The Hound of the Baskervilles

by

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Beryl Stapleton Character Analysis

Beryl Stapleton is Jack Stapleton’s wife, although Jack claims to Dr. Mortimer, Sir Charles Baskerville, Sir Henry Baskerville, Laura Lyons, Dr. Watson, Sherlock Holmes, and others that Beryl is his sister. Although Jack physically abuses Beryl, she remains mostly obedient to him, even allowing Sir Charles to court her at her husband’s request. However, sensing the danger that Sir Charles Baskerville is in, she is quick to try to warn him off of Baskerville Hall, and quick to turn on Jack when Holmes discovers the murderous plot. Beryl is widely known for her beauty, which nearly everyone remarks upon.

Beryl Stapleton Quotes in The Hound of the Baskervilles

The The Hound of the Baskervilles quotes below are all either spoken by Beryl Stapleton or refer to Beryl Stapleton. 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 Borzoi edition of The Hound of the Baskervilles published in 2014.
Chapter 8  Quotes

He is much attached to her, no doubt, and would lead a lonely life without her, but it would seem the height of selfishness, if he were to stand in the way of her making so brilliant a marriage.

Page Number: 320
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Chapter 9  Quotes

She kept coming back to it that this was a place of danger, and that she would never be happy until I had left it.

Related Characters: Sir Henry Baskerville (speaker), Dr. John Watson, Beryl Stapleton
Page Number: 330
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Beryl Stapleton Character Timeline in The Hound of the Baskervilles

The timeline below shows where the character Beryl Stapleton appears in The Hound of the Baskervilles. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7
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...that Watson walk with him to the Stapleton house in order to meet Jack’s sister, Beryl. (full context)
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As Watson and Jack approach the Stapleton home, Beryl Stapleton walks out to meet them. Jack is distracted by a butterfly and runs off... (full context)
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When Jack returns, however, Beryl quickly stops this line of conversation. When she learns that the visitor is Dr. Watson... (full context)
Chapter 8 
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Watson reports that Sir Henry has taken a strong romantic interest in Beryl Stapleton. He notes that Jack Stapleton doesn’t seem very happy about this, which he finds... (full context)
Chapter 9 
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...report, Watson reports that Jack Stapleton has practically attacked Sir Henry over his advances towards Beryl. The man has so berated the young Baskerville that Sir Henry wonders if Jack is... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...Jack Stapleton has engaged in an intimate relationship with Laura Lyons. Second, that Jack and Beryl Stapleton are not sister and brother, as they’ve claimed, but rather husband and wife. From... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...double back to the Stapleton house. Jack is nowhere to be find, but they find Beryl Stapleton gagged and bound in a spare room filled with Jack’s rare insect collection. Beryl... (full context)
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Beryl tells Holmes that there’s only one place that Jack might have fled to: the swampy... (full context)