The main characters in the story “A Scandal in Bohemia” by Arthur Conan Doyle are Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler. The narrative is focused on them and their attempts to outwit each other. 

Other important characters in the story are Doctor Watson and the King of Bohemia. Doctor Watson helps Sherlock Holmes with his cases. The King of Bohemia is Sherlock Holmes’ client who asks for his help in retrieving a photograph from Irene.

You can read a full characterization of Sherlock Holmes, Irene Adler, the King of Bohemia, and Doctor Watson in the following pages.


Here, you can read an extract from our study guide: 

Characterization of Irene Adler


Irene realizes quickly that Sherlock Holmes tricked her into revealing the location of the photograph after the cry of fire, and decides to take matters into her own hands. She disguises herself and follows Holmes in order to make sure of his identity and intentions. This shows she is a quick thinker and resourceful. It also shows that she is as skilled at disguise and deception as Holmes, and also matches him in intelligence. 

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