Приключения Шерлока Холмса: Союз Рыжих / The Red-Headed League
Артур Конан Дойл. Приключения Шерлока Холмса: Союз Рыжих / The Red-Headed League
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I called on my friend, Mr. Sherlock Holmes, one day in the autumn of last year and found him speaking to an elderly gentleman with fiery red hair.
“You could not have come at a better time, my dear Watson,” Holmes said.
“‘Well,’ said he, showing me the advertisement, ‘you can see for yourself that the League has a vacancy, and there is the address where you can apply. As far as I know, the League was founded by an American millionaire, Ezekiah Hopkins. He was himself red-headed, and he had a great sympathy for all red-headed men; so when he died it was found that he had left his enormous fortune with instructions to help men whose hair is of that colour. From all I hear it is good pay, and very little to do.’
“‘But,’ said I, ‘there are millions of red-headed men who can apply.’