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1  The Case Begins

 

The September sun was shining brightly into the windows of 221B Baker Streetand London was enjoying a beautiful late summerI had finished my breakfast and was reading the newspaperAs usualHolmes had got up lateand was still eatingWe were expecting a visitor at half past tenand I wondered whether Holmes would finish his breakfast be fore our visitor arrived

Holmes was in no hurryHe was reading once again a letter he had received three days agoIt was from Dr James Mortimerwho asked for an appointment with Holmes

WellWatson,’Holmes said to me,‘I'm afraid that a doc tor from Devonshire won't bring us anything of real interestHis letter doesn't tell us anything about his business though he says it's very importantI hope we can help him.’

At exactly half past ten there was a knock on our front door

Good,’said Holmes.‘Dr Mortimer is clearly a man who will not waste our time.’

We stood up as our visitor was brought into the room

Good morninggentlemen,’he said.‘I'm Dr James Mor timerfrom Grimpen in Devonshireand I think you must be Mr Sherlock Holmes.’He shook hands with Holmeswho said

How do you doDr MortimerMay I introduce my good friendDr John Watsonwho helps me with my casesI hope you will allow him to listen to our conversation.’

Of course,’said Mortimeras he turned to me and shook hands.‘I need your help very badlyMr HolmesIf it will be useful for Dr Watson to hear what I have to sayplease let him stay and listen.’

Mortimer did not look like a country doctorHe was very tall and thinHe had a long thin noseHis grey eyes were brightand he wore gold glassesHis coat and trousers were old and wornHis face was youngbut his shoulders were bent like an old man's and his head was pushed forwardHe took some pa pers from his pocketand said

Mr HolmesI need your help and adviceSomething very strange and frightening has been happening.’

Sit downDr Mortimer,’said Holmes,‘and tell us your problemI'll help you if I can.’

 


 

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