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The adventure of the speckled band

My sister twisted as one who is in terrible pain. At first I thought that she had not recognised me, but as I bent over her she suddenly screamed out in a voice which I shall never forget, "Oh, my God! Helen! It was the band! The speckled band."

There was something else which she wanted to say, and she stabbed with her finger into the air in the direction of the doctor's room, but a fresh convulsion seized her and choked her words. I rushed away, calling loudly for my step-father, and I met him coming from his room in his dressing gown.