Адаптированная книга на английском языке «The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle». Аудиокнига на английском.
My name is Doctor Watson. I am writing this story about my friend, Mr Sherlock Holmes, the famous detective.
Sherlock Holmes lives at 221B Baker Street, in the middle of London. My story begins in Baker Street, one morning in 1889, when a man knocked on the door.
I heard the man say, ‘Mr Holmes? My name is Dr Mortimer. I need your help.’
‘Come in,’ said Holmes. ‘How can I help you?’ ‘I have a strange story to tell you, Mr Holmes,’ said Dr Mortimer. ‘My story is very strange. Perhaps you will not believe me.’
Dr Mortimer sat down. Sherlock Holmes and I listened to his story.
‘I am a doctor and I work in the country,’ said Dr Mortimer. ‘I live and work on Dartmoor. And, as you know, Dartmoor is a large, wild place. There is only one big house on Dartmoor — Baskerville Hall. The owner of the house was Sir Charles Baskerville. I was his friend as well as his doctor.’
‘I read of his death in The Times newspaper,’ said Holmes.
‘That was three months ago,’ said Dr Mortimer. The newspaper reported his death, but it did not report all the facts.’
‘Was there something strange about his death?’ asked Sherlock Holmes.
‘I am not certain,’ said Dr Mortimer. ‘There was a story about a curse on the Baskerville family. Sir Charles believed this old story.’
‘A curse?’ I asked. ‘What do you mean?’
‘Here is the story,’ said Dr Mortimer. He took a large piece of paper out of his pocket. ‘Please read this. It is the story of the Curse of the Baskervilles.’
Holmes took the paper and read it. ‘It is called The Hound of the Baskervilles,’ he said. He showed me the paper. This is what it said:
In the year 1645, Sir Hugo Baskerville was the owner of Baskerville Hall. Sir Hugo was a cruel man who did not believe in God. Every day he went out hunting and drinking with a gang of wild friends.
A farmer on Dartmoor had a beautiful daughter. Sir Hugo wanted to marry the girl, but she was afraid of him. The girl’s father told Sir Hugo to stay away from his farm. Sir Hugo was very angry.
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