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his voice was croaking and spasmodic. But he's not long for this world. In the dim light of a foggy November day the sick room was a gloomy spot. "My dear fellow!" I cried.Information prepared by the Project Gutenberg legal advisor The landlady stood in the deepest awe of him and never dared to interfere with him. for he had a remarkable gentleness and courtesy in his dealings with women. . I need not say that I rushed for my coat and my hat." said he in a feeble voice. This morning when I saw his bones sticking out of his face and his great bright eyes looking at me I could stand no more of it. but he was always a chivalrous opponent. to see his exhaustion. however. Mrs. Mr." I was horrified for I had heard nothing of his illness. wasted face staring at me from the bed which sent a chill to my heart. "If you approach me. He disliked and distrusted the sex. 'Let it be Watson. Holmes. "Stand back! Stand right back!" said he with the sharp imperiousness which I had associated only with moments of crisis. For these three days neither food nor drink has passed his lips. It was pitiful. sir. You know how masterful he is. His eyes had the brightness of fever. He was more masterful than ever. approaching him. "For three days he has been sinking. Is that not enough?" Yes. I am going for a doctor this very hour. and dark crusts clung to his lips. sir. or you may not see him alive. however outrageous his proceedings might seem. Watson." He relaxed the austerity of his manner." "Good God! Why did you not call in a doctor?" "He wouldn't have it." said she. but it was that gaunt. "I only wished to help." I explained. I listened earnestly to her story when she came to my rooms in the second year of my married life and told me of the sad condition to which my poor friend was reduced. 'With your leave or without it." "Certainly. He would not let me get a doctor. I shall order you out of the house. but the sight of me brought a gleam of recognition to his eyes. Knowing how genuine was her regard for him. "Exactly! You will help best by doing what you are told. "Well." "But why?" "Because it is my desire. the thin hands upon the coverlet twitched incessantly. Holmes. then. He took to his bed on Wednesday afternoon and has never moved since. I didn't dare to disobey him. as you'll see for yourself the moment that you set eyes on him. Watson. sir. and he has brought this illness back with him. Dr." He was indeed a deplorable spectacle. Watson. As we drove back I asked for the details. in an alley near the river. She was fond of him. He lay listlessly as I entered the room. and I doubt if he will last the day. Hudson was right. 6 "He's dying.' said I. too. He has been working at a case down at Rotherhithe. we seem to have fallen upon evil days. I wouldn't waste an hour in coming to him. there was a hectic flush upon either cheek.' said he. but with something of his old carelessness of manner. "There is little I can tell you.

the long hands twitching and jerking as he motioned me away." said the sick man with something between a sob and a groan. "Contagious by touch. "If I am to have a doctor whether I will or not. let me at least have someone in whom I have confidence. But someone you MUST have. Whether you like it or not. But now all my professional instincts were aroused. It is infallibly deadly. I will examine your symptoms and treat you for them." said I. A sick man is but a child. Watson. even when I least understood them. after all. then you have mistaken your man. and so I will treat you. of Tapanuli fever? What do you know of the black Formosa . Watson. and it is horribly contagious. pray. Let him be my master elsewhere. but he repulsed me with a look of furious anger. But if you have no confidence in me I would not intrude my services." "You mean well." 7 "Good heavens. "Such a remark is unworthy of you. you are only a general practitioner with very limited experience and mediocre qualifications. or any of the best men in London. "you are not yourself. certainly. It shows me very clearly the state of your own nerves. Let me bring Sir Jasper Meek or Penrose Fisher. Watson--that's it." he croaked." He spoke now with a feverish energy. I at least was his in a sick room. But facts are facts. Keep your distance and all is well." said he. how could I be angry when I saw him lying in such a plight before me? "It's for your own sake. and that is final. Poor devil. Do you imagine it would prevent me from doing my duty to so old a friend?" Again I advanced." I have so deep a respect for the extraordinary qualities of Holmes that I have always deferred to his wishes. "Shall I demonstrate your own ignorance? What do you know. It is a coolie disease from Sumatra--a thing that the Dutch know more about than we. but you leave me no choice. though they have made little of it up to date. Holmes! Do you suppose that such a consideration weighs with me of an instant? It would not affect me in the case of a stranger. by touch. One thing only is certain. and. Holmes." He looked at me with venomous eyes." I was bitterly hurt.Information prepared by the Project Gutenberg legal advisor "You are not angry?" he asked. Watson. gasping for breath. "For MY sake?" "I know what is the matter with me. It is painful to have to say these things. "Holmes. If you do not you must leave the room. "Then you have none in me?" "In your friendship. "If you will stand there I will talk. If you think that I am going to stand here and see you die without either helping you myself or bringing anyone else to help you.

with a tiger. Now. my friend." "Possibly not. not from the man you mention. and here you will stay until I will otherwise. I heard the sharp snap of a twisted key." He paused after each sentence to collect his failing strength. but from the one that I choose. Watson--this instant. penknives. in the East. Are you content to wait?" "I seem to have no choice. It's four o'clock. "I have learned so much during some recent researches which have a medico-criminal aspect. I stood paralyzed. I've got you. I am somewhat exhausted. many strange pathological possibilities. A litter of pipes. Then. It was a neat little thing. I had stood for some minutes looking at the silent figure in the bed. But I'll humour you.spring. I wonder how a battery feels when it pours electricity into a non-conductor? At six. and I had stretched out my hand to examine it more closely when It was a dreadful cry that he gave--a yell which might have been heard down the street. You can do nothing. I am going this instant to fetch him. revolver-cartridges. we resume our conversation. I promise you will go at six. Watson. Finally. I walked slowly round the room. I say!" His head sank back upon the pillow and he gave . Holmes. Not now. this instant." "Only two hours. I need no help in arranging the clothes. But I happen to know that Dr. Watson." I turned resolutely to the door. syringes." "By all means. Watson. It was in the course of them that I contracted this complaint. Holmes." But it was destined to be resumed long before that hour. The next moment he had staggered back to his bed. Never have I had such a shock! In an instant. Watson. His face was almost covered by the clothes and he appeared to be asleep." "None in the world. Watson. the greatest living authority upon tropical disease. My skin went cold and my hair bristled at that horrible scream. You will please keep your distance. All remonstrance is useless. You will seek help. You shall have your way. not now. tobacco-pouches. the dying man had intercepted me. unable to settle down to reading. "You won't take the key from be by force. Watson." "The first three sensible words that you have uttered since you entered this room. Here you are. and other debris was scattered over it. Thank you. Ainstree. in my aimless perambulation. At six you can go. there is one other condition that I would make. is now in London. but give me time to get my strength. Watson.Information prepared by the Project Gutenberg legal advisor corruption?" "I have never heard of either." "This is insanity.) "You've only my own good at heart. "Put it down! Down. with the little box in my hand. I came to the mantelpiece." (All this in little gasps. As I turned I caught a glimpse of a convulsed face and frantic eyes. Watson. with terrible struggles for breath between. exhausted and panting after his one tremendous outflame of energy. and in circumstances which gave me a shock hardly second to that caused by his spring to the door. You will find some books over there." 8 "There are many problems of disease. examining the pictures of celebrated criminals with which every wall was adorned. Of course I know that very well. In the midst of these was a small black and white ivory box with a sliding lid.

Culverton Smith is a well-known resident of Sumatra." I gave Holmes's remarks as a consecutive whole and will not attempt to indicate how they were interrupted by gaspings for breath and those clutchings of his hands which indicated the pain from which he was suffering.Information prepared by the Project Gutenberg legal advisor a deep sigh of relief as I replaced the box upon the mantelpiece. Mr. for poor Holmes was so obviously delirious that it seemed dangerous to leave him. And all the rest of your money in your left trouser pocket. It will balance you so much better like that. you need not draw the blind. It may surprise you to know that the man upon earth who is best versed in this disease is not a medical man." "Ah. He is a very methodical person. "You will now light the gas. I cannot doubt that he could help me. Watson. Good! You can now go and fetch Mr. such as they are you can put them in your watchpocket. Watson. and I did not desire you to start before six. Those hectic spots . "Now. that of a noble mind is the most deplorable. An outbreak of the disease upon his plantation. with some rather far-reaching consequences. The violent and causeless excitement. and let me have my rest!" 9 The incident left a most unpleasant impression upon my mind. Thank you. Place it here among the papers." To tell the truth. a doctor--you are enough to drive a patient into an asylum. and again made a sound between a cough and a sob. Excellent." said I. If you could persuade him to come here and give us the benefit of his unique experience of this disease. Now some of that litter from the mantelpiece. Thank you. He shuddered. You. which was distant from medical aid. Culverton Smith. man. Watson. Of all ruins. I sat in silent dejection until the stipulated time had passed." said he. Sit down. that is excellent. I implore you to be careful. now visiting London. He seemed to have been watching the clock as well as I. he was as eager now to consult the person named as he had been obstinate in refusing. followed by this brutality of speech. Now you will have the kindness to place some letters and papers upon this table within my reach. but a planter. Kindly raise that small ivory box with its assistance. Watson! There is a sugar-tongs there." "How many half-crowns?" "I have five. for it was hardly six before he began to talk with the same feverish animation as before. "I hate to have my things touched. caused him to study it himself. You know that I hate it. the investigation of which has been his dearest hobby. so far removed from his usual suavity. "Have you any change in your pocket?" "Yes. but you will be very careful that not for one instant shall it be more than half on. showed me how deep was the disorganization of his mind. Watson! However. No. However. my good Watson. because I was well aware that you would not find him in his study. "I never heard the name. "Possibly not. Watson. my desire to fetch a doctor had somewhat weakened. of 13 Lower Burke Street. Thank you." This was raving insanity. His appearance had changed for the worse during the few hours that I had been with him. You fidget me beyond endurance." "Any silver?" "A good deal. too few! Too few! How very unfortunate.

then. the eyes shone more brightly out of darker hollows. He still retained. petulant. "Yes. so prolific the creatures seem. and I left him. Indeed." said he. Make any excuse so as not to come with him. its massive folding-door. All was in keeping with a solemn butler who appeared framed in the pink radiance of a tinted electrical light behind him. Had it not been too fiendish. a man came on me through the fog. Holmes. I remember. of Scotland Yard. "You will convey the very impression which is in your own mind--a dying man--a dying and delirious man. My life depends upon it.Information prepared by the Project Gutenberg legal advisor 10 were more pronounced. sir?" he asked." said he. Shall the world. I could have imagined that the gleam of the fanlight showed exultation in his face." I answered. as I stood whistling for a cab. You won't fail me. Behind me as I passed from the flat I heard Holmes's high. He has a grudge against me." "You will do nothing of the sort. thin voice in some delirious chant. "You will tell him exactly how you have left me. Watson. and with a happy thought I took it with me lest he should lock himself in. His nephew. I will take up your card. and its shining brasswork. Don't forget. Culverton Smith is in. He looked at me in a most singular fashion." My humble name and title did not appear to impress Mr. pray him. dressed in unofficial tweeds. sir. It was an old acquaintance. horrible! You'll convey all that is in your mind. Ah. I am wondering! Strange how the brain controls the brain! What was I saying. the jaunty gallantry of his speech. Watson. Plead with him." I left him full of the image of this magnificent intellect babbling like a foolish child. Watson. Dr. Watson! Very good. You will soften him. The particular one at which my cabman pulled up had an air of smug and demure respectability in its old-fashioned iron railings. if I have to carry him down to it. we have done our part. Culverton Smith. get him here by any means. in the passage. Beg him. You and I. Lower Burke Street proved to be a line of fine houses lying in the vague borderland between Notting Hill and Kensington." "Ah. You will persuade him to come. be overrun by oysters? No. and a cold sweat glimmered upon his brow. Mrs. You never did fail me. trembling and weeping. "He is very ill. Mr. Through the half-open door I heard a high. . penetrating voice. Below. Watson?" "My directions for Mr. He had handed me the key. The boy died horribly. "How is Mr. no. And then you will return in front of him. Hudson was waiting. Culverton Smith. yes. I cannot think why the whole bed of the ocean is not one solid mass of oysters. The cab had driven up. Watson. "I heard some rumour of it. No doubt there are natural enemies which limit the increase of the creatures. To the last gasp he would always be the master. He can save me--only he!" "I will bring him in a cab. however. Inspector Morton. Watson--I had suspicions of foul play and I allowed him to see it. There is no good feeling between us.

for he turned to me an instant later with genuine concern upon his features. perhaps. and turned to resume his own. It was not a time to stand upon ceremony. double-chin. That is why I have come. until I could bring help to him. As he did so I caught a glimpse of his face in the mirror over the mantelpiece. There are my prisons. For him the villain. Say so. "What is the meaning of this intrusion? Didn't I send you word that I would see you to-morrow morning?" "I am sorry. "Among those gelatine cultivations some of the very worst offenders in the world are now doing time. with heavy." he continued. I could have sworn that it was set in a malicious and abominable smile." Again the gentle murmur. for me the microbe. but I have every respect for his talents and his character." said he. and yet as I looked down I saw to my amazement that the figure of the man was small and frail. twisted in the shoulders and back like one who has suffered from rickets in his childhood. "but the matter cannot be delayed. Tell him to come in the morning if he really must see me." said I. He can come in the morning. Holmes through some business dealings which we have had. I am not at home. 11 "Well. His features became tense and alert. "What's this?" he cried in a high. The look of anger passed in an instant from his face. With a shrill cry of anger a man rose from a reclining chair beside the fire. give him that message. I won't see him. menacing gray eyes which glared at me from under tufted and sandy brows. and two sullen. The skull was of enormous capacity. "Have you come from Holmes?" he asked. Staples. or he can stay away. Staples. Mr. pointing to a row of bottles and jars which stood upon a side table. coarse-grained and greasy. His life depended upon my promptness. A high bald head had a small velvet smoking-cap poised coquettishly upon one side of its pink curve. well. I saw a great yellow face. Before the apologetic butler had delivered his message I had pushed past him and was in the room. "I have just left him. Sherlock Holmes--" The mention of my friend's name had an extraordinary effect upon the little man. Yet I persuaded myself that it must have been some nervous contraction which I had surprised. "I am sorry to hear this.Information prepared by the Project Gutenberg legal advisor "Who is this person? What does he want? Dear me." "It was on account of your special knowledge that Mr. how often have I said that I am not to be disturbed in my hours of study?" There came a gentle flow of soothing explanation from the butler. Holmes desired to see you. He has a high opinion of ." The man motioned me to a chair. "I only know Mr." I thought of Holmes tossing upon his bed of sickness and counting the minutes. I can't have my work interrupted like this. as I am of disease." "What about Holmes? How is he?" "He is desperately ill. My work must not be hindered. He is an amateur of crime. "Well. screaming voice.

" Mr. I will come with you at once." "I must wait and hear his opinion. "Very good. "Why should Mr. It would be inhuman not to answer his call. but all trace of delirium had left him and he spoke in a feeble voice. "Why?" he asked. Holmes. I will go alone." "Admirable. Dr. it is true." . Homes think that I could help him in his trouble?" "Because of your knowledge of Eastern diseases. tut! This sounds serious. Did he ask what ailed me?" "I told him about the Chinese in the East End. "Well. that's it--is it?" said he. but with even more than his usual crispness and lucidity. For all that I knew the worst might have happened in my absence. Holmes's address. and the jaunty smoking-cap slid to the floor. I very much resent any interruption to my work. Watson. Watson! Admirable! You are the best of messengers. Culverton Smith smiled pleasantly and picked up his smoking.Information prepared by the Project Gutenberg legal advisor you and thought that you were the one man in London who could help him. Watson." "He wished to return with me. he is coming. You can now disappear from the scene." I remembered Holmes's injunction. You can rely upon my being there within half an hour at most. His appearance was as ghastly as ever." "That would never do. How long has he been ill?" "About three days." "Exactly! Well. To my enormous relief." It was with a sinking heart that I reentered Holmes's bedroom. "Oh." 12 "Tut. I have a note of Mr.cap. but this case is certainly exceptional." The little man started. Watson?" "Yes." "But why should he think that this disease which he has contracted is Eastern?" "Because. in some professional inquiry. he has been working among Chinese sailors down in the docks. he had improved greatly in the interval." said I." "Is he delirious?" "Occasionally. Watson. did you see him. "I have another appointment. "I trust the matter is not so grave as you suppose. That would be obviously impossible. you have done all that a good friend could.

you did." "I knew that you did it. man. as it is the less likely to arouse suspicion. the only man in London who does. Then. Holmes--coals of fire!" "It is very good of you--very noble of you." "My dear Holmes!" 13 "I fear there is no alternative. Watson. but rather uncharitable to suggest that it was cause and effect. I shouldn't be surprised. I am here. Watson. Singular coincidence. anyhow. It was certainly. I shouldn't be surprised if it WERE the same." "Well. hearty young fellow. A bad lookout for you if it is. as if he had shaken the sick man roughly by the shoulder. very surprising that he should have contracted and out-of-the-way Asiatic disease in the heart of London--a disease. did you? Well. there came a long silence. to my surprise. do you hear? Don't speak! Don't move! Just listen with all your ears. which is as well. Very smart of you to notice it. Mr. But what do you think of yourself spreading reports about me like that. fortunately." he said. vague murmurings of a semi-delirious man. "There are the wheels. Holmes." said Holmes. you couldn't prove it. Holmes.Information prepared by the Project Gutenberg legal advisor "Of course you must. I appreciate your special knowledge. At last that strange hush was broken. purposeful talk droned away into the low. Holmes?" There was a rustling. "Holmes!" in the insistent tone of one who awakens a sleeper. Watson. and then crawling to me for help the moment you are in trouble? What sort of a game is that--eh?" I heard the rasping. "Holmes!" he cried. Do you know what is the matter with you?" "The same." The other laughed. Smith?" Holmes whispered. as you said. "Can't you hear me. "I hardly dared hope that you would come. too. with the opening and the closing of the bedroom door. Coals of fire. The room does not lend itself to concealment." Our visitor sniggered. I could imagine that our visitor was standing by the bedside and looking down at the sufferer. Quick. of which I had made such a very special study." Then in an instant his sudden access of strength departed. and his masterful. "You do. But just there. "Ah! You recognize the symptoms?" "Only too well." "Oh. There is just room behind the head of my bed. "Is that you." Suddenly he sat up with a rigid intentness upon his haggard face. But I have reasons to suppose that this opinion would be very much more frank and valuable if he imagines that we are alone. you see. "And yet. "I should imagine not. >From the hiding-place into which I had been so swiftly hustled I heard the footfalls upon the stair. . laboured breathing of the sick man. "Give me the water!" he gasped. whatever happens--whatever happens. broken only by the heavy breathings and gaspings of the sick man. if you love me! And don't budge. You are. Watson. I fancy that it could be done. Poor Victor was a dead man on the fourth day--a strong.

Can you understand what I say?" Holmes groaned. yes. Holmes. There. 14 "Do what you can for me. about Victor Savage's death." "Give me something to ease my pain. Only cure me. It matters nothing to me that you should know how my nephew died. just as you like. Takes you as cramp." "Painful. don't you? You came across someone who was smarter this time. It's not him we are talking about. I'll help you. Quite another shaped box." "Think again. it is cramp. I assure you. Let bygones be bygones. I don't see you in the witnessbox. I'd like you to know before you die. I fancy. "I'll put the words out of my head--I swear I will." "Yes. Holmes." "The fellow who came for me--I've forgotten his name--said that you contracted it down in the East End among the sailors. My mind is gone. don't slop it about! That's right. You as good as admitted just now that you had done it. the coolies used to do some squealing towards the end. are you not? Think yourself smart. It's you. is it? Yes. nothing.Information prepared by the Project Gutenberg legal advisor "You're precious near your end. then. but I don't want you to go till I have had a word with you. no. Can you think of no other way you could have got this thing?" "I can't think. I will help you." "Forget what?" "Well. For heaven's sake help me!" "Yes." "Well. and I'll forget it. you can hear what I say. I'll forget it." "I'm too ill to think. Listen now! Can you remember any unusual incident in your life just about the time your symptoms began?" "No." "You are proud of your brains. my friend. Now cast your mind back. I'll help you to understand just where you are and how you got there." he whispered. That's why I give you water. Did anything come by post?" "By post?" "A box by chance?" . yes. anyhow." "Yes." "Well." "You can forget it or remember it. my good Holmes." "I could only account for it so.

Holmes. "The best way of successfully acting a part is to be it. "All is in order and this is your man. You fool. rasping tone." "The very one. as you will find to your cost. He was speaking in his natural voice--a little weak. here ARE some cigarettes. "That is very much better. Culverton Smith was good enough to give our signal by turning up the gas." said Holmes. that I may see you the better. followed by the clash of iron and a cry of pain. and you can die with the knowledge that I killed you." I nearly called out in my joy and my amazement." Holmes's voice had sunk to an almost inaudible whisper. This box--this on the table. "To save an invalid trouble. Halloa! halloa! Do I hear the step of a friend?" There were footfalls outside." he concluded. You opened it--do you remember?" "Yes. Ah. "Is there any other little service that I can do you. "I give you my word that for three days I have tasted neither food nor drink until you were good enough to pour me out that glass of water. There goes your last shred of evidence. Who asked you to cross my path? If you had left me alone I would not have hurt you. Holmes. Thank you. by George! And it may as well leave the room in my pocket. and Inspector Morton appeared. Do you remember a box--an ivory box? It came on Wednesday. Some joke--" "It was no joke. I would handle it gingerly if I were you. Holmes!" There was a sound as if he was shaking the dying man. perhaps. Put it down here. It may play its part in the trial." Holmes gasped. the shadows begin to fall. . The officer gave the usual cautions. I will turn it up. There was a sharp spring inside it. so I have sent you to share it. you would have it and you have got it. my friend?" "A match and a cigarette. and I felt that Culverton Smith was standing in silent amazement looking down at his companion. "And you might add of the attempted murder of one Sherlock Holmes. Inspector. "You must hear me. "What's the meaning of this?" I heard him say at last in a dry. I opened it. By the way. but the very voice I knew." There was a sudden rush and a scuffle. the door opened. and it was all that I could do to hold myself quiet in my hiding-place. I will sit here and I will watch you die. But it is the tobacco which I find most irksome." remarked my friend with a chuckle." said Holmes. You SHALL hear me. But you have the truth now.Information prepared by the Project Gutenberg legal advisor "I'm fainting--I'm gone!" 15 "Listen. the prisoner has a small box in the right-hand pocket of his coat which it would be as well to remove. You knew too much of the fate of Victor Savage." "I remember. "Turn up the gas? Ah. There was a long pause. do they? Yes. "The spring! It drew blood. You are very near your end. yes. Mr." He crossed the room and the light suddenly brightened. "I arrest you on the charge of the murder of one Victor Savage. "What is that?" said Smith." I heard the striking of a match.

I was perfectly certain that he would come to look upon his handiwork. He asked me to come here to cure him. will you?" There was the click of the closing handcuffs. since she was to convey it to you." said Holmes as he refreshed himself with a glass of claret and some biscuits in the intervals of his toilet. or any other extraneous subject produces a pleasing effect of delirium. You can just see if you look at it sideways where the sharp spring like a viper's tooth emerges as you open it. It was clear to me. Watson. however. that I have said anything which he may invent which will corroborate his insane suspicions. Knowing his vindictive nature. snarling voice. I owe you a thousand apologies." said the inspector. Holmes. a varied one. "I had totally forgotten him. I could deceive you. had no rise of pulse or temperature? At four yards. and such a feat means less to me than to most men. my dear Watson? Do you imagine that I have no respect for your medical talents? Could I fancy that your astute judgment would pass a dying man who. I dare say it was by some such device that poor Savage. Watson? You will realize that among your many talents dissimulation finds no place. and you in turn to him. oysters. If I failed to do so. however. no doubt. is. as you know. not me. Thank you. 16 "A nice trap!" cried the high. that by pretending that he had really succeeded in his design I might surprise a confession." "Good heavens!" cried Holmes." "But your appearance. Hudson with the reality of my condition. and crusts of beeswax round one's lips. Have you the cab below? I will follow you when I am dressed. since there was in truth no infection?" "Can you .Information prepared by the Project Gutenberg legal advisor "You'll only get yourself hurt.station I think that something nutritious at Simpson's would not be out of place." "But why would you not let me near you. My word is always as good as yours. and that if you had shared my secret you would never have been able to impress Smith with the urgent necessity of his presence. Watson. which was the vital point of the whole scheme. A little occasional talk about half-crowns. who stood between this monster and a reversion. For the rest. Holmes. I would not touch that box. "I never needed it more. who would bring my Smith within my grasp? No. you must help me on with my coat. as you know. "Stand still. With vaseline upon one's forehead. It was very essential that I should impress Mrs. Watson. for I may be of some use at the station. however weak. Culverton Smith." End of Project Gutenberg Etext The Adventure of the Dying Detective The Adventure of the Dying Detective A free ebook from http://manybooks. My dear Watson. Malingering is a subject upon which I have sometimes thought of writing a monograph. You can lie as you like. You won't be offended. That pretence I have carried out with the thoroughness of the true artist. belladonna in one's eyes. was done to death. When we have finished at the police. My correspondence. Now he will pretend. my habits are irregular. Holmes--your ghastly face?" "Three days of absolute fast does not improve one's beauty. since I understand that you met somewhat earlier in the evening. rouge over the cheek-bones. I was sorry for him and I came. there is nothing which a sponge may not cure. and I am somewhat upon my guard against any packages which reach me. a very satisfying effect can be produced. To think that I should have overlooked you! I need not introduce you to Mr. "It will bring YOU into the dock. "However.