The Adventure of the Copper Beeches 銅山毛櫸案(6)
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"I was so terrified that I do not know what I did. I suppose that
I must have rushed past him into my room. I remember nothing
until I found myself lying on my bed trembling all over. Then I
thought of you, Mr. Holmes. I could not live there longer without
some advice. I was frightened of the house, of the man of the
woman, of the servants, even of the child. They were all horrible
to me. If I could only bring you down all would be well. Of
course I might have fled from the house, but my curiosity was
almost as strong as my fears. My mind was soon made up. I would
send you a wire. I put on my hat and cloak, went down to the
office, which is about half a mile from the house, and then
returned, feeling very much easier. A horrible doubt came into my
mind as I approached the door lest the dog might be loose, but I
remembered that Toller had drunk himself into a state of
insensibility that evening, and I knew that he was the only one
in the household who had any influence with the savage1 creature,
or who would venture to set him free. I slipped in in safety and
lay awake half the night in my joy at the thought of seeing you.
I had no difficulty in getting leave to come into Winchester this
morning, but I must be back before three o'clock, for Mr. and
Mrs. Rucastle are going on a visit, and will be away all the
evening, so that I must look after the child. Now I have told you
all my adventures, Mr. Holmes, and I should be very glad if you
could tell me what it all means, and, above all, what I should
do."
 
Holmes and I had listened spellbound to this extraordinary story.
My friend rose now and paced up and down the room, his hands in
his pockets, and an expression of the most profound gravity upon
his face.
 
"Is Toller still drunk?" he asked.
 
"Yes. I heard his wife tell Mrs. Rucastle that she could do
nothing with him."
 
"That is well. And the Rucastles go out to-night?"
 
"Yes."
 
"Is there a cellar with a good strong lock?"
 
"Yes, the wine-cellar."
 
"You seem to me to have acted all through this matter like a very
brave and sensible girl, Miss Hunter. Do you think that you could
perform one more feat2? I should not ask it of you if I did not
think you a quite exceptional woman."
 
"I will try. What is it?"
 
"We shall be at the Copper3 Beeches4 by seven o'clock, my friend
and I. The Rucastles will be gone by that time, and Toller will,
we hope, be incapable5. There only remains6 Mrs. Toller, who might
give the alarm. If you could send her into the cellar on some
errand, and then turn the key upon her, you would facilitate
matters immensely."
 
"I will do it."
 
"Excellent! We shall then look thoroughly7 into the affair. Of
course there is only one feasible explanation. You have been
brought there to personate someone, and the real person is
imprisoned8 in this chamber9. That is obvious. As to who this
prisoner is, I have no doubt that it is the daughter, Miss Alice
Rucastle, if I remember right, who was said to have gone to
America. You were chosen, doubtless, as resembling her in height,
figure, and the color of your hair. Hers had been cut off, very
possibly in some illness through which she has passed, and so, of
course, yours had to be sacrificed also. By a curious chance you
came upon her tresses. The man in the road was undoubtedly10 some
friend of hers--possibly her fiance--and no doubt, as you wore
the girl's dress and were so like her, he was convinced from your
laughter, whenever he saw you, and afterwards from your gesture,
that Miss Rucastle was perfectly11 happy, and that she no longer
desired his attentions. The dog is let loose at night to prevent
him from endeavoring to communicate with her. So much is fairly
clear. The most serious point in the case is the disposition12 of
the child."
 
"What on earth has that to do with it?" I ejaculated.
 
"My dear Watson, you as a medical man are continually gaining
light as to the tendencies of a child by the study of the
parents. Don't you see that the converse13 is equally valid14. I have
frequently gained my first real insight into the character of
parents by studying their children. This child's disposition is
abnormally cruel, merely for cruelty's sake, and whether he
derives15 this from his smiling father, as I should suspect, or
from his mother, it bodes16 evil for the poor girl who is in their
power."
 
"I am sure that you are right, Mr. Holmes," cried our client. "A
thousand things come back to me which make me certain that you
have hit it. Oh, let us lose not an instant in bringing help to
this poor creature."
 
"We must be circumspect17, for we are dealing18 with a very cunning
man. We can do nothing until seven o'clock. At that hour we shall
be with you, and it will not be long before we solve the
mystery."
 


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1 savage ECxzR     
adj.野蠻的;兇惡的,殘暴的;n.未開化的人
參考例句:
  • The poor man received a savage beating from the thugs.那可憐的人遭到暴徒的痛打。
  • He has a savage temper.他脾氣粗暴。
2 feat 5kzxp     
n.功績;武藝,技藝;adj.靈巧的,漂亮的,合適的
參考例句:
  • Man's first landing on the moon was a feat of great daring.人類首次登月是一個勇敢的壯舉。
  • He received a medal for his heroic feat.他因其英雄業績而獲得一枚勛章。
3 copper HZXyU     
n.銅;銅幣;銅器;adj.銅(制)的;(紫)銅色的
參考例句:
  • 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。
4 beeches 7e2b71bc19a0de701aebe6f40b036385     
n.山毛櫸( beech的名詞復數 );山毛櫸木材
參考例句:
  • 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
5 incapable w9ZxK     
adj.無能力的,不能做某事的
參考例句:
  • He would be incapable of committing such a cruel deed.他不會做出這么殘忍的事。
  • Computers are incapable of creative thought.計算機不會創造性地思維。
6 remains 1kMzTy     
n.剩余物,殘留物;遺體,遺跡
參考例句:
  • He ate the remains of food hungrily.他狼吞虎咽地吃剩余的食物。
  • The remains of the meal were fed to the dog.殘羹剩飯喂狗了。
7 thoroughly sgmz0J     
adv.完全地,徹底地,十足地
參考例句:
  • The soil must be thoroughly turned over before planting.一定要先把土地深翻一遍再下種。
  • The soldiers have been thoroughly instructed in the care of their weapons.士兵們都系統地接受過保護武器的訓練。
8 imprisoned bc7d0bcdd0951055b819cfd008ef0d8d     
下獄,監禁( imprison的過去式和過去分詞 )
參考例句:
  • He was imprisoned for two concurrent terms of 30 months and 18 months. 他被判處30個月和18個月的監禁,合并執行。
  • They were imprisoned for possession of drugs. 他們因擁有毒品而被監禁。
9 chamber wnky9     
n.房間,寢室;會議廳;議院;會所
參考例句:
  • For many,the dentist's surgery remains a torture chamber.對許多人來說,牙醫的治療室一直是間受刑室。
  • The chamber was ablaze with light.會議廳里燈火輝煌。
10 undoubtedly Mfjz6l     
adv.確實地,無疑地
參考例句:
  • It is undoubtedly she who has said that.這話明明是她說的。
  • He is undoubtedly the pride of China.毫無疑問他是中國的驕傲。
11 perfectly 8Mzxb     
adv.完美地,無可非議地,徹底地
參考例句:
  • The witnesses were each perfectly certain of what they said.證人們個個對自己所說的話十分肯定。
  • Everything that we're doing is all perfectly above board.我們做的每件事情都是光明正大的。
12 disposition GljzO     
n.性情,性格;意向,傾向;排列,部署
參考例句:
  • He has made a good disposition of his property.他已對財產作了妥善處理。
  • He has a cheerful disposition.他性情開朗。
13 converse 7ZwyI     
vi.談話,談天,閑聊;adv.相反的,相反
參考例句:
  • He can converse in three languages.他可以用3種語言談話。
  • I wanted to appear friendly and approachable but I think I gave the converse impression.我想顯得友好、平易近人些,卻發覺給人的印象恰恰相反。
14 valid eiCwm     
adj.有確實根據的;有效的;正當的,合法的
參考例句:
  • His claim to own the house is valid.他主張對此屋的所有權有效。
  • Do you have valid reasons for your absence?你的缺席有正當理由嗎?
15 derives c6c3177a6f731a3d743ccd3c53f3f460     
v.得到( derive的第三人稱單數 );(從…中)得到獲得;源于;(從…中)提取
參考例句:
  • English derives in the main from the common Germanic stock. 英語主要源于日耳曼語系。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
  • He derives his income from freelance work. 他以自由職業獲取收入。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
16 bodes cc17e58636d1c4347f183c6aba685251     
v.預示,預告,預言( bode的第三人稱單數 );等待,停留( bide的過去分詞 );居;(過去式用bided)等待
參考例句:
  • This bodes ill for the failure of the programme. 這是那項計劃有兇兆。 來自《現代漢英綜合大詞典》
  • This bodes him no good. 這對他是不祥之兆。 來自《現代英漢綜合大詞典》
17 circumspect 0qGzr     
adj.慎重的,謹慎的
參考例句:
  • She is very circumspect when dealing with strangers.她與陌生人打交道時十分謹慎。
  • He was very circumspect in his financial affairs.他對于自己的財務十分細心。
18 dealing NvjzWP     
n.經商方法,待人態度
參考例句:
  • This store has an excellent reputation for fair dealing.該商店因買賣公道而享有極高的聲譽。
  • His fair dealing earned our confidence.他的誠實的行為獲得我們的信任。
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