A Scandal in Bohemia

by

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigismond von Ormstein, Grand Duke of Cassel-Felstein Character Analysis

The King of Bohemia, and Sherlock Holmes’s client in this case. He is currently engaged to the Princess of Scandinavia, but reveals to Holmes and Watson that years ago, while in Warsaw, he had a relationship with Irene Adler, an opera singer and “well-known adventuress.” Irene has a number of letters and photos that would serve as proof of this indiscretion, and that information would likely jeopardize the King’s current engagement. He will do anything to obtain and destroy this evidence, but Irene refuses to hand it over, and she has outsmarted the King’s men more than once. He still admires Irene and notes that she would make an excellent queen, but he is more focused on maintaining his respectability and royal status. The King seems to be unaware of his surroundings and ignorant of his effect on others: when he arrives at 221B Baker Street in a mask, he believes himself to be incognito, despite the fact that Sherlock knows exactly who he is. He is also completely ignorant to Sherlock’s general disdain for him, and when the King mentions that Irene is not on his level, he does not recognize it as an insult when Sherlock responds that she “seems indeed to be on a very different level to your Majesty.”

Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigismond von Ormstein, Grand Duke of Cassel-Felstein Quotes in A Scandal in Bohemia

The A Scandal in Bohemia quotes below are all either spoken by Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigismond von Ormstein, Grand Duke of Cassel-Felstein or refer to Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigismond von Ormstein, Grand Duke of Cassel-Felstein. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Bantam Dell edition of A Scandal in Bohemia published in 2003.
Part 1 Quotes

There will call upon you to-night, at a quarter to eight o’clock… a gentleman who desires to consult you upon a matter of the very deepest moment… Be in your chamber then at that hour, and do not take it amiss if your visitor wear a mask.

Page Number: 242
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“Your Majesty had not spoken before I was aware that I was addressing Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigismond von Ormstein, Grand Duke of Cassel-Felstein, and hereditary King of Bohemia.”

Page Number: 245
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“The facts are briefly these: Some five years ago, during a lengthy visit to Warsaw, I made the acquaintance of the well-known adventuress, Irene Adler. The name is no doubt familiar to you.”

Page Number: 246
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Part 3 Quotes

I wish she had been of my own station! What a queen she would have made!

Page Number: 260
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“From what I have seen of the lady she seems indeed to be on a very different level to your Majesty”

Page Number: 262
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“Your Majesty has something which I should value even more highly,” said Holmes. “You have but to name it.” “This photograph!”

Page Number: 262
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Wilhelm Gottsreich Sigismond von Ormstein, Grand Duke of Cassel-Felstein Character Timeline in A Scandal in Bohemia

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Part 1
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...families of Europe.” When Holmes says he knows he is speaking with Wilhelm von Ormstein, King of Bohemia, the man tears off his mask and acknowledges his real identity. (full context)
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The King explains that he is engaged to marry the Princess of Scandinavia, but that when he... (full context)
Part 2
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...that Irene would immediately save her most valuable possession, the photograph of her and the King. When she ran to a sliding panel in her wall, Holmes knew that must be... (full context)
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...Watson make plans to retrieve the photo the following day, in the company of the King, at 8:00 a.m. They will arrive early to catch Irene by surprise. As they arrive... (full context)
Part 3
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...Baker Street. In the morning, he and Holmes are met by an excited and impatient King, who asks if they have the photo yet. Holmes explains his plan and the three... (full context)
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...taken the photo with them only as a safeguard. She promises not to expose the King’s indiscretion, as she is “loved by a better man than he” and has no need... (full context)
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Holmes apologizes to the King for an unsatisfactory ending to the case, but the King is satisfied with Irene’s promise.... (full context)