The Adventure of the Speckled Band花斑帶之謎 (三)
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"Two years have passed since then, and my life has been until
lately lonelier than ever. A month ago, however, a dear friend,
whom I have known for many years, has done me the honor to ask
my hand in marriage. His name is Armitage--Percy Armitage--the
second son of Mr. Armitage, of Crane Water, near Reading. My
stepfather has offered no opposition1 to the match, and we are to
be married in the course of the spring. Two days ago some repairs
were started in the west wing of the building, and my bedroom
wall has been pierced, so that I have had to move into the
chamber2 in which my sister died, and to sleep in the very bed in
which she slept. Imagine, then, my thrill of terror when last
night, as I lay awake, thinking over her terrible fate, I
suddenly heard in the silence of the night the low whistle which
had been the herald3 of her own death. I sprang up and lit the
lamp, but nothing was to be seen in the room. I was too shaken to
go to bed again, however, so I dressed, and as soon as it was
daylight I slipped down, got a dog-cart at the Crown Inn, which
is opposite, and drove to Leatherhead, from whence I have come on
this morning with the one object of seeing you and asking your
"You have done wisely," said my friend. "But have you told me
"Yes, all."
"Miss Roylott, you have not. You are screening your stepfather."
"Why, what do you mean?"
For answer Holmes pushed back the frill of black lace which
fringed the hand that lay upon our visitor's knee. Five little
livid spots, the marks of four fingers and a thumb, were printed
upon the white wrist.
"You have been cruelly used," said Holmes.
The lady colored deeply and covered over her injured wrist. "He
is a hard man," she said, "and perhaps he hardly knows his own
There was a long silence, during which Holmes leaned his chin
upon his hands and stared into the crackling fire.
"This is a very deep business," he said at last. "There are a
thousand details which I should desire to know before I decide
upon our course of action. Yet we have not a moment to lose. If
we were to come to Stoke Moran to-day, would it be possible for
us to see over these rooms without the knowledge of your
"As it happens, he spoke4 of coming into town to-day upon some
most important business. It is probable that he will be away all
day, and that there would be nothing to disturb you. We have a
housekeeper5 now, but she is old and foolish, and I could easily
get her out of the way."
"Excellent. You are not averse6 to this trip, Watson?"
"By no means."
"Then we shall both come. What are you going to do yourself?"
"I have one or two things which I would wish to do now that I am
in town. But I shall return by the twelve o'clock train, so as to
be there in time for your coming."
"And you may expect us early in the afternoon. I have myself some
small business matters to attend to. Will you not wait and
"No, I must go. My heart is lightened already since I have
confided7 my trouble to you. I shall look forward to seeing you
again this afternoon." She dropped her thick black veil over her
face and glided8 from the room.
"And what do you think of it all, Watson?" asked Sherlock Holmes,
leaning back in his chair.
"It seems to me to be a most dark and sinister9 business."
"Dark enough and sinister enough."
"Yet if the lady is correct in saying that the flooring and walls
are sound, and that the door, window, and chimney are impassable,
then her sister must have been undoubtedly10 alone when she met her
mysterious end."
"What becomes, then, of these nocturnal whistles, and what of the
very peculiar11 words of the dying woman?"
"I cannot think."
"When you combine the ideas of whistles at night, the presence of
a band of gypsies who are on intimate terms with this old doctor,
the fact that we have every reason to believe that the doctor has
an interest in preventing his stepdaughter's marriage, the dying
allusion12 to a band, and, finally, the fact that Miss Helen Stoner
heard a metallic13 clang, which might have been caused by one of
those metal bars that secured the shutters14 falling back into its
place, I think that there is good ground to think that the
mystery may be cleared along those lines."
"But what, then, did the gypsies do?"
"I cannot imagine."
"I see many objections to any such theory."
"And so do I. It is precisely15 for that reason that we are going
to Stoke Moran this day. I want to see whether the objections are
fatal, or if they may be explained away. But what in the name of
the devil!"
The ejaculation had been drawn16 from my companion by the fact that
our door had been suddenly dashed open, and that a huge man had
framed himself in the aperture17. His costume was a peculiar
mixture of the professional and of the agricultural, having a
black top-hat, a long frock-coat, and a pair of high gaiters,
with a hunting-crop swinging in his hand. So tall was he that his
hat actually brushed the cross bar of the doorway18, and his
breadth seemed to span it across from side to side. A large face,
seared with a thousand wrinkles, burned yellow with the sun, and
marked with every evil passion, was turned from one to the other
of us, while his deep-set, bile-shot eyes, and his high, thin,
fleshless nose, gave him somewhat the resemblance to a fierce old
bird of prey19.
"Which of you is Holmes?" asked this apparition20.
"My name, sir; but you have the advantage of me," said my
companion quietly.
"I am Dr. Grimesby Roylott, of Stoke Moran."
"Indeed, Doctor," said Holmes blandly21. "Pray take a seat."
"I will do nothing of the kind. My stepdaughter has been here. I
have traced her. What has she been saying to you?"
"It is a little cold for the time of the year," said Holmes.
"What has she been saying to you?" screamed the old man
"But I have heard that the crocuses promise well," continued my
companion imperturbably22.
"Ha! You put me off, do you?" said our new visitor, taking a step
forward and shaking his hunting-crop. "I know you, you scoundrel!
I have heard of you before. You are Holmes, the meddler24."
My friend smiled.
"Holmes, the busybody!"
His smile broadened.
"Holmes, the Scotland Yard Jack-in-office!"
Holmes chuckled25 heartily26. "Your conversation is most
entertaining," said he. "When you go out close the door, for
there is a decided27 draught28."
"I will go when I have said my say. Don't you dare to meddle23 with
my affairs. I know that Miss Stoner has been here. I traced her!
I am a dangerous man to fall foul29 of! See here." He stepped
swiftly forward, seized the poker30, and bent31 it into a curve with
his huge brown hands.
"See that you keep yourself out of my grip," he snarled32, and
hurling33 the twisted poker into the fireplace he strode out of the
"He seems a very amiable34 person," said Holmes, laughing. "I am
not quite so bulky, but if he had remained I might have shown him
that my grip was not much more feeble than his own." As he spoke
he picked up the steel poker and, with a sudden effort,
straightened it out again.
"Fancy his having the insolence35 to confound me with the official
detective force! This incident gives zest36 to our investigation37,
however, and I only trust that our little friend will not suffer
from her imprudence in allowing this brute38 to trace her. And now,
Watson, we shall order breakfast, and afterwards I shall walk
down to Doctors' Commons, where I hope to get some data which may
help us in this matter."


1 opposition eIUxU     
  • The party leader is facing opposition in his own backyard.該黨領袖在自己的黨內遇到了反對。
  • The police tried to break down the prisoner's opposition.警察設法制住了那個囚犯的反抗。
2 chamber wnky9     
  • For many,the dentist's surgery remains a torture chamber.對許多人來說,牙醫的治療室一直是間受刑室。
  • The chamber was ablaze with light.會議廳里燈火輝煌。
3 herald qdCzd     
  • In England, the cuckoo is the herald of spring.在英國杜鵑鳥是報春的使者。
  • Dawn is the herald of day.曙光是白晝的先驅。
4 spoke XryyC     
n.(車輪的)輻條;輪輻;破壞某人的計劃;阻撓某人的行動 v.講,談(speak的過去式);說;演說;從某種觀點來說
  • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.他們的輪輻螺帽是從我們公司獲得的。
  • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre.輻條是輪子上連接外圈與中心的條棒。
5 housekeeper 6q2zxl     
  • A spotless stove told us that his mother is a diligent housekeeper.爐子清潔無瑕就表明他母親是個勤勞的主婦。
  • She is an economical housekeeper and feeds her family cheaply.她節約持家,一家人吃得很省。
6 averse 6u0zk     
  • I don't smoke cigarettes,but I'm not averse to the occasional cigar.我不吸煙,但我不反對偶爾抽一支雪茄。
  • We are averse to such noisy surroundings.我們不喜歡這么吵鬧的環境。
7 confided 724f3f12e93e38bec4dda1e47c06c3b1     
v.吐露(秘密,心事等)( confide的過去式和過去分詞 );(向某人)吐露(隱私、秘密等)
  • She confided all her secrets to her best friend. 她向她最要好的朋友傾吐了自己所有的秘密。
  • He confided to me that he had spent five years in prison. 他私下向我透露,他蹲過五年監獄。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
8 glided dc24e51e27cfc17f7f45752acf858ed1     
v.滑動( glide的過去式和過去分詞 );掠過;(鳥或飛機 ) 滑翔
  • The President's motorcade glided by. 總統的車隊一溜煙開了過去。
  • They glided along the wall until they were out of sight. 他們沿著墻壁溜得無影無蹤。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
9 sinister 6ETz6     
  • There is something sinister at the back of that series of crimes.在這一系列罪行背后有險惡的陰謀。
  • Their proposals are all worthless and designed out of sinister motives.他們的建議不僅一錢不值,而且包藏禍心。
10 undoubtedly Mfjz6l     
  • It is undoubtedly she who has said that.這話明明是她說的。
  • He is undoubtedly the pride of China.毫無疑問他是中國的驕傲。
11 peculiar cinyo     
  • He walks in a peculiar fashion.他走路的樣子很奇特。
  • He looked at me with a very peculiar expression.他用一種很奇怪的表情看著我。
12 allusion CfnyW     
  • He made an allusion to a secret plan in his speech.在講話中他暗示有一項秘密計劃。
  • She made no allusion to the incident.她沒有提及那個事件。
13 metallic LCuxO     
  • A sharp metallic note coming from the outside frightened me.外面傳來尖銳鏗鏘的聲音嚇了我一跳。
  • He picked up a metallic ring last night.昨夜他撿了一個金屬戒指。
14 shutters 74d48a88b636ca064333022eb3458e1f     
百葉窗( shutter的名詞復數 ); (照相機的)快門
  • The shop-front is fitted with rolling shutters. 那商店的店門裝有卷門。
  • The shutters thumped the wall in the wind. 在風中百葉窗砰砰地碰在墻上。
15 precisely zlWzUb     
  • It's precisely that sort of slick sales-talk that I mistrust.我不相信的正是那種油腔滑調的推銷宣傳。
  • The man adjusted very precisely.那個人調得很準。
16 drawn MuXzIi     
  • All the characters in the story are drawn from life.故事中的所有人物都取材于生活。
  • Her gaze was drawn irresistibly to the scene outside.她的目光禁不住被外面的風景所吸引。
17 aperture IwFzW     
  • The only light came through a narrow aperture.僅有的光亮來自一個小孔。
  • We saw light through a small aperture in the wall.我們透過墻上的小孔看到了亮光。
18 doorway 2s0xK     
  • They huddled in the shop doorway to shelter from the rain.他們擠在商店門口躲雨。
  • Mary suddenly appeared in the doorway.瑪麗突然出現在門口。
19 prey g1czH     
  • Stronger animals prey on weaker ones.弱肉強食。
  • The lion was hunting for its prey.獅子在尋找獵物。
20 apparition rM3yR     
  • He saw the apparition of his dead wife.他看見了他亡妻的幽靈。
  • But the terror of this new apparition brought me to a stand.這新出現的幽靈嚇得我站在那里一動也不敢動。
21 blandly f411bffb7a3b98af8224e543d5078eb9     
  • There is a class of men in Bristol monstrously prejudiced against Blandly. 布里斯托爾有那么一幫人為此恨透了布蘭德利。 來自英漢文學 - 金銀島
  • \"Maybe you could get something in the stage line?\" he blandly suggested. “也許你能在戲劇這一行里找些事做,\"他和藹地提議道。 來自英漢文學 - 嘉莉妹妹
22 imperturbably a0f47e17391988f62c9d80422a96d6bc     
  • She was excellently, imperturbably good; affectionate, docile, obedient, and much addicted to speaking the truth. 她絕對善良,脾氣也好到了極點;溫柔、謙和、恭順一貫愛說真話。 來自辭典例句
  • We could face imperturbably the and find out the best countermeasure only iffind the real origin. 只有找出貿易摩擦的根源,才能更加冷靜地面對這一困擾,找出最佳的解決方法。 來自互聯網
23 meddle d7Xzb     
  • I hope he doesn't try to meddle in my affairs.我希望他不來干預我的事情。
  • Do not meddle in things that do not concern you.別參與和自己無關的事。
24 meddler f6c9dbbecb54071a3d3fe2f2c9725861     
  • "I know you, you scoundrel! I have heard of you before. You are Holmes, the meddler." “我知道你,這個惡棍。我以前聽過你。你是福爾摩斯,愛管閑事的人! 來自互聯網
25 chuckled 8ce1383c838073977a08258a1f3e30f8     
輕聲地笑( chuckle的過去式和過去分詞 )
  • She chuckled at the memory. 想起這件事她就暗自發笑。
  • She chuckled softly to herself as she remembered his astonished look. 想起他那驚訝的表情,她就輕輕地暗自發笑。
26 heartily Ld3xp     
  • He ate heartily and went out to look for his horse.他痛快地吃了一頓,就出去找他的馬。
  • The host seized my hand and shook it heartily.主人抓住我的手,熱情地和我握手。
27 decided lvqzZd     
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.這使他們比對手具有明顯的優勢。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英國人和中國人打招呼的方式有很明顯的區別。
28 draught 7uyzIH     
  • He emptied his glass at one draught.他將杯中物一飲而盡。
  • It's a pity the room has no north window and you don't get a draught.可惜這房間沒北窗,沒有過堂風。
29 foul Sfnzy     
  • Take off those foul clothes and let me wash them.脫下那些臟衣服讓我洗一洗。
  • What a foul day it is!多么惡劣的天氣!
30 poker ilozCG     
  • He was cleared out in the poker game.他打撲克牌,把錢都輸光了。
  • I'm old enough to play poker and do something with it.我打撲克是老手了,可以玩些花樣。
31 bent QQ8yD     
  • He was fully bent upon the project.他一心撲在這項計劃上。
  • We bent over backward to help them.我們盡了最大努力幫助他們。
32 snarled ti3zMA     
v.(指狗)吠,嗥叫, (人)咆哮( snarl的過去式和過去分詞 );咆哮著說,厲聲地說
  • The dog snarled at us. 狗朝我們低聲吼叫。
  • As I advanced towards the dog, It'snarled and struck at me. 我朝那條狗走去時,它狂吠著向我撲來。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
33 hurling bd3cda2040d4df0d320fd392f72b7dc3     
n.愛爾蘭式曲棍球v.猛投,用力擲( hurl的現在分詞 );大聲叫罵
  • The boat rocked wildly, hurling him into the water. 這艘船劇烈地晃動,把他甩到水中。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • Fancy hurling away a good chance like that, the silly girl! 想想她竟然把這樣一個好機會白白丟掉了,真是個傻姑娘! 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
34 amiable hxAzZ     
  • She was a very kind and amiable old woman.她是個善良和氣的老太太。
  • We have a very amiable companionship.我們之間存在一種友好的關系。
35 insolence insolence     
  • I've had enough of your insolence, and I'm having no more. 我受夠了你的侮辱,不能再容忍了。 來自《現代漢英綜合大詞典》
  • How can you suffer such insolence? 你怎么能容忍這種蠻橫的態度? 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
36 zest vMizT     
  • He dived into his new job with great zest.他充滿熱情地投入了新的工作。
  • He wrote his novel about his trip to Asia with zest.他興趣濃厚的寫了一本關于他亞洲之行的小說。
37 investigation MRKzq     
  • In an investigation,a new fact became known, which told against him.在調查中新發現了一件對他不利的事實。
  • He drew the conclusion by building on his own investigation.他根據自己的調查研究作出結論。
38 brute GSjya     
  • The aggressor troops are not many degrees removed from the brute.侵略軍簡直象一群野獸。
  • That dog is a dangerous brute.It bites people.那條狗是危險的畜牲,它咬人。