The Hound of the Baskervilles

by

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Sir Charles Baskerville Character Analysis

Sir Charles Baskerville is uncle to Sir Henry Baskerville and Jack Stapleton. He was the master of Baskerville Hall prior to his untimely death, which occurred while fleeing from Jack Stapleton’s hound. He was friends with Dr. James Mortimer. Sir Charles died an immensely rich man, despite a lifetime of philanthropic giving, including to Laura Lyons. He was said to have had a weak heart, which made him particularly vulnerable to the kind of fear caused by the mysterious hound.

Sir Charles Baskerville Quotes in The Hound of the Baskervilles

The The Hound of the Baskervilles quotes below are all either spoken by Sir Charles Baskerville or refer to Sir Charles Baskerville. 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 2 Quotes

Such is the tale, my sons, of the coming of the hound which is said to have plagued the family so sorely ever since. If I have set it down it is because that which is clearly known hath less terror than that which is but hinted at and guessed.

Page Number: 260
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Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!

Page Number: 265
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Chapter 3  Quotes

I find that before the terrible event occurred several people had seen a creature upon the moor which corresponds with this Baskerville demon, and which could not possibly be an animal known to science. They all agreed that it was a huge creature, luminous, ghastly, and spectral.

Page Number: 268
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Chapter 5 Quotes

Sir Charles had a reputation for being rich, but we did not know how very rich he was until we came to examine his securities. The total value of the estate was close to a million.

Page Number: 290
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Sir Charles Baskerville Character Timeline in The Hound of the Baskervilles

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Chapter 2
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...a manuscript, which he says was created in 1742. It was given to him by Sir Charles Baskerville, who was Mortimer’s friend and patient. Mortimer says that Sir Charles was a serious,... (full context)
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Mortimer then produces a newspaper article describing the death of Sir Charles Baskerville. It says that Sir Charles had only lived at Baskerville Hall for a short... (full context)
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Regarding Sir Charles ’ death, the article quotes Mortimer. He says that Sir Charles was in poor health,... (full context)
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Mortimer adds to the article, saying that Sir Charles had become obsessed with the Baskerville legend and refused utterly to go out onto the... (full context)
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...asks Mortimer why he would consult him at all, if the doctor really believes that Sir Charles ’ death was brought on by a hound from Hell. If this is true, after... (full context)
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Mortimer is worried that whatever happened to Sir Charles will shortly happen to Sir Henry if the young Baskerville is allowed to simply move... (full context)
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With the available data, Holmes comes to only one conclusion. Sir Charles was terribly afraid of the moors and avoided them at all costs, especially at night.... (full context)
Chapter 5
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The topic of conversation soon turns to Sir Charles ’ will, where it’s discovered that Dr. Mortimer received 1,000 pounds from his friend and... (full context)
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...keep up with the housekeeping needs of a younger, more social man. They also recall Sir Charles fondly, and remark that the house doesn’t feel like home anymore since his death. (full context)
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...promise, Mr. Barrymore gives up a piece of information he’s previously withheld. He knows that Sir Charles was meeting a woman on the night of his death. He learned this from a... (full context)
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...might be Laura Lyons, a typist in nearby Coombe Tracey. Lyons was an acquaintance of Sir Charles , to whom he sometimes gave charity in the form of money. She was a... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...a difficult witness to interview. She is reluctant to answer any of his questions regarding Sir Charles and responds sharply when she does. She agrees to cooperate only after Watson tells her... (full context)
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At first, Lyons denies asking Sir Charles to meet her. However, when Watson reveals that he knows about the letter, she changes... (full context)
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...her husband but doesn’t have the money necessary for the legal fees. She hoped that Sir Charles would be able to help her with these fees as he had helped her in... (full context)
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...Lyons procured funding “from another source.” She never cancelled the meeting, however, and learned of Sir Charles ’ death the next day in the newspapers. (full context)
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...rather husband and wife. From these pieces of information, Holmes has decided that Stapleton is Sir Charles ’ killer and the mastermind behind the plan to kill Sir Henry. (full context)
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...Watson readily accepts the premise. When Watson tells Holmes that Lyons wanted to meet with Sir Charles to obtain money for a divorce, the pieces all fall into place. Holmes deduces that... (full context)
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...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 marks on him. They... (full context)