The Adventure of the Speckled Band花斑帶之謎 (四)
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It was nearly one o'clock when Sherlock Holmes returned from his
excursion. He held in his hand a sheet of blue paper, scrawled1
over with notes and figures.
"I have seen the will of the deceased wife," said he. "To
determine its exact meaning I have been obliged to work out the
present prices of the investments with which it is concerned. The
total income, which at the time of the wife's death was little
short of 1100 pounds, is now, through the fall in agricultural
prices, not more than 750 pounds. Each daughter can claim an
income of 250 pounds, in case of marriage. It is evident,
therefore, that if both girls had married, this beauty would have
had a mere2 pittance3, while even one of them would cripple him to
a very serious extent. My morning's work has not been wasted,
since it has proved that he has the very strongest motives4 for
standing5 in the way of anything of the sort. And now, Watson,
this is too serious for dawdling6, especially as the old man is
aware that we are interesting ourselves in his affairs; so if you
are ready, we shall call a cab and drive to Waterloo. I should be
very much obliged if you would slip your revolver into your
pocket. An Eley's No. 2 is an excellent argument with gentlemen
who can twist steel pokers7 into knots. That and a tooth-brush
are, I think, all that we need."
At Waterloo we were fortunate in catching8 a train for
Leatherhead, where we hired a trap at the station inn and drove
for four or five miles through the lovely Surrey laries. It was a
perfect day, with a bright sun and a few fleecy clouds in the
heavens. The trees and wayside hedges were just throwing out
their first green shoots, and the air was full of the pleasant
smell of the moist earth. To me at least there was a strange
contrast between the sweet promise of the spring and this
sinister9 quest upon which we were engaged. My companion sat in
the front of the trap, his arms folded, his hat pulled down over
his eyes, and his chin sunk upon his breast, buried in the
deepest thought. Suddenly, however, he started, tapped me on the
shoulder, and pointed10 over the meadows
"Look there!" said he.
A heavily timbered park stretched up in a gentle slope,
thickening mto a grove11 at the highest point. From amid the
branches there jutted12 out the gray gables and high roof-tree of a
very old mansion13.
"Stoke Moran?" said he.
"Yes, sir, that be the house of Dr. Grimesby Roylott," remarked
the driver.
"There is some building going on there," said Holmes; "that is
where we are going."
"There's the village," said the driver, pointing to a cluster of
roofs some distance to the left; "but if you want to get to the
house, you'll find it shorter to get over this stile, and so by
the foot-path over the fields. There it is, where the lady is
"And the lady, I fancy, is Miss Stoner," observed Holmes, shading
his eyes. "Yes, I think we had better do as you suggest."
We got off, paid our fare, and the trap rattled14 back on its way
to Leatherhead.
"I thought it as well," said Holmes as we climbed the stile,
"that this fellow should think we had come here as architects, or
on some definite business. It may stop his gossip.
Good-afternoon, Miss Stoner. You see that we have been as good as
our word."
Our client of the morning had hurried forward to meet us with a
face which spoke15 her joy. "I have been waiting so eagerly for
you," she cried, shaking hands with us warmly. "All has turned
out splendidly. Dr. Roylott has gone to town, and it is unlikely
that he will be back before evening."
"We have had the pleasure of making the doctor's acquaintance,"
said Holmes, and in a few words he sketched16 out what had
occurred. Miss Stoner turned white to the lips as she listened.
"Good heavens!" she cried, "he has followed me, then."
"So it appears."
"He is so cunning that I never know when I am safe from him. What
will he say when he returns?"
"He must guard himself, for he may find that there is someone
more cunning than himself upon his track. You must lock yourself
up from him to-night. If he is violent, we shall take you away to
your aunt's at Harrow. Now, we must make the best use of our
time, so kindly17 take us at once to the rooms which we are to
The building was of gray, lichen-blotched stone, with a high
central portion and two curving wings, like the claws of a crab18,
thrown out on each side. In one of these wings the windows were
broken and blocked with wooden boards, while the roof was partly
caved in, a picture of ruin. The central portion was in little
better repair, but the right-hand block was comparatively modern,
and the blinds in the windows, with the blue smoke curling up
from the chimneys, showed that this was where the family resided.
Some scaffolding had been erected19 against the end wall, and the
stone-work had been broken into, but there were no signs of any
workmen at the moment of our visit. Holmes walked slowly up and
down the ill-trimmed lawn and examined with deep attention the
outsides of the windows.
"This, I take it, belongs to the room in which you used to sleep,
the centre one to your sister's, and the one next to the main
building to Dr. Roylott's chamber20?"
"Exactly so. But I am now sleeping in the middle one."
"Pending21 the alterations22, as I understand. By the way, there does
not seem to be any very pressing need for repairs at that end
"There were none. I believe that it was an excuse to move me from
my room."
"Ah! that is suggestive. Now, on the other side of this narrow
wing runs the corridor from which these three rooms open. There
are windows in it, of course?"
"Yes, but very small ones. Too narrow for anyone to pass
"As you both locked your doors at night, your rooms were
unapproachable from that side. Now, would you have the kindness
to go into your room and bar your shutters24?"
Miss Stoner did so, and Holmes, after a careful examination
through the open window, endeavored in every way to force the
shutter23 open, but without success. There was no slit25 through
which a knife could be passed to raise the bar. Then with his
lens he tested the hinges, but they were of solid iron, built
firmly into the massive masonry26. "Hum!" said he, scratching his
chin in some perplexity, "my theory certainly presents some
difficulties. No one could pass these shutters if they were
bolted. Well, we shall see if the inside throws any light upon
the matter."
A small side door led into the whitewashed27 corridor from which
the three bedrooms opened. Holmes refused to examine the third
chamber, so we passed at once to the second, that in which Miss
Stoner was now sleeping, and in which her sister had met with her
fate. It was a homely28 little room, with a low ceiling and a
gaping29 fireplace, after the fashion of old country-houses. A
brown chest of drawers stood in one corner, a narrow
white-counterpaned bed in another, and a dressing-table on the
left-hand side of the window. These articles, with two small
wicker-work chairs, made up all the furniture in the room save
for a square of Wilton carpet in the centre. The boards round and
the panelling of the walls were of brown, worm-eaten oak, so old
and discolored that it may have dated from the original building
of the house. Holmes drew one of the chairs into a corner and sat
silent, while his eyes travelled round and round and up and down,
taking in every detail of the apartment.
"Where does that bell communicate with?" he asked at last
pointing to a thick belt-rope which hung down beside the bed, the
tassel30 actually lying upon the pillow.
"It goes to the housekeeper's room."
"It looks newer than the other things?"
"Yes, it was only put there a couple of years ago."
"Your sister asked for it, I suppose?"
"No, I never heard of her using it. We used always to get what we
wanted for ourselves."
"Indeed, it seemed unnecessary to put so nice a bell-pull there.
You will excuse me for a few minutes while I satisfy myself as to
this floor." He threw himself down upon his face with his lens in
his hand and crawled swiftly backward and forward, examining
minutely the cracks between the boards. Then he did the same with
the wood-work with which the chamber was panelled. Finally he
walked over to the bed and spent some time in staring at it and
in running his eye up and down the wall. Finally he took the
bell-rope in his hand and gave it a brisk tug31.
"Why, it's a dummy," said he.
"Won't it ring?"
"No, it is not even attached to a wire. This is very interesting.
You can see now that it is fastened to a hook just above where
the little opening for the ventilator is."
"How very absurd! I never noticed that before."
"Very strange!" muttered Holmes, pulling at the rope. "There are
one or two very singular points about this room. For example,
what a fool a builder must be to open a ventilator into another
room, when, with the same trouble, he might have communicated
with the outside air!"
"That is also quite modern," said the lady.
"Done about the same time as the bell-rope?" remarked Holmes.
"Yes, there were several little changes carried out about that
"They seem to have been of a most interesting character--dummy
bell-ropes, and ventilators which do not ventilate. With your
permission, Miss Stoner, we shall now carry our researches into
the inner apartment."
Dr. Grimesby Roylott's chamber was larger than that of his
step-daughter, but was as plainly furnished. A camp-bed, a small
wooden shelf full of books, mostly of a technical character an
armchair beside the bed, a plain wooden chair against the wall, a
round table, and a large iron safe were the principal things
which met the eye. Holmes walked slowly round and examined each
and all of them with the keenest interest.
"What's in here?" he asked, tapping the safe.
"My stepfather's business papers."
"Oh! you have seen inside, then?"
"Only once, some years ago. I remember that it was full of
"There isn't a cat in it, for example?"
"No. What a strange idea!"
"Well, look at this!" He took up a small saucer of milk which
stood on the top of it.
"No; we don't keep a cat. But there is a cheetah32 and a baboon33."
"Ah, yes, of course! Well, a cheetah is just a big cat, and yet a
saucer of milk does not go very far in satisfying its wants, I
daresay. There is one point which I should wish to determine." He
squatted34 down in front of the wooden chair and examined the seat
of it with the greatest attention.
"Thank you. That is quite settled," said he, rising and putting
his lens in his pocket. "Hello! Here is something interesting!"
The object which had caught his eye was a small dog lash35 hung on
one corner of the bed. The lash, however, was curled upon itself
and tied so as to make a loop of whipcord.
"What do you make of that, Watson?"
"It's a common enough lash. But I don't know why if should be
"That is not quite so common, is it? Ah, me! it's a wicked world,
and when a clever man turns his brains to crime it is the worst
of all. I think that I have seen enough now, Miss Stoner, and
with your permission we shall walk out upon the lawn."
I had never seen my friend's face so grim or his brow so dark as
it was when we turned from the scene of this investigation36. We
had walked several times up and down the lawn, neither Miss
Stoner nor myself liking37 to break in upon his thoughts before he
roused himself from his reverie.
"It is very essential, Miss Stoner," said he, "that you should
absolutely follow my advice in every respect."
"I shall most certainly do so."
"The matter is too serious for any hesitation38. Your life may
depend upon your compliance39."
"I assure you that I am in your hands."
"In the first place, both my friend and I must spend the night in
your room."
Both Miss Stoner and I gazed at him in astonishment40.
"Yes, it must be so. Let me explain. I believe that that is the
village inn over there?"
"Yes, that is the Crown."
"Very good. Your windows would be visible from there?"
"You must confine yourself to your room, on pretence41 of a
headache, when your stepfather comes back. Then when you hear him
retire for the night, you must open the shutters of your window,
undo42 the hasp, put your lamp there as a signal to us, and then
withdraw quietly with everything which you are likely to want
into the room which you used to occupy. I have no doubt that, in
spite of the repairs, you could manage there for one night."
"Oh, yes, easily."
"The rest you will leave in our hands."
"But what will you do?"
"We shall spend the night in your room, and we shall investigate
the cause of this noise which has disturbed you."
"I believe, Mr. Holmes, that you have already made up your mind,"
said Miss Stoner, laying her hand upon my companion's sleeve.
"Perhaps I have."
"Then, for pity's sake, tell me what was the cause of my sister's
"I should prefer to have clearer proofs before I speak."
"You can at least tell me whether my own thought is correct, and
if she died from some sudden fright."
"No, I do not think so. I think that there was probably some more
tangible43 cause. And now, Miss Stoner, we must leave you for if
Dr. Roylott returned and saw us our journey would be in vain.
Good-bye, and be brave, for if you will do what I have told you
you may rest assured that we shall soon drive away the dangers
that threaten you."


1 scrawled ace4673c0afd4a6c301d0b51c37c7c86     
亂涂,潦草地寫( scrawl的過去式和過去分詞 )
  • I tried to read his directions, scrawled on a piece of paper. 我盡量弄明白他草草寫在一片紙上的指示。
  • Tom scrawled on his slate, "Please take it -- I got more." 湯姆在他的寫字板上寫了幾個字:“請你收下吧,我多得是哩!
2 mere rC1xE     
  • That is a mere repetition of what you said before.那不過是重復了你以前講的話。
  • It's a mere waste of time waiting any longer.再等下去純粹是浪費時間。
3 pittance KN1xT     
  • Her secretaries work tirelessly for a pittance.她的秘書們為一點微薄的工資不知疲倦地工作。
  • The widow must live on her slender pittance.那寡婦只能靠自己微薄的收入過活。
4 motives 6c25d038886898b20441190abe240957     
n.動機,目的( motive的名詞復數 )
  • to impeach sb's motives 懷疑某人的動機
  • His motives are unclear. 他的用意不明。
5 standing 2hCzgo     
  • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震過后只有幾幢房屋還立著。
  • They're standing out against any change in the law.他們堅決反對對法律做任何修改。
6 dawdling 9685b05ad25caee5c16a092f6e575992     
adj.閑逛的,懶散的v.混(時間)( dawdle的現在分詞 )
  • Stop dawdling! We're going to be late! 別磨蹭了,咱們快遲到了!
  • It was all because of your dawdling that we were late. 都是你老磨蹭,害得我們遲到了。 來自《現代漢英綜合大詞典》
7 pokers 1d36d407f0e0269534917af7d949bfe2     
n.撥火鐵棒( poker的名詞復數 );紙牌;撲克;(通常指人)(坐或站得)直挺挺的
  • Does excellent 54 pokers printing plate a look at the Japan AV daughter knowing several? 日本AV女優54張撲克牌版看看認識幾個? 來自互聯網
8 catching cwVztY     
  • There are those who think eczema is catching.有人就是認為濕疹會傳染。
  • Enthusiasm is very catching.熱情非常富有感染力。
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 pointed Il8zB4     
  • He gave me a very sharp pointed pencil.他給我一支削得非常尖的鉛筆。
  • She wished to show Mrs.John Dashwood by this pointed invitation to her brother.她想通過對達茨伍德夫人提出直截了當的邀請向她的哥哥表示出來。
11 grove v5wyy     
  • On top of the hill was a grove of tall trees.山頂上一片高大的樹林。
  • The scent of lemons filled the grove.檸檬香味充滿了小樹林。
12 jutted 24c546c23e927de0beca5ea56f7fb23f     
v.(使)突出( jut的過去式和過去分詞 );伸出;(從…)突出;高出
  • A row of small windows jutted out from the roof. 有一排小窗戶從房頂上突出來。
  • His jaw jutted stubbornly forward; he would not be denied. 他固執地揚起下巴,一副不肯罷休的樣子。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
13 mansion 8BYxn     
  • The old mansion was built in 1850.這座古宅建于1850年。
  • The mansion has extensive grounds.這大廈四周的庭園廣闊。
14 rattled b4606e4247aadf3467575ffedf66305b     
  • The truck jolted and rattled over the rough ground. 卡車嘎吱嘎吱地在凹凸不平的地面上顛簸而行。
  • Every time a bus went past, the windows rattled. 每逢公共汽車經過這里,窗戶都格格作響。
15 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。
16 sketched 7209bf19355618c1eb5ca3c0fdf27631     
  • The historical article sketched the major events of the decade. 這篇有關歷史的文章概述了這十年中的重大事件。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • He sketched the situation in a few vivid words. 他用幾句生動的語言簡述了局勢。 來自《現代漢英綜合大詞典》
17 kindly tpUzhQ     
  • Her neighbours spoke of her as kindly and hospitable.她的鄰居都說她和藹可親、熱情好客。
  • A shadow passed over the kindly face of the old woman.一道陰影掠過老太太慈祥的面孔。
18 crab xoozE     
  • I can't remember when I last had crab.我不記得上次吃蟹是什么時候了。
  • The skin on my face felt as hard as a crab's back.我臉上的皮仿佛僵硬了,就象螃蟹的殼似的。
adj. 直立的,豎立的,筆直的 vt. 使 ... 直立,建立
  • A monument to him was erected in St Paul's Cathedral. 在圣保羅大教堂為他修了一座紀念碑。
  • A monument was erected to the memory of that great scientist. 樹立了一塊紀念碑紀念那位偉大的科學家。
20 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。
21 pending uMFxw     
  • The lawsuit is still pending in the state court.這案子仍在州法庭等待定奪。
  • He knew my examination was pending.他知道我就要考試了。
22 alterations c8302d4e0b3c212bc802c7294057f1cb     
n.改動( alteration的名詞復數 );更改;變化;改變
  • Any alterations should be written in neatly to the left side. 改動部分應書寫清晰,插在正文的左側。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • Gene mutations are alterations in the DNA code. 基因突變是指DNA 密碼的改變。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
23 shutter qEpy6     
  • The camera has a shutter speed of one-sixtieth of a second.這架照像機的快門速度達六十分之一秒。
  • The shutter rattled in the wind.百葉窗在風中發出嘎嘎聲。
24 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。
25 slit tE0yW     
  • The coat has been slit in two places.這件外衣有兩處裂開了。
  • He began to slit open each envelope.他開始裁開每個信封。
26 masonry y21yI     
  • Masonry is a careful skill.磚石工藝是一種精心的技藝。
  • The masonry of the old building began to crumble.舊樓房的磚石結構開始崩落。
27 whitewashed 38aadbb2fa5df4fec513e682140bac04     
粉飾,美化,掩飾( whitewash的過去式和過去分詞 )
  • The wall had been whitewashed. 墻已粉過。
  • The towers are in the shape of bottle gourds and whitewashed. 塔呈圓形,狀近葫蘆,外敷白色。 來自漢英文學 - 現代散文
28 homely Ecdxo     
  • We had a homely meal of bread and cheese.我們吃了一頓面包加乳酪的家常便餐。
  • Come and have a homely meal with us,will you?來和我們一起吃頓家常便飯,好嗎?
29 gaping gaping     
adj.口的;張口的;敞口的;多洞穴的v.目瞪口呆地凝視( gape的現在分詞 );張開,張大
  • Ahead of them was a gaping abyss. 他們前面是一個巨大的深淵。
  • The antelope could not escape the crocodile's gaping jaws. 那只羚羊無法從鱷魚張開的大口中逃脫。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
30 tassel egKyo     
n.流蘇,穗;v.抽穗, (玉米)長穗須
  • The corn has begun to tassel.玉米開始長出穗狀雄花。
  • There are blue tassels on my curtains.我的窗簾上有藍色的流蘇。
31 tug 5KBzo     
  • We need to tug the car round to the front.我們需要把那輛車拉到前面。
  • The tug is towing three barges.那只拖船正拖著三只駁船。
32 cheetah 0U0yS     
  • The cheetah is generally credited as the world's fastest animal.獵豹被公認是世界上跑得最快的動物。
  • The distribution of the cheetah ranges from Africa to Central Asia.印度豹的足跡遍及從非洲到中亞的廣大地區。
33 baboon NuNzc     
  • A baboon is a large monkey that lives in Africa.狒狒是一種生活在非洲的大猴子。
  • As long as the baboon holds on to what it wants,it's trapped.只要狒狒緊抓住想要的東西不放手,它就會被牢牢困住。
34 squatted 45deb990f8c5186c854d710c535327b0     
v.像動物一樣蹲下( squat的過去式和過去分詞 );非法擅自占用(土地或房屋);為獲得其所有權;而占用某片公共用地。
  • He squatted down beside the footprints and examined them closely. 他蹲在腳印旁仔細地觀察。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • He squatted in the grass discussing with someone. 他蹲在草地上與一個人談話。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
35 lash a2oxR     
  • He received a lash of her hand on his cheek.他突然被她打了一記耳光。
  • With a lash of its tail the tiger leaped at her.老虎把尾巴一甩朝她撲過來。
36 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。
37 liking mpXzQ5     
  • The word palate also means taste or liking.Palate這個詞也有“口味”或“嗜好”的意思。
  • I must admit I have no liking for exaggeration.我必須承認我不喜歡夸大其詞。
38 hesitation tdsz5     
  • After a long hesitation, he told the truth at last.躊躇了半天,他終于直說了。
  • There was a certain hesitation in her manner.她的態度有些猶豫不決。
39 compliance ZXyzX     
  • I was surprised by his compliance with these terms.我對他竟然依從了這些條件而感到吃驚。
  • She gave up the idea in compliance with his desire.她順從他的愿望而放棄自己的主意。
40 astonishment VvjzR     
  • They heard him give a loud shout of astonishment.他們聽見他驚奇地大叫一聲。
  • I was filled with astonishment at her strange action.我對她的奇怪舉動不勝驚異。
41 pretence pretence     
  • The government abandoned any pretence of reform. 政府不再裝模作樣地進行改革。
  • He made a pretence of being happy at the party.晚會上他假裝很高興。
42 undo Ok5wj     
  • His pride will undo him some day.他的傲慢總有一天會毀了他。
  • I managed secretly to undo a corner of the parcel.我悄悄地設法解開了包裹的一角。
43 tangible 4IHzo     
  • The policy has not yet brought any tangible benefits.這項政策還沒有帶來任何實質性的好處。
  • There is no tangible proof.沒有確鑿的證據。