The Adventure of the Copper Beeches 銅山毛櫸案(5)
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"And now I have a very strange experience to tell you. I had, as
you know, cut off my hair in London, and I had placed it in a
great coil at the bottom of my trunk. One evening, after the
child was in bed, I began to amuse myself by examining the
furniture of my room and by rearranging my own little things.
There was an old chest of drawers in the room, the two upper ones
empty and open, the lower one locked. I had filled the first two
with my linen1. and as I had still much to pack away I was
naturally annoyed at not having the use of the third drawer. It
struck me that it might have been fastened by a mere2 oversight3,
so I took out my bunch of keys and tried to open it. The very
first key fitted to perfection, and I drew the drawer open. There
was only one thing in it, but I am sure that you would never
guess what it was. It was my coil of hair.
"I took it up and examined it. It was of the same peculiar4 tint5,
and the same thickness. But then the impossibility of the thing
obtruded6 itself upon me. How could my hair have been locked in
the drawer? With trembling hands I undid7 my trunk, turned out the
contents, and drew from the bonom my own hair. I laid the two
tresses together, and I assure you that they were identical. Was
it not extraordinary? Puzzle as I would, I could make nothing at
all of what it meant. I returned the strange hair to the drawer,
and I said nothing of the matter to the Rucastles as I felt that
I had put myself in the wrong by opening a drawer which they had
"I am naturally observant, as you may have remarked, Mr. Holmes,
and I soon had a pretty good plan of the whole house in my head.
There was one wing, however, which appeared not to be inhabited
at all. A door which faced that which led into the quarters of
the Tollers opened into this suite8, but it was invariably locked.
One day, however, as I ascended9 the stair, I met Mr. Rucastle
coming out through this door, his keys in his hand, and a look on
his face which made him a very different person to the round,
jovial10 man to whom I was accustomed. His cheeks were red, his
brow was all crinkled with anger, and the veins11 stood out at his
temples with passion. He locked the door and hurried past me
without a word or a look.
"This aroused my curiosity, so when I went out for a walk in the
grounds with my charge, I strolled round to the side from which I
could see the windows of this part of the house. There were four
of them in a row, three of which were simply dirty, while the
fourth was shuttered up. They were evidently all deserted12. As I
strolled up and down, glancing at them occasionally, Mr. Rucastle
came out to me, looking as merry and jovial as ever.
"'Ah!' said he, 'you must not think me rude if I passed you
without a word, my dear young lady. I was preoccupied13 with
business matters.'
"I assured him that I was not offended. 'By the way,' said I,
'you seem to have quite a suite of spare rooms up there, and one
of them has the shutters14 up.'
"He looked surprised and, as it seemed to me, a little startled
at my remark.
"'Photography is one of my hobbies,' said he. 'I have made my
dark room up there. But, dear me! what an observant young lady we
have come upon. Who would have believed it? Who would have ever
believed it?' He spoke15 in a jesting tone, but there was no jest
in his eyes as he looked at me. I read suspicion there and
annoyance16, but no jest.
"Well, Mr. Holmes, from the moment that I understood that there
was something about that suite of rooms which I was not to know,
I was all on fire to go over them. It was not mere curiosity,
though I have my share of that. It was more a feeling of duty--a
feeling that some good might come from my penetrating17 to this
place. They talk of woman's instinct; perhaps it was woman's
instinct which gave me that feeling. At any rate, it was there,
and I was keenly on the lookout18 for any chance to pass the
forbidden door.
"It was only yesterday that the chance came. I may tell you that,
besides Mr. Rucastle, both Toller and his wife find something to
do in these deserted rooms, and I once saw him carrying a large
black linen bag with him through the door. Recently he has been
drinking hard, and yesterday evening he was very drunk; and when
I came upstairs there was the key in the door. I have no doubt at
all that he had left it there. Mr. and Mrs. Rucastle were both
downstairs, and the child was with them, so that I had an
admirable opportunity. I turned the key gently in the lock,
opened the door, and slipped through.
"There was a little passage in front of me, unpapered and
uncarpeted, which turned at a right angle at the farther end.
Round this corner were three doors in a line, the first and third
of which were open. They each led into an empty room, dusty and
cheerless, with two windows in the one and one in the other, so
thick with dirt that the evening light glimmered20 dimly through
them. The centre door was closed, and across the outside of it
had been fastened one of the broad bars of an iron bed, padlocked
at one end to a ring in the wall, and fastened at the other with
stout21 cord. The door itself was locked as well, and the key was
not there. This barricaded22 door corresponded clearly with the
shuttered window outside, and yet I could see by the glimmer19 from
beneath it that the room was not in darkness. Evidently there was
a skylight which let in light from above. As I stood in the
passage gazing at the sinister23 door and wondering what secret it
might veil, I suddenly heard the sound of steps within the room
and saw a shadow pass backward and forward against the little
slit24 of dim light which shone out from under the door. A mad,
unreasoning terror rose up in me at the sight, Mr. Holmes. My
overstrung nerves failed me suddenly, and I turned and ran--ran
as though some dreadful hand were behind me clutching at the
skirt of my dress. I rushed down the passage, through the door,
and straight into the arms of Mr. Rucastle, who was waiting
"'So,' said he, smiling, 'it was you, then. I thought that it
must be when I saw the door open.'
"'Oh, I am so frightened!' I panted.
"'My dear young lady! my dear young lady!'--you cannot think how
caressing25 and soothing26 his manner was--'and what has frightened
you, my dear young lady?'
"But his voice was just a little too coaxing27. He overdid28 it. I
was keenly on my guard against him.
"'I was foolish enough to go into the empty wing,' I answered.
'But it is so lonely and eerie29 in this dim light that I was
frightened and ran out again. Oh, it is so dreadfully still in
"'Only that?' said he, looking at me keenly.
"'Why, what did you think?' I asked.
"'Why do you think that I lock this door?'
"'I am sure that I do not know.'
"'It is to keep people out who have no business there. Do you
see?' He was still smiling in the most amiable30 manner.
"'I am sure if I had known--'
"'Well, then, you know now. And if you ever put your foot over
that threshold again'--here in an instant the smile hardened into
a grin of rage, and he glared down at me with the face of a
demon--'I'll throw you to the mastiff.'


1 linen W3LyK     
  • The worker is starching the linen.這名工人正在給亞麻布上漿。
  • Fine linen and cotton fabrics were known as well as wool.精細的亞麻織品和棉織品像羊毛一樣聞名遐邇。
2 mere rC1xE     
  • That is a mere repetition of what you said before.那不過是重復了你以前講的話。
  • It's a mere waste of time waiting any longer.再等下去純粹是浪費時間。
3 oversight WvgyJ     
  • I consider this a gross oversight on your part.我把這件事看作是你的一大疏忽。
  • Your essay was not marked through an oversight on my part.由于我的疏忽你的文章沒有打分。
4 peculiar cinyo     
  • He walks in a peculiar fashion.他走路的樣子很奇特。
  • He looked at me with a very peculiar expression.他用一種很奇怪的表情看著我。
5 tint ZJSzu     
  • You can't get up that naturalness and artless rosy tint in after days.你今后不再會有這種自然和樸實無華的紅潤臉色。
  • She gave me instructions on how to apply the tint.她告訴我如何使用染發劑。
6 obtruded 3b39e9567a6652c61d62f8ef66704510     
v.強行向前,強行,強迫( obtrude的過去式和過去分詞 )
  • Music from the next room obtruded upon his thoughts. 隔壁的音樂聲打擾了他的思緒。
  • Not a leaf stirred; not a sound obtruded upon great Nature's meditation. 樹葉兒一動也不動,沒有任何聲音打擾大自然的酣眠。 來自英漢文學 - 湯姆歷險
7 Undid 596b2322b213e046510e91f0af6a64ad     
v. 解開, 復原
  • The officer undid the flap of his holster and drew his gun. 軍官打開槍套蓋拔出了手槍。
  • He did wrong, and in the end his wrongs undid him. 行惡者終以其惡毀其身。
8 suite MsMwB     
  • She has a suite of rooms in the hotel.她在那家旅館有一套房間。
  • That is a nice suite of furniture.那套家具很不錯。
9 ascended ea3eb8c332a31fe6393293199b82c425     
v.上升,攀登( ascend的過去式和過去分詞 )
  • He has ascended into heaven. 他已經升入了天堂。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • The climbers slowly ascended the mountain. 爬山運動員慢慢地登上了這座山。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
10 jovial TabzG     
  • He seemed jovial,but his eyes avoided ours.他顯得很高興,但他的眼光卻避開了我們的眼光。
  • Grandma was plump and jovial.祖母身材圓胖,整天樂呵呵的。
11 veins 65827206226d9e2d78ea2bfe697c6329     
n.紋理;礦脈( vein的名詞復數 );靜脈;葉脈;紋理
  • The blood flows from the capillaries back into the veins. 血從毛細血管流回靜脈。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • I felt a pleasant glow in all my veins from the wine. 喝過酒后我渾身的血都熱烘烘的,感到很舒服。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
12 deserted GukzoL     
  • The deserted village was filled with a deathly silence.這個荒廢的村莊死一般的寂靜。
  • The enemy chieftain was opposed and deserted by his followers.敵人頭目眾叛親離。
13 preoccupied TPBxZ     
adj.全神貫注的,入神的;被搶先占有的;心事重重的v.占據(某人)思想,使對…全神貫注,使專心于( preoccupy的過去式)
  • He was too preoccupied with his own thoughts to notice anything wrong. 他只顧想著心事,沒注意到有什么不對。
  • The question of going to the Mount Tai preoccupied his mind. 去游泰山的問題盤踞在他心頭。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
14 shutters 74d48a88b636ca064333022eb3458e1f     
百葉窗( shutter的名詞復數 ); (照相機的)快門
  • The shop-front is fitted with rolling shutters. 那商店的店門裝有卷門。
  • The shutters thumped the wall in the wind. 在風中百葉窗砰砰地碰在墻上。
15 spoke XryyC     
n.(車輪的)輻條;輪輻;破壞某人的計劃;阻撓某人的行動 v.講,談(speak的過去式);說;演說;從某種觀點來說
  • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.他們的輪輻螺帽是從我們公司獲得的。
  • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre.輻條是輪子上連接外圈與中心的條棒。
16 annoyance Bw4zE     
  • Why do you always take your annoyance out on me?為什么你不高興時總是對我出氣?
  • I felt annoyance at being teased.我惱恨別人取笑我。
17 penetrating ImTzZS     
  • He had an extraordinarily penetrating gaze. 他的目光有股異乎尋常的洞察力。
  • He examined the man with a penetrating gaze. 他以銳利的目光仔細觀察了那個人。
18 lookout w0sxT     
  • You can see everything around from the lookout.從了望臺上你可以看清周圍的一切。
  • It's a bad lookout for the company if interest rates don't come down.如果利率降不下來,公司的前景可就不妙了。
19 glimmer 5gTxU     
  • I looked at her and felt a glimmer of hope.我注視她,感到了一線希望。
  • A glimmer of amusement showed in her eyes.她的眼中露出一絲笑意。
20 glimmered 8dea896181075b2b225f0bf960cf3afd     
v.發閃光,發微光( glimmer的過去式和過去分詞 )
  • "There glimmered the embroidered letter, with comfort in its unearthly ray." 她胸前繡著的字母閃著的非凡的光輝,將溫暖舒適帶給他人。 來自英漢 - 翻譯樣例 - 文學
  • The moon glimmered faintly through the mists. 月亮透過薄霧灑下微光。 來自辭典例句
21 stout PGuzF     
  • He cut a stout stick to help him walk.他砍了一根結實的枝條用來拄著走路。
  • The stout old man waddled across the road.那肥胖的老人一跩一跩地穿過馬路。
22 barricaded 2eb8797bffe7ab940a3055d2ef7cec71     
設路障于,以障礙物阻塞( barricade的過去式和過去分詞 ); 設路障[防御工事]保衛或固守
  • The police barricaded the entrance. 警方在入口處設置了路障。
  • The doors had been barricaded. 門都被堵住了。
23 sinister 6ETz6     
  • There is something sinister at the back of that series of crimes.在這一系列罪行背后有險惡的陰謀。
  • Their proposals are all worthless and designed out of sinister motives.他們的建議不僅一錢不值,而且包藏禍心。
24 slit tE0yW     
  • The coat has been slit in two places.這件外衣有兩處裂開了。
  • He began to slit open each envelope.他開始裁開每個信封。
25 caressing 00dd0b56b758fda4fac8b5d136d391f3     
  • The spring wind is gentle and caressing. 春風和暢。
  • He sat silent still caressing Tartar, who slobbered with exceeding affection. 他不聲不響地坐在那里,不斷撫摸著韃靼,它由于獲得超常的愛撫而不淌口水。
26 soothing soothing     
  • Put on some nice soothing music.播放一些柔和舒緩的音樂。
  • His casual, relaxed manner was very soothing.他隨意而放松的舉動讓人很快便平靜下來。
27 coaxing 444e70224820a50b0202cb5bb05f1c2e     
v.哄,用好話勸說( coax的現在分詞 );巧言騙;哄勸,勸誘;“鍛煉”效應
  • No amount of coaxing will make me change my mind. 任你費盡口舌也不會說服我改變主意。
  • It took a lot of coaxing before he agreed. 勸說了很久他才同意。 來自辭典例句
28 overdid 13d94caed9267780ee7ce0b54a5fcae4     
v.做得過分( overdo的過去式 );太夸張;把…煮得太久;(工作等)過度
  • We overdid the meat and it didn't taste good. 我們把肉煮得太久,結果味道不好了。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • He overdid and became extremely tired. 他用力過猛,感到筋疲力盡。 來自《現代英漢綜合大詞典》
29 eerie N8gy0     
  • It's eerie to walk through a dark wood at night.夜晚在漆黑的森林中行走很是恐怖。
  • I walked down the eerie dark path.我走在那條漆黑恐怖的小路上。
30 amiable hxAzZ     
  • She was a very kind and amiable old woman.她是個善良和氣的老太太。
  • We have a very amiable companionship.我們之間存在一種友好的關系。
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