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Sherlock Holmes Investigates

The adventure of the speckled band.


"Did you see something very strange about that bed?" Holmes asked. "It could not be moved, because it was fixed to the floor. Did you ever see a bed like that before?"

"I cannot say that I have."

"The lady could not move her bed. It must always be next to the ventilator and to the rope. We can call it a rope, since it was clearly never meant to be a bell-pull."

"Holmes," I said, "I am beginning to understand what you are telling me. We are only just in time to stop some clever and horrible crime."

"Clever enough and horrible enough. When a doctor becomes bad he is a very bad criminal. He is brave and he knows what to do. I know two doctors who were very bad men. Dr Roylott may be even worse, but I think, Watson, that we shall be more clever than he is. We shall see many horrible things this evening. But now let's relax and talk for a few hours about something more happy."

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