The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes | Study Guide

Arthur Conan Doyle

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes | Characters

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Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes is a private investigator based in London who solves all kinds of crimes and mysteries by acting as a consultant to stumped authorities. Read More
Dr. John Watson London physician Dr. John Watson is a crime-solving collaborator and confidant of Sherlock Holmes. Read More
Irene Adler Irene Adler is a New Jersey-born opera singer and a former lover of the King of Bohemia; she appears in "A Scandal in Bohemia." Read More
Lestrade Lestrade is a veteran Scotland Yard detective. Read More
Henry Baker Henry Baker is an older British gentleman who loses his hat and his goose after he is attacked by a gang; he appears in "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle."
Inspector Bradstreet Inspector Bradstreet is the London detective who watches over the beggar Hugh Boone (later revealed to be Neville St. Clair) in jail; he appears in "The Man with the Twisted Lip."
Breckenridge Breckenridge runs the stall at the Covent Garden market, and he unwittingly sells the goose with the Countess's blue carbuncle in its crop to the Alpha Inn; he appears in "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle."
Sir George Burnwell Sir George Burnwell is the rake and career criminal who seduces Mary Holder into stealing the Beryl Coronet; he appears in "The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet."
John Clay John Clay is the well-known criminal who, under the alias Vincent Spaulding, concocts the scheme of the Red-Headed League in order to get Jabez Wilson out of his house; he appears in "The Red-Headed League."
Catherine Cusack Catherine Cusack is the Countess of Morcar's maid and James Ryder's co-conspirator in the theft of the countess's blue carbuncle; she appears in "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle."
Aloysius Doran Aloysius Doran, the father of Hatty Doran, is an extremely wealthy American who made his money mining gold; he appears in "The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor."
Hatty Doran Hatty Doran is the American-born 20-year-old who disappeared after her marriage to Lord St. Simon; she appears in "The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor."
Mr. Fowler Mr. Fowler is Alice Rucastle's love interest and eventually her husband; he helps her escape from captivity at Copper Beeches in "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches."
Victor Hatherley Victor Hatherley is the hydraulic engineer who is hired to service a hydraulic press used by a counterfeiting gang; he loses his thumb during his escape from the gang; he appears in "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb."
Alexander Holder Alexander Holder is the wealthy London banker who hires Holmes to find the missing section of the Beryl Coronet, which was stolen from his room; he appears in "The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet."
Arthur Holder Arthur Holder is Alexander Holder's hedonistic son; he is falsely accused of stealing the missing fragment of the Beryl Coronet; he appears in "The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet."
Mary Holder Mary Holder, Alexander Holder's beloved niece, steals the Beryl Coronet from his dressing room while he is sleeping; she appears in "The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet."
John Horner John Horner is the plumber accused of stealing the Countess of Morcar's blue carbuncle after he services her room at the Hotel Cosmopolitan; he appears in "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle."
Miss Violet Hunter Miss Violet Hunter is the governess who asks Sherlock Holmes to help her figure out the mystery at Copper Beeches; she appears in "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches."
Peter Jones Peter Jones is a Scotland Yard policeman who accompanies Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson to their confrontation with the criminal John Clay; he appears in "The Red-Headed League."
The King of Bohemia The King of Bohemia is an ex-lover of Irene Adler's and hires Holmes to get back incriminating photos of the two of them together; he appears in "A Scandal in Bohemia."
The lascar The lascar is a sailor of Asian origin who manages the London opium den Bar of Gold; he appears in "The Man with the Twisted Lip."
Charles McCarthy Charles McCarthy is the Australian who blackmails John Turner; he lives on the Turner property, along with his son, for free; he appears in "The Boscombe Valley Mystery."
James McCarthy James McCarthy, the son of Charles McCarthy, is accused of murdering his father; he appears in "The Boscombe Valley Mystery."
Mr. Merryweather Mr. Merryweather is the director of the bank behind Jabez Wilson's pawnshop; he appears in "The Red-Headed League."
Flora Millar Flora Millar is a former danseuse and ex-lover of Lord St. Simon; she appears in "The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor."
Frank Moulton Frank Moulton is Hatty Doran's first husband; he appears in "The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor."
Maggie Oakshott Maggie Oakshott is James Ryder's sister and the woman who raised the geese Ryder used to hide the blue carbuncle in; she appears in "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle."
Elias Openshaw Elias Openshaw is murdered by the Ku Klux Klan because he tries to defy them after he returns to Horsham, the English town where he is from; he appears in "The Five Orange Pips."
John Openshaw John Openshaw is the nephew of former K.K.K. affiliate Elias Openshaw; he is murdered by the group in retaliation against his uncle; he appears in Chapter 5, "The Five Orange Pips."
Joseph Openshaw Joseph Openshaw, the father of John Openshaw and the brother of Elias Openshaw, is murdered by the K.K.K. in retaliation against his brother; he appears in "The Five Orange Pips."
Commissionaire Peterson Commissionaire Peterson breaks up the assault on Henry Baker and brings the goose Baker leaves at the scene to Holmes; he appears in "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle."
Dr. Grimesby Roylott Roylott is the troubled heir to one of Britain's most illustrious Saxon families and the stepfather to Helen Stoner and her deceased sister Julie; he appears in "The Adventure of the Speckled Band."
Alice Rucastle Alice Rucastle, Mr. Rucastle's daughter from his first marriage, is the person locked in a room in the restricted wing of Copper Beeches; she appears in "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches."
Mr. Rucastle Mr. Rucastle tricks Miss Violet Hunter into impersonating his imprisoned daughter, Alice Rucastle, under the pretext of serving as governess for Rucastle's six-year-old boy; he appears in "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches."
Mrs. Rucastle Mrs. Rucastle, who is in her early 30s, is the stepmother to Alice Rucastle; she appears in "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches."
James Ryder James Ryder is the hotel attendant at the Hotel Cosmopolitan who plots the theft of the Countess of Morcar's blue carbuncle; he appears in "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle."
The German counterfeiter Using the alias Colonel Lysander Stark, the German counterfeiter recruits Victor Hatherley to fix the malfunctioning hydraulic press he has been using to make fake coins; his real name is Fritz. He appears in "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb."
Mrs. St. Clair Mrs. St. Clair hires Sherlock Holmes to find her missing husband, Neville St. Clair; she appears in "The Man with the Twisted Lip."
Neville St. Clair Neville St. Clair is the affluent suburban man who secretly makes his (considerable) living as a beggar named Hugh Boone; he appears in "The Man with the Twisted Lip."
Helen Stoner Helen Stoner has been living under the strict guardianship of her stepfather, Grimesby Roylott, in his crumbling family mansion in Stoke Moran; she appears in "The Adventure of the Speckled Band."
Julia Stoner Julia Stoner, the twin sister of Helen Stoner, died mysteriously in her room at the Roylott family mansion; she appears in "The Adventure of the Speckled Band."
Lord St. Simon Lord St. Simon is the British aristocrat who hires Holmes to find his wife, the former Hatty Doran, who disappeared shortly after their wedding; he appears in "The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor."
Mary Sutherland Mary Sutherland is the young typist who is duped out of her inheritance by her stepfather, James Windibank; she appears in "A Case of Identity."
Mr. Toller Mr. Toller is a drunken house servant at Copper Beeches; he appears in "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches.
Mrs. Toller Mrs. Toller is a servant at Copper Beeches who helps arrange Alice Rucastle's freedom; she appears in "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches."
Alice Turner Alice Turner is the daughter of John Turner and the love interest of James McCarthy; she appears in "The Boscombe Valley Mystery."
John Turner John Turner is a wealthy English landholder and the murderer of Charles McCarthy; he appears in "The Boscombe Valley Mystery."
Isa Whitney A family friend of Dr. John Watson and his wife, Isa Whitney is an opium addict; he appears in "The Man with the Twisted Lip."
Jabez Wilson Jabez Wilson is a middle-aged pawnbroker who is recruited to join the Red-Headed League; he appears in "The Red-Headed League."
James Windibank James Windibank is the young stepfather of Mary Sutherland; along with her mother he concocts an elaborate ruse to access Sutherland's inheritance, while at the same time wooing her in disguise under the alias Hosmer Angel; he appears in "A Case of Identity."
Young German woman The young German woman is part of Colonel Lysander Stark's counterfeiting operation, although she tries to help Victor Hatherley escape when Stark tries to kill him; she appears in "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb."
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