Study Guide

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Characters

By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sherlock Holmes

One thing that's a bit challenging about talking about Holmes's character in The Adventures of...

Dr. John Watson

Poor Watson: he kind of gets the short end of the stick. The fuzzy end of the lollipop. A bum...

Irene Adler

Ah yes, "to Sherlock Holmes [Irene Adler] is always the woman" (Bohemia.1.1). Irene Adler only...

Inspector Lestrade

Lestrade's not exactly a well-rounded character: he mostly appears in just "The Boscombe Valley...

Minor Characters in "A Scandal in Bohemia"

Godfrey Norton – Lawyer and Irene Adler's fiancé.Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigismond von...

Minor Characters in "The Red-Headed League"

Jabez Wilson – Pawnshop owner, red-headed man, Holmes's client, and all-around dunce.John...

Minor Characters in "A Case of Identity"

Mary Sutherland – Holmes's client, a typist and the victim of a scheme to keep her...

Minor Characters in "The Boscombe Valley Mystery"

John Turner – Elderly man from Australia who has established a fine estate in England.Miss...

Minor Characters in "The Five Orange Pips"

John Openshaw – Young man whose father and uncle have both died under mysterious...

Minor Characters in "The Man With the Twisted Lip"

Isa Whitney – Opium addict and one of Watson's friends. Kate Whitney – Wife of Isa,...

Minor Characters in "The Blue Carbuncle"

Henry Baker – An elderly, poor man whose loss of a hat and a goose is what first pulls...

Minor Characters in "The Speckled Band"

Helen Stoner – Holmes's client and the only surviving Stoner.Julia Stoner – Helen's...

Minor Characters in "The Engineer's Thumb"

Colonel Lysander Stark – Head of a counterfeiting gang who's also a murderer.Victor...

Minor Characters in "The Noble Bachelor"

Lord Robert St. Simon – Holmes's client, a nobleman whose wife has disappeared about ten...

Minor Characters in "The Beryl Coronet"

Alexander Holder – One partner in a private bank that's known for loaning money to wealthy...

Minor Characters in "The Copper Beeches"

Violet Hunter – A governess and Holmes's client. Mr. Rucastle – Hunter's employer, an...