The Hound of the Baskervilles

by

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Sir Henry Baskerville Character Analysis

Sir Henry is alleged to be the last surviving member of the Baskerville line and thus heir to Baskerville Hall following the death of his uncle, Sir Charles Baskerville. Sir Henry was living in America until news of his inheritance reached him. Upon hearing of the bizarre circumstances surrounding his uncle’s death from Dr. James Mortimer, Sir Henry enlists the help of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. Asking for help doesn’t mean that Sir Henry is a coward or even all that afraid, however. He declares early on that nothing will stop him from taking possession of Baskerville Hall and promptly moves in, despite the ominous threat of the hound. Furthermore, he isn’t afraid to cross the moors alone when he’s trying to court Beryl Stapleton or in pursuit of the criminal Selden. Sir Henry is also firm but understanding with regard to his duties at Baskerville Hall. When he discovers that Mr. and Mrs. Barrymore have been aiding Selden in his escape, Sir Henry promptly fires them. However, after the couple have a chance to explain the unique situation, Sir Henry has a change of heart and allows them to continue their long employment. Sir Henry even donates his old wardrobe to Mr. Barrymore, having gone to great pains while in London to buy a new wardrobe more suited to his new, noble title.

Sir Henry Baskerville Quotes in The Hound of the Baskervilles

The The Hound of the Baskervilles quotes below are all either spoken by Sir Henry Baskerville or refer to Sir Henry 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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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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Chapter 4  Quotes

Really, Mr. Holmes, this exceeds anything which I could have imagined […] I could understand anyone saying that the words were from a newspaper; but that you should name which, and add that it came from the leading article, is really one of the most remarkable things which I have ever known.

Related Characters: Sir Henry Baskerville (speaker), Sherlock Holmes
Page Number: 277
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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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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 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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Oh, John, John, have I brought you to this? It is my doing, Sir Henry—all mine. He has done nothing except for my sake, and because I asked him.

Related Characters: Mr. and Mrs. Barrymore (speaker), Sir Henry Baskerville, Selden
Page Number: 334
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Chapter 12 Quotes

The gleam of the match which he struck shone upon his clotted fingers and upon the ghastly pool which widened slowly from the crushed skull of the victim. And it shone upon something else which turned our hearts sick and faint within us—the body of Sir Henry Baskerville!

Related Characters: Dr. John Watson (speaker), Sherlock Holmes, Sir Henry Baskerville, Selden
Page Number: 369
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Sir Henry Baskerville Character Timeline in The Hound of the Baskervilles

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Chapter 2
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...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, intelligent... (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 time,... (full context)
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...turn, has put an end to rumors that the death was the result of the Baskerville hound. The article ends with the statement that Sir Henry Baskerville, the last known Baskerville... (full context)
Chapter 3 
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...to investigate Sir Charles’ death. Rather, he wants Holmes to advise him regarding Sir Henry Baskerville’s coming arrival. (full context)
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...that whatever happened to Sir Charles will shortly happen to Sir Henry if the young Baskerville is allowed to simply move into Baskerville Hall. Mortimer confirms that Sir Henry is the... (full context)
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Holmes asks Mortimer to bring Sir Henry to the Baker Street apartment the next day. In the meantime, Holmes will ponder the... (full context)
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Sir Henry arrives with Mortimer early the next morning. The young Baskerville has odd news: he’s received an ominous letter advising him to stay away from the... (full context)
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Holmes asks Sir Henry if he’s noticed anything odd, or had anything odd happen to him, since arriving in... (full context)
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...says they are trying to decide if it’s safe for Sir Henry to go to Baskerville Hall. Sir Henry replies that he doesn’t care if it’s safe: he’s going.  (full context)
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Still, Sir Henry wants time to think about everything and suggests that they all meet up later over... (full context)
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Sure enough, Holmes quickly discovers that someone is watching the young Baskerville from a horse-drawn cab, but the mysterious bearded man realizes he’s been seen before Holmes... (full context)
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...person involved in the situation so far that has a beard. If Barrymore’s not at Baskerville Hall, it might mean he was the man was who following them. (full context)
Chapter 5
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Upon meeting again, Sir Henry reports that yet another boot has gone missing. This time, the boot is an old... (full context)
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...from his friend and the Barrymores received 500 pounds each. The whole estate, Mortimer tells Sir Henry , is worth close to one million pounds. Holmes is convinced that this must be... (full context)
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...that the only way to solve the mystery is to have Sir Henry go to Baskerville Hall. However, he insists that Watson go along. Holmes claims to be too busy himself... (full context)
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After lunch, the group follows Sir Henry to his room, where he is surprised to discover the new boot that went missing... (full context)
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...to nothing, Holmes meets with the cab driver of the bearded man who was following Sir Henry . The cab driver is willing to help, but he only knows the name of... (full context)
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Soon, Watson, Dr. Mortimer, and Sir Henry are on their way to Baskerville Hall. Holmes admonishes Sir Henry to never go out alone and Watson to always have... (full context)
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At Baskerville Hall, the party is greeted by Mr. and Mrs. Barrymore, and Dr. Mortimer departs for... (full context)
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Watson and Sir Henry both find the Hall gloomy and depressing, though they’re impressed by the long line of... (full context)
Chapter 7
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The next day, Sir Henry and Watson ask Mr. Barrymore about the crying. Barrymore claims that it was not his... (full context)
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...suspect, however, since Holmes determined through his telegram that Barrymore was not in London when Sir Henry arrived. Watson decides to check with the postmaster to make sure that the telegram was... (full context)
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...Thus, Watson realizes, there is no way to be sure that Mr. Barrymore was at Baskerville Hall. He might, have been in London instead, trailing Sir Henry. Watson thinks the Barrymores... (full context)
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...of conversation. When she learns that the visitor is Dr. Watson and not Sir Henry Baskerville, she blushes and says that her previous speech was aimed at the wrong person. Later,... (full context)
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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... (full context)
Chapter 9 
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...attacked Sir Henry over his advances towards Beryl. The man has so berated the young Baskerville that Sir Henry wonders if Jack is insane. Watson can’t figure out why Jack would... (full context)
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...regard to the strange signaling of Mr. Barrymore, it takes few nights for Watson and Sir Henry to stay awake long enough to catch him in the act, but eventually they manage... (full context)
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...provide any explanation for his behavior, saying it was a personal matter. It’s not until Sir Henry threatens Mr. Barrymore’s job that Mrs. Barrymore intervenes, revealing that Barrymore is signaling to Selden... (full context)
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Watson and Baskerville are surprised by this sudden revelation but understanding of the impossible situation that Mr. and... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...events of the case. He begins the following day. Though Mr. Barrymore is grateful that Sir Henry wants to continue to employ him, he’s also upset that Sir Henry and Watson went... (full context)
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...will never return and never again be a danger to the people of England. When Sir Henry asks Watson what he thinks about this, Watson replies that Selden leaving the country would... (full context)
Chapter 11
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On his way back to Baskerville Hall from Coombe Tracey, Watson considers all of the leads that have opened and shut... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...decided that Stapleton is Sir Charles’ killer and the mastermind behind the plan to kill Sir Henry . (full context)
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...like it’s coming from nearby. In a panic, Holmes realizes that the hound of the Baskervilles is on the scent of Sir Henry. Holmes and Watson rush out to find the... (full context)
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...of the moors they find a broken body dressed in a suit they recognize as Sir Henry ’s. The man died in a fall caused by his fleeing from the hound. Upon... (full context)
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...the body, Jack Stapleton approaches. He sees the body and instantly assumes it must be Sir Henry . He’s taken aback when he sees it isn’t. The three men realize they can’t... (full context)
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...the news of Selden’s death to the Barrymores, Holmes turns to the family portraits lining Baskerville Hall. Watson remarks that the picture of Hugo Baskerville looks like Sir Henry. Holmes, however,... (full context)
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...clear that he intends to walk home from their house. Meanwhile, Holmes tells the young Baskerville that he and Watson will be returning to London. Both Watson and Sir Henry are... (full context)
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...if Sir Henry doesn’t leave soon, it may ruin everything and possibly endanger the young Baskerville’s life.  (full context)
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Soon, however, Sir Henry comes down the path. Holmes, Lestrade, and Watson let him pass without making their presence... (full context)
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...eyes. It appears, even, to be breathing fire. It rushes past them and gains on Sir Henry . (full context)
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...speed that Watson finds almost unbelievable. At the exact moment that the hound pounces on Sir Henry , Holmes shoots it dead. Sir Henry escapes unharmed, although quite scared. (full context)
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...heard the shots and realized that his plot had been foiled, Holmes and company leave Sir Henry and double back to the Stapleton house. Jack is nowhere to be find, but they... (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 had stolen the boot in order to... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...learned whatever details were missing: for example, that Stapleton was the bearded man who shadowed Sir Henry in London. Content with their success, and the hard work they’ve put into other cases... (full context)