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BAND SPECKLED THE.

Fantastic the even and, unusual the towards tend not did which investigation any with himself associate to refused he, wealth of acquirement the for than art his of love the for rather did he as working, for; commonplace none but, strange merely number large a, comic some, tragic many find I, Holmes Sherlock friend my of methods the studied years eight last the during have I which in cases odd seventy the of notes my over glancing on.
Moran Stoke of Roylotts the of family Surrey well-known the with associated was which that than features singular more presented which any recall cannot I, however, cases varied these all of.
Street Baker in bachelors as rooms sharing were we when, Holmes with association my of days early the in occurred question in events the. Given was pledge the whom to lady the of death untimely the by month last the during freed been only have I which from, time the at made was secrecy of promise a but, before record upon them placed have might I that possible is it. Dr of death the to as rumours widespread are there that know to reasons have I for, light to come now should facts the that well as perhaps is it. Truth the than terrible more even matter the make to tend which Roylott grimesby.

Bed my of side the by, dressed fully, standing Holmes Sherlock find to morning one woke I that '83 year the in April in early was it. Habits my in regular myself was I for, resentment little a just perhaps and, surprise some in him at up blinked I, seven quarter-past a only was it that me showed mantelpiece the on clock the as and, rule a as, riser late a was he.

"Morning this lot common the it's but", he said", Watson, up you knock to sorry very. Mrs. You on I and, me upon retorted she, up knocked been has hudson."

"Fire then--a, it is what?"

"Client a; no. Me seeing upon insists who, excitement of state considerable a in arrived has lady young a that seems it. Sitting-room the in now waiting is she. Communicate to have they which pressing very something is it that presume I, beds their of out up people sleepy knock and, morning the of hour this at metropolis the about wander ladies young when, now. Outset the from it follow to wish, sure am I, would you, case interesting an be to prove it should. Chance the you give and you call should I that, rate any at, thought I."

"Anything for it miss not would I, fellow dear my."

Him to submitted were which problems the unravelled he which with basis logical a on founded always yet and, intuitions as swift as, deductions rapid the admiring in and, investigations professional his in Holmes following in than pleasure keener no had I. Sitting-room the to down friend my accompany to minutes few a in ready was and clothes my on threw rapidly I. Entered we as rose, window the in sitting been had who, veiled heavily and black in dressed lady a.

"Cheerily Holmes said", madam, good-morning. "Holmes Sherlock is name my. Dr, associate and friend intimate my is this. Myself before as freely as speak can you whom before, watson. Ha! Mrs that see to glad am I. Fire the light to sense good the had has hudson. Shivering are you that observe I for, coffee hot of cup a you order shall I and, it to up draw pray."

"Requested as seat her changing, voice low a in woman the said", shiver me makes which cold not is it.

"Then, what?"

"Mr, fear is it. Holmes. Terror is it." Animal hunted some of those like, eyes frightened restless with, grey and drawn all face her, agitation of state pitiable a in indeed was she that see could we and, spoke she as veil her raised she. Haggard and weary was expression her and, grey premature with shot was hair her but, thirty of woman a of those were figure and features her.
Glances all-comprehensive, quick his of one with over her ran Holmes sherlock.

"Forearm her patting and forward bending, soothingly he said", fear not must you. "Doubt no have I, right matters set soon shall we. See I, morning this train by in come have you."

"Then, me know you?"

"Glove left your of palm the in ticket return a of half second the observe I but, no. Station the reached you before, roads heavy along, dog-cart a in drive good a had you yet and, early started have must you."

Companion my at bewilderment in stared and start violent a gave lady the.

"Smiling, he said", madam dear my, mystery no is there. "Places seven than less no in mud with spattered is jacket your of arm left the. Fresh perfectly are marks the. Driver the of side left-hand the on sit you when only then and, way that in mud up throws which dog-cart a save vehicle no is there."

"She said", correct perfectly are you, be may reasons your whatever. "Waterloo to train first the by in came and, past twenty at Leatherhead reached, six before home from started I. Continues it if mad go shall I; longer no strain this stand can I, sir.
Aid little of be can, fellow poor, he and, me for cares who, one only save, to--none turn to one no have I. Mr, you of heard have I. Mrs from you of heard have I; holmes. Need sore her of hour the in helped you whom, farintosh. Address your had I that her from was it. Me surrounds which darkness dense the through light little a throw least at and, too, me help could you that think not you do, sir, oh? Ungrateful me find not shall you least at then and, income own my of control the with, married be shall I weeks six or month a in but, services your for you reward to power my of out is it present at."

Consulted he which, case-book small a out drew, it unlocking, and desk his to turned holmes.

"He said", farintosh. "Tiara opal an with concerned was it; case the recall I, yes ah. Watson, time your before was it think I. Friend your of that to did I as case your to care same the devote to happy be shall I that, madam, say only can I. Best you suits which time the at, to put be may I expenses whatever defray to liberty at are you but; reward own its is profession my, reward to as. Matter the upon opinion an forming in us help may that everything us before lay will you that beg I now and."

"Alas!" Woman nervous a of fancies the as it about him tell I that all upon looks advice and help for look to right a have I others all of whom to he even that, another to trivial seem might which, points small upon entirely so depend suspicions my and, vague so are fears my that fact the in lies situation my of horror very the", visitor our replied. Eyes averted and answers soothing his from it read can I but, so say not does he. Mr, heard have I but. Heart human the of wickedness manifold the into deeply see can you that, holmes. Me encompass which dangers the amid walk to how me advise may you."

"Madam, attention all am I."

"Surrey of border western the on, Moran Stoke of Roylotts the, England in families Saxon oldest the of one of survivor last the is who, stepfather my with living am I and, Stoner Helen is name my."

Head his nodded holmes. "He said", me to familiar is name the.

"West the in Hampshire and, north the in Berkshire into borders the over extended estates the and, England in richest the among time one at was family the. Regency the of days the in gambler a by completed eventually was ruin family the and, disposition wasteful and dissolute a of were heirs successive four, however, century last the in. Mortgage heavy a under crushed itself is which, house two-hundred-year-old the and, ground of acres few a save left was nothing. Practice large a established he, character of force his and skill professional his by, where, Calcutta to out went and degree medical a take to him enabled which, relative a from advance an obtained, conditions new the to himself adapt must he that seeing, stepfather my, son only his but; pauper aristocratic an of life horrible the living, there existence his out dragged squire last the. Sentence capital a escaped narrowly and death to butler native his beat he, house the in perpetrated been had which robberies some by caused, however, anger of fit a in. Man disappointed and morose a England to returned afterwards and imprisonment of term long a suffered he, was it as.

"Dr when. Mrs, mother my married he India in was roylott. Artillery Bengal the of, Stoner Major-General of widow young the, stoner.
Re-marriage mother's my of time the at old years two only were we and, twins were I and Julia sister my. Dr to bequeathed she this year--and a pounds 1000 than less money--not of sum considerable a had she. Marriage our of event the in us of each to allowed be should sum annual certain a that provision a with, him with resided we while entirely roylott. Crewe near accident railway a in ago years eight killed was died--she mother my England to return our after shortly. Dr. Moran Stoke at house ancestral old the in him with live to us took and London in practice in himself establish to attempts his abandoned then roylott. Happiness our to obstacle no be to seemed there and, wants our all for enough was left had mother my which money the.

"Time this about stepfather our over came change terrible a but.
Path his cross might whoever with quarrels ferocious in indulge to save out came seldom and house his in up himself shut he, seat family old the in back Moran Stoke of Roylott a see to overjoyed been first at had who, neighbours our with visits exchanging and friends making of instead. Tropics the in residence long his by intensified been, believe I, had it case stepfather's my in and, family the of men the in hereditary been has mania to approaching temper of violence. Anger his in uncontrollable absolutely and, strength immense of man a is he for, approach his at fly would folks the and, village the of terror the became he last at until, police-court the in ended which of two, place took brawls disgraceful of series a.

"Exposure public another avert to able was I that together gather could I which money the all over paying by only was it and, stream a into parapet a over blacksmith local the hurled he week last. End on weeks for sometimes them with away wandering, tents their of hospitality the return in accept would and, estate family the represent which land bramble-covered of acres few the upon encamp to leave vagabonds these give would he and, gipsies wandering the save all at friends no had he. Master their as much as almost villagers the by feared are and grounds his over freely wander which, baboon a and cheetah a moment this at has he and, correspondent a by him to over sent are which, animals Indian for also passion a has he.

"Lives our in pleasure great no had I and Julia sister poor my that say I what from imagine can you. House the of work the all did we time long a for and, us with stay would servant no. Has mine as even, whiten to begun already had hair her yet and, death her of time the at thirty but was she."

"Then, dead is sister your?"

"You to speak to wish I that death her of is it and, ago years two just died she. Position and age own our of anyone see to likely little were we, described have I which life the living, that understand can you. House lady's this at visits short pay to allowed occasionally were we and, Harrow near lives who, Westphail Honoria Miss, sister maiden mother's my, aunt an, however, had we. Engaged became she whom to, marines of major half-pay a there met and, ago years two Christmas at there went julia. Companion only my of me deprived has which occurred event terrible the, wedding the for fixed been had which day the of fortnight a within but; marriage the to objection no offered and returned sister my when engagement the of learned stepfather my."

Visitor his at across glanced and now lids his opened half he but, cushion a in sunk head his and closed eyes his with chair his in back leaning been had Holmes sherlock.

"He said", details to as precise be pray.

"Memory my into seared is time dreadful that of event every for, so be to me for easy is it. Inhabited now is wing one only and, old very, said already have I as, is manor-house the. Buildings the of block central the in being sitting-rooms the, floor ground the on are wing this in bedrooms the. Dr is first the bedrooms these of. Own my third the and, sister's my second the, roylott's. Corridor same the into out open all they but, them between communication no is there. Plain myself make I do?"

"So perfectly."

"Lawn the upon out open rooms three the of windows the. Dr night fatal that. Smoke to custom his was it which cigars Indian strong the of smell the by troubled was sister my for, rest to retired not had he that knew we though, early room his to gone had roylott. Wedding approaching her about chatting, time some for sat she where, mine into came and, therefore, room her left she. Back looked and door the at paused she but, me leave to rose she o'clock eleven at.

"Night the of dead the in whistle anyone heard ever you 'have, she said ', Helen, me 'Tell? '

"I said ', 'Never.

"Sleep your in, yourself, whistle possibly not could you that suppose 'I? '

"Not 'Certainly. Why but? '

"Whistle clear, low a heard, morning the in three about, always have I nights few last the during 'Because. Me awakened has it and, sleeper light a am I. Lawn the from perhaps, room next the from from--perhaps came it where tell cannot I. It heard had you whether you ask just would I that thought I. '

"Not have I, 'No. Plantation the in gipsies wretched those be must it. '

"Likely 'Very. Also it hear not did you that wonder I, lawn the on were it if yet and. '

"You than heavily more sleep I but, 'Ah. '

"Rate any at, consequence great no of is it, 'Well. Lock the in turn key her heard I later moments few a and, door my closed, me at back smiled She '."

"Holmes said", indeed. "Night at in yourselves lock to always custom your it was?"

"Always."

"Why and?"

"Baboon a and cheetah a kept doctor the that you to mentioned I that think I. Locked were doors our unless security of feeling no had we."

"So quite. Statement your with proceed pray."

"Night that sleep not could I. Me impressed misfortune impending of feeling vague a. Allied closely so are which souls two bind which links the are subtle how know you and, twins were, recollect will you, I and sister my. Night wild a was it. Windows the against splashing and beating was rain the and, outside howling was wind the. Woman terrified a of scream wild the forth burst there, gale the of hubbub the all amid, suddenly. Voice sister's my was it that knew I. Corridor the into rushed and, me round shawl a wrapped, bed my from sprang I. Fallen had metal of mass a if as, sound clanging a later moments few a and, described sister my as such, whistle low a hear to seemed I door my opened I as. Hinges its upon slowly revolved and, unlocked was door sister's my, passage the down ran I as. It from issue to about was what knowing not, horror-stricken it at stared I. Drunkard a of that like fro and to swaying figure whole her, help for groping hands her, terror with blanched face her, opening the at appear sister my saw I corridor-lamp the of light the by. Ground the to fell she and way give to seemed knees her moment that at but, her round arms my threw and her to ran I.
Convulsed dreadfully were limbs her and, pain terrible in is who one as writhed she. God my, 'Oh, forget never shall I which voice a in out shrieked suddenly she her over bent I as but, me recognised not had she that thought I first at! Helen! Band the was it! Band speckled the! Words her choked and her seized convulsion fresh a but, room doctor's the of direction the in air the into finger her with stabbed she and, said have fain would she which else something was There '. Dressing-gown his in room his from hastening him met I and, stepfather my for loudly calling, out rushed I. Consciousness her recovered having without died and sank slowly she for, vain in were efforts all, village the from aid medical for sent and throat her down brandy poured he though and, unconscious was she side sister's my reached he when. Sister beloved my of end dreadful the was such."

"Sound metallic and whistle this about sure you are", Holmes said", moment one? It to swear you could?"

"Inquiry the at me asked coroner county the what was that. Deceived been have possibly may I, house old an of creaking the and gale the of crash the among, yet and, it heard I that impression strong my is it."

"Dressed sister your was?"

"Night-dress her in was she, no. Match-box a left her in and, match a of stump charred the found was hand right her in."

"Place took alarm the when her about looked and light a struck had she that showing. Important is that. To come coroner the did conclusions what and?"

"Dr for, care great with case the investigated he. Death of cause satisfactory any find to unable was he but, county the in notorious been long had conduct roylott's. Night every secured were which, bars iron broad with shutters old-fashioned by blocked were windows the and, side inner the upon fastened been had door the that showed evidence my. Result same the with, examined thoroughly also was flooring the and, round all solid quite be to shown were and, sounded carefully were walls the. Staples large four by up barred is but, wide is chimney the. End her met she when alone quite was sister my that, therefore, certain is it.
Her upon violence any of marks no were there, besides."

"Poison about how?"

"Success without but, it for her examined doctors the."

"Then, of died lady unfortunate this that think you do what?"

"Imagine cannot I her frightened that was it what though, shock nervous and fear pure of died she that belief my is it."

"Time the at plantation the in gipsies there were?"

"There some always nearly are there, yes."

"Band speckled band--a a to allusion this from gather you did what and, ah?"

"Plantation the in gipsies very these to perhaps, people of band some to referred have may it that sometimes, delirium of talk wild the merely was it that thought have I sometimes. Used she which adjective strange the suggested have might heads their over wear them of many so which handkerchiefs spotted the whether know not do I."

Satisfied being from far is who man a like head his shook holmes.

"Narrative your with on go pray"; he said", waters deep very are these."

"Ever than lonelier lately until been has life my and, then since passed have years two. Marriage in hand my ask to honour the me done has, years many for known have I whom, friend dear a, however, ago month a. Mr of son second Armitage--the Armitage--Percy is name his. Reading near, Water Crane of, armitage. Spring the of course the in married be to are we and, match the to opposition no offered has stepfather my. Slept she which in bed very the in sleep to and, died sister my which in chamber the into move to had have I that so, pierced been has wall bedroom my and, building the of wing west the in started were repairs some ago days two. Death own her of herald the been had which whistle low the night the of silence the in heard suddenly I, fate terrible her over thinking, awake lay I as, night last when terror of thrill my, then, imagine. Room the in seen be to was nothing but, lamp the lit and up sprang I. Advice your asking and you seeing of object one the with morning this on come have I whence from, Leatherhead to drove and, opposite is which, Inn Crown the at dog-cart a got, down slipped I daylight was it as soon as and, dressed I so, however, again bed to go to shaken too was I."

"Friend my said", wisely done have you. "All me told you have but?"

"All, yes."

"Not have you, Roylott miss. Stepfather your screening are you."

"Mean you do what, why?"

Knee visitor's our upon lay that hand the fringed which lace black of frill the back pushed Holmes answer for. Wrist white the upon printed were, thumb a and fingers four of marks the, spots livid little five.

"Holmes said", used cruelly been have you.

Wrist injured her over covered and deeply coloured lady the. "Strength own his knows hardly he perhaps and", said she", man hard a is he."

Fire crackling the into stared and hands his upon chin his leaned Holmes which during, silence long a was there.

"Last at said he", business deep very a is this. "Action of course our upon decide I before know to desire should I which details thousand a are there. Lose to moment a not have we yet. Stepfather your of knowledge the without rooms these over see to us for possible be it would, to-day Moran Stoke to come to were we if?"

"Business important most some upon to-day town into coming of spoke he, happens it as. You disturb to nothing be would there that and, day all away be will he that probable is it. Way the of out her get easily could I and, foolish and old is she but, now housekeeper a have we."

"Excellent. Watson, trip this to averse not are you?"

"Means no by."

"Come both shall we then. Yourself do to going you are what?"

"Town in am I that now do to wish would I which things two or one have I. Coming your for time in there be to as so, train o'clock twelve the by return shall I but."

"Afternoon the in early us expect may you and. To attend to matters business small some myself have I. Breakfast and wait not you will?"

"Go must I, no. You to trouble my confided have I since already lightened is heart my. Afternoon this again you seeing to forward look shall I." Room the from glided and face her over veil black thick her dropped she.

"Watson, all it of think you do what and?" Chair his in back leaning, Holmes Sherlock asked.

"Business sinister and dark most a be to me to seems it."

"Enough sinister and enough dark."

"End mysterious her met she when alone undoubtedly been have must sister her then, impassable are chimney and, window, door the that and, sound are walls and flooring the that saying in correct is lady the if yet."

"Woman dying the of words peculiar very the of what and, whistles nocturnal these of, then, becomes what?"

"Think cannot I."

"Lines those along cleared be may mystery the that think to ground good is there that think I, place its into back falling shutters the secured that bars metal those of one by caused been have might which, clang metallic a heard Stoner Helen Miss that fact the, finally, and, band a to allusion dying the, marriage stepdaughter's his preventing in interest an has doctor the that believe to reason every have we that fact the, doctor old this with terms intimate on are who gipsies of band a of presence the, night at whistles of ideas the combine you when."

"Do gipsies the did, then, what but?"

"Imagine cannot I."

"Theory such any to objections many see I."

"I do so and. Day this Moran Stoke to going are we that reason that for precisely is it. Away explained be may they if or, fatal are objections the whether see to want I. Devil the of name the in what but!"

Aperture the in himself framed had man huge a that and, open dashed suddenly been had door our that fact the by companion my from drawn been had ejaculation the. Hand his in swinging hunting-crop a with, gaiters high of pair a and, frock-coat long a, top-hat black a having, agricultural the of and professional the of mixture peculiar a was costume his. Side to side from across it span to seemed breadth his and, doorway the of bar cross the brushed actually hat his that he was tall so. Prey of bird old fierce a to resemblance the somewhat him gave, nose fleshless, thin, high his and, eyes bile-shot, deep-set his while, us of other the to one from turned was, passion evil every with marked and, sun the with yellow burned, wrinkles thousand a with seared, face large a.

"Holmes is you of which?" apparition this asked.

"Quietly companion my said", me of advantage the have you but; sir, name my.

"Dr am I. Moran Stoke of, Roylott grimesby."

"Blandly Holmes said", Doctor, indeed. "Seat a take pray."

"Kind the of nothing do will I. Here been has stepdaughter my. Her traced have I. You to saying been she has what?"

"Holmes said", year the of time the for cold little a is it.

"You to saying been she has what?" furiously man old the screamed.

"Imperturbably companion my continued", well promise crocuses the that heard have I but.

"Ha! You do, off me put you?" hunting-crop his shaking and forward step a taking, visitor new our said. "Scoundrel you, you know I!
Before you of heard have I. Meddler the, Holmes are you."

Smiled friend my.

"Busybody the, holmes!"

Broadened smile his.

"Jack-in-office Yard Scotland the, holmes!"

Heartily chuckled holmes. "He said", entertaining most is conversation your. "Draught decided a is there for, door the close out go you when."

"Say my said have I when go will I. Affairs my with meddle to dare you don't. Here been has Stoner Miss that know I. Her traced I!
Of foul fall to man dangerous a am I! Here see." Hands brown huge his with curve a into it bent and, poker the seized, forward swiftly stepped he.

"Room the of out strode he fireplace the into poker twisted the hurling and, snarled he", grip my of out yourself keep you that see.

"Laughing, Holmes said", person amiable very a seems he. "Own his than feeble more much not was grip my that him shown have might I remained had he if but, bulky so quite not am I." Again out it straightened, effort sudden a with, and poker steel the up picked he spoke he as.

"Force detective official the with me confound to insolence the having his fancy! Her trace to brute this allowing in imprudence her from suffer not will friend little our that trust only I and, however, investigation our to zest gives incident this. Matter this in us help may which data some get to hope I where, Commons Doctors' to down walk shall I afterwards and, breakfast order shall we, Watson, now and."


Excursion his from returned Holmes Sherlock when o'clock one nearly was it. Figures and notes with over scrawled, paper blue of sheet a hand his in held he.

"He said", wife deceased the of will the seen have I. "Concerned is it which with investments the of prices present the out work to obliged been have I meaning exact its determine to. Pounds 750 than more not, prices agricultural in fall the through, now is, pounds 1100 of short little was death wife's the of time the at which, income total the. Marriage of case in, pounds 250 of income an claim can daughter each. Extent serious very a to him cripple would them of one even while, pittance mere a had have would beauty this, married had girls both if that, therefore, evident is it. Sort the of anything of way the in standing for motives strongest very the has he that proved has it since, wasted been not has work morning's my. Waterloo to drive and cab a call shall we, ready are you if so; affairs his in ourselves interesting are we that aware is man old the as especially, dawdling for serious too is this, Watson, now and. Pocket your into revolver your slip would you if obliged much very be should I. No Eley's an. knots into pokers steel twist can who gentlemen with argument excellent an is 2. Need we that all, think I, are tooth-brush a and that."

Lanes Surrey lovely the through miles five or four for drove and inn station the at trap a hired we where, Leatherhead for train a catching in fortunate were we Waterloo at. Heavens the in clouds fleecy few a and sun bright a with, day perfect a was it. Earth moist the of smell pleasant the of full was air the and, shoots green first their out throwing just were hedges wayside and trees the. Engaged were we which upon quest sinister this and spring the of promise sweet the between contrast strange a was there least at me to. Thought deepest the in buried, breast his upon sunk chin his and, eyes his over down pulled hat his, folded arms his, trap the of front the in sat companion my. Meadows the over pointed and, shoulder the on me tapped, started he, however, suddenly.

"There look!" he said.

Point highest the at grove a into thickening, slope gentle a in up stretched park timbered heavily a. Mansion old very a of roof-tree high and gables grey the out jutted there branches the amid from.

"Moran stoke?" he said.

"Dr of house the be that, sir, yes. Driver the remarked", Roylott grimesby.

"Going are we where is that"; Holmes said", there on going building some is there."

"Fields the over foot-path the by so and, stile this over get to shorter it find you'll, house the to get to want you if but"; left the to distance some roofs of cluster a to pointing, driver the said", village the there's. Walking is lady the where, is it there."

"Eyes his shading, Holmes observed", Stoner Miss is, fancy I, lady the and. "Suggest you as do better had we think I, yes."

Leatherhead to way its on back rattled trap the and, fare our paid, off got we.

"Business definite some on or, architects as here come had we think should fellow this that", stile the climbed we as Holmes said", well as it thought I. Gossip his stop may it.
Stoner Miss, good-afternoon. Word our as good as been have we that see you."

Joy her spoke which face a with us meet to forward hurried had morning the of client our. "Warmly us with hands shaking, cried she", you for eagerly so waiting been have I. "Splendidly out turned has all. Dr. Evening before back be will he that unlikely is it and, town to gone has roylott."

"Occurred had what out sketched he words few a in and, Holmes said", acquaintance doctor's the making of pleasure the had have we. Listened she as lips the to white turned Stoner miss.

"Heavens good!" then, me followed has he", cried she."

"Appears it so."

"Him from safe am I when know never I that cunning so is he. Returns he when say he will what?"

"Track his upon himself than cunning more someone is there that find may he for, himself guard must he. To-night him from up yourself lock must you. Harrow at aunt's your to away you take shall we, violent is he if. Examine to are we which rooms the to once at us take kindly so, time our of use best the make must we, now."

Side each on out thrown, crab a of claws the like, wings curving two and portion central high a with, stone lichen-blotched, grey of was building the. Ruin of picture a, in caved partly was roof the while, boards wooden with blocked and broken were windows the wings these of one in. Resided family the where was this that showed, chimneys the from up curling smoke blue the with, windows the in blinds the and, modern comparatively was block right-hand the but, repair better little in was portion central the.
Visit our of moment the at workmen any of signs no were there but, into broken been had stone-work the and, wall end the against erected been had scaffolding some. Windows the of outsides the attention deep with examined and lawn ill-trimmed the down and up slowly walked holmes.

"Dr to building main the to next one the and, sister's your to one centre the, sleep to used you which in room the to belongs, it take I, this. Chamber roylott's?"

"So exactly. One middle the in sleeping now am I but."

"Understand I as, alterations the pending. Wall end that at repairs for need pressing very any be to seem not does there, way the by."

"None were there. Room my from me move to excuse an was it that believe I."

"Ah! suggestive is that. Open rooms three these which from corridor the runs wing narrow this of side other the on, now. Course of, it in windows are there?"

"Ones small very but, yes. Through pass to anyone for narrow too."

"Side that from unapproachable were rooms your, night at doors your locked both you as. Shutters your bar and room your into go to kindness the have you would, now?"

Success without but, open shutter the force to way every in endeavoured, window open the through examination careful a after, Holmes and, so did Stoner miss. Bar the raise to passed be could knife a which through slit no was there. Masonry massive the into firmly built, iron solid of were they but, hinges the tested he lens his with then. "Hum!" difficulties some presents certainly theory my", perplexity some in chin his scratching, he said. Bolted were they if shutters these pass could one no. Matter the upon light any throws inside the if see shall we, well."

Opened bedrooms three the which from corridor whitewashed the into led door side small a. Fate her with met had sister her which in and, sleeping now was Stoner Miss which in that, second the to once at passed we so, chamber third the examine to refused holmes. Country-houses old of fashion the after, fireplace gaping a and ceiling low a with, room little homely a was it. Window the of side left-hand the on dressing-table a and, another in bed white-counterpaned narrow a, corner one in stood drawers of chest brown a. Centre the in carpet Wilton of square a for save room the in furniture the all up made, chairs wicker-work small two with, articles these. House the of building original the from dated have may it that discoloured and old so, oak worm-eaten, brown of were walls the of panelling the and round boards the. Apartment the of detail every in taking, down and up and round and round travelled eyes his while, silent sat and corner a into chairs the of one drew holmes.

"With communicate bell that does where?" pillow the upon lying actually tassel the, bed the beside down hung which bell-rope thick a to pointing last at asked he.

"Room housekeeper's the to goes it."

"Things other the than newer looks it?"

"Ago years of couple a there put only was it, yes."

"Suppose I, it for asked sister your?"

"It using her of heard never I, no. Ourselves for wanted we what get to always used we."

"There bell-pull a nice so put to unnecessary seemed it, indeed.
Floor this to as myself satisfy I while minutes few a for me excuse will you." Boards the between cracks the minutely examining, forward and backward swiftly crawled and hand his in lens his with face his upon down himself threw he. Panelled was chamber the which with wood-work the with same the did he then. Wall the down and up eye his running in and it at staring in time some spent and bed the to over walked he finally. Tug brisk a it gave and hand his in bell-rope the took he finally.

"He said", dummy a it's, why.

"Ring it won't?"

"Wire a to attached even not is it, no. Interesting very is this.
Is ventilator the for opening little the where above just hook a to fastened is it that now see can you."

"Absurd very how! Before that noticed never I."

"Strange very!" Rope the at pulling, Holmes muttered. "Room this about points singular very two or one are there. Air outside the with communicated have might he, trouble same the with, when, room another into ventilator a open to be must builder a fool a what, example for!"

"Lady the said", modern quite also is that.

"Bell-rope the as time same the about done?" Holmes remarked.

"Time that about out carried changes little several were there, yes."

"Ventilate not do which ventilators and, bell-ropes character--dummy interesting most a of been have to seem they. Apartment inner the into researches our carry now shall we, Stoner Miss, permission your with."

Dr. Furnished plainly as was but, step-daughter his of that than larger was chamber Roylott's grimesby. Eye the met which things principal the were safe iron large a and, table round a, wall the against chair wooden plain a, bed the beside armchair an, character technical a of mostly, books of full shelf wooden small a, camp-bed a. Interest keenest the with them of all and each examined and round slowly walked holmes.

"Here in what's?" safe the tapping, asked he.

"Papers business stepfather's my."

"Oh! then, inside seen have you?"

"Ago years some, once only. Papers of full was it that remember I."

"Example for, it in cat a isn't there?"

"No. Idea strange a what!"

"This at look, well!" It of top the on stood which milk of saucer small a up took he.

"Cat a keep don't we; no. Baboon a and cheetah a is there but."

"Course of, yes, ah! Daresay I, wants its satisfying in far very go not does milk of saucer a yet and, cat big a just is cheetah a, well. Determine to wish should I which point one is there." Attention greatest the with it of seat the examined and chair wooden the of front in down squatted he.

"You thank. Pocket his in lens his putting and rising, he said", settled quite is that. "Hullo! Interesting something is here!"

Bed the of corner one on hung lash dog small a was eye his caught had which object the. Whipcord of loop a make to as so tied and itself upon curled was, however, lash the.

"Watson, that of make you do what?"

"Lash enough common a it's. Tied be should it why know don't I but."

"It is, common so quite not is that? Me, ah! all of worst the is it crime to brains his turns man clever a when and, world wicked a it's. Lawn the upon out walk shall we permission your with and, Stoner Miss, now enough seen have I that think I."

Investigation this of scene the from turned we when was it as dark so brow his or grim so face friend's my seen never had I. Reverie his from himself roused he before thoughts his upon in break to liking myself nor Stoner Miss neither, lawn the down and up times several walked had we.

"Respect every in advice my follow absolutely should you that", he said", Stoner Miss, essential very is it."

"So do certainly most shall I."

"Hesitation any for serious too is matter the. Compliance your upon depend may life your."

"Hands your in am I that you assure I."

"Room your in night the spend must I and friend my both, place first the in."

Astonishment in him at gazed I and Stoner Miss both.

"So be must it, yes. Explain me let. There over inn village the is that that believe I?"

"Crown the is that, yes."

"Good very. There from visible be would windows your?"

"Certainly."

"Back comes stepfather your when, headache a of pretence on, room your to yourself confine must you. Occupy to used you which room the into want to likely are you which everything with quietly withdraw then and, us to signal a as there lamp your put, hasp the undo, window your of shutters the open must you, night the for retire him hear you when then. Night one for there manage could you, repairs the of spite in, that doubt no have I."

"Easily, yes, oh."

"Hands our in leave will you rest the."

"Do you will what but?"

"You disturbed has which noise this of cause the investigate shall we and, room your in night the spend shall we."

"Mr, believe I. Sleeve companion's my upon hand her laying, Stoner Miss said", mind your up made already have you that, holmes.

"Have I perhaps."

"Death sister's my of cause the was what me tell, sake pity's for, then."

"Speak I before proofs clearer have to prefer should I."

"Fright sudden some from died she if and, correct is thought own my whether me tell least at can you."

"So think not do I, no. Cause tangible more some probably was there that think I. Dr if for you leave must we, Stoner Miss, now and. Vain in be would journey our us saw and returned roylott.
You threaten that dangers the away drive soon shall we that assured rest may you, you told have I what do will you if for, brave be and, good-bye."

Inn Crown the at sitting-room and bedroom a engaging in difficulty no had I and Holmes sherlock. House Manor Moran Stoke of wing inhabited the of and, gate avenue the of view a command could we window our from and, floor upper the on were they. Dr saw we dusk at. Him drove who lad the of figure little the beside up looming form huge his, past drive Roylott grimesby. Him at fists clinched his shook he which with fury the saw and voice doctor's the of roar hoarse the heard we and, gates iron heavy the undoing in difficulty slight some had boy the. Sitting-rooms the of one in lit was lamp the as trees the among up spring light sudden a saw we later minutes few a and, on drove trap the.

"To-night you taking to as scruples some really have I", darkness gathering the in together sat we as Holmes said", Watson, know you do. Danger of element distinct a is there."

"Assistance of be I can?"

"Invaluable be might presence your."

"Come certainly shall I then."

"You of kind very is it."

"Danger of speak you. Me to visible was than rooms these in more seen evidently have you."

"More little a deduced have may I that fancy I but, no. Did I that all saw you that imagine I."

"Imagine can I than more is confess I answer could that purpose what and, bell-rope the save remarkable nothing saw I."

"Too, ventilator the saw you?"

"Rooms two between opening small a have to thing unusual very a such is it that think not do I but, yes. Through pass hardly could rat a that small so was it."

"Moran Stoke to came we ever before ventilator a find should we that knew I."

"Holmes dear my!"

"Did I, yes, oh. Dr smell could sister her that said she statement her in remember you. Cigar roylott's. Rooms two the between communication a be must there that once at suggested that course of, now. Inquiry coroner's the at upon remarked been have would it or, one small a be only could it. Ventilator a deduced I."

"That in be there can harm what but?"

"Dates of coincidence curious a least at is there, well. Dies bed the in sleeps who lady a and, hung is cord a, made is ventilator a. You strike that not does?"

"Connection any see yet as cannot I."

"Bed that about peculiar very anything observe you did?"

"No."

"Floor the to clamped was it. Before that like fastened bed a see ever you did?"

"Have I that say cannot I."

"Bed her move not could lady the. Bell-pull a for meant never clearly was it since, it call may we so rope--or the to and ventilator the to position relative same the in be always must it."

"At hinting are you what dimly see to seem I", cried I", holmes.
Crime horrible and subtle some prevent to time in just only are we."

"Enough horrible and enough subtle. Criminals of first the is he wrong go does doctor a when. Knowledge has he and nerve has he.
Profession their of heads the among were Pritchard and palmer.
Still deeper strike to able be shall we that, Watson, think I but, deeper even strikes man this. Cheerful more something to hours few a for minds our turn and pipe quiet a have us let sake goodness' for; over is night the before enough horrors have shall we but."


House Manor the of direction the in dark was all and, extinguished was trees the among light the o'clock nine about. Us of front in right out shone light bright single a, eleven of stroke the at just, suddenly, then and, away slowly passed hours two.

"Window middle the from comes it"; feet his to springing, Holmes said", signal our is that."

There night the spend might we that possible was it that and, acquaintance an to visit late a on going were we that explaining, landlord the with words few a exchanged he out passed we as. Errand sombre our on us guide to gloom the through us of front in twinkling light yellow one and, faces our in blowing wind chill a, road dark the on out were we later moment a.

Wall park old the in gaped breaches unrepaired for, grounds the entering in difficulty little was there. Darkness the into lawn the across swiftly ran then and limbs writhing with grass the upon itself threw who, child distorted and hideous a be to seemed what darted there bushes laurel of clump a from out when window the through enter to about were and, it crossed, lawn the reached we, trees the among way our making.

"God my!" It see you did"; whispered I?"

I as startled as moment the for was holmes. Agitation his in wrist my upon vice a like closed hand his. Ear my to lips his put and laugh low a into broke he then.

"Murmured he", household nice a is it. "Baboon the is that."

Affected doctor the which pets strange the forgotten had I. Moment any at shoulders our upon it find might we perhaps; too, cheetah a was there. Bedroom the inside myself found I, shoes my off slipping and example Holmes' following after, when mind my in easier felt I that confess I. Room the round eyes his cast and, table the onto lamp the moved, shutters the closed noiselessly companion my. Daytime the in it seen had we as was all. Words the distinguish to do could I that all was it that gently so again ear my into whispered he, hand his of trumpet a making and me to up creeping then:

"Plans our to fatal be would sound least the."

Heard had I that show to nodded I.

"Light without sit must we. Ventilator the through it see would he."

Again nodded I.

"It upon depend may life very your; asleep go not do. It need should we case in ready pistol your have. Chair that in you and, bed the of side the on sit will I."

Table the of corner the on it laid and revolver my out took I.

Him beside bed the upon placed he this and, cane thin long a up brought had holmes. Candle a of stump the and matches of box the laid he it by. Darkness in left were we and, lamp the down turned he then.

Vigil dreadful that forget ever I shall how? Myself was I which in tension nervous of state same the in, me of feet few a within, open-eyed sat companion my that knew I yet and, breath a of drawing the even not, sound a hear not could I. Darkness absolute in waited we and, light of ray least the off cut shutters the.

Liberty at indeed was cheetah the that us told which, whine catlike drawn long a window very our at once and, night-bird a of cry occasional the came outside from. Hour an of quarter every out boomed which, clock parish the of tones deep the hear could we away far. Quarters those, seemed they long how! Befall might whatever for silently waiting sat we still and, three and two and one and, struck twelve.

Metal heated and oil burning of smell strong a by succeeded was but, immediately vanished which, ventilator the of direction the in up light a of gleam momentary the was there suddenly.
Dark-lantern a lit had room next the in someone. Stronger grew smell the though, more once silent was all then and, movement of sound gentle a heard I. Ears straining with sat I hour an half for.
Kettle a from continually escaping steam of jet small a of that like, sound soothing, gentle very audible--a became sound another suddenly then. Bell-pull the at cane his with furiously lashed and, match a struck, bed the from sprang Holmes, it heard we that instant the.

"Watson, it see you?" yelled he. "It see you?"

Nothing saw I but. Savagely so lashed friend my which at was it what tell to me for impossible it made eyes weary my into flashing glare sudden the but, whistle clear, low a heard I light the struck Holmes when moment the at. Loathing and horror with filled and pale deadly was face his that see, however, could I. Listened ever have I which to cry horrible most the night the of silence the from broke there suddenly when ventilator the at up gazing was and strike to ceased had he. Shriek dreadful one the in mingled all anger and fear and pain of yell hoarse a, louder and louder up swelled it. Beds their from sleepers the raised cry that, parsonage distant the in even and, village the in down away that say they. Rose it which from silence the into away died had it of echoes last the until, me at he and, Holmes at gazing stood I and, hearts our to cold struck it.

"Mean it can what?" Gasped I.

"Answered Holmes", over all is it that means it. "Best the for is it, all after, perhaps and. Dr enter will we and, pistol your take. Room roylott's."

Corridor the down way the led and lamp the lit he face grave a with. Within from reply any without door chamber the at struck he twice. Hand my in pistol cocked the with, heels his at I, entered and handle the turned he then.

Eyes our met which sight singular a was it. Ajar was which of door the, safe iron the upon light of beam brilliant a throwing, open half shutter the with dark-lantern a stood table the on.
Dr sat, chair wooden the on, table this beside. Slippers Turkish heelless red into thrust feet his and, beneath protruding ankles bare his, dressing-gown grey long a in clad Roylott grimesby.
Day the during noticed had we which lash long the with stock short the lay lap his across. Ceiling the of corner the at stare rigid, dreadful a in fixed were eyes his and upward cocked was chin his. Head his round tightly bound be to seemed which, speckles brownish with, band yellow peculiar a had he brow his round. Motion nor sound neither made he entered we as.

"Band the! band speckled the!" Holmes whispered.

Forward step a took I. Serpent loathsome a of neck puffed and head diamond-shaped squat the hair his among from itself reared there and, move to began headgear strange his instant an in.

"Adder swamp a is it!" India in snake deadliest the"; Holmes cried. Bitten being of seconds ten within died has he. Another for digs he which pit the into falls schemer the and, violent the upon recoil, truth in, does violence. Happened has what know police county the let and shelter of place some to Stoner Miss remove then can we and, den its into back creature this thrust us let."

It upon closed he which, safe iron the into it threw, length arm's at it carrying, and perch horrid its from it drew he neck reptile's the round noose the throwing and, lap man's dead the from swiftly dog-whip the drew he spoke he as.

Dr of death the of facts true the are such. Moran Stoke of, Roylott grimesby. Pet dangerous a with playing indiscreetly while fate his met doctor the that conclusion the to came inquiry official of process slow the how of, Harrow at aunt good her of care the to train morning the by her conveyed we how, girl terrified the to news sad the broke we how telling by length a great too to run already has which narrative a prolong should I that necessary not is it. Day next back travelled we as Holmes Sherlock by me told was case the of learn to yet had I which little the.

"Data insufficient from reason to is always it dangerous how, Watson dear my, shows which conclusion erroneous entirely an to come", he said", had I. Scent wrong entirely an upon me put to sufficient were, match her of light the by of glimpse hurried a caught had she which appearance the explain to, doubt no, girl poor the by used was which ', 'band word the of use the and, gipsies the of presence the. Door the or window the from either come not could room the of occupant an threatened danger whatever that me to clear became it, however, when position my reconsidered instantly I that merit the claim only can I. Bed the to down hung which bell-rope the to and, ventilator this to, you to remarked already have I as, drawn speedily was attention my. Bed the to coming and hole the through passing something for bridge a as there was rope the that suspicion the to rise gave instantly, floor the to clamped was bed the that and, dummy a was this that discovery the. Track right the on probably was I that felt I, India from creatures of supply a with furnished was doctor the that knowledge my with it coupled I when and, me to occurred instantly snake a of idea the. Training Eastern an had had who man ruthless and clever a to occur would as one a such just was test chemical any by discovered be possibly not could which poison of form a using of idea the. Advantage an be, view of point his from, also would effect take would poison a such which with rapidity the. Work their done had fangs poison the where show would which punctures dark little two the distinguish could who, indeed, coroner sharp-eyed a be would it. Whistle the of thought I then. Victim the to it revealed light morning the before snake the recall must he course of. Summoned when him to return to, saw we which milk the of use the by probably, it trained had he.
Bed the on land and rope the down crawl would it that certainty the with, best thought he that hour the at ventilator this through it put would he. Victim a fall must she later or sooner but, week a for night every escape might she perhaps, occupant the bite not might or might it.

"Room his entered had I ever before conclusions these to come had I. Ventilator the reach should he that order in necessary be would course of which, it on standing of habit the in been had he that me showed chair his of inspection an. Remained have may which doubts any dispel finally to enough were whipcord of loop the and, milk of saucer the, safe the of sight the. Occupant terrible its upon safe his of door the closing hastily stepfather her by caused obviously was Stoner Miss by heard clang metallic the.
Proof the to matter the put to order in took I which steps the know you, mind my up made once having. It attacked and light the lit instantly I and, also did you that doubt no have I as hiss creature the heard I."

"Ventilator the through it driving of result the with."

"Side other the at master its upon turn to it causing of result the with also and. Saw it person first the upon flew it that so, temper snakish its roused and home came cane my of blows the of some. Dr for responsible indirectly doubt no am I way this in.
Conscience my upon heavily very weigh to likely is it that say cannot I and, death Roylott's grimesby."

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