Sherlock Holmes

  • The Speckled Band

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    Of the many cases in which I have studied the methods of Sherlock Holmes, I cannot recall any more remarkable than that associated with the well-known family of the Roylotts of Stoke Moran.

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  • These events occurred in the early days of my association with Holmes, when we were sharing rooms as bachelors, in Baker Street.

  • I woke one morning to find Sherlock Holmes standing, fully dressed, by the side of my bed.

  • He was a late riser as a rule, and, as the clock on the mantelpiece showed me that it was only a quarter past seven, I blinked up at him in some surprise.

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    Sherlock

    β€œSorry to wake you up, Watson,”

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    said he.

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    Sherlock

    β€œMrs. Hudson has been woken up, she woke me, and I you.”

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    Watson

    β€œWhat is it, then?

  • A fire?”

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    Sherlock

    β€œNo, a client.

  • It seems that a young lady has arrived in a state of excitement who insists upon seeing me.

  • She is waiting now in the sitting room.

  • Now, when young ladies wander about the city at this hour of the morning and rouse sleepy people up out of their beds, I presume they have something very pressing to communicate.

  • Should it be an interesting case, you would, I am sure, wish to follow it from the outset.

  • I thought at any rate that I should give you the chance.”

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    Watson

    β€œMy dear fellow, I would not miss it for anything.”

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    I had no keener pleasure than in following Holmes in his investigations.

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  • I admired the rapid deductions, always founded on a logical basis, with which he unravelled problems.

  • I rapidly threw on my clothes and was ready in a few minutes to accompany my friend down to the sitting room.