Study Guide

The Hound of the Baskervilles Characters

Sherlock Holmes

We have to give consulting detective Sherlock Holmes props for this much: he has a great sense of...

Doctor John Watson

In earlier Holmes novels like A Study in Scarlet, Watson really fades into the background. We...

Doctor James Mortimer

Doctor James Mortimer starts out the novel as a figment of Watson's imagination. By looking at...

Sir Charles Baskerville

Even though Sir Charles never appears directly in The Hound of the Baskervilles, we owe the guy...

Sir Henry Baskerville

Like Sir Charles before him, Sir Henry is more of an excuse for the novel's plot than a fully...

Mr. Jack Stapleton

Since Conan Doyle is a good detective story writer and not an idiot, he doesn't introduce...

Mr. Barrymore

You know the classic detective story cliché, "The butler did it?" Well, Barrymore is the...

Mrs. Eliza Barrymore

Mrs. Barrymore intrigues Watson because of the apparent contradictions in her character. She...

Beryl Stapleton

Most of what we know about Beryl we find out from other people after the Baskerville mystery has...

Laura Lyons

Laura Lyons, not Lois Lane as we originally suspected, is the mysterious "L.L." who writes a note...

Mr. Frankland

At first, Mr. Frankland of Lafter Hall comes across as a pretty minor character, one of Sir...

Selden

We never actually meet Selden as a character, but he's clearly supposed to catch our attention as...

Anthony

Anthony is the name of a servant at Merripit House. He's known the Stapletons for several years,...

Cartwright

Cartwright is a London kid whom Holmes hires to do a bunch of odd jobs for him. Like an intern,...

John Clayton

John Clayton is the cabdriver who carries a disguised Stapleton through London as he follows Sir...

James Desmond

At the start of the novel, Doctor Mortimer doesn't know of Stapleton's connection to the...

Lestrade

There isn't much of Lestrade in The Hound of the Baskervilles. Lestrade's a policeman from...

Perkins

Perkins is the Baskerville Hall groom. A "groom" in this case is not the opposite of a bride....

Wilson

Wilson is the manager of the messenger service in Chapter 4 where Cartwright, Holmes' temporary...