on the drooping sleeve of his coat, his brown eyes kind, that Watson thinks about finding clothes that fit.

It's not until he saves Holmes' life with his cane, does he carry it, and himself, with pride, appearances be damned.