The Sign of the Four


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Abdullah Khan Character Analysis

Abdullah Khan is an Indian man and one of the signatories of “the sign of the four” and the man who told Jonathan Small about the Agra treasure. The plan to kill the merchant carrying the treasure was mostly Abdullah’s idea, but he was imprisoned for the murder before he could enjoy his riches.
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Abdullah Khan Character Timeline in The Sign of the Four

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Chapter 3 — In Quest of a Solution
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...the cross, the paper reads, “the sign of the four – Jonathan Small, Mahomet Singh, Abdullah Khan , Dost Akbar.” Though he isn’t sure of the significance of the paper, Holmes tells... (full context)
Chapter 12 — The Strange Story of Jonathan Small
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...the many outer guardhouses. He had two Punjabi men under his command, Mahomet Singh and Abdullah Khan . One night, one of these men held a knife to Small’s throat. They told... (full context)
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The rajah’s merchant, continued Abdullah Khan , would be travelling to Agra to hide part of the treasure there. He would... (full context)