The Adventure of the Speckled Band花斑帶之謎 (六)
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About nine o'clock the light among the trees was extinguished,
and all was dark in the direction of the Manor1 House. Two hours
passed slowly away, and then, suddenly, just at the stroke of
eleven, a single bright light shone out right in front of us.
"That is our signal," said Holmes, springing to his feet; "it
comes from the middle window."
As we passed out he exchanged a few words with the landlord,
explaining that we were going on a late visit to an acquaintance,
and that it was possible that we might spend the night there. A
moment later we were out on the dark road, a chill wind blowing
in our faces, and one yellow light twinkling in front of us
through the gloom to guide us on our sombre errand.
There was little difficulty in entering the grounds, for
unrepaired breaches2 gaped3 in the old park wall. Making our way
among the trees, we reached the lawn, crossed it, and were about
to enter through the window when out from a clump4 of laurel
bushes there darted5 what seemed to be a hideous6 and distorted
child, who threw itself upon the grass with writhing7 limbs and
then ran swiftly across the lawn into the darkness.
"My God!" I whispered; "did you see it?"
Holmes was for the moment as startled as I. His hand closed like
a vise upon my wrist in his agitation8. Then he broke into a low
laugh and put his lips to my ear.
"It is a nice household," he murmured. "That is the baboon9."
I had forgotten the strange pets which the doctor affected10. There
was a cheetah11, too; perhaps we might find it upon our shoulders
at any moment. I confess that I felt easier in my mind when,
after following Holmes's example and slipping off my shoes, I
found myself inside the bedroom. My companion noiselessly closed
the shutters13, moved the lamp onto the table, and cast his eyes
round the room. All was as we had seen it in the daytime. Then
creeping up to me and making a trumpet14 of his hand, he whispered
into my ear again so gently that it was all that I could do to
distinguish the words:
"The least sound would be fatal to our plans."
I nodded to show that I had heard.
"We must sit without light. He would see it through the
I nodded again.
"Do not go asleep; your very life may depend upon it. Have your
pistol ready in case we should need it. I will sit on the side of
the bed, and you in that chair."
I took out my revolver and laid it on the corner of the table.
Holmes had brought up a long thin cane15, and this he placed upon
the bed beside him. By it he laid the box of matches and the
stump16 of a candle. Then he turned down the lamp, and we were left
in darkness.
How shall I ever forget that dreadful vigil? I could not hear a
sound, not even the drawing of a breath, and yet I knew that my
companion sat open-eyed, within a few feet of me, in the same
state of nervous tension in which I was myself. The shutters cut
off the least ray of light, and we waited in absolute darkness.
From outside came the occasional cry of a night-bird, and once at
our very window a long drawn17 catlike whine18, which told us that
the cheetah was indeed at liberty. Far away we could hear the
deep tones of the parish clock, which boomed out every quarter of
an hour. How long they seemed, those quarters! Twelve struck, and
one and two and three, and still we sat waiting silently for
whatever might befall.
Suddenly there was the momentary19 gleam of a light up in the
direction of the ventilator, which vanished immediately, but was
succeeded by a strong smell of burning oil and heated metal.
Someone in the next room had lit a dark-lantern. I heard a gentle
sound of movement, and then all was silent once more, though the
smell grew stronger. For half an hour I sat with straining ears.
Then suddenly another sound became audible--a very gentle,
soothing20 sound, like that of a small jet of steam escaping
continually from a kettle. The instant that we heard it, Holmes
sprang from the bed, struck a match, and lashed22 furiously with
his cane at the bell-pull.
"You see it, Watson?" he yelled. "You see it?"
But I saw nothing. At the moment when Holmes struck the light I
heard a low, clear whistle, but the sudden glare flashing into my
weary eyes made it impossible for me to tell what it was at which
my friend lashed so savagely23. I could, however, see that his face
was deadly pale and filled with horror and loathing24. He had
ceased to strike and was gazing up at the ventilator when
suddenly there broke from the silence of the night the most
horrible cry to which I have ever listened. It swelled25 up louder
and louder, a hoarse26 yell of pain and fear and anger all mingled27
in the one dreadful shriek28. They say that away down in the
village, and even in the distant parsonage, that cry raised the
sleepers29 from their beds. It struck cold to our hearts, and I
stood gazing at Holmes, and he at me, until the last echoes of it
had died away into the silence from which it rose.
"What can it mean?" I gasped30.
"It means that it is all over," Holmes answered. "And perhaps,
after all, it is for the best. Take your pistol, and we will
enter Dr. Roylott's room."
With a grave face he lit the lamp and led the way down the
corridor. Twice he struck at the chamber31 door without any reply
from within. Then he turned the handle and entered, I at his
heels, with the cocked pistol in my hand.
It was a singular sight which met our eyes. On the table stood a
dark-lantern with the shutter12 half open, throwing a brilliant
beam of light upon the iron safe, the door of which was ajar.
Beside this table, on the wooden chair, sat Dr. Grimesby Roylott
clad in a long gray dressing-gown, his bare ankles protruding32
beneath, and his feet thrust into red heelless Turkish slippers33.
Across his lap lay the short stock with the long lash21 which we
had noticed during the day. His chin was cocked upward and his
eyes were fixed34 in a dreadful, rigid35 stare at the corner of the
ceiling. Round his brow he had a peculiar36 yellow band, with
brownish speckles, which seemed to be bound tightly round his
head. As we entered he made neither sound nor motion.
"The band! the speckled band!" whispered Holmes.


1 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。
2 breaches f7e9a03d0b1fa3eeb94ac8e8ffbb509a     
破壞( breach的名詞復數 ); 破裂; 缺口; 違背
  • He imposed heavy penalties for breaches of oath or pledges. 他對違反誓言和保證的行為給予嚴厲的懲罰。
  • This renders all breaches of morality before marriage very uncommon. 這樣一來,婚前敗壞道德的事就少見了。
3 gaped 11328bb13d82388ec2c0b2bf7af6f272     
v.目瞪口呆地凝視( gape的過去式和過去分詞 );張開,張大
  • A huge chasm gaped before them. 他們面前有個巨大的裂痕。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • The front door was missing. A hole gaped in the roof. 前門不翼而飛,屋頂豁開了一個洞。 來自辭典例句
4 clump xXfzH     
  • A stream meandered gently through a clump of trees.一條小溪從樹叢中蜿蜒穿過。
  • It was as if he had hacked with his thick boots at a clump of bluebells.仿佛他用自己的厚靴子無情地踐踏了一叢野風信子。
5 darted d83f9716cd75da6af48046d29f4dd248     
v.投擲,投射( dart的過去式和過去分詞 );向前沖,飛奔
  • The lizard darted out its tongue at the insect. 蜥蜴伸出舌頭去吃小昆蟲。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • The old man was displeased and darted an angry look at me. 老人不高興了,瞪了我一眼。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
6 hideous 65KyC     
  • The whole experience had been like some hideous nightmare.整個經歷就像一場可怕的噩夢。
  • They're not like dogs,they're hideous brutes.它們不像狗,是丑陋的畜牲。
7 writhing 8e4d2653b7af038722d3f7503ad7849c     
(因極度痛苦而)扭動或翻滾( writhe的現在分詞 )
  • She was writhing around on the floor in agony. 她痛得在地板上直打滾。
  • He was writhing on the ground in agony. 他痛苦地在地上打滾。
8 agitation TN0zi     
  • Small shopkeepers carried on a long agitation against the big department stores.小店主們長期以來一直在煽動人們反對大型百貨商店。
  • These materials require constant agitation to keep them in suspension.這些藥劑要經常攪動以保持懸浮狀態。
9 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。
10 affected TzUzg0     
  • She showed an affected interest in our subject.她假裝對我們的課題感到興趣。
  • His manners are affected.他的態度不自然。
11 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。
12 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。
13 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。
14 trumpet AUczL     
  • He plays the violin, but I play the trumpet.他拉提琴,我吹喇叭。
  • The trumpet sounded for battle.戰斗的號角吹響了。
15 cane RsNzT     
  • This sugar cane is quite a sweet and juicy.這甘蔗既甜又多汁。
  • English schoolmasters used to cane the boys as a punishment.英國小學老師過去常用教鞭打男學生作為懲罰。
16 stump hGbzY     
  • He went on the stump in his home state.他到故鄉所在的州去發表演說。
  • He used the stump as a table.他把樹樁用作桌子。
17 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。
18 whine VMNzc     
  • You are getting paid to think,not to whine.支付給你工資是讓你思考而不是哀怨的。
  • The bullet hit a rock and rocketed with a sharp whine.子彈打在一塊巖石上,一聲尖厲的呼嘯,跳飛開去。
19 momentary hj3ya     
  • We are in momentary expectation of the arrival of you.我們無時無刻不在盼望你的到來。
  • I caught a momentary glimpse of them.我瞥了他們一眼。
20 soothing soothing     
  • Put on some nice soothing music.播放一些柔和舒緩的音樂。
  • His casual, relaxed manner was very soothing.他隨意而放松的舉動讓人很快便平靜下來。
21 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。
22 lashed 4385e23a53a7428fb973b929eed1bce6     
adj.具睫毛的v.鞭打( lash的過去式和過去分詞 );煽動;緊系;怒斥
  • The rain lashed at the windows. 雨點猛烈地打在窗戶上。
  • The cleverly designed speech lashed the audience into a frenzy. 這篇精心設計的演說煽動聽眾使他們發狂。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
23 savagely 902f52b3c682f478ddd5202b40afefb9     
adv. 野蠻地,殘酷地
  • The roses had been pruned back savagely. 玫瑰被狠狠地修剪了一番。
  • He snarled savagely at her. 他向她狂吼起來。
24 loathing loathing     
n.厭惡,憎恨v.憎恨,厭惡( loathe的現在分詞);極不喜歡
  • She looked at her attacker with fear and loathing . 她盯著襲擊她的歹徒,既害怕又憎恨。
  • They looked upon the creature with a loathing undisguised. 他們流露出明顯的厭惡看那動物。 來自《現代英漢綜合大詞典》
25 swelled bd4016b2ddc016008c1fc5827f252c73     
增強( swell的過去式和過去分詞 ); 腫脹; (使)凸出; 充滿(激情)
  • The infection swelled his hand. 由于感染,他的手腫了起來。
  • After the heavy rain the river swelled. 大雨過后,河水猛漲。
26 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。
27 mingled fdf34efd22095ed7e00f43ccc823abdf     
混合,混入( mingle的過去式和過去分詞 ); 混進,與…交往[聯系]
  • The sounds of laughter and singing mingled in the evening air. 笑聲和歌聲交織在夜空中。
  • The man and the woman mingled as everyone started to relax. 當大家開始放松的時候,這一男一女就開始交往了。
28 shriek fEgya     
  • Suddenly he began to shriek loudly.突然他開始大聲尖叫起來。
  • People sometimes shriek because of terror,anger,or pain.人們有時會因為恐懼,氣憤或疼痛而尖叫。
29 sleepers 1d076aa8d5bfd0daecb3ca5f5c17a425     
n.臥鋪(通常以復數形式出現);臥車( sleeper的名詞復數 );軌枕;睡覺(呈某種狀態)的人;小耳環
  • He trod quietly so as not to disturb the sleepers. 他輕移腳步,以免吵醒睡著的人。 來自辭典例句
  • The nurse was out, and we two sleepers were alone. 保姆出去了,只剩下我們兩個瞌睡蟲。 來自辭典例句
30 gasped e6af294d8a7477229d6749fa9e8f5b80     
v.喘氣( gasp的過去式和過去分詞 );喘息;倒抽氣;很想要
  • She gasped at the wonderful view. 如此美景使她驚訝得屏住了呼吸。
  • People gasped with admiration at the superb skill of the gymnasts. 體操運動員的高超技藝令人贊嘆。 來自《現代漢英綜合大詞典》
31 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。
32 protruding e7480908ef1e5355b3418870e3d0812f     
v.(使某物)伸出,(使某物)突出( protrude的現在分詞 );凸
  • He hung his coat on a nail protruding from the wall. 他把上衣掛在凸出墻面的一根釘子上。
  • There is a protruding shelf over a fireplace. 壁爐上方有個突出的架子。 來自辭典例句
33 slippers oiPzHV     
n. 拖鞋
  • a pair of slippers 一雙拖鞋
  • He kicked his slippers off and dropped on to the bed. 他踢掉了拖鞋,倒在床上。
34 fixed JsKzzj     
  • Have you two fixed on a date for the wedding yet?你們倆選定婚期了嗎?
  • Once the aim is fixed,we should not change it arbitrarily.目標一旦確定,我們就不應該隨意改變。
35 rigid jDPyf     
  • She became as rigid as adamant.她變得如頑石般的固執。
  • The examination was so rigid that nearly all aspirants were ruled out.考試很嚴,幾乎所有的考生都被淘汰了。
36 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。