What is the social class of the characters in this story? What can you tell about Doyle’s attitude toward the social class issues of his day?
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Social status affects characterization. Doyle seems to point out that the stereotypes of gentry acting like a gentleman do not necessarily correlate. Mr. Frankland, for example, is overly litigious and he abandons his daughter. Stapleton is a murderous fraud. The classes remain isolated to each other; they do not mix with other classes. The Baskerville family, of supposed high class, has a penchant for crime.