The Sign of the Four

by

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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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:
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). 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.

Related Characters: Sherlock Holmes (speaker), Dr. John Watson (speaker), Athelney Jones
Page Number: 91
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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
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Just then, the bumbling and red-faced Scotland Yard detective, Athelney Jones, arrives on the scene. He addresses Holmes patronizingly, calling him “the theorist.” Jones has already... (full context)
Chapter 8 — The Baker Street Irregulars
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...Holmes shows him an article in the paper talking about the case and praising Athelney Jones’ detective work—much to Holmes’ amusement. (full context)
Chapter 9 — A Break in the Chain
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In the afternoon, the despondent Athelney Jones comes to the apartment, looking for Holmes. Watson offers him a cigar and a whisky... (full context)
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Jones blocks the door so that the old man cannot leave. Suddenly, they hear the voice... (full context)
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...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
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Holmes, Watson and Jones enjoy dinner together, talking about a wide range of subjects other than the case. They... (full context)
Chapter 11 — The Great Agra Treasure
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Jones comes in to say that Mordecai Smith is professing his innocence; Small confirms that he... (full context)
Chapter 12 — The Strange Story of Jonathan Small
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Watson heads to Baker Street and reconvenes with Holmes, Jones and Jonathan Small. Watson shows them the empty treasure box. Small admits that this was... (full context)
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Jones accuses Small of thwarting justice. Small snarls back, “Where is the justice that I should... (full context)
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Athelney Jones thanks Holmes for his assistance and bids him goodbye. As Holmes and Watson leave, Watson... (full context)
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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)