Holmes took up the scrap of paper, a fac-simile of which is here reproduced.
"This writing is of extraordinary interest," said Holmes, who had been examining it with intense concentration.
"Your last remark," said Holmes, presently, "as to the possibility of there being an understanding between the burglar and the servant, and this being a note of appointment from one to the other, is an ingenious and not entirely impossible supposition.
Holmes, a picker up of shells on the shores of the great unknown ocean.
Holmes. I had hardly expected so dolichocephalic a skull or such well-marked supra-orbital development.
Sherlock Holmes waved our strange visitor into a chair.
"One moment, Lestrade," said Holmes. "Half an hour more or less can make no difference to you, and the gentleman was about to give us an account of this very interesting affair, which might aid us in clearing it up."
Holmes, it is difficult for me to refuse you anything, for you have been of use to the force once or twice in the past, and we owe you a good turn at Scotland Yard," said Lestrade.
Holmes, that I was not in a humour to refuse him anything that he might ask.
"I will now cut one of these pills in two," said Holmes, and drawing his penknife he suited the action to the word.
Sherlock Holmes' earnest demeanour had so far convinced us that we all sat in silence, watching the animal intently, and expecting some startling effect.
Sherlock Holmes had pushed away his untasted breakfast and lit the unsavoury pipe which was the companion of his deepest meditations.
A long silence was broken by a sudden exclamation from Holmes, who dashed at a cupboard, from which he emerged with a second yellow-covered volume in his hand.
Holmes, I am a very stay-at-home man, and as my business came to me instead of my having to go to it, I was often weeks on end without putting my foot over the door-mat.
Holmes. From north, south, east, and west every man who had a shade of red in his hair had tramped into the city to answer the advertisement.