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I think "lie" means "untruth" here, but not about the wind, about the past. The poem starts: The past is like a cloud by the wind affrighted vanishing into air My interpretation: the past fades from our memory and we can't remember until we make up a story (a lie) about it, and incorporate it into a coherent narrative, that relates to ...


It means this simple double curved line, which can be seen as the shape of an upper lip, or wings in flight.


The implication is that Baker is in such straitened circumstances that he has sold or pawned his shirt, and is trying to disguise the fact by keeping his coat buttoned and his collar turned up, even when indoors. The original publication of the story in the Strand Magazine, 1892, had an illustration by Sidney Paget, contrasting Holmes, whose unbuttoned frock ...

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