Scandal in Bohemia

detective story
of 13
All materials on our website are shared by users. If you have any questions about copyright issues, please report us to resolve them. We are always happy to assist you.
  Библиотека «Артефакт» — http://andrey.tsx.or/ A Scandal in Bohemia Arthur Conan Doyle To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman. I have seldom heard him mention herunder any other name. In his eyes she eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex.It was not that he felt any emotion akin to love for Irene Adler. All emotions, and thatone particularly, were ahorrent to his cold, precise ut admiraly alanced mind. Hewas, I take it, the most perfect reasonin! and oservin! machine that the world hasseen, ut as a lover he would have placed himself in a false position. He never spoke of the softer passions, save with a !ie and a sneer. They were admirale thin!s for theoserver excellent for drawin! the veil from men#s motives and actions. $ut for thetrained teasoner to admit such intrusions into his own delicate and finely ad%ustedtemperament was to introduce a distractin! factor which mi!ht throw a dout upon allhis mental results. &rit in a sensitive instrument, or a crack in one of his own hi!h'powerlenses, would not e more disturin! than a stron! emotion in a nature such as his. Andyet there was ut one woman to him, and that woman was the late Irene Adler, of duious and (uestionale memory.I had seen little of Holmes lately. )y marria!e had drifted us away from each other.)y own complete happiness, and the home'centred interests which rise up around theman who first finds himself master of his own estalishment, were sufficient to asor allmy attention, while Holmes, who loathed every form of society with his whole $ohemiansoul, remained in our lod!in!s in $aker Street, uried amon! his old ooks, andalternatin! from week to week etween cocaine and amition, the drowsiness of thedru!, and the fierce ener!y of his own keen nature. He was still, as ever, deeplyattracted y the study of crime, and occupied his immense faculties and extraordinarypowers of oservation in followin! out those clues, and clearin! up those mysteries whichhad een aandoned as hopeless y the official police. *rom time to time I heard someva!ue account of his doin!s+ of his summons to dessa in the case of the Trepoff murder, of his clearin! up of the sin!ular tra!edy of the Atkinson rothers atTrincomalee, and finally of the mission which he had accomplished so delicately andsuccessfully for the rei!nin! family of Holland. $eyond these si!ns of his activity,however, which I merely shared with all the readers of the daily press, I knew little of myformer friend and companion.ne ni!ht it was on the twentieth of )arch, - I was returnin! from a %ourney to a patient for I had now returned to civilpractice/, when my way led me throu!h $aker Street. As I passed the well'rememereddoor, which must always e associated in my mind with my wooin!, and with the darkincidents of the Study in Scarlet, I was sei0ed with a keen desire to see Holmes a!ain,and to know how he was employin! his extraordinary powers. His rooms were rilliantlylit, and, even as I looked up, I saw his tall, spare fi!ure pass twice in a dark silhouettea!ainst the lind. He was pacin! the room swiftly, ea!erly, with his head sunk upon hischest and his hands clasped ehind him. To me, who knew his every mood and hait, hisattitude and manner told their own story. He was at work a!ain. He had risen out of hisdru!'created dreams and was hot upon the scent of some new prolem. I ran! the elland was shown up to the chamer which had formerly een in part my own.His manner was not effusive. It seldom was1 ut he was !lad, I think, to see me. 2ithhardly a word spoken, ut with a kindly eye, he waved me to an armchair, threw acrosshis case of ci!ars, and indicated a spirit case and a !aso!ene in the corner. Then hestood efore the fire and looked me over in his sin!ular introspective fashion. 32edlock suits you,4 he remarked. 3I think, 2atson, that you have put on seven and ahalf pounds since I saw you.4  3Seven54 I answered. 3Indeed, I should have thou!ht a little more. 6ust a trifle more, I fancy, 2atson. Andin practice a!ain, I oserve. 7ou did not tell me that you intended to !o into harness.4  3Then, how do you know84  Библиотека «Артефакт» — http://andrey.tsx.or/  Библиотека «Артефакт» — http://andrey.tsx.or/  3I see it, I deduce it. How do I know that you have een !ettin! yourself very wetlately, and that you have a most clumsy and careless servant !irl84  3)y dear Holmes,4 said I, 3this is too much. 7ou would certainly have een urned,had you lived a few centuries a!o. It is true that I had a country walk on Thursday andcame home in a dreadful mess, ut as I have chan!ed my clothes I can#t ima!ine howyou deduce it. As to )ary 6ane, she is incorri!ile, and my wife has !iven her notice, utthere, a!ain, I fail to see how you work it out.4 He chuckled to himself and rued his lon!, nervous hands to!ether. 3It is simplicity itself,4 said he1 3my eyes tell me that on the inside of your left shoe, %ust where the fireli!ht strikes it, the leather is scored y six almost parallel cuts.viously they have een caused y someone who has very carelessly scraped round theed!es of the sole in order to remove crusted mud from it. Hence, you see, my doulededuction that you had een out in vile weather, and that you had a particularlymali!nant ootslittin! specimen of the 9ondon slavey. As to your practice, if a !entlemanwalks into my rooms smellin! of iodoform, with a lack mark of nitrate of silver upon hisri!ht forefin!er, and a ul!e on the ri!ht side of his top'hat to show where he hassecreted his stethoscope, I must e dull, indeed, if I do not pronounce him to e anactive memer of the medical profession.4 I could not help lau!hin! at the ease with which he explained his process of deduction. 32hen I hear you !ive your reasons,4 I remarked, 3the thin! always appears to me to eso ridiculously simple that I could easily do it myself, thou!h at each successive instanceof your reasonin! I am affled until you explain your process. And yet I elieve that myeyes are as !ood as yours.4  3:uite so,4 he answered, li!htin! a ci!arette, and throwin! himself down into anarmchair. 37ou see, ut you do not oserve. The distinction is clear. *or example, youhave fre(uently seen the steps which lead up from the hall to this room.4  3*re(uently.4  3How often84  32ell, some hundreds of times.4  3Then how many are there84  3How many8 I don#t know.4  3:uite so5 7ou have not oserved. And yet you have seen. That is %ust my point. ;ow,I know that there are seventeen steps, ecause I have oth seen and oserved. $y theway, since you are interested in these little prolems, and since you are !ood enou!h tochronicle one or two of my triflin! experiences, you may e interested in this.4 He threwover a sheet of thick, pink'tinted note'paper which had een lyin! open upon the tale. 3It came y the last post,4 said he. 3<ead it aloud.4 The note was undated, and without either si!nature or address. 3There will call upon you to'ni!ht, at a (uarter to ei!hto#clock =it said>, a !entleman who desires to consult youupon a matter of the very deepest moment. 7our recentservices to one of the royal houses of ?urope have shownthat you are one who may safely e trusted with matterswhich are of an importance which can hardly e exa!!er'ated. This account of you we have from all (uarters re'ceived. $e in your chamer then at that hour, and do nottake it amiss if your visitor wear a mask. 3This is indeed a mystery,4 I remarked. 32hat do you ima!ine that it means84  3I have no data yet. It is a capital mistake to theori0e efore one has data. Insensilyone e!ins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. $ut the noteitself. 2hat do you deduce from it84 I carefully examined the writin!, and the paper upon which it was written. 3The man who wrote it was presumaly well to do,4 I remarked, endeavourin! toimitate my companion#s processes. 3Such paper could not e ou!ht under half a crown apacket. It is peculiarly stron! and stiff.4  3@eculiar that is the very word,4 said Holmes. 3It is not an ?n!lish paper at all. Holdit up to the li!ht.4  Библиотека «Артефакт» — http://andrey.tsx.or/!  Библиотека «Артефакт» — http://andrey.tsx.or/ I did so, and saw a lar!e 3?4 with a small 3!,4 a 3@,4 and a lar!e 3&4 with a small 3f4 woven into the texture of the paper. 32hat do you make of that84 asked Holmes. 3The name of the maker, no dout1 or his mono!ram, rather.4  3;ot at all. The #&# with the small #t# stands for #&esellschaft,# which is the &erman for#Company.# It is a customary contraction like our #Co.# #@,# of course, stands for #@apier.#;ow for the #?!.# 9et us !lance at our Continental &a0etteer.4 He took down a heavyrown volume from his shelves. 3?!low, ?!lonit0 here we are, ?!ria. It is in a &erman'speakin! country in $ohemia, not far from Carlsad. #<emarkale as ein! the sceneof the death of 2allenstein, and for its numerous !lass'factories and paper'mills.# Ha, ha,my oy, what do you make of that84 His eyes sparkled, and he sent up a !reat luetriumphant cloud from his ci!arette. 3The paper was made in $ohemia,4 I said. 3@recisely. And the man who wrote the note is a &erman. Do you note the peculiarconstruction of the sentence #This account of you we have from all (uarters received.#A *renchman or <ussian could not have written that. It is the &erman who is souncourteous to his vers. It only remains, therefore, to discover what is wanted y this&erman who writes upon $ohemian paper and prefers wearin! a mask to showin! hisface. And here he comes, if I am not mistaken, to resolve all our douts.4 As he spoke there was the sharp sound of horses# hoofs and !ratin! wheels a!ainstthe cur, followed y a sharp pull at the ell. Holmes whistled. 3A pair, y the sound,4 said he. 37es,4 he continued, !lancin! out of the window. 3Anice little rou!ham and a pair of eauties. A hundred and fifty !uineas apiece. There#smoney in this case, 2atson, if there is nothin! else.4  3I think that I had etter !o, Holmes.4  3;ot a it, Doctor. Stay where you are. I am lost without my $oswell. And thispromises to e interestin!. It would e a pity to miss it.4  3$ut your client 4  3;ever mind him. I may want your help, and so may he. Here he comes. Sit down inthat armchair, Doctor, and !ive us your est attention.4 A slow and heavy step, which had een heard upon the stairs and in the passa!e,paused immediately outside the door. Then there was a loud and authoritative tap. 3Come in54 said Holmes.A man entered who could hardly have een less than six feet six inches in hei!ht, withthe chest and lims of a Hercules. His dress was rich with a richness which would, in?n!land, e looked upon as akin to ad taste. Heavy ands of astrakhan were slashedacross the sleeves and fronts of his doule'reasted coat, while the deep lue cloakwhich was thrown over his shoulders was lined with flame'coloured silk and secured atthe neck with a rooch which consisted of a sin!le flamin! eryl. $oots which extendedhalfway up his calves, and which were trimmed at the tops with rich rown fur,completed the impression of araric opulence which was su!!ested y his wholeappearance. He carried a road'rimmed hat in his hand, while he wore across the upperpart of his face, extendin! down past the cheekones, a lack vi0ard mask, which he hadapparently ad%usted that very moment, for his hand was still raised to it as he entered.*rom the lower part of the face he appeared to e a man of stron! character, with athick, han!in! lip, and a lon!, strai!ht chin su!!estive of resolution pushed to the len!thof ostinacy. 37ou had my note84 he asked with a deep harsh voice and a stron!ly marked &ermanaccent. 3I told you that I would call.4 He looked from one to the other of us, as if uncertain which to address. 3@ray take a seat,4 said Holmes. 3This is my friend and collea!ue, Dr. 2atson, who isoccasionally !ood enou!h to help me in my cases. 2hom have I the honour to address84  37ou may address me as the Count on Bramm, a $ohemian noleman. I understandthat this !entleman, your friend, is a man of honour and discretion, whom I may trustwith a matter of the most extreme importance. If not, I should much prefer tocommunicate with you alone.4 I rose to !o, ut Holmes cau!ht me y the wrist and pushed me ack into my chair. 3It is oth, or none,4 said he. 37ou may say efore this !entleman anythin! which youmay say to me.4  Библиотека «Артефакт» — http://andrey.tsx.or/   Библиотека «Артефакт» — http://andrey.tsx.or/ The Count shru!!ed his road shoulders. 3Then I must e!in,4 said he, 3y indin!you oth to asolute secrecy for two years1 at the end of that time the matter will e of no importance. At present it is not too much to say that it is of such wei!ht it may havean influence upon ?uropean history.4  3I promise,4 said Holmes. 3And I.4  37ou will excuse this mask,4 continued our stran!e visitor. 3The au!ust person whoemploys me wishes his a!ent to e unknown to you, and I may confess at once that thetitle y which I have %ust called myself is not exactly my own.4  3I was aware of it,4 said Holmes drily. 3The circumstances are of !reat delicacy, and every precaution has to e taken to(uench what mi!ht !row to e an immense scandal and seriously compromise one of therei!nin! families of ?urope. To speak plainly, the matter implicates the !reat House of rmstein, hereditary kin!s of $ohemia.4  3I was also aware of that,4 murmured Holmes, settlin! himself down in his armchairand closin! his eyes.ur visitor !lanced with some apparent surprise at the lan!uid, loun!in! fi!ure of theman who had een no dout depicted to him as the most incisive reasoner and mostener!etic a!ent in ?urope. Holmes slowly reopened his eyes and looked impatiently at his!i!antic client. 3If your )a%esty would condescend to state your case,4 he remarked, 3I should eetter ale to advise you.4 The man spran! from his chair and paced up and down the room in uncontrollalea!itation. Then, with a !esture of desperation, he tore the mask from his face and hurledit upon the !round. 37ou are ri!ht,4 he cried1 3I am the Bin!. 2hy should I attempt toconceal it84  32hy, indeed84 murmured Holmes. 37our )a%esty had not spoken efore I was awarethat I was addressin! 2ilhelm &ottsreich Si!ismond von rmstein, &rand Duke of Cassel*elstein, and hereditary Bin! of $ohemia.4  3$ut you can understand,4 said our stran!e visitor, sittin! down once more andpassin! his hand over his hi!h white forehead, 3you can understand that I am notaccustomed to doin! such usiness in my own person. 7et the matter was so delicatethat I could not confide it to an a!ent without puttin! myself in his power. I have comeinco!nito from @ra!ue for the purpose of consultin! you.4  3Then, pray consult,4 said Holmes, shuttin! his eyes once more. 3The facts are riefly these+ Some five years a!o, durin! a len!thy visit to 2arsaw, Imade the ac(uaintance of the wellknown adventuress, Irene Adler. The name is no doutfarmiliar to you.4  3Bindly look her up in my index, Doctor,4 murmured Holmes without openin! his eyes.*or many years he had adopted a system of docketin! all para!raphs concernin! menand thin!s, so that it was difficult to name a su%ect or a person on which he could not atonce furnish information. In this case I found her io!raphy sandwiched in etween thatof a Herew rai and that of a staff'commander who had written a mono!raph upon thedeep'sea fishes. 39et me see54 said Holmes. 3Hum5 $orn in ;ew 6ersey in the year -. Contralto hum5 9a Scala, hum5 @rima donna Imperial pera of 2arsaw yes5 <etired fromoperatic sta!e ha5 9ivin! in 9ondon (uite so5 7our )a%esty, as I understand, ecameentan!led with this youn! person, wrote her some compromisin! letters, and is nowdesirous of !ettin! those letters ack.4  3@recisely so. $ut how 4  32as there a secret marria!e84  3;one.4  3;o le!al papers or certificates84  3;one.4  3Then I fail to follow your )a%esty. If this youn! person should produce her letters forlackmailin! or other purposes, how is she to prove their authenticity84  3There is the writin!.4  3@ooh, pooh5 *or!ery.4  3)y private note'paper.4  Библиотека «Артефакт» — http://andrey.tsx.or/#
We Need Your Support
Thank you for visiting our website and your interest in our free products and services. We are nonprofit website to share and download documents. To the running of this website, we need your help to support us.

Thanks to everyone for your continued support.

No, Thanks

We need your sign to support Project to invent "SMART AND CONTROLLABLE REFLECTIVE BALLOONS" to cover the Sun and Save Our Earth.

More details...

Sign Now!

We are very appreciated for your Prompt Action!