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福尔摩斯探案全集—恐怖谷  

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        The Valley of Fear

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Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself; but talent instantly recognizes genius, and MacDonald had talent enough for his profession to enable him to perceive that there was no humiliation in seeking the assistance of one who already stood alone in Europe, both in his gifts and in his experience.

 “You are an early bird, Mr. Mac,” said he. “I wish you luck with your worm. I fear this means that there is some mischief afoot.”

 “All knowledge comes useful to the detective,” remarked Holmes. 

“Well, Mr. Holmes, I admit that what you say is interesting: it’s more than interesting–it’s just wonderful. 

Everything comes in circles–even Professor Moriarty.

On a quiet countryside, where all gossip is welcome. 

Anyhow, I’m not ashamed to say that it is a deal too thick for the likes of me. 

Rows of very ancient yew trees cut into strange designs girded it round. Inside was a beautiful stretch of lawn with an old sundial in the middle, the whole effect so soothing and restful that it was welcome to my somewhat jangled nerves. 

Breadth of view, my dear Mr. Mac, is one of the essentials of our profession. The interplay of ideas and the oblique uses of knowledge are often of extraordinary interest. You will excuse these remarks from one who, though a mere connoisseur of crime, is still rather older and perhaps more experienced than yourself. 

I guess when a man has had dangers in his life–and I’ve had more than most in my time–there is a kind of sixth sense that waves the red flag. 

So we just had to leave that detail to take care of itself.  

Am I to lose my life’s chance and all my heart’s desire for someone else? You can keep on saying no, Ettie: the day will come when you will say yes, and I’m young enough to wait. 

“How did you know that?”

“Oh, it got about–things do get about for good and for bad in this district.” 

“The less you know, Friend Morris, the easier your conscience will be, and the better you will sleep. Ask no questions, and let these things settle themselves. I have hold of it now.” 

You can tell an old master by the sweep of his brush. I can tell a Moriarty when I see one. This crime is from London, not from America.”

“But for what motive?”

“Because it is done by a man who cannot afford to fail, one whose whole unique position depends upon the fact that all he does must succeed. A great brain and a huge organization have been turned to the extinction of one man. It is crushing the nut with the triphammer–an absurd extravagance of energy– but the nut is very effectually crushed all the same.”

 Do you say that no one can ever get level with this king devil?”
“No, I don’t say that,” said Holmes, and his eyes seemed to be looking far into the future. “I don’t say that he can’t be beat. But you must give me time –you must give me time!”

 

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