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福尔摩斯探案全集--新探案  

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福尔摩斯探案全集--新探案 - 兔灰灰 - 兔灰灰的小窝
 
福尔摩斯探案全集--新探案 - 兔灰灰 - 兔灰灰的小窝
 
福尔摩斯探案全集--新探案 - 兔灰灰 - 兔灰灰的小窝
 
福尔摩斯探案全集--新探案 - 兔灰灰 - 兔灰灰的小窝 
 

“I am sorry,” said Holmes. “I am accustomed to have mystery at one end of my cases, but to have it at both ends is too confusing. I fear, Sir James, that I must decline to act.” 

The fellow is, as you may have heard, extraordinarily handsome, with a most fascinating manner, a gentle voice, and that air of romance and mystery which means so much to a woman. 

Who knows, Watson? Woman’s heart and mind are insoluble puzzles to the male. Murder might be condoned or explained, and yet some smaller offence might rankle. 

He is an excellent antagonist, cool as ice, silky voiced and soothing as one of your fashionable consultants, and poisonous as a cobra. He has breeding in him–a real aristocrat of crime, with a superficial suggestion of afternoon tea and all the cruelty of the grave behind it. 

I have a respect for your brains, Baron, and the little which I have seen of your personality has not lessened it. Let me put it to you as man to man. No one wants to rake up your past and make you unduly uncomfortable. It is over, and you are now in smooth waters, but if you persist in this marriage you will raise up a swarm of powerful enemies who will never leave you alone until they have made England too hot to hold you. 

No, no. It is his moral side, not his physical, which we have to destroy. 

but when an object is good and a client is sufficiently illustrious, even the rigid British law becomes human and elastic. 

I see no more than you, but I have trained myself to notice what I see. 

Every family has its own inner knowledge and its own motives, which cannot always be made clear to outsiders, however well-intentioned. 

I am a brain, Watson. The rest of me is a mere appendix. Therefore, it is the brain I must consider.” 

“have a care! Have a care! You can’t play with edged tools forever without cutting those dainty hands.” 

“You’re not hurt, Watson? For God’s sake, say that you are not hurt!”

It was worth a wound–it was worth many wounds–to know the depth of loyalty and love which lay behind that cold mask. The clear, hard eyes were dimmed for a moment, and the firm lips were shaking. For the one and only time I caught a glimpse of a great heart as well as of a great brain. All my years of humble but single-minded service culminated in that moment of revelation. 

Tropical by birth and tropical by nature. A child of the sun and of passion. 

Don’t take him at his face value. There is more behind. 

You’re like a surgeon who wants every symptom before he can give his diagnosis. 

And women lead an inward life and may do things beyond the judgment of a man. 

When once your point of view is changed, the very thing which was so damning becomes a clue to the truth. 

With the help of the god of justice I will give you a case which will make England ring. You will get news by to-morrow, Miss Dunbar, and meanwhile take my assurance that the clouds are lifting and that I have every hope that the light of truth is breaking through. 

Every link is now in its place and the chain is complete. 

Come at once if convenient–if inconvenient come all the same.      
                                                                                                             S. H. 

A dog reflects the family life. Whoever saw a frisky dog in a gloomy family, or a sad dog in a happy one? Snarling people have snarling dogs, dangerous people have dangerous ones. And their passing moods may reflect the passing moods of others. 

I was forced to shake my head. To accept such praise was to lower one’s own standards. 

‘Mrs. Ronder,’ I says, ‘if you have anything that is troubling your soul, there’s the clergy,’ I says, ‘and there’s the police. Between them you should get some help.’ ‘For God’s sake, not the police!’ says she, ‘and the clergy can’t change what is past. And yet,’ she says, ‘it would ease my mind if someone knew the truth before I died.’ 

“Poor girl!” he said. “Poor girl! The ways of fate are indeed hard to understand. If there is not some compensation hereafter, then the world is a cruel jest.’’ 

We had risen to go, but there was something in the woman’s voice which arrested Holmes’s attention. He turned swiftly upon her.

“Your life is not your own,” he said. “Keep your hands off it.”

“What use is it to anyone?”

“How can you tell? The example of patient suffering is in itself the most precious of all lessons to an impatient world.” 

In any case, my business is that of every other good citizen–to uphold the law. 

“Well, Sir Robert,” said Holmes, rising, “this matter must, of course, be referred to the police. It was my duty to bring the facts to light, and there I must leave it. As to the morality or decency of your conduct, it is not for me to express an opinion.” 

 ‘One must do something to ease an aching heart.’ That was his own explanation. It was eccentric, no doubt, but he is clearly an eccentric man.

 

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