A Study in Scarlet

Brigham Young Character Analysis

A fictionalized depiction of the leader of the Mormons. A cold but capable leader, Young leads the Mormons to Utah, declaring it to be their promised land. On the way, Young saves the wayfarers John Ferrier and Lucy Ferrier, who are on the brink of death. However, he is also indirectly responsible for their deaths, as it is presumably by his orders or permission that Lucy is forced to marry Drebber and that Ferrier is killed.
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Brigham Young Character Timeline in A Study in Scarlet

The timeline below shows where the character Brigham Young appears in A Study in Scarlet. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2, Chapter 1: On the Great Alkali Plain
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...Elder Stangerson, who tells them that the man they had been speaking to is Brigham Young, who speaks with the voice of Joseph Smith and thus the voice of God, and... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 2: The Flower of Utah
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...reach Utah and are told by their leader that it is the promised land. Brigham Young is an effective administrator and oversees the transformation of the land into a settlement and... (full context)
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...was given a large, fertile tract of land, though not as large as those of Young and the four elders: Elder Stangerson, Elder Kemball, Elder Johnston, and Elder Drebber. A hardworking... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 3: John Ferrier Talks With the Prophet
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...Ferrier is about to go out to work when he sees a now middle-aged Brigham Young approaching his house. Though Ferrier greets him politely, the Mormon leader is cold. Young tells... (full context)
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Ferrier ponders how to break the news to Lucy, but she has already overheard Young’s orders. Ferrier decides to send a message to Hope that he should return as soon... (full context)