The Adventure of the Speckled Band花斑帶之謎 (五)
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Sherlock Holmes and I had no difficulty in engaging a bedroom and
sitting-room1 at the Crown Inn. They were on the upper floor, and
from our window we could command a view of the avenue gate, and
of the inhabited wing of Stoke Moran Manor2 House. At dusk we saw
Dr. Grimesby Roylott drive past, his huge form looming3 up beside
the little figure of the lad who drove him. The boy had some
slight difficulty in undoing4 the heavy iron gates, and we heard
the hoarse5 roar of the doctor's voice and saw the fury with which
he shook his clinched6 fists at him. The trap drove on, and a few
minutes later we saw a sudden light spring up among the trees as
the lamp was lit in one of the sitting-rooms.
"Do you know, Watson," said Holmes as we sat together in the
gathering7 darkness, "I have really some scruples8 as to taking you
to-night. There is a distinct element of danger."
"Can I be of assistance?"
"Your presence might be invaluable9."
"Then I shall certainly come."
"It is very kind of you."
"You speak of danger. You have evidently seen more in these rooms
than was visible to me."
"No, but I fancy that I may have deduced a little more. I imagine
that you saw all that I did."
"I saw nothing remarkable10 save the bell-rope, and what purpose
that could answer I confess is more than I can imagine."
"You saw the ventilator, too?"
"Yes, but I do not think that it is such a very unusual thing to
have a small opening between two rooms. It was so small that a
rat could hardly pass through."
"I knew that we should find a ventilator before ever we came to
Stoke Moran."
"My dear Holmes!"
"Oh, yes, I did. You remember in her statement she said that her
sister could smell Dr. Roylott's cigar. Now, of course that
suggested at once that there must be a communication between the
two rooms. It could only be a small one, or it would have been
remarked upon at the coroner's inquiry11. I deduced a ventilator."
"But what harm can there be in that?"
"Well, there is at least a curious coincidence of dates. A
ventilator is made, a cord is hung, and a lady who sleeps in the
bed dies. Does not that strike you?"
"I cannot as yet see any connection."
"Did you observe anything very peculiar12 about that bed?"
"It was clamped to the floor. Did you ever see a bed fastened
like that before?"
"I cannot say that I have."
"The lady could not move her bed. It must always be in the same
relative position to the ventilator and to the rope--or so we may
call it, since it was clearly never meant for a bell-pull."
"Holmes," I cried, "I seem to see dimly what you are hinting at.
We are only just in time to prevent some subtle and horrible
"Subtle enough and horrible enough. When a doctor does go wrong
he is the first of criminals. He has nerve and he has knowledge.
Palmer and Pritchard were among the heads of their profession.
This man strikes even deeper, but I think, Watson, that we shall
be able to strike deeper still. But we shall have horrors enough
before the night is over; for goodness' sake let us have a quiet
pipe and turn our minds for a few hours to something more


1 sitting-room sitting-room     
  • The sitting-room is clean.起居室很清潔。
  • Each villa has a separate sitting-room.每棟別墅都有一間獨立的起居室。
2 manor d2Gy4     
  • The builder of the manor house is a direct ancestor of the present owner.建造這幢莊園的人就是它現在主人的一個直系祖先。
  • I am not lord of the manor,but its lady.我并非此地的領主,而是這兒的女主人。
3 looming 1060bc05c0969cf209c57545a22ee156     
n.上現蜃景(光通過低層大氣發生異常折射形成的一種海市蜃樓)v.隱約出現,陰森地逼近( loom的現在分詞 );隱約出現,陰森地逼近
  • The foothills were looming ahead through the haze. 丘陵地帶透過薄霧朦朧地出現在眼前。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • Then they looked up. Looming above them was Mount Proteome. 接著他們往上看,在其上隱約看到的是蛋白質組山。 來自英漢非文學 - 生命科學 - 回顧與展望
4 undoing Ifdz6a     
  • That one mistake was his undoing. 他一失足即成千古恨。
  • This hard attitude may have led to his undoing. 可能就是這種強硬的態度導致了他的垮臺。
5 hoarse 5dqzA     
  • He asked me a question in a hoarse voice.他用嘶啞的聲音問了我一個問題。
  • He was too excited and roared himself hoarse.他過于激動,嗓子都喊啞了。
6 clinched 66a50317a365cdb056bd9f4f25865646     
v.(尤指兩人)互相緊緊抱[扭]住( clinch的過去式和過去分詞 );解決(爭端、交易),達成(協議)
  • The two businessmen clinched the deal quickly. 兩位生意人很快達成了協議。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • Evidently this information clinched the matter. 顯然,這一消息使問題得以最終解決。 來自辭典例句
7 gathering ChmxZ     
  • He called on Mr. White to speak at the gathering.他請懷特先生在集會上講話。
  • He is on the wing gathering material for his novels.他正忙于為他的小說收集資料。
8 scruples 14d2b6347f5953bad0a0c5eebf78068a     
n.良心上的不安( scruple的名詞復數 );顧慮,顧忌v.感到于心不安,有顧忌( scruple的第三人稱單數 )
  • I overcame my moral scruples. 我拋開了道德方面的顧慮。
  • I'm not ashamed of my scruples about your family. They were natural. 我并未因為對你家人的顧慮而感到羞恥。這種感覺是自然而然的。 來自瘋狂英語突破英語語調
9 invaluable s4qxe     
  • A computer would have been invaluable for this job.一臺計算機對這個工作的作用會是無法估計的。
  • This information was invaluable to him.這個消息對他來說是非常寶貴的。
10 remarkable 8Vbx6     
  • She has made remarkable headway in her writing skills.她在寫作技巧方面有了長足進步。
  • These cars are remarkable for the quietness of their engines.這些汽車因發動機沒有噪音而不同凡響。
11 inquiry nbgzF     
  • Many parents have been pressing for an inquiry into the problem.許多家長迫切要求調查這個問題。
  • The field of inquiry has narrowed down to five persons.調查的范圍已經縮小到只剩5個人了。
12 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。