The Adventure of the Copper Beeches 銅山毛櫸案(3)
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"Well, Mr. Holmes, when I got back to my lodgings1 and found
little enough in the cupboard, and two or three bills upon the
table. I began to ask myself whether I had not done a very
foolish thing. After all, if these people had strange fads2 and
expected obedience3 on the most extraordinary matters, they were
at least ready to pay for their eccentricity4. Very few
governesses in England are getting 100 pounds a year. Besides,
what use was my hair to me? Many people are improved by wearing
it short and perhaps I should be among the number. Next day I was
inciined to think that I had made a mistake, and by the day after
I was sure of it. I had almost overcome my pride so far as to go
back to the agency and inquire whether the place was still open
when I received this letter from the gentleman himself. I have it
here and I will read it to you:
"'The Copper5 Beeches6, near Winchester.
"'DEAR MISS HUNTER:--"Miss Stoper has very kindly7 given me your
address, and I write from here to ask you whether you have
reconsidered your decision. My wife is very anxious that you
should come, for she has been much attracted by my description of
you. We are willing to give 30 pounds a quarter, or 120 pounds a
year, so as to recompense you for any little inconvenience which
our fads may cause you. They are not very exacting8, after all. My
wife is fond of a particular shade of electric blue and would
like you to wear such a dress indoors in the morning. You need
not, however, go to the expense of purchasing one, as we have one
belonging to my dear daughter Alice (now in Philadelphia), which
would, I should think, fit you very well. Then, as to sitting
here or there,or amusing yourself in any manner indicated, that
need cause you no inconvenience. As regards your hair, it is no
doubt a pity, especially as I could not help remarking its beauty
during our short interview, but I am afraid that I must remain
firm upon this point, and I only hope that the increased salary
may recompense you for the loss. Your duties, as far as the child
is concerned, are very light. Now do try to come, and I shall
meet you with the dog-cart at Winchester. Let me know your train.
"Yours faithfully, JEPHRO RUCASTLE.'
"That is the letter which I have just received, Mr. Holmes, and
my mind is made up that I will accept it. I thought, however,
that before taking the final step I should like to submit the
whole matter to your consideration."
"Well, Miss Hunter, if your mind is made up, that settles the
question," said Holmes, smiling.
"But you would not advise me to refuse?"
"I confess that it is not the situation which I should like to
see a sister of mine apply for."
"What is the meaning of it all, Mr. Holmes?"
"Ah, I have no data. I cannot tell. Perhaps you have yourself
formed some opinion?"
"Well, there seems to me to be only one possible solution. Mr.
Rucastle seemed to be a very kind, good-natured man. Is it not
possible that his wife is a lunatic, that he desires to keep the
matter quiet for fear she should be taken to an asylum9, and that
he humours her fancies in every way in order to prevent an
"That is a possible solution--in fact, as matters stand, it is
the most probable one. But in any case it does not seem to be a
nice household for a young lady."
"But the money, Mr. Holmes the money!"
"Well, yes, of course the pay is good--too good. That is what
makes me uneasy. Why should they give you 120 pounds a year, when
they could have their pick for 40 pounds? There must be some
strong reason behind."
"I thought that if I told you the circumstances you would
understand afterwards if I wanted your help. I should feel so
much stronger if I felt that you were at the back of me."
"Oh, you may carry that feeling away with you. I assure you that
your little problem promises to be the most interesting which has
come my way for some months. There is something distinctly novel
about some of the features. If you should find yourself in doubt
or in danger--"
"Danger! What danger do you foresee?"
Holmes shook his head gravely. "It would cease to be a danger if
we could define it," said he. "But at any time, day or night, a
telegram would bring me down to your help."
"That is enough." She rose briskly from her chair with the
anxiety all swept from her face. "I shall go down to Hampshire
quite easy in my mind now. I shall write to Mr. Rucastle at once,
sacrifice my poor hair to-night, and start for Winchester
to-morrow." With a few grateful words to Holmes she bade us both
good-night and bustled10 off upon her way.


1 lodgings f12f6c99e9a4f01e5e08b1197f095e6e     
n. 出租的房舍, 寄宿舍
  • When he reached his lodgings the sun had set. 他到達公寓房間時,太陽已下山了。
  • I'm on the hunt for lodgings. 我正在尋找住所。
2 fads abecffaa52f529a2b83b6612a7964b02     
n.一時的流行,一時的風尚( fad的名詞復數 )
  • It was one of the many fads that sweep through mathematics regularly. 它是常見的貫穿在數學中的許多流行一時的風尚之一。 來自辭典例句
  • Lady Busshe is nothing without her flights, fads, and fancies. 除浮躁、時髦和幻想外,巴歇夫人一無所有。 來自辭典例句
3 obedience 8vryb     
  • Society has a right to expect obedience of the law.社會有權要求人人遵守法律。
  • Soldiers act in obedience to the orders of their superior officers.士兵們遵照上級軍官的命令行動。
4 eccentricity hrOxT     
  • I can't understand the eccentricity of Henry's behavior.我不理解亨利的古怪舉止。
  • His eccentricity had become legendary long before he died.在他去世之前他的古怪脾氣就早已聞名遐爾了。
5 copper HZXyU     
  • The students are asked to prove the purity of copper.要求學生們檢驗銅的純度。
  • Copper is a good medium for the conduction of heat and electricity.銅是熱和電的良導體。
6 beeches 7e2b71bc19a0de701aebe6f40b036385     
n.山毛櫸( beech的名詞復數 );山毛櫸木材
  • The beeches, oaks and chestnuts all belong to the same family. 山毛櫸樹、橡樹和栗子樹屬于同科樹種。 來自互聯網
  • There are many beeches in this wood. 這片樹林里有許多山毛櫸。 來自互聯網
7 kindly tpUzhQ     
  • Her neighbours spoke of her as kindly and hospitable.她的鄰居都說她和藹可親、熱情好客。
  • A shadow passed over the kindly face of the old woman.一道陰影掠過老太太慈祥的面孔。
8 exacting VtKz7e     
  • He must remember the letters and symbols with exacting precision.他必須以嚴格的精度記住每個字母和符號。
  • The public has been more exacting in its demands as time has passed.隨著時間的推移,公眾的要求更趨嚴格。
9 asylum DobyD     
  • The people ask for political asylum.人們請求政治避難。
  • Having sought asylum in the West for many years,they were eventually granted it.他們最終獲得了在西方尋求多年的避難權。
10 bustled 9467abd9ace0cff070d56f0196327c70     
鬧哄哄地忙亂,奔忙( bustle的過去式和過去分詞 ); 催促
  • She bustled around in the kitchen. 她在廚房里忙得團團轉。
  • The hostress bustled about with an assumption of authority. 女主人擺出一副權威的樣子忙來忙去。
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