The Sign of the Four
Arthur Conan Doyle. The Sign of the Four
Chapter I. The Science of Deduction
Chapter II. The Statement of the Case
Chapter III. In Quest of a Solution
Chapter IV. The Story of the Bald-Headed Man
Chapter V. The Tragedy of Pondicherry Lodge
Chapter VI. Sherlock Holmes Gives a Demonstration
Chapter VII. The Episode of the Barrel
Chapter VIII. The Baker Street Irregulars
Chapter IX. A Break in the Chain
Chapter X. The End of the Islander
Chapter XI. The Great Agra Treasure
Chapter XII. The Strange Story of Jonathan Small
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Miss Morstan entered the room with a firm step and an outward composure of manner. She was a blonde young lady, small, dainty, well gloved, and dressed in the most perfect taste. There was, however, a plainness and simplicity about her costume which bore with it a suggestion of limited means. The dress was a sombre grayish beige, untrimmed and unbraided, and she wore a small turban of the same dull hue, relieved only by a suspicion of white feather in the side. Her face had neither regularity of feature nor beauty of complexion, but her expression was sweet and amiable, and her large blue eyes were singularly spiritual and sympathetic. In an experience of women which extends over many nations and three separate continents, I have never looked upon a face which gave a clearer promise of a refined and sensitive nature. I could not but observe that as she took the seat which Sherlock Holmes placed for her, her lip trembled, her hand quivered, and she showed every sign of intense inward agitation.
"I have come to you, Mr. Holmes," she said, "because you once enabled my employer, Mrs. Cecil Forrester, to unravel a little domestic complication. She was much impressed by your kindness and skill."
Well, really, this is a very pretty little mystery. What do you intend to do, Miss Morstan?"
"That is exactly what I want to ask you."