The Hound of the Baskervilles Questions and Answers
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Hound of the Baskervilles book cover
Start Your Free Trial

What is the summary of chapters 1-6 of The Hound of the Baskervilles?

Expert Answers info

Rebecca Hope eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2016

write1,505 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Arts

In chapter 1, Sherlock Holmes meets Dr. Mortimer, who has come to get his assistance with a problem. Holmes shows off his skills in deduction to Watson. 

In chapter 2, Dr. Mortimer shares the legend of the hound of the Baskervilles and shares the circumstances of Sir Charles Baskerville's death. Mortimer relates that he personally witnessed "a glimpse of something" that caused Sir Charles to become terrified. Mortimer explains his findings when he examined Sir Charles within an hour of his death--including the footprints of "a gigantic hound." 

In chapter 3, Mortimer explains that the new owner of Baskerville Hall, Sir Charles' only known heir, will be arriving in London shortly. Holmes tells Mortimer he will decide within 24 hours whether to take the case. Holmes smokes and considers the case...

(The entire section contains 418 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial