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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Characters

Meet the Cast


Sherlock Holmes

One thing that's a bit challenging about talking about Holmes's character in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is that most of the spadework establishing what he's like is accomplished in the earli...

Dr. John Watson

Poor Watson: he kind of gets the short end of the stick. The fuzzy end of the lollipop. A bum rap. All twelve of these stories are told from his first-person perspective, and yet, when we look back...

Irene Adler

Ah yes, "to Sherlock Holmes [Irene Adler] is always the woman" (Bohemia.1.1). Irene Adler only appears in one of Conan Doyle's dozens of stories, but Watson takes care to point out that she remains...

Inspector Lestrade

Lestrade's not exactly a well-rounded character: he mostly appears in just "The Boscombe Valley Mystery" and "The Noble Bachelor," and mainly only to prove how skilled and versatile Holmes is. Lest...

Minor Characters in "A Scandal in Bohemia"

Godfrey Norton – Lawyer and Irene Adler's fiancé.Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigismond von Ormstein, Grand Duke of Cassel-Felstein and Hereditary King of Bohemia – Holmes's client and forme...

Minor Characters in "The Red-Headed League"

Jabez Wilson – Pawnshop owner, red-headed man, Holmes's client, and all-around dunce.John Clay (alias Vincent Spaulding) – Major criminal who has been posing as Wilson's assistant in or...

Minor Characters in "A Case of Identity"

Mary Sutherland – Holmes's client, a typist and the victim of a scheme to keep her unmarried.Mrs. Windibank – Sutherland's mother and co-conspirator with Mr. Windibank. Mr. Windibank (a...

Minor Characters in "The Boscombe Valley Mystery"

John Turner – Elderly man from Australia who has established a fine estate in England.Miss Turner – John Turner's daughter and James McCarthy's beloved. Charles McCarthy – A fello...

Minor Characters in "The Five Orange Pips"

John Openshaw – Young man whose father and uncle have both died under mysterious circumstances after receiving an envelope containing five orange seeds. Elias Openshaw – Uncle and benef...

Minor Characters in "The Man With the Twisted Lip"

Isa Whitney – Opium addict and one of Watson's friends. Kate Whitney – Wife of Isa, friend of Mrs. Watson. It's on her behalf that Watson visits the opium den where he then finds Holmes...

Minor Characters in "The Blue Carbuncle"

Henry Baker – An elderly, poor man whose loss of a hat and a goose is what first pulls Holmes into the case of the Blue Carbuncle. James Ryder – Hotel employee and thief.Peterson the Co...

Minor Characters in "The Speckled Band"

Helen Stoner – Holmes's client and the only surviving Stoner.Julia Stoner – Helen's twin sister, tragically murdered two years before this story.Dr. Grimesby Roylott – Final heir...

Minor Characters in "The Engineer's Thumb"

Colonel Lysander Stark – Head of a counterfeiting gang who's also a murderer.Victor Hatherley – Hydraulics engineer whose thumb gives the story its title. Elise – The mysterious G...

Minor Characters in "The Noble Bachelor"

Lord Robert St. Simon – Holmes's client, a nobleman whose wife has disappeared about ten minutes after their wedding. Hatty Doran – The missing wife, and the daughter of an American mil...

Minor Characters in "The Beryl Coronet"

Alexander Holder – One partner in a private bank that's known for loaning money to wealthy families. Holmes's client.Arthur Holder – Alexander's gambler son, suspected of stealing a pie...

Minor Characters in "The Copper Beeches"

Violet Hunter – A governess and Holmes's client. Mr. Rucastle – Hunter's employer, an apparently friendly man with a terrible, terrible temper.Mrs. Rucastle – Mr. Rucastle's secon...
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