Адаптированная книга на английском языке «The Lost World, The Stories about Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle».
This book contains stories:
- The Lost WorldZorro by Johnston McCulley
- The Adventure of the Speckled Band
- The Five Orange Pips
- The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet
- The Crooked Man
- A Scandal in Bohemia
The Lost World
How beautiful Gladys was! I loved her but we were only friends. That day I decided that the time had come! Would she say “yes” or “no” to me? When we were in her sitting-room near the warm fire in her house, she looked at me with her beautiful dark eyes and she said: “I think you are going to ask me to be your wife, Ned. Don’t do it!”
“But why can’t you love me, Gladys? Is it my face, my figure, or what?”
“No it isn’t that,” she said at last. “I’m in love with somebody else. It’s nobody, only an ideal.”
“What is your ideal?”
The Adventure of the Speckled Band
I studied the methods of my friend Sherlock Holmes during the last eight years and I was sure that he did his work for the love of his art — not for the love of money Many cases were tragic, some were comic, some mysterious, but they were never ordinary. Of all cases this one was the most exciting.
It all began in those early days when I was living at Sherlock Holmes’s flat in Baker Street in London.
It was early in April in the year 1883. I woke one morning and saw Sherlock Holmes standing, fully dressed, near my bed. He was a late riser and as the clock showed me that it was only a quarter past seven, I looked at him in some surprise.
The Five Orange Pips
It is not easy to choose one of Sherlock Holmes’s cases to tell you because they all are interesting or strange or mysterious. There is one of his last cases, which was so interesting in its details and surprising in its results that I’m going to tell you the story now.
It was the end of September 1887. My wife was visiting her aunt, so I was staying with my friend Sherlock Holmes in Baker Street. The weather was terrible that day. All the day the wind was blowing hard and it was raining heavily outside. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were spending a quiet evening together.
The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet
“Holmes,” I said looking out of the window down the road, “here is a madman coming along.”
My friend left his armchair and came up to the window. It was a bright cold February morning. The snow was shining brightly in the winter sun. The strange man was coming along the road. He was about fifty years old and was wearing expensive clothes. He was running in a great hurry and his hands were moving up and down. He was shaking his head and making mad faces.
The Crooked Man
One summer night I was sitting near the fire and smoking. I was very tired after the busy day. Suddenly there was a bell. I looked at the clock. It was about midnight. Too late for a visitor. I went out into the hall and opened the door.
It was Sherlock Holmes.
“Ah, Watson,” said he, “I hoped that you were not in bed.” “My dear friend, please, come in.”
“You look surprised, and no wonder! Could you put me up tonight?”
A Scandal in Bohemia
To Sherlock Holmes she was always the Woman. He never told about her in any other words. Sherlock Holmes didn’t feel any love for Irene Adler. He didn’t feel love for anybody. He had too cold and too balanced mind. Sometimes he looked like a machine. He never spoke of love seriously. But there was one woman to him, and that woman was Irene Adler.
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