Hound of the Baskervilles

Arthur Conan Doyle

Chapter VIII–IX

Summary Chapter VIII–IX

In the same vein, when we get a glimpse of Sir Henry's romantic life in Chapter IX, the themes of entitlement and hierarchy reappear. Talking with Watson about his failure to woo Miss Stapleton, Henry is utterly baffled that the non-noble Beryl and her brother would reject so good a marriage. In assuming his own suitability, Henry acts as if he is entitled to a marriage with a woman of a lower class. By doing so, he mimics the assumptions of his ancestor, Hugo, who started the curse when he ignored the entitlement—to dignity and to self- determination—of even the lowliest of lower classes.