“The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor”

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Title: The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor Collection: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Year published: 1892 (April) Year set in: 1887
Mystery: Why did a woman flee soon after her marriage?
Apparent crime: Deception Actual crime: Shown below (possible spoiler)
Summary: A British lord marries an American heiress but, soon after the ceremony, there is an altercation with another woman. The heiress goes to her room them flees without explanation.

Why in America, Lord St Simon meets an American heiress, Hatty Doran. They fall in love and travel to England. All appears to go well but, shortly after the marriage, she goes to her room, puts on an overcoat and leaves, not to return.

St Simon goes to meet Holmes to ask him to investigate.

Actual crime
Explanation (spoiler alert)

Before they met, Doran had married a man in America. She believed that he had been killed so was content to marry St Simon. But, at the wedding, she saw the man in the congregation and fled with him.

Quotations in this story (1)
"Well, it is a possible supposition."
"You think so, too?"
"I did not say a probable one..."

Characters in this story (5)
Surname First name Title
Doran Hatty
Holmes Sherlock
Lestrade Inspector
St Simon Robert Lord
Watson John Doctor

Locations in this story (1)
Location Town/City County
221b Baker Street London

Other notes


Lord St Simon Hatty Doran Flora Millar Francis Moulton Lestrade Wedding Marriage America Aloysius Lord Backwater Georges Hanover Square San Francisco Alice maid Allegro