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In "The Hound of the Baskervilles," why did Stapleton murder Sir Charles and...

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maganda12 | (Level 2) Honors

Posted August 12, 2008 at 10:37 AM via web

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In "The Hound of the Baskervilles," why did Stapleton murder Sir Charles and try to murder Sir Henry?

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lit24 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted August 12, 2008 at 5:19 PM (Answer #1)

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In Ch.3 Dr.Mortimer the executor of Sir Charles Baskerville's will gives us the history of the Baskerville family. Sir Charles Baskerville the murder victim is the eldest of  the three Baskerville brothers. "The second brother, who died young, is the father of Henry. The third, Rodger, was the black sheep of the family." Rodger "fled to Central America and died there in 1876." Rodger was believed to have died unmarried.

However, in Ch.14 Holmes reveals that Rodger did indeed marry and had a son. Stapleton is this son. So, first Stapleton kills Sir Charles Baskerville and then attempts to kill Sir Henry, "the last of the old race, and the heir to great wealth" so that he could solely inherit the Baskerville  Estate and its immense wealth. Fortunately, Holmes saves Sir Henry's life at the nick of time.

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yasir | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 20, 2009 at 2:05 AM (Answer #2)

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He killed sir charles and tries to kill sir henry baskerville because so he could solely inherit the baskerville estate and its immnense wealth.........................................

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