Helen: Well, I don’t understand. We don’t keep a cat. But there is a cheetah and a baboon. 18
Holmes : Well, a cheetah is just a big cat, and yet I dare say a saucer of milk wouldn’t go very far in satisfying its wants. There is one point I should like to determine. Watson : What’s that, Holmes? Holmes : The seat of this wooden chair here. Just get my lens onto it. (Slight pause) Hm! That’s quite settled, then. Watson : What… Holmes : (Slightly off) Hello! Here is something interesting. Watson : Looks like a dog leash. Holmes : Curled upon itself and tied to make a loop of a whipcord. What do you make of that, Watson? Watson : Well, it’s a common enough object. But I don’t know why it should be tied like that. Holmes : That isn’t quite so common, is it? Ah, me! It’s a wicked world, and when a clever man turns his brain to crime it is the worst of all. I think I have seen enough now, Miss Stoner. With your permission we shall walk out upon the lawn. Helen: Certainly. (Sounds of steps as they leave house) Holmes : It is very essential, Miss Stoner, that you should absolutely follow my advice in every respect. Your life may depend upon your compliance. Helen: I assure you I am in your hands. Holmes : In the first place, my friend and I must spend the night in your room. Watson : Holmes…! Helen: I don’t… Holmes : Yes, it must be so. Let me explain. I believe that is the village inn over there? Helen: Yes, that is the Crown. Holmes : Very good. Your windows would be visible from there, I think? Helen: Certainly. 19
Holmes : You must confine yourself to your room with a headache when your stepfather comes back. When you hear him retire for the night, you must open the shutters on your window, undo the hasp, put your lamp there as a signal to us, and then withdraw from the room with everything you’re likely to want. You must go into the room which you used to occupy. I’ve no doubt that you could manage there for one night? Helen: Oh, yes, easily. Holmes : The rest you will leave in our hands. Helen: But what will you do? Holmes : We shall come over from the inn and spend the night in the room you have left, and we shall investigate the cause of this noise which has disturbed you. Helen: Mr. Holmes, I believe you have already made up your mind. Holmes : Perhaps I have. Helen: Then for pity’s sake tell me what was the cause of my sister’s death. Holmes : I should prefer to have clearer proof before I speak. And now, Miss Stoner, we must leave you. If Dr. Roylott returned and saw us, our journey would be in vain. Watson and I must make our way to the Crown and engage a room commanding a view of this part of Stoke Moran Manor House. Goodbye, Miss Stoner. Be brave. Helen: Thank you, Mr. Holmes. I have complete faith in you. (Fade out. Fade in sound of voices in room at inn) Watson : (Off) Now he is shaking his fists at the boy. Didn’t open the gates quick enough for him. Ah, there he goes.
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