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The protagonist of this and many other stories, Sherlock Holmes is probably the most famous fictional detective in history. In “The Adventure of the Yellow Face”, we see an aspect of Holmes’ character rarely seen: his vulnerability to jump to the wrong conclusions. Although Holmes is as sharp as ever when it comes to deducing facts about a person based upon something they own, (a specialty of Holmes), when presented with the facts of the mystery of the yellow face, he draws erroneous conclusions.
Dr. John Watson
Although just as famous as his brilliant partner, Dr. Watson is a fairly banal character. Not one prone to any excess in emotion, Watson is ever the observer, faithfully trailing his friend and companion and marveling at his deductive powers. Watson is the chronicler of Holmes’ adventures, and we see the world through Watson’s eyes. In “The Adventure of the Yellow Face”, Watson remains in the background more than ever, and serves essentially no other purpose than accompanying Holmes.
The “client” of this Holmes story, Grant Munro is an energetic and successful man thrust into turmoil by the mystery surrounding his wife. At first appearing to be only the agent through which Holmes is presented with a problem to solve, Munro is shown to have greater depth, taking Lucy into his home despite the risk of prejudice from the community.
Effie Munro is the person at the center of the mystery. Her character is kept unclear until the end of the story, and the reader, along with Grant, are in doubt as to her motives and actions. Effie is something of a paradox as far as prejudice, the main theme of the story is concerned. She is obviously unprejudiced when it comes to race, based on the simple fact that she married an African American at a time when it was controversial to do so. She does, however, house some prejudice towards her second husband, believing that he will not receive her daughter. The sympathy of the reader remains entirely with her however, as we can empathize with her struggle.
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