The Hound of the Baskervilles: Another Adventure of Sherlock Holmes

By Arthur Conan Doyle; W. W. Robson | Go to book overview

quivering fingers as agile and restless as the antennae of an insect.

Holmes was silent, but his little darting glances showed me the interest which he took in our curious companion.

'I presume, sir,' said he at last, 'that it was not merely for the purpose of examining my skull that you have done me the honour to call here last night and again to-day?'

'No, sir, no; though I am happy to have had the opportunity of doing that as well. I came to you, Mr Holmes, because I recognise that I am myself an unpractical man, and because I am suddenly confronted with a most serious and extraordinary problem. Recognising, as I do, that you are the second highest expert in Europe--'

'Indeed, sir! May I inquire who has the honour to be the first?' asked Holmes, with some asperity.

'To the man of precisely scientific mind the work of Monsieur Bertilion* must always appeal strongly.'

'Then had you not better consult him?'

'I said, sir, to the precisely scientific mind. But as a practical man of affairs it is acknowledged that you stand alone. I trust, sir, that I have not inadvertently----'

'Just a little,' said Holmes. 'I think, Dr Mortimer, you would do wisely if without more ado you would kindly tell me plainly what the exact nature of the problem is in which you demand my assistance.'


· CHAPTER 2 · The Curse of the Baskervilles

'I HAVE in my pocket a manuscript,' said Dr James Mortimer.

'I observed it as you entered the room,' said Holmes.

'It is an old manuscript.'

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Table of contents

  • The Hound of the Baskervilles i
  • Oxford World''s Classics ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgements vi
  • General Editor''s Preface to the Series vii
  • Introduction xi
  • Note on the Text xxx
  • Select Bibliography xxxi
  • A Chronology of Arthur Conan Doyle xxxvii
  • Chapter 1- Mr Sherlock Holmes 3
  • Chapter 2- The Curse of the Baskervilles 9
  • Chapter 5- Three Broken Threads 41
  • Chapter 7- The Stapletons of Merripit House 61
  • Chapter 8- First Report of Dr Watson 75
  • Chapter 9- The Light upon the Moor 82
  • Chapter 10- Extract from the Diary of Dr Watson 99
  • Chapter 11- The Man on the Tor 109
  • Chapter 12- Death on the Moor 122
  • Chapter 13- Fixing the Nets 136
  • Chapter 14- The Hound of the Baskervilles 146
  • Chapter 15- A Retrospection 157
  • Explanatory Notes 169
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