Athelney Jones is the hapless detective from Scotland Yard, the official police agency. He is described as a fat and bumbling man and is in a position of high authority. He functions as a counter-example to Sherlock Holmes’ genius, frequently coming up with the wrong theories about the case and even arresting the wrong man (Thaddeus Sholto). Ultimately, Jones knows Holmes is superior to him in intellect and resorts to asking for help from the great detective. Jones is happy to take credit for Holmes’ work, though does also express his gratitude for the assistance.
Athelney Jones Quotes in The Sign of the Four
The The Sign of the Four quotes below are all either spoken by Athelney Jones or refer to Athelney Jones. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Spencer Blackett edition of The Sign of the Four published in 1890.).
Chapter 12 Quotes
"You have done all the work in this business. I get a wife out of it, Jones gets the credit, pray what remains for you?"
"For me," said Sherlock Holmes, "there still remains the cocaine-bottle." And he stretched his long white hand up for it.
Athelney Jones Character Timeline in The Sign of the Four
The timeline below shows where the character Athelney Jones appears in The Sign of the Four. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6 — Sherlock Holmes Gives a Demonstration
Chapter 8 — The Baker Street Irregulars
Chapter 9 — A Break in the Chain
...own; he also wants Watson to be entrusted with taking the treasure to Miss Morstan. Jones agrees to these demands, despite them being so “irregular.” Holmes then invites Jones to join... (full context)
Chapter 10 — The End of the Islander
Chapter 11 — The Great Agra Treasure
Chapter 12 — The Strange Story of Jonathan Small
Watson remarks that it seems unfair that Holmes gets nothing out of the case’s resolution—Jones has his suspect, and Watson has Miss Morstan. Holmes replies that “there still remains the... (full context)