The Hound of the Baskervilles

by

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Jack Stapleton is Sir Charles Baskerville’s nephew and Sir Henry Baskerville’s cousin. According to research undertaken by Sherlock Holmes, Stapleton’s father left England for South America as a young man with a bad reputation. He was believed to have died, but instead, he married and had Jack, his only son. Jack inherited his father’s immoral behavior and returned to England after stealing a large sum of money and marrying Beryl Stapleton. He used this money to open a school, which failed under particularly notorious circumstances. Afterwards, the couple changed their name and assumed the identities of brother and sister, rather than husband and wife. This marked the beginning of Jack’s plans to use murder in order to inherit Baskerville Hall and its accompanying fortune. While a fraud as a schoolmaster, Stapleton was an active etymologist and botanist, passions that helped him to lay out a safe path through the marshy parts of the moors where he hid his hound. These pursuits also helped him to make his hound appear particularly fearsome, as he was able to easily procure phosphorous. Mostly, however, Stapleton appears as a man of a singular mind, willing to do anything whatsoever in order to gain the Baskerville fortune, including murdering innocent bystanders and harshly abusing his wife.

Jack Stapleton Quotes in The Hound of the Baskervilles

The The Hound of the Baskervilles quotes below are all either spoken by Jack Stapleton or refer to Jack 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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Chapter 4  Quotes

We are dealing with a clever man, Watson.

Related Characters: Sherlock Holmes (speaker), Dr. John Watson, Jack Stapleton
Page Number: 283
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Chapter 5 Quotes

It might interest you to know that you have been driving Mr. Sherlock Holmes.

Related Characters: Jack Stapleton (speaker), Sherlock Holmes, Sir Henry Baskerville
Page Number: 294
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Chapter 7 Quotes

The Mire has him. Two in two days, and many more, perhaps, for they get in the way of going there in the dry weather, and never know the difference until the Mire has them in its clutch. It’s a bad place, the great Grimpen Mire.

Related Characters: Jack Stapleton (speaker), Dr. John Watson
Page Number: 311
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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 11 Quotes

Mrs. Lyons […] you are taking a very great responsibility and putting yourself in a very false position by not making an absolutely clean breast of all you know. If I have to call in the aid of the police you will find how seriously you are compromised.

Related Characters: Dr. John Watson (speaker), Jack Stapleton, Laura Lyons
Page Number: 354
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Chapter 12 Quotes

One cannot always have the success for which one hopes. An investigator needs facts, and not legends or rumors. It has not been a satisfactory case.

Related Characters: Sherlock Holmes (speaker), Dr. John Watson, Jack Stapleton
Page Number: 373
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Chapter 13  Quotes

Yes, it is an interesting instance of a throwback, which appears to be both physical and spiritual. A study of family portraits is enough to convert a man to the doctrine of reincarnation. The fellow is a Baskerville—that is evident.

Related Characters: Sherlock Holmes (speaker), Jack Stapleton
Page Number: 379
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Chapter 14 Quotes

I said it in London, Watson, and I say it again now, that never have we helped to hunt down a more dangerous man than he who is lying yonder.

Related Characters: Sherlock Holmes (speaker), Dr. John Watson, Jack Stapleton
Page Number: 396
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Jack Stapleton Character Timeline in The Hound of the Baskervilles

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Chapter 7
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On his way back to Baskerville Hall from the post office, Watson meets Jack Stapleton. Stapleton knows a great deal about the case and about Holmes and Watson. Stapleton... (full context)
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As they walk, Stapleton points out some elements of the moor. The Grimpen Mire is a particularly swampy area... (full context)
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Stapleton also points out some stone huts that he claims were once inhabited by Neolithic man.... (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... (full context)
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When Jack returns, however, Beryl quickly stops this line of conversation. When she learns that the visitor... (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 odd.... (full context)
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In his second report, Watson reports that Jack Stapleton has practically attacked Sir Henry over his advances towards Beryl. The man has so... (full context)
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...Almost immediately, they hear the sound of the baying hound that Watson heard before with Jack Stapleton. (full context)
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In comparing notes, Holmes knows only two things that Watson does not: first, that Jack Stapleton has engaged in an intimate relationship with Laura Lyons. Second, that Jack and Beryl... (full context)
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Holmes doesn’t explain why he feels Stapleton to be the killer, but Watson readily accepts the premise. When Watson tells Holmes that... (full context)
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While Holmes and Watson try to decide what to do with the body, Jack Stapleton approaches. He sees the body and instantly assumes it must be Sir Henry. He’s... (full context)
Chapter 13 
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...lack of evidence they have in the case. He reminds Watson that, though they know Stapleton was responsible for Sir Charles’ death, that the man died of heart failure with no... (full context)
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...hands, obscuring Hugo’s hair and hat. Once he’s done this, the resemblance becomes much clearer: Jack Stapleton is the spitting image of Hugo Baskerville. From this, Holmes realizes that Stapleton is... (full context)
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...of him without question. His first request is that Sir Henry attend dinner with the Stapletons that night, making it clear that he intends to walk home from their house. Meanwhile,... (full context)
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...Holmes and Watson to meet with Laura Lyons. As Holmes expected, Lyons quickly turns on Jack Stapleton when she finds that he is already married and only using her. She confirms... (full context)
Chapter 14
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Realizing that Jack Stapleton probably heard the shots and realized that his plot had been foiled, Holmes and... (full context)
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Beryl tells Holmes that there’s only one place that Jack might have fled to: the swampy Grimpen Mare. There is a kind of island in... (full context)
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On the way to Jack’s hideout the next day, Holmes discovers Sir Henry’s other missing boot. He realizes that Stapleton... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...true, and in the interim they have learned whatever details were missing: for example, that Stapleton was the bearded man who shadowed Sir Henry in London. Content with their success, and... (full context)