Адаптированная книга на английском языке «Sherlock Holmes Short Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle». Аудиокнига на английском.
This book contains three stories:
- The Speckled Band
- A Scandal in Bohemia
- The Five Orange Pips
The Speckled Band
At the time of this story, I was still living at my friend Sherlock Holmes’s flat in Baker Street in London. Very early one morning, a young woman, dressed in black, came to see us. She looked tired and unhappy, and her face was very white.
‘I’m afraid! Afraid of death, Mr Holmes!’ she cried. ‘Please help me! I’m not thirty yet and look at my grey hair! I’m so afraid!’
‘Just sit down and tell us your story,’ said Holmes kindly.
‘My name is Helen Stoner,’ she began, ‘and I live with my stepfather, Dr Grimesby Roylott, near a village in the country. His family was once very rich, but they had no money when my stepfather was born. So he studied to be a doctor, and went out to India. He met and married my mother there, when my sister Julia and I were very young. Our father was dead, you see.’
‘Your mother had some money, perhaps?’ asked Sherlock Holmes.
‘Oh yes, mother had a lot of money, so my stepfather wasn’t poor any more.’
‘Tell me more about him, Miss Stoner,’ said Holmes.
A Scandal in Bohemia
For Sherlock Holmes, there was only one woman in the world. He did not love her, because he never loved women. But after their meeting he never forgot her. Her name was Irene Adler.
One night in March I visited my old friend at his home in Baker Street. I was married by now, so I did not often see him.
‘Come in, Watson,’ he said. ‘Sit down. I’m happy to see you, because I’ve got something to show you. What do you think of this? It arrived in the last post.’ It was a letter, with no date, name or address. It said:
‘Tonight someone will visit you, to talk about some very secret business. You have helped other important people, and you can, we hope, help us. Be in your room at 7.45 p.m.’
‘The paper — what do you think about the paper?’ asked Holmes.
I tried to think like Holmes. ‘It’s expensive, so this person is rich. It’s strange paper.’
The Five Orange Pips
In September 1887 my wife was visiting some of her family, so I was staying with my old friend Sherlock Holmes in Baker Street. It was a windy, stormy evening, and the rain was falling heavily outside. Suddenly there was a knock at the door.
I looked at my friend in surprise. ‘Who can this be?’ I asked.
‘If he comes on business in this weather, it’s important,’ said Sherlock Holmes. ‘Come in!’ he called.
A young man came in. He looked wet, tired and worried. ‘I’ve come to ask for help,’ he said. ‘I’ve heard of you, Mr Holmes. People say you know everything. I don’t know what to do.’
‘Well, sit down,’ said Holmes, ‘and tell me about yourself.’
The young man sat down, and put his wet feet near the fire. ‘My name is John Openshaw. My father, Joseph, had a brother, my uncle Elias, who went to live in America when he was young. He made a lot of money there. He didn’t like the black Americans, so during the Civil War he fought against the men from the North, and with those from the South. But when the South lost the war, and there was equality for black people, Uncle Elias left America. So in 1869 he came back to England and went to live in a large house in the country. He was a strange, unhappy man.
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