Memoirs - संसमरण, जीवनी

Chapter I. Silver Blaze

blaze - आग की ज्वाला

"I am afraid, Watson, that I shall have to go," said Holmes, as we sat down together to our breakfast one morning.

"Go! Where to?"

"To Dartmoor; to King's Pyland."

I was not surprised. Indeed, my only wonder was that he had not already been mixed up in this extraordinary case, which was the one topic of conversation through the length and breadth of England.

breadth - फ़ासला, विशालता, विस्तार, उदारता, दूरी, आयतन, परिसीमा, अर्ज़

For a whole day my companion had rambled about the room with his chin upon his chest and his brows knitted, charging and recharging his pipe with the strongest black tobacco, and absolutely deaf to any of my questions or remarks. Fresh editions of every paper had been sent up by our news agent, only to be glanced over and tossed down into a corner.

companion - साथी

rambled - भ्रमण, बेसिर पैर की बातें करना, घूमना, सैर, सैर करना

chin - ठुड्डी

brows - आँखें, (brow) आँखें

knitted - जुड़ना, सिकोड़ना, बुनना, बुनाई

recharging - फिर से भरना, फिर से तोरोताजा होना, दोबारा काम में लाना

tobacco - तम्बाकू

deaf - बहरा

glanced - चमकना, ग्लांस करना, नजर डालना, दृष्टि डालना, सरसरी नजर, नजरअ

tossed - हिलाना, हिलाना[मिलाना], उपर उठाना, टौस, सिक्का उछालना

Yet, silent as he was, I knew perfectly well what it was over which he was brooding. There was but one problem before the public which could challenge his powers of analysis, and that was the singular disappearance of the favorite for the Wessex Cup, and the tragic murder of its trainer.

brooding - विचारमग्न, (brood) विचारमग्न

singular - एकवचन

disappearance - ओझल

When, therefore, he suddenly announced his intention of setting out for the scene of the drama it was only what I had both expected and hoped for.

"I should be most happy to go down with you if I should not be in the way," said I.

"My dear Watson, you would confer a great favor upon me by coming. And I think that your time will not be misspent, for there are points about the case which promise to make it an absolutely unique one. We have, I think, just time to catch our train at Paddington, and I will go further into the matter upon our journey. You would oblige me by bringing with you your very excellent field-glass."

confer - प्रदान करना, प्रदान करना, परामर्श करना, सलाह करना

misspent - गँवाना, गलत खर्च करना

oblige - नैतिक नियमों से मज़बूर करना, काम करना, सहायता देना, एहसान करना

field-glass - (field-glass) चश्मा

And so it happened that an hour or so later I found myself in the corner of a first-class carriage flying along en route for Exeter, while Sherlock Holmes, with his sharp, eager face framed in his ear-flapped travelling-cap, dipped rapidly into the bundle of fresh papers which he had procured at Paddington.

carriage - गाड़ी

en - हिंदी

eager - उत्सुक

flapped - चिंतावस्था, उत्तेजना, फ्लैप, चिंता करना, हिलना[हिलाना]

dipped - झुकाना, कम करना, निकालना, गिरना, गिरावट, कोण, डुबाव, नहाना

bundle - गठरी, गड्डी

procured - प्राप्त करना, दलाली करना, जुटाना, उपलब्ध करना

We had left Reading far behind us before he thrust the last one of them under the seat, and offered me his cigar-case.

thrust - आक्रमण, बल, ठेलना, मुख्य विषय, कटाक्ष, हथियार की नोक से वार

offered - देना, अर्पण करना, बलि देना, प्रस्तुत करना, बलि देना, पेश करना

cigar - सिगार, चुरुट

"We are going well," said he, looking out the window and glancing at his watch. "Our rate at present is fifty-three and a half miles an hour."

glancing - झलकना, (glance) झलकना

"I have not observed the quarter-mile posts," said I.

"Nor have I. But the telegraph posts upon this line are sixty yards apart, and the calculation is a simple one. I presume that you have looked into this matter of the murder of John Straker and the disappearance of Silver Blaze?"

calculation - गणना

presume - मान लेना, चुनौती देना, साहस करना, मान लिया जाना

"I have seen what the Telegraph and the Chronicle have to say."

chronicle - लिपिबद्ध करना, लिपिबद्ध करना, वृत्तांत, इतिहास/वृत्तान्त

"It is one of those cases where the art of the reasoner should be used rather for the sifting of details than for the acquiring of fresh evidence. The tragedy has been so uncommon, so complete and of such personal importance to so many people, that we are suffering from a plethora of surmise, conjecture, and hypothesis.

reasoner - विचारक

sifting - फटकना, (sift)

uncommon - असामान्य

plethora - बहुलता, आधिक्य, प्रचुरता

surmise - लगना, अनुमान, अंदाज़ा लगाना, अंदाज़ा, अंदाज़ लगाना

conjecture - अनुमान करना, अनुमान लगाना, अनुमान, अनुमान लगाना, अटकलबाज़ी

The difficulty is to detach the framework of fact"of absolute undeniable fact"from the embellishments of theorists and reporters. Then, having established ourselves upon this sound basis, it is our duty to see what inferences may be drawn and what are the special points upon which the whole mystery turns.

detach - भेज देना, काटना, अलग होना, भेज देना, पृथक करना, अलग होना

undeniable - अविवादास्पद, अविवादित, असंदिग्ध, जिससे इन्कार न हो

embellishments - सजावट, अलंकरण, अतिरंजन

theorists - सिद्धांतकार

sound basis - ध्यानपूर्ण आधार

inferences - अनुमान, निष्कष

On Tuesday evening I received telegrams from both Colonel Ross, the owner of the horse, and from Inspector Gregory, who is looking after the case, inviting my cooperation."

Telegrams - तार, तार का समाचार

Colonel - कर्नल

Gregory - male given name

cooperation - सहयोग

"Tuesday evening!" I exclaimed. "And this is Thursday morning. Why didn't you go down yesterday?"

exclaimed - चिल्लाना, चिल्लाकर कहना, पुकारना, चिल्लाकर कहना

"Because I made a blunder, my dear Watson"which is, I am afraid, a more common occurrence than any one would think who only knew me through your memoirs. The fact is that I could not believe it possible that the most remarkable horse in England could long remain concealed, especially in so sparsely inhabited a place as the north of Dartmoor.

blunder - चूक/भारी भूल

Occurrence - घटना, उपस्थिति

concealed - छिपाना

sparsely - अलग-अलग

inhabited - निवास करना, बसना, में निवास करना

From hour to hour yesterday I expected to hear that he had been found, and that his abductor was the murderer of John Straker. When, however, another morning had come, and I found that beyond the arrest of young Fitzroy Simpson nothing had been done, I felt that it was time for me to take action. Yet in some ways I feel that yesterday has not been wasted."

abductor - अपावर्तक, अपकर्षी, अपहरणकर्ता, अपवर्तनी

murderer - हत्यारा, ख़ूनी, क़ातिल

"You have formed a theory, then?"

"At least I have got a grip of the essential facts of the case. I shall enumerate them to you, for nothing clears up a case so much as stating it to another person, and I can hardly expect your co-operation if I do not show you the position from which we start."

grip - पकड़ना

enumerate - गणना करना, सूची बनाना, गिन

clears up - साफ कर देता है

Co - सी ओ, सी ओ

I lay back against the cushions, puffing at my cigar, while Holmes, leaning forward, with his long, thin forefinger checking off the points upon the palm of his left hand, gave me a sketch of the events which had led to our journey.

cushions - गद्दी, बचाना, दूर रखना, दूर रखना, तकिया, अधिकता

puffing - फ़फ़िंग, (puff) फ़फ़िंग

forefinger - देशिनी, तर्जनी अँगुली, तर्जनी

checking off - चेक ऑफ करना

sketch - खाका, संक्षिप्त विवरण, व्यंग्यचित्र, हास्य नाटिका

"Silver Blaze," said he, "is from the Somomy stock, and holds as brilliant a record as his famous ancestor. He is now in his fifth year, and has brought in turn each of the prizes of the turf to Colonel Ross, his fortunate owner. Up to the time of the catastrophe he was the first favorite for the Wessex Cup, the betting being three to one on him.

turf - इलाका, अधिकार क्षेत्र, घास बिछाना, तृशाच्छादित भूमि

catastrophe - तबाही, आपदा, आफ़त

He has always, however, been a prime favorite with the racing public, and has never yet disappointed them, so that even at those odds enormous sums of money have been laid upon him. It is obvious, therefore, that there were many people who had the strongest interest in preventing Silver Blaze from being there at the fall of the flag next Tuesday.

"The fact was, of course, appreciated at King's Pyland, where the Colonel's training-stable is situated. Every precaution was taken to guard the favorite. The trainer, John Straker, is a retired jockey who rode in Colonel Ross's colors before he became too heavy for the weighing-chair.

situated - रखना, जमा कर रखना, स्थित होना, जमा कर रखना, बसा हुआ होना

precaution - गर्भनिरोधक उपाय, एहतियात, सावधानी, पूर्वोपाय

jockey - जोड़ तोड़ करके हराना, ठगना, घुड़ दौड़ का पेशेवर घुडसवार

He has served the Colonel for five years as jockey and for seven as trainer, and has always shown himself to be a zealous and honest servant. Under him were three lads; for the establishment was a small one, containing only four horses in all. One of these lads sat up each night in the stable, while the others slept in the loft. All three bore excellent characters.

zealous - उत्साही, जोशीले, सरगर्म

lads - लडका/नवयुवक, लड़का

establishment - स्थान, संस्था, नींव, स्थापना, परिवार, दफ्तर, आधिष्ठान

loft - उछालना, दीर्घा, अटारी/दुछत्ती, दुछत्ती

John Straker, who is a married man, lived in a small villa about two hundred yards from the stables. He has no children, keeps one maid-servant, and is comfortably off.

villa - विला

maid - लड़की

comfortably - आराम से

The country round is very lonely, but about half a mile to the north there is a small cluster of villas which have been built by a Tavistock contractor for the use of invalids and others who may wish to enjoy the pure Dartmoor air.

cluster - गुच्छा, जमा होना, झुण्ड, गुच्छा बनाना, जमा होना, झुरमुट

villas - देहाती बँगला, गृह, देहाती बँगला, फ़ार्म हाऊस, फ़ार्म हाऊस

contractor - ठेकेदार

invalids - अशक्त व्यक्ति, रोगी, नौकरी छोड़ने पर मजबूर करना{विशेष सेना में}

Tavistock itself lies two miles to the west, while across the moor, also about two miles distant, is the larger training establishment of Mapleton, which belongs to Lord Backwater, and is managed by Silas Brown. In every other direction the moor is a complete wilderness, inhabited only by a few roaming gypsies. Such was the general situation last Monday night when the catastrophe occurred.

moor - बंजर भूमि

Backwater - पिछड़ा हुआ क्षेत्र, अप्रवाही जल

Silas - biblical companion of Paul, male given name

wilderness - निर्जन वनप्रांतर, निर्जन प्रदेश

roaming - भ्रमण, घूमना, घूमना फिरना

gypsies - जिप्सी, खानाबदोश, बंजारा, जिप्सी भाषा, जिप्सी भाषा

"On that evening the horses had been exercised and watered as usual, and the stables were locked up at nine o'clock. Two of the lads walked up to the trainer's house, where they had supper in the kitchen, while the third, Ned Hunter, remained on guard. At a few minutes after nine the maid, Edith Baxter, carried down to the stables his supper, which consisted of a dish of curried mutton.

supper - रात्रि भोजन

Hunter - शिकारी, खोजी

curried - सालन

mutton - भेड़ का माँस, भेड़ का मांस

She took no liquid, as there was a water-tap in the stables, and it was the rule that the lad on duty should drink nothing else. The maid carried a lantern with her, as it was very dark and the path ran across the open moor.

lad - बालक, लड़का

lantern - लालटेन, फ़ानूस, फानूस

"Edith Baxter was within thirty yards of the stables, when a man appeared out of the darkness and called to her to stop. As he stepped into the circle of yellow light thrown by the lantern she saw that he was a person of gentlemanly bearing, dressed in a gray suit of tweeds, with a cloth cap. He wore gaiters, and carried a heavy stick with a knob to it.

gentlemanly - in the manner of a gentleman

tweeds - एक प्रकार का ऊनी कपड़ा, ट्वीड

gaiters - घुटनों के नीचे पहनने वाला कपड़ा, गुल्फत्राण

knob - बटन, लौंदा, घुंडी

She was most impressed, however, by the extreme pallor of his face and by the nervousness of his manner. His age, she thought, would be rather over thirty than under it.

pallor - अवर्णता, पीलापन, निर्वर्णता

nervousness - घबराहट, तनाव, अधीरता, धैर्यहीनता

"'Can you tell me where I am?'he asked. 'I had almost made up my mind to sleep on the moor, when I saw the light of your lantern.'

"'You are close to the King's Pyland training-stables,'said she.

"'Oh, indeed! What a stroke of luck!'he cried. 'I understand that a stable-boy sleeps there alone every night. Perhaps that is his supper which you are carrying to him. Now I am sure that you would not be too proud to earn the price of a new dress, would you?'He took a piece of white paper folded up out of his waistcoat pocket.

stable-boy - (stable-boy) स्थिर लड़का

folded up - मुड़ा हुआ

waistcoat - वास्कट

'See that the boy has this to-night, and you shall have the prettiest frock that money can buy.'

frock - फ्रॉक

"She was frightened by the earnestness of his manner, and ran past him to the window through which she was accustomed to hand the meals. It was already opened, and Hunter was seated at the small table inside. She had begun to tell him of what had happened, when the stranger came up again.

earnestness - गंभीरता, ईमानदारी

accustomed - आदी बना करना, साधना, अभ्यस्त करना, आदत डालना

"'Good-evening,'said he, looking through the window. 'I wanted to have a word with you.'The girl has sworn that as he spoke she noticed the corner of the little paper packet protruding from his closed hand.

protruding - बाहर निकला हुआ होना, बाहर निकला हुआ होना या निकालना

"'What business have you here?'asked the lad.

"'It's business that may put something into your pocket,'said the other. 'You've two horses in for the Wessex Cup"Silver Blaze and Bayard. Let me have the straight tip and you won't be a loser. Is it a fact that at the weights Bayard could give the other a hundred yards in five furlongs, and that the stable have put their money on him?'

Bayard - बेयार्ड

the straight tip - सीधा टिप

loser - असफल व्यक्ति, हानि भुगतने वाला

furlongs - फ़र्लांग, फर्लाँग{दो सौ बीस गज}

"'So, you're one of those damned touts!'cried the lad. 'I'll show you how we serve them in King's Pyland.'He sprang up and rushed across the stable to unloose the dog. The girl fled away to the house, but as she ran she looked back and saw that the stranger was leaning through the window.

damned - शापित, (damn), अभिशाप देना

touts - शेखी बघारना, प्रस्तुत करना, गुप्त सूचना देने वाला

unloose - ढीला करना, मुक्त करना

fled - भाग जाना, फरार होना, भाग जाना, फरार होना

A minute later, however, when Hunter rushed out with the hound he was gone, and though he ran all round the buildings he failed to find any trace of him."

hound - शिकारी कुत्ता

buildings - भवन, निर्माण, भवन निर्माण, कोठी, ग्रुह निर्माण, इमारत

"One moment," I asked. "Did the stable-boy, when he ran out with the dog, leave the door unlocked behind him?"

unlocked - प्रकट करना, ताला खोलना, ताला खोल, ताला खोलना

"Excellent, Watson, excellent!" murmured my companion. "The importance of the point struck me so forcibly that I sent a special wire to Dartmoor yesterday to clear the matter up. The boy locked the door before he left it. The window, I may add, was not large enough for a man to get through.

murmured - बड़बड़ाना, सरसराहट, बड़बड़ाहट, सरसराना

forcibly - ज़ोर, ज़बरदस्ती

"Hunter waited until his fellow-grooms had returned, when he sent a message to the trainer and told him what had occurred. Straker was excited at hearing the account, although he does not seem to have quite realized its true significance. It left him, however, vaguely uneasy, and Mrs. Straker, waking at one in the morning, found that he was dressing.

grooms - तैयार करना, तैयार करना, खरहरा करना, साईस, सईस, दूल्हा

vaguely - अस्पष्टतः, संदिग्धतः, अस्पष्ट रूप से

uneasy - व्याकुल

In reply to her inquiries, he said that he could not sleep on account of his anxiety about the horses, and that he intended to walk down to the stables to see that all was well. She begged him to remain at home, as she could hear the rain pattering against the window, but in spite of her entreaties he pulled on his large mackintosh and left the house.

inquiries - जाँच, सर्वेक्षण, अन्वेषण, पूछताछ, अनुसंधान, जाँच पड़ताल, पूछ ताछ

pattering - बड़बड़ाहट, पटपटाहट, पटपटाना

entreaties - अनुनय विनय, विनती

mackintosh - बरसाती

"Mrs. Straker awoke at seven in the morning, to find that her husband had not yet returned. She dressed herself hastily, called the maid, and set off for the stables. The door was open; inside, huddled together upon a chair, Hunter was sunk in a state of absolute stupor, the favorite's stall was empty, and there were no signs of his trainer.

awoke - जगा हुआ, जागरूक, जगाना, जागना, जागे हुए

hastily - जल्दी से, जल्दी से, जल्दबाजी से

huddled - सलाह मशविरा, झुंड, सिमट जाना, गठरी बन जाना, खेल अवकाश, भीड़ लगाना

stupor - अर्धचेतनावस्था, सदमा, भाव शून्य

"The two lads who slept in the chaff-cutting loft above the harness-room were quickly aroused. They had heard nothing during the night, for they are both sound sleepers. Hunter was obviously under the influence of some powerful drug, and as no sense could be got out of him, he was left to sleep it off while the two lads and the two women ran out in search of the absentees.

chaff - हँसी में खिजाना/तंग करना, भूसा, हँसी मज़ाक करना, भूसी

harness - काम में लाना, जोतना, काम में लाना, घोड़े का साज, उपस्करण, ज़ीन

aroused - उत्तेजित करना, उत्तेजित, जगाना, सक्रिय बनाना, वासना जगाना

sleepers - अनपेक्षित प्राप्तकर्ताआ, अनपेक्षित रूप से सफल हुई वस्तु

absentees - अनुपस्थित, अनुपस्थित जन, गैरहाजिर

They still had hopes that the trainer had for some reason taken out the horse for early exercise, but on ascending the knoll near the house, from which all the neighboring moors were visible, they not only could see no signs of the missing favorite, but they perceived something which warned them that they were in the presence of a tragedy.

ascending - चढना, बढना/चढ़ना, उपर उठना, उपर को जाना

knoll - टीला, छोटी गोल पहाड़ी

moors - बंजर भूमि, अजोत भूमि, गोदी पर लगना, मूर, अजोत भूमि, बाँधना

"About a quarter of a mile from the stables John Straker's overcoat was flapping from a furze-bush. Immediately beyond there was a bowl-shaped depression in the moor, and at the bottom of this was found the dead body of the unfortunate trainer.

overcoat - ओवरकोट, लबादा

flapping - चिंतावस्था, उत्तेजना, फ्लैप, चिंता करना, हिलना[हिलाना]

furze - काँटेदार झाड़ी

His head had been shattered by a savage blow from some heavy weapon, and he was wounded on the thigh, where there was a long, clean cut, inflicted evidently by some very sharp instrument.

shattered - नष्ट करना या हो जाना, टुकड़े टुकड़े कर देना या हो जाना

savage - असभ्य, दुष्ट, तीव्र, काटना, असभ्य आदिम जाति का सदस्य, जंगली

thigh - जांघ, रान

inflicted - डालना, पहुँचाना, दंड देना

evidently - स्पष्ट रूप से, स्पष्ट रूप से

It was clear, however, that Straker had defended himself vigorously against his assailants, for in his right hand he held a small knife, which was clotted with blood up to the handle, while in his left he clasped a red and black silk cravat, which was recognized by the maid as having been worn on the preceding evening by the stranger who had visited the stables.

vigorously - जोशीले ढंगे से, जोशपूर्ण ढंग से, उत्साह से, जोशीले ढंगे से

assailants - आक्रमणकारी

clotted - मूर्ख व्यक्ति, मूर्ख व्यक्ति, थक्का, थक्का होना, थक्का बनना

clasped - मजबूत पकड़, बकसुआ, मजबूती से पकड़ना, कस कर पकड़ना, कस कर पकड़ना

cravat - गुलुबन्द{छोटा स्कार्फ जो गले में बाँध कर शर्ट के अन्दर रखते हैं}

Hunter, on recovering from his stupor, was also quite positive as to the ownership of the cravat. He was equally certain that the same stranger had, while standing at the window, drugged his curried mutton, and so deprived the stables of their watchman.

deprived - वंचित करना, वंचित करना

watchman - पहरेदार, चौकीदार

As to the missing horse, there were abundant proofs in the mud which lay at the bottom of the fatal hollow that he had been there at the time of the struggle. But from that morning he has disappeared, and although a large reward has been offered, and all the gypsies of Dartmoor are on the alert, no news has come of him.

abundant - बहुत, प्रचुर, बहुत सारा/प्रचुर/ढेर

fatal - जीवघातक, घातक, प्राणांतक, अंतकारी, जानलेवा, प्राणघातक

alert - सतर्क

Finally, an analysis has shown that the remains of his supper left by the stable-lad contain an appreciable quantity of powdered opium, while the people at the house partook of the same dish on the same night without any ill effect.

appreciable - पर्याप्त

opium - अफ़ीम, अहिफेन, अफेन

partook - भाग लेना, ग्रहण करना, सम्मिलित होना, सम्मिलित होना

"Those are the main facts of the case, stripped of all surmise, and stated as baldly as possible. I shall now recapitulate what the police have done in the matter.

stripped - पोशाक, निकाल देना, पट्टी, उतारना, व्यंग्य चित्र पट्टिका

baldly - साफ़ साफ़

recapitulate - संक्षेप में दुहराना, संक्षेप में दुहराना

"Inspector Gregory, to whom the case has been committed, is an extremely competent officer. Were he but gifted with imagination he might rise to great heights in his profession. On his arrival he promptly found and arrested the man upon whom suspicion naturally rested. There was little difficulty in finding him, for he inhabited one of those villas which I have mentioned.

competent - सक्षम, समर्थ, क्षमताशाली

promptly - तुरंत, जल्दी, फुर्ती से, समय पर, समय पर, फ़ौरन

suspicion - खटका, अविश्वास, पुट, शक, संदेह, गुमान

His name, it appears, was Fitzroy Simpson. He was a man of excellent birth and education, who had squandered a fortune upon the turf, and who lived now by doing a little quiet and genteel book-making in the sporting clubs of London. An examination of his betting-book shows that bets to the amount of five thousand pounds had been registered by him against the favorite.

squandered - गँवा देना, उड़ा देना, फूँक देना

genteel - उबाऊ, नम्र, बनावटी

On being arrested he volunteered the statement that he had come down to Dartmoor in the hope of getting some information about the King's Pyland horses, and also about Desborough, the second favorite, which was in charge of Silas Brown at the Mapleton stables.

He did not attempt to deny that he had acted as described upon the evening before, but declared that he had no sinister designs, and had simply wished to obtain first-hand information. When confronted with his cravat, he turned very pale, and was utterly unable to account for its presence in the hand of the murdered man.

sinister - अशुभ, डरावना

confronted - सामना होना, सामना, सामना करना, सामना करना

utterly - नितान्त, पूर्ण रूप से, सम्पूर्ण रूप से

His wet clothing showed that he had been out in the storm of the night before, and his stick, which was a Penang-lawyer weighted with lead, was just such a weapon as might, by repeated blows, have inflicted the terrible injuries to which the trainer had succumbed.

succumbed - मरना, परास्त होना, झुक जाना, दम तोड़ देना, शिकार होना

On the other hand, there was no wound upon his person, while the state of Straker's knife would show that one at least of his assailants must bear his mark upon him. There you have it all in a nutshell, Watson, and if you can give me any light I shall be infinitely obliged to you."

nutshell - छिलका, अखरोट आदि का छिलका

infinitely - बहुत ज़्यादा, बहुत हद तक, बहुत हद तक

obliged - नैतिक नियमों से मज़बूर करना, काम करना, सहायता देना, एहसान करना

I had listened with the greatest interest to the statement which Holmes, with characteristic clearness, had laid before me. Though most of the facts were familiar to me, I had not sufficiently appreciated their relative importance, nor their connection to each other.

clearness - स्पष्टता, सफाई

"Is it not possible," I suggested, "that the incised wound upon Straker may have been caused by his own knife in the convulsive struggles which follow any brain injury?"

incised - उत्कीर्ण करना, उत्कीर्ण करना

convulsive - झटकेधर

"It is more than possible; it is probable," said Holmes. "In that case one of the main points in favor of the accused disappears."

"And yet," said I, "even now I fail to understand what the theory of the police can be."

"I am afraid that whatever theory we state has very grave objections to it," returned my companion. "The police imagine, I take it, that this Fitzroy Simpson, having drugged the lad, and having in some way obtained a duplicate key, opened the stable door and took out the horse, with the intention, apparently, of kidnapping him altogether.

grave - कब्र

objections - विरोध, आपत्ति, एतराज़, आक्षेप, उज्र

duplicate - अनुलिपि, प्रतिलिपि बनाना, समरूप, दोहराना, अनुलिपि बनाना

kidnapping - अपहरण, (kidnap), अपहरण करना

His bridle is missing, so that Simpson must have put this on. Then, having left the door open behind him, he was leading the horse away over the moor, when he was either met or overtaken by the trainer. A row naturally ensued.

bridle - लगाम

overtaken - में अड़्चन पैदा करना, संख्या का बढ़ना, तेजी से उन्नति करना

Row - झगड़ा

ensued - पीछा करना, परिणामस्वरूप होना, परिणामस्वरूप होना

Simpson beat out the trainer's brains with his heavy stick without receiving any injury from the small knife which Straker used in self-defence, and then the thief either led the horse on to some secret hiding-place, or else it may have bolted during the struggle, and be now wandering out on the moors.

bolted - चौंक कर भाग जाना, भाग जाना, ठीक, सिटकिनी लगाना, फलाँग, तीर

That is the case as it appears to the police, and improbable as it is, all other explanations are more improbable still. However, I shall very quickly test the matter when I am once upon the spot, and until then I cannot really see how we can get much further than our present position."

more improbable - अधिक असंभव

It was evening before we reached the little town of Tavistock, which lies, like the boss of a shield, in the middle of the huge circle of Dartmoor.

shield - ढाल

Two gentlemen were awaiting us in the station"the one a tall, fair man with lion-like hair and beard and curiously penetrating light blue eyes; the other a small, alert person, very neat and dapper, in a frock-coat and gaiters, with trim little side-whiskers and an eye-glass.

awaiting - आसरा देखना, बाट जोहना, शलभ, आसरा देखना, इंतजार करना

beard - tदाढी, दाढ़ी

curiously - अजीब से

penetrating - समझना, घुसना, काम करना, पता लगाना, भेदना, व्याप्त होना

dapper - साफ़ सुथरा, नाटा और चालाक, तेज (व्यवहार में)

frock-coat - (frock-coat) फ्रॉक कोट

trim - काटना, सजाना, छँटाई, छाँटना, ठीक ठाक, सुव्यवस्थित

whiskers - गलमुच्छा, मूँछ

The latter was Colonel Ross, the well-known sportsman; the other, Inspector Gregory, a man who was rapidly making his name in the English detective service.

latter - अनुवर्ती, दूसरा

sportsman - खिलाड़ी

"I am delighted that you have come down, Mr. Holmes," said the Colonel. "The Inspector here has done all that could possibly be suggested, but I wish to leave no stone unturned in trying to avenge poor Straker and in recovering my horse."

unturned - पलटा हुआ, पलटा हुआ

avenge - बदला लेना, दण्ड देना

"Have there been any fresh developments?" asked Holmes.

"I am sorry to say that we have made very little progress," said the Inspector. "We have an open carriage outside, and as you would no doubt like to see the place before the light fails, we might talk it over as we drive."

A minute later we were all seated in a comfortable landau, and were rattling through the quaint old Devonshire city. Inspector Gregory was full of his case, and poured out a stream of remarks, while Holmes threw in an occasional question or interjection.

landau - लांडौ

rattling - बहुत, अद्भुत, सुखदायी, तेज़, (rattle)

quaint - अजीब, अनुठा

occasional - प्रासंगिक, असाम्यिक

interjection - विस्मयादिबोधक, हरफ

Colonel Ross leaned back with his arms folded and his hat tilted over his eyes, while I listened with interest to the dialogue of the two detectives. Gregory was formulating his theory, which was almost exactly what Holmes had foretold in the train.

tilted - झुकाना, डगमगाना, झुकना, झुकाव, जुकाव, आलोचना, झुकना[झुकाना]

formulating - निरूपित करना, निरूपित करना, प्रतिपादित करना

foretold - भविष्यवाणी करना, भविष्यवाणी करना, पहले से ही कह देना

"The net is drawn pretty close round Fitzroy Simpson," he remarked, "and I believe myself that he is our man. At the same time I recognize that the evidence is purely circumstantial, and that some new development may upset it."

circumstantial - संयोगवश, ब्योरेवार, पारिस्थितिक, विस्तीर्ण

"How about Straker's knife?"

"We have quite come to the conclusion that he wounded himself in his fall."

"My friend Dr. Watson made that suggestion to me as we came down. If so, it would tell against this man Simpson."

"Undoubtedly. He has neither a knife nor any sign of a wound. The evidence against him is certainly very strong. He had a great interest in the disappearance of the favorite. He lies under suspicion of having poisoned the stable-boy, he was undoubtedly out in the storm, he was armed with a heavy stick, and his cravat was found in the dead man's hand.

Undoubtedly - निश्चित रूप से

I really think we have enough to go before a jury."

Holmes shook his head. "A clever counsel would tear it all to rags," said he. "Why should he take the horse out of the stable? If he wished to injure it why could he not do it there? Has a duplicate key been found in his possession? What chemist sold him the powdered opium? Above all, where could he, a stranger to the district, hide a horse, and such a horse as this?

counsel - वकील

rags - छेड़ छाड़ करना, घटिया समाचारपत्र, बहुत तंग करना

chemist - कीमियागर

What is his own explanation as to the paper which he wished the maid to give to the stable-boy?"

"He says that it was a ten-pound note. One was found in his purse. But your other difficulties are not so formidable as they seem. He is not a stranger to the district. He has twice lodged at Tavistock in the summer. The opium was probably brought from London. The key, having served its purpose, would be hurled away. The horse may be at the bottom of one of the pits or old mines upon the moor."

purse - पर्स, बटुआ

formidable - दुर्जेय, डरावना, विकट, दहला देने वाला

lodged - रखना, जमा करना, मकान, दायर करना, ठहरना, छोटा मकान, ठहराना

hurled - जोर से चिल्लाना, जोर से फेंक कर मारना, जोर से फेंकना

pits - गड्ढा, दाग बनाना, बीज निकालना, कोयले की खान, गड्ढे बनाना

"What does he say about the cravat?"

"He acknowledges that it is his, and declares that he had lost it. But a new element has been introduced into the case which may account for his leading the horse from the stable."

Holmes pricked up his ears.

pricked - मूर्ख, छेदना, चुभन, छेद करना, कोसना, मूर्ख व्यक्ति, चुभाना, छेद

"We have found traces which show that a party of gypsies encamped on Monday night within a mile of the spot where the murder took place. On Tuesday they were gone. Now, presuming that there was some understanding between Simpson and these gypsies, might he not have been leading the horse to them when he was overtaken, and may they not have him now?"

encamped - डेरा डालना, शिविर लगाना, शिविर लगाना

presuming - मान लेना, चुनौती देना, साहस करना, मान लिया जाना

"It is certainly possible."

"The moor is being scoured for these gypsies. I have also examined every stable and out-house in Tavistock, and for a radius of ten miles."

scoured - छान डालना, रगड़ कर साफ़ करना, छान मारना, घिसना

radius - त्रिज्या

"There is another training-stable quite close, I understand?"

"Yes, and that is a factor which we must certainly not neglect. As Desborough, their horse, was second in the betting, they had an interest in the disappearance of the favorite. Silas Brown, the trainer, is known to have had large bets upon the event, and he was no friend to poor Straker. We have, however, examined the stables, and there is nothing to connect him with the affair."

neglect - उपेक्षा करना, लापरवाही, उपेक्षा

"And nothing to connect this man Simpson with the interests of the Mapleton stables?"

"Nothing at all."

Holmes leaned back in the carriage, and the conversation ceased. A few minutes later our driver pulled up at a neat little red-brick villa with overhanging eaves which stood by the road. Some distance off, across a paddock, lay a long gray-tiled out-building.

ceased - बन्द करना, बन्द करना, अन्त होना, बंद होना/रुकना

overhanging - लटकना, बाहर लटका होना, छज्जा, लटका हुआ होना, लटका हुआ होना

eaves - ओरी

paddock - जानवरों का बाडा़

tiled - खपरैल से ढक, खपरैल, टाइल लगाना, टाइल, पटिया, टाइल करना

In every other direction the low curves of the moor, bronze-colored from the fading ferns, stretched away to the sky-line, broken only by the steeples of Tavistock, and by a cluster of houses away to the westward which marked the Mapleton stables.

bronze - कांसा, कांसी, पीतल, कांस्य

fading - फेडिंग, (fad) फेडिंग

ferns - फर्न, फ़र्न{सुंदर बारीक पत्तियों वाला एक पौधा}

steeples - मीनार

westward - पश्चिम, पश्चिम की ओर, पश्चिमाभिमुख

We all sprang out with the exception of Holmes, who continued to lean back with his eyes fixed upon the sky in front of him, entirely absorbed in his own thoughts. It was only when I touched his arm that he roused himself with a violent start and stepped out of the carriage.

thoughts - विचार, मत, इरादा, विचारधारा, मनन, थोड़ा सा, विचार शक्ति, चिन्तन

roused - उत्तेजित करना, उत्तेजित, उठाना, जगाना, उत्पन्न करना, जागना

"Excuse me," said he, turning to Colonel Ross, who had looked at him in some surprise. "I was day-dreaming." There was a gleam in his eyes and a suppressed excitement in his manner which convinced me, used as I was to his ways, that his hand was upon a clue, though I could not imagine where he had found it.

gleam - किरण डालना

suppressed - रोकना, समाप्त करना, दबाना/दमन करना, दबा देना

"Perhaps you would prefer at once to go on to the scene of the crime, Mr. Holmes?" said Gregory.

"I think that I should prefer to stay here a little and go into one or two questions of detail. Straker was brought back here, I presume?"

"Yes; he lies upstairs. The inquest is to-morrow."

inquest - किसी की मृत्यु के कारणों की न्यायिक जाच

morrow - अगला दिन, कल/अगला दिन, अगला दिन

"He has been in your service some years, Colonel Ross?"

"I have always found him an excellent servant."

"I presume that you made an inventory of what he had in his pockets at the time of his death, Inspector?"

inventory - सामान, सूची, विस्तृत सूची

"I have the things themselves in the sitting-room, if you would care to see them."

"I should be very glad." We all filed into the front room and sat round the central table while the Inspector unlocked a square tin box and laid a small heap of things before us.

heap - ढेर

There was a box of vestas, two inches of tallow candle, an A D P brier-root pipe, a pouch of seal-skin with half an ounce of long-cut Cavendish, a silver watch with a gold chain, five sovereigns in gold, an aluminum pencil-case, a few papers, and an ivory-handled knife with a very delicate, inflexible blade marked Weiss & Co., London.

vestas - वेस्टा, वेस्टा नक्षत्र

tallow candle - मोमबत्ती नहीं की अनुमति

brier - कँटीली झाड़ी, कँटीली झाड़ी

pouch - थैला, बंद स्थान, धानी, थैली, थैली/जेब, थैली में रखना

seal - मोहर, मुहर, मुद्रा

ounce - एक तोल

sovereigns - प्रधान, शासक, शासकीय, प्रभुत्व सम्पन्न, स्वतन्त्र, स्वायत्त

aluminum - अल्युमिन्‍यम

pencil-case - (pencil-case) पेंसिल केस

ivory - हाथीदांत, हाथी दांत, गजदन्त

delicate - स्वादिष्ट, लिहाज रखनेवाला, उत्कृष्ट, रुचिकर, संवदेनशील, मृदु

inflexible - अटल, कठोर, अलचीली, कड़ा

blade - ब्लेड

"This is a very singular knife," said Holmes, lifting it up and examining it minutely. "I presume, as I see blood-stains upon it, that it is the one which was found in the dead man's grasp. Watson, this knife is surely in your line?"

minutely - बारीकी से, सूक्ष्मता

stains - अभिरंजन करना, धब्बा, गन्दा होना, कलंक, कलंक लगाना, गन्दा करना

grasp - समझना, पाने का प्रयत्न करना, समझ, पकड़, कसकर पकड़ना

"It is what we call a cataract knife," said I.

cataract - मोतियाबिंद, मोतियाबिन्द, बड़ा झरना, महाजलप्रपात

"I thought so. A very delicate blade devised for very delicate work. A strange thing for a man to carry with him upon a rough expedition, especially as it would not shut in his pocket."

devised - विचार करना, योजना बनाना, आविष्कार करना, आविष्कार करना

"The tip was guarded by a disk of cork which we found beside his body," said the Inspector. "His wife tells us that the knife had lain upon the dressing-table, and that he had picked it up as he left the room. It was a poor weapon, but perhaps the best that he could lay his hands on at the moment."

disk - डिस्क, चक्र, चक्का

cork - काग लगाना, काग लगाना, कर्क, आकाशनीम की छाल, काग

"Very possible. How about these papers?"

"Three of them are receipted hay-dealers'accounts. One of them is a letter of instructions from Colonel Ross. This other is a milliner's account for thirty-seven pounds fifteen made out by Madame Lesurier, of Bond Street, to William Derbyshire. Mrs. Straker tells us that Derbyshire was a friend of her husband's and that occasionally his letters were addressed here."

Hay - सूखी घास

dealers - व्यापारी, व्यापारी/लेन देन करनेवाला, पत्ता बांटने वाला

milliner - नारी टोपी विक्रेता, नारी टोपी विक्रेता

William - male given name

"Madam Derbyshire had somewhat expensive tastes," remarked Holmes, glancing down the account. "Twenty-two guineas is rather heavy for a single costume. However there appears to be nothing more to learn, and we may now go down to the scene of the crime."

madam - महोदया, साहिबा, श्रीमती, मैडम

guineas - ऐसा व्यक्ति या पशु जिस पर कोई वैज्ञानिक परीक्षण किया जाता है

As we emerged from the sitting-room a woman, who had been waiting in the passage, took a step forward and laid her hand upon the Inspector's sleeve. Her face was haggard and thin and eager, stamped with the print of a recent horror.

sleeve - आस्तीन, बाँह

haggard - थका-हारा

"Have you got them? Have you found them?" she panted.

panted - एक छोटा श्वास, पैंट, भारी साँस, भारी साँस, हाँफना, पेंट

"No, Mrs. Straker. But Mr. Holmes here has come from London to help us, and we shall do all that is possible."

"Surely I met you in Plymouth at a garden-party some little time ago, Mrs. Straker?" said Holmes.

"No, sir; you are mistaken."

are mistaken - गलत है

"Dear me! Why, I could have sworn to it. You wore a costume of dove-colored silk with ostrich-feather trimming."

Dear me - अह मुझे

ostrich-feather - (ostrich-feather) सर्प की पंखी

trimming - अलंकरण, अन्य सामग्री, कतरन, छँटाई, उपकरण, झालर

"I never had such a dress, sir," answered the lady.

"Ah, that quite settles it," said Holmes. And with an apology he followed the Inspector outside. A short walk across the moor took us to the hollow in which the body had been found. At the brink of it was the furze-bush upon which the coat had been hung.

brink - किनारा, तट, कगार

"There was no wind that night, I understand," said Holmes.

wind - हवा

"None; but very heavy rain."

"In that case the overcoat was not blown against the furze-bush, but placed there."

"Yes, it was laid across the bush."

"You fill me with interest, I perceive that the ground has been trampled up a good deal. No doubt many feet have been here since Monday night."

trampled - तिरस्कार करना, कुचलना, चाप, धम धम करते हुए जाना, ठोकर मारना

"A piece of matting has been laid here at the side, and we have all stood upon that."

matting - चटाई बनाने का सामान, चटाई बनाने का सामान


"In this bag I have one of the boots which Straker wore, one of Fitzroy Simpson's shoes, and a cast horseshoe of Silver Blaze."

horseshoe - नाल, खुरप, अश्वनाल

"My dear Inspector, you surpass yourself!" Holmes took the bag, and, descending into the hollow, he pushed the matting into a more central position. Then stretching himself upon his face and leaning his chin upon his hands, he made a careful study of the trampled mud in front of him. "Hullo!" said he, suddenly. "What's this?

surpass - से बेहतर परिणाम देना, के परे होना, मात कर देना, से श्रेष्ठ होना

descending - उतरना, उतारना, नीचे उतरना, वंशक्रमानुसार प्राप्त होना

more central - और अधिक मध्यमिक

Hullo - स्वागत, आश्चर्य आदि की अभिव्यक्ति का शब्द

" It was a wax vesta half burned, which was so coated with mud that it looked at first like a little chip of wood.

wax - मोम

vesta - वेस्टा, वेस्टा नक्षत्र

"I cannot think how I came to overlook it," said the Inspector, with an expression of annoyance.

overlook - के उपर से दिखना, अन्देकी करना, क्षमा कर देना, ऊपर से देखना

annoyance - चिढ़, मुसीबत, कष्ट, छेड़छाड़

"It was invisible, buried in the mud. I only saw it because I was looking for it."

invisible - अदृश्य

"What! You expected to find it?"

"I thought it not unlikely."

He took the boots from the bag, and compared the impressions of each of them with marks upon the ground. Then he clambered up to the rim of the hollow, and crawled about among the ferns and bushes.

clambered - हाथ पैर के बल कठिनाई से चढ़ना, कठिनाई से चढ़ना

rim - किनारा, बाढ़

crawled - क्राल, रेंगना, रेंगने वाली चीजों से भरा होना, खुशामद करना

"I am afraid that there are no more tracks," said the Inspector. "I have examined the ground very carefully for a hundred yards in each direction."

"Indeed!" said Holmes, rising. "I should not have the impertinence to do it again after what you say. But I should like to take a little walk over the moor before it grows dark, that I may know my ground to-morrow, and I think that I shall put this horseshoe into my pocket for luck."

impertinence - ढिठाई, धृष्टता, उद्दंड

Colonel Ross, who had shown some signs of impatience at my companion's quiet and systematic method of work, glanced at his watch. "I wish you would come back with me, Inspector," said he. "There are several points on which I should like your advice, and especially as to whether we do not owe it to the public to remove our horse's name from the entries for the Cup."

Impatience - अधैर्यता, अधीरता, असहिष्णुता

systematic - सुनियोजित, नियमित, सुव्यवस्थित, आयोजित, सुव्यवस्थित/क्रमबद्ध

"Certainly not," cried Holmes, with decision. "I should let the name stand."

The Colonel bowed. "I am very glad to have had your opinion, sir," said he. "You will find us at poor Straker's house when you have finished your walk, and we can drive together into Tavistock."

bowed - झुकाना, सिर झुकाना, गलही, कमान, झुकना, झुक जाना, बो

He turned back with the Inspector, while Holmes and I walked slowly across the moor. The sun was beginning to sink behind the stables of Mapleton, and the long, sloping plain in front of us was tinged with gold, deepening into rich, ruddy browns where the faded ferns and brambles caught the evening light.

tinged - झलक, भर देना, रंग देना, हल्का सा पुट, आभा, हल्का सा रंग चढ़ाना

deepening - गहराना, गहरा हो जाना, गहरा होना, और गहरा हो जाना, और गहरा करना

ruddy - रक्तिम, लोहित, सुर्ख

faded - सनक

brambles - काँटेदार झाड़ी, काँटेदार झाड़ी, कटीली झाड़ी

But the glories of the landscape were all wasted upon my companion, who was sunk in the deepest thought.

glories - अप्रतिम सुन्दरता, अप्रतिम सुन्दरता, स्वर्ग, प्रशंसा

"It's this way, Watson," said he at last. "We may leave the question of who killed John Straker for the instant, and confine ourselves to finding out what has become of the horse. Now, supposing that he broke away during or after the tragedy, where could he have gone to? The horse is a very gregarious creature.

confine - कैद रखना, सीमा, सीमीत रखना, सीमीत रखना, सीमाबद्ध करना

broke away - अलग हट गया

gregarious - मिलनसार, यूथचर, गल्ला या झुंड से सम्बन्धित

If left to himself his instincts would have been either to return to King's Pyland or go over to Mapleton. Why should he run wild upon the moor? He would surely have been seen by now. And why should gypsies kidnap him? These people always clear out when they hear of trouble, for they do not wish to be pestered by the police. They could not hope to sell such a horse.

instincts - प्रकृति, प्रवृति, सुझ भुज, स्वाभाविक प्रवृति, सहज प्रवृति

run wild - अपने आत्म को मुक्त करो

kidnap - अपहरण करना

pestered - सताना, तंग करना

They would run a great risk and gain nothing by taking him. Surely that is clear."

"Where is he, then?"

"I have already said that he must have gone to King's Pyland or to Mapleton. He is not at King's Pyland. Therefore he is at Mapleton. Let us take that as a working hypothesis and see what it leads us to. This part of the moor, as the Inspector remarked, is very hard and dry.

But it falls away towards Mapleton, and you can see from here that there is a long hollow over yonder, which must have been very wet on Monday night. If our supposition is correct, then the horse must have crossed that, and there is the point where we should look for his tracks."

yonder - परे का, परे, सामने वाला, उस ओर, सामने का, वहाँ, उधर का, उधर

supposition - मानना, अनुमान, परिकल्पना

We had been walking briskly during this conversation, and a few more minutes brought us to the hollow in question. At Holmes'request I walked down the bank to the right, and he to the left, but I had not taken fifty paces before I heard him give a shout, and saw him waving his hand to me.

briskly - तेज़ी से, तेज़ी से

The track of a horse was plainly outlined in the soft earth in front of him, and the shoe which he took from his pocket exactly fitted the impression.

plainly - साफ़ तौर पर, साफ़ साफ़, स्पष्टतः, सादगी से, साफ़ तौर पर

"See the value of imagination," said Holmes. "It is the one quality which Gregory lacks. We imagined what might have happened, acted upon the supposition, and find ourselves justified. Let us proceed."

We crossed the marshy bottom and passed over a quarter of a mile of dry, hard turf. Again the ground sloped, and again we came on the tracks. Then we lost them for half a mile, but only to pick them up once more quite close to Mapleton. It was Holmes who saw them first, and he stood pointing with a look of triumph upon his face. A man's track was visible beside the horse's.

marshy - दलदली

triumph - विजय

"The horse was alone before," I cried.

"Quite so. It was alone before. Hullo, what is this?"

The double track turned sharp off and took the direction of King's Pyland. Holmes whistled, and we both followed along after it. His eyes were on the trail, but I happened to look a little to one side, and saw to my surprise the same tracks coming back again in the opposite direction.

whistled - चहचहाहट, सीटी बजाकर इशारा करना, सनसनाना

trail - पीछे होना, हारना, चरण, निशानी, चिह्न, पीछा करना, रास्ता

"One for you, Watson," said Holmes, when I pointed it out. "You have saved us a long walk, which would have brought us back on our own traces. Let us follow the return track."

We had not to go far. It ended at the paving of asphalt which led up to the gates of the Mapleton stables. As we approached, a groom ran out from them.

paving - पेविंग, (pave) पेविंग

asphalt - ऐस्फ़ाल्ट

groom - साईस

"We don't want any loiterers about here," said he.

"I only wished to ask a question," said Holmes, with his finger and thumb in his waistcoat pocket. "Should I be too early to see your master, Mr. Silas Brown, if I were to call at five o'clock to-morrow morning?"

"Bless you, sir, if any one is about he will be, for he is always the first stirring. But here he is, sir, to answer your questions for himself. No, sir, no; it is as much as my place is worth to let him see me touch your money. Afterwards, if you like."

bless - आशीर्वाद देना

stirring - उत्तेजक, फिंटाई, हरकत, सदमा पहुँचानेवाला, फेंटाई, फेंट

As Sherlock Holmes replaced the half-crown which he had drawn from his pocket, a fierce-looking elderly man strode out from the gate with a hunting-crop swinging in his hand.

crown - राजमुकुट

fierce - भारी, घमासान, उत्तेजित, तीव्र, उग्र, क्रूर, बर्बर, प्रखर, भीषण

strode - प्रगति, लम्बे डग भरना, लम्बे डग, लंबे डग लेकर चलना

swinging - ज़िंदादिल, दोलन, झूलता हुआ, फड़कता हुआ, (swing)

"What's this, Dawson!" he cried. "No gossiping! Go about your business! And you, what the devil do you want here?"

gossiping - Act of gossiping, (gossip), गप-शप, अफ़वाह

devil - शैतान, दानव, राक्षस, देव

"Ten minutes'talk with you, my good sir," said Holmes in the sweetest of voices.

"I've no time to talk to every gadabout. We want no stranger here. Be off, or you may find a dog at your heels."

gadabout - घूमनेवाला

Holmes leaned forward and whispered something in the trainer's ear. He started violently and flushed to the temples.

violently - हिंसात्मक ढंग से

flushed - समतल, समृद्ध, पानी से साफ़ कर देना, फ़्लश, प्रफुल्लता, बहा देना

"It's a lie!" he shouted, "an infernal lie!"

infernal - खिझाने वाला, नारकीय, खिझाने वाला

"Very good. Shall we argue about it here in public or talk it over in your parlor?"

parlor - बैठक, स्वागत कक्ष

"Oh, come in if you wish to."

Holmes smiled. "I shall not keep you more than a few minutes, Watson," said he. "Now, Mr. Brown, I am quite at your disposal."

disposal - निष्कासन, छुटकारा, बिक्री

It was twenty minutes, and the reds had all faded into grays before Holmes and the trainer reappeared. Never have I seen such a change as had been brought about in Silas Brown in that short time. His face was ashy pale, beads of perspiration shone upon his brow, and his hands shook until the hunting-crop wagged like a branch in the wind.

faded - धुंधला पड़ जाना, कम होना, मुरझाना, निस्तेजना, धुंधला पड़ जाना

reappeared - फिर से वापस आना, दुबारा दिखना, फिर निकल आना, फिर से वापस आना

ashy - धूसर, राख के समान, राख के समान

beads - मोती, गुटका{माला का दाना}, मणिका

perspiration - पसीना, स्वेद

brow - शिखर, मस्तक, भौंह

wagged - हिलना, वाक्विदग्ध, हिलाना, ठठोलिया, मसखरा

His bullying, overbearing manner was all gone too, and he cringed along at my companion's side like a dog with its master.

bullying - धमकाना, शानदार, धौंस देना, धौँसिया, धौंस दिखानेवाला

overbearing - दबंग, मनमानी करनेवाला

cringed - घबरा जाना, साष्टांग प्रणाम करना, शर्मिंदगी महसूस करना

"Your instructions will be done. It shall all be done," said he.

"There must be no mistake," said Holmes, looking round at him. The other winced as he read the menace in his eyes.

winced - घबरा जाना, दर्द की शिकन, दर्द का भाव, दर्द अभिव्यक्त करना

menace - कष्टारी व्यक्ति या वस्तु

"Oh no, there shall be no mistake. It shall be there. Should I change it first or not?"

Holmes thought a little and then burst out laughing. "No, don't," said he; "I shall write to you about it. No tricks, now, or""

burst - फूटना

"Oh, you can trust me, you can trust me!"

"Yes, I think I can. Well, you shall hear from me to-morrow." He turned upon his heel, disregarding the trembling hand which the other held out to him, and we set off for King's Pyland.

disregarding - अनादर, अवहेलना करना, उपेक्षा, अवहेलना करना, तुच्छ जानना, अवमान

trembling - कंपन, काँपता हुआ, (tremble) कंपन

"A more perfect compound of the bully, coward, and sneak than Master Silas Brown I have seldom met with," remarked Holmes as we trudged along together.

bully - बुल्ली

coward - कायर, डरपोक, बुज़दिल, बुजदिल

sneak - गुप्त, ले कर चंपत हो जाना, मुखबिर, चोर, चोरी छिपे देखना

seldom - कभी कभी

trudged - पैर घसीट कर चलना, थकाऊ भ्रमण, पैर घिस्सू चाल, धीरे चलना

"He has the horse, then?"

"He tried to bluster out of it, but I described to him so exactly what his actions had been upon that morning that he is convinced that I was watching him. Of course you observed the peculiarly square toes in the impressions, and that his own boots exactly corresponded to them. Again, of course no subordinate would have dared to do such a thing.

bluster - धमकाना, शेखी मारना, शेखीबाज

peculiarly - अजीब तरह से, विशेष रुप से, अजीब तरह से, विशेष रुप से

corresponded - एकमत होना, मेल खाना, मेल खाना, समान होना, अनुरुप होना

subordinate - अधीन, गौण शब्द, मातहत, गौण समझना, गौण, अधीनस्थ करना, छोटा समझना

I described to him how, when according to his custom he was the first down, he perceived a strange horse wandering over the moor. How he went out to it, and his astonishment at recognizing, from the white forehead which has given the favorite its name, that chance had put in his power the only horse which could beat the one upon which he had put his money.

astonishment - आश्चर्य, अचरज

forehead - माथा, माथ, ललाट

Then I described how his first impulse had been to lead him back to King's Pyland, and how the devil had shown him how he could hide the horse until the race was over, and how he had led it back and concealed it at Mapleton. When I told him every detail he gave it up and thought only of saving his own skin."

impulse - आवेग

"But his stables had been searched?"

"Oh, an old horse-faker like him has many a dodge."

Dodge - झटके से चले जाना, झटके से चले जाना, टाल जाना, कतराना

"But are you not afraid to leave the horse in his power now, since he has every interest in injuring it?"

"My dear fellow, he will guard it as the apple of his eye. He knows that his only hope of mercy is to produce it safe."

mercy - दया, करुणा

"Colonel Ross did not impress me as a man who would be likely to show much mercy in any case."

"The matter does not rest with Colonel Ross. I follow my own methods, and tell as much or as little as I choose. That is the advantage of being unofficial. I don't know whether you observed it, Watson, but the Colonel's manner has been just a trifle cavalier to me. I am inclined now to have a little amusement at his expense. Say nothing to him about the horse."

unofficial - अनधिकारिक, ग़ैरसरकारी, अशास्कीय

trifle - क्षुद्र धनराशि, छोटी सी बात, निरर्थक समय बर्बाद करना

cavalier - अभिमानी, लापरवाह, अश्वारोही, घुड़सवार

inclined - प्रोत्साहित करना, प्रोत्साहित करना, प्रेरित करना, झुकना

amusement - मनोरंजन

"Certainly not without your permission."

"And of course this is all quite a minor point compared to the question of who killed John Straker."

"And you will devote yourself to that?"

"On the contrary, we both go back to London by the night train."

contrary - प्रतिकूल, उलटा, विपरीत, ज़िद्दी

I was thunderstruck by my friend's words. We had only been a few hours in Devonshire, and that he should give up an investigation which he had begun so brilliantly was quite incomprehensible to me. Not a word more could I draw from him until we were back at the trainer's house. The Colonel and the Inspector were awaiting us in the parlor.

thunderstruck - भौंचक्का

brilliantly - प्रतिभाशाली ढंग से, प्रकाश बिखेरते हुए, प्रकाश बिखेरते हुए

incomprehensible - दुरूह, अबोधगम्य, अबोध्य

"My friend and I return to town by the night-express," said Holmes. "We have had a charming little breath of your beautiful Dartmoor air."

The Inspector opened his eyes, and the Colonel's lip curled in a sneer.

curled - मोड़ना, जाना, लपेटना, सिकोड़ना, छल्ला, घूँघराले बाल, लट

sneer - व्यंग्योक्ति, हँसी उड़ाना, व्यंग्यात्मक मुस्कान, उपहास करना

"So you despair of arresting the murderer of poor Straker," said he.

despair - निराशा, मायूसी

Holmes shrugged his shoulders. "There are certainly grave difficulties in the way," said he. "I have every hope, however, that your horse will start upon Tuesday, and I beg that you will have your jockey in readiness. Might I ask for a photograph of Mr. John Straker?"

shrugged - कंधे उचकाना, कंधे उचकाना, कँधा उचकाना या झाड़ना, स्कंध कंपन

readiness - इच्छा, उत्सुकता, औत्सुक्य, तत्परता

The Inspector took one from an envelope and handed it to him.

"My dear Gregory, you anticipate all my wants. If I might ask you to wait here for an instant, I have a question which I should like to put to the maid."

"I must say that I am rather disappointed in our London consultant," said Colonel Ross, bluntly, as my friend left the room. "I do not see that we are any further than when he came."

bluntly - साफ़ साफ़, बिना किसी बनावट के

"At least you have his assurance that your horse will run," said I.

assurance - आश्वासन, गारन्टी, विश्वास

"Yes, I have his assurance," said the Colonel, with a shrug of his shoulders. "I should prefer to have the horse."

shrug - कंधे उचकाना, कंधे उचकाना, कँधा उचकाना या झाड़ना, स्कंध कंपन

I was about to make some reply in defence of my friend when he entered the room again.

"Now, gentlemen," said he, "I am quite ready for Tavistock."

As we stepped into the carriage one of the stable-lads held the door open for us. A sudden idea seemed to occur to Holmes, for he leaned forward and touched the lad upon the sleeve.

"You have a few sheep in the paddock," he said. "Who attends to them?"

"I do, sir."

"Have you noticed anything amiss with them of late?"

amiss - गलत, गड़बड़

"Well, sir, not of much account; but three of them have gone lame, sir."

lame - लंगड़ा

I could see that Holmes was extremely pleased, for he chuckled and rubbed his hands together.

chuckled - दबी हँसी हँसना, दबी हुई हँसी, रुक के हँसना, दबी हुई हँसी

"A long shot, Watson; a very long shot," said he, pinching my arm. "Gregory, let me recommend to your attention this singular epidemic among the sheep. Drive on, coachman!"

pinching - कट्टेताना, (pinch) कट्टेताना

epidemic - महामारी, वबा

coachman - घोड़ागाड़ी चालक

Colonel Ross still wore an expression which showed the poor opinion which he had formed of my companion's ability, but I saw by the Inspector's face that his attention had been keenly aroused.

keenly - उत्सुकता से

"You consider that to be important?" he asked.

"Exceedingly so."

exceedingly - अत्यन्त, बहुत सा

"Is there any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?"

"To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time."

"The dog did nothing in the night-time."

"That was the curious incident," remarked Sherlock Holmes.

Four days later Holmes and I were again in the train, bound for Winchester to see the race for the Wessex Cup. Colonel Ross met us by appointment outside the station, and we drove in his drag to the course beyond the town. His face was grave, and his manner was cold in the extreme.

Winchester - विन्चेस्टर, विन्चेस्टर बंदूक

by appointment - नियुक्ति के आधार पर

"I have seen nothing of my horse," said he.

"I suppose that you would know him when you saw him?" asked Holmes.

The Colonel was very angry. "I have been on the turf for twenty years, and never was asked such a question as that before," said he. "A child would know Silver Blaze, with his white forehead and his mottled off-foreleg."

mottled - चित्ती

foreleg - अगली टांग

"How is the betting?"

"Well, that is the curious part of it. You could have got fifteen to one yesterday, but the price has become shorter and shorter, until you can hardly get three to one now."

"Hum!" said Holmes. "Somebody knows something, that is clear."

Hum - गूँज, गुंजन, चहल पहल होना, चहल पहल होना, भिनभिनाहट

As the drag drew up in the enclosure near the grand stand I glanced at the card to see the entries.

enclosure - अंतःक्षेत्र, घेरा, घेराव, संलग्न पट्र, अंतर्गतपत्र

grand stand - ग्रैंड स्टैंड

Wessex Plate [it ran] 50 sovs each h ft with 1000 sovs added for four and five year olds. Second, L300. Third, L200. New course (one mile and five furlongs). Mr. Heath Newton's The Negro. Red cap. Cinnamon jacket. Colonel Wardlaw's Pugilist. Pink cap. Blue and black jacket. Lord Backwater's Desborough. Yellow cap and sleeves. Colonel Ross's Silver Blaze. Black cap. Red jacket.

ft - फुट

Heath - झाड़ियों से भरा भूखंड, अजोत भूमि, बंजर

Newton - derived unit of force

negro - नीग्रो, हबशी, हब्शी, हबशिन

cinnamon - दालचीनी

Pugilist - वह व्यक्ति जिसे लडना पसन्द हो, बाज़

sleeves - आवरण, बाँह/आस्तीन, आवरण नली, आस्तीन

Duke of Balmoral's Iris. Yellow and black stripes. Lord Singleford's Rasper. Purple cap. Black sleeves.

Duke - शासक

Balmoral - बैलमोरल

iris - परितारिका, आइरिस का पौधा, आँख की पुतली, आइरिस, आइरिस नामक पौधा

stripes - धारी, फीता, तबका, फ़ीती, अलंकरण पट्टी, धारी डालना

Rasper - रैस्पर

"We scratched our other one, and put all hopes on your word," said the Colonel. "Why, what is that? Silver Blaze favorite?"

"Five to four against Silver Blaze!" roared the ring. "Five to four against Silver Blaze! Five to fifteen against Desborough! Five to four on the field!"

roared - गरजना, चिल्लाना, शोरगुल, ठहाका लगाना, गड़गड़ाहट, ठहाका, भभक

ring - अंगूठी

"There are the numbers up," I cried. "They are all six there."

"All six there? Then my horse is running," cried the Colonel in great agitation. "But I don't see him. My colors have not passed."

agitation - उत्तेजना, अकुला, आंदोलन, हिलाना, आन्दोलन{बैचेनी}, उछाला

"Only five have passed. This must be he."

As I spoke a powerful bay horse swept out from the weighing enclosure and cantered past us, bearing on its back the well-known black and red of the Colonel.

bay - खाड़ी

cantered - सरपट, कदम चाल, कदम चाल चलाना, कदम चाल चलाना, घोड़े पर चलना

"That's not my horse," cried the owner. "That beast has not a white hair upon its body. What is this that you have done, Mr. Holmes?"

beast - वहश, जानवर, हैवान, जंतु

"Well, well, let us see how he gets on," said my friend, imperturbably. For a few minutes he gazed through my field-glass. "Capital! An excellent start!" he cried suddenly. "There they are, coming round the curve!"

imperturbably - अविचलित रूप से, अविचलित रूप से

gazed - एक्टक देखने ताला, टकटकी, घूरना, एक्टक देखने ताला, एक्टक देखना

From our drag we had a superb view as they came up the straight. The six horses were so close together that a carpet could have covered them, but half way up the yellow of the Mapleton stable showed to the front.

superb - शानदार, उत्कृष्ट

Before they reached us, however, Desborough's bolt was shot, and the Colonel's horse, coming away with a rush, passed the post a good six lengths before its rival, the Duke of Balmoral's Iris making a bad third.

bolt - चटखनी

"It's my race, anyhow," gasped the Colonel, passing his hand over his eyes. "I confess that I can make neither head nor tail of it. Don't you think that you have kept up your mystery long enough, Mr. Holmes?"

anyhow - किसी भी तरह, फिर भी, हर हालत में, हर हालत में, जो कुछ भी हो

gasped - चाहना, धक से रह जाना, चकित होना, तेजी से सांस लेएना

"Certainly, Colonel, you shall know everything. Let us all go round and have a look at the horse together. Here he is," he continued, as we made our way into the weighing enclosure, where only owners and their friends find admittance. "You have only to wash his face and his leg in spirits of wine, and you will find that he is the same old Silver Blaze as ever."

owners - मालिक, स्तामी

admittance - दाखिला, प्रवेश, प्रवेश की आज्ञा

spirits of wine - शराब के आत्मा

"You take my breath away!"

"I found him in the hands of a faker, and took the liberty of running him just as he was sent over."

liberty - आज़ादी

"My dear sir, you have done wonders. The horse looks very fit and well. It never went better in its life. I owe you a thousand apologies for having doubted your ability. You have done me a great service by recovering my horse. You would do me a greater still if you could lay your hands on the murderer of John Straker."

"I have done so," said Holmes quietly.

The Colonel and I stared at him in amazement. "You have got him! Where is he, then?"

amazement - अचंभा

"He is here."

"Here! Where?"

"In my company at the present moment."

The Colonel flushed angrily. "I quite recognize that I am under obligations to you, Mr. Holmes," said he, "but I must regard what you have just said as either a very bad joke or an insult."

angrily - क्रोध से, गुस्से में

insult - निन्दा करना, अपमान करना

Sherlock Holmes laughed. "I assure you that I have not associated you with the crime, Colonel," said he. "The real murderer is standing immediately behind you." He stepped past and laid his hand upon the glossy neck of the thoroughbred.

glossy - चमकीला, चिकना, पत्रिका, तड़क भड़कदर, चमकीली

thoroughbred - कुलीन, अच्छी नस्ल का, अच्छी नस्ल का पशु

"The horse!" cried both the Colonel and myself.

"Yes, the horse. And it may lessen his guilt if I say that it was done in self-defence, and that John Straker was a man who was entirely unworthy of your confidence. But there goes the bell, and as I stand to win a little on this next race, I shall defer a lengthy explanation until a more fitting time."

lessen - कम करना, घटना/कम होना

guilt - अपराध बोध

unworthy - कुपात्र, अनुचित, अनधिकारी, घृणित, घिनौना, अयोग्य, अपात्र, अभाजन

I stand to win - मैं जीतने के लिए खड़ा हूँ

defer - टालना, (def) टालना

lengthy - लम्बा, बहुत लंबा, बहुत लंबा

We had the corner of a Pullman car to ourselves that evening as we whirled back to London, and I fancy that the journey was a short one to Colonel Ross as well as to myself, as we listened to our companion's narrative of the events which had occurred at the Dartmoor training-stables upon the Monday night, and the means by which he had unravelled them.

Pullman - एक विशेष प्रकार का रेल डिब्बा, पुलमैन

whirled - घुमाव, चक्कर, घूमना, भँवर में बहना, तेज़ी से गुज़रना

unravelled - असफल होना, सुलझाना, उधड़ना, स्पष्ट करना, उधेड़ना, छुड़ाना

"I confess," said he, "that any theories which I had formed from the newspaper reports were entirely erroneous. And yet there were indications there, had they not been overlaid by other details which concealed their true import. I went to Devonshire with the conviction that Fitzroy Simpson was the true culprit, although, of course, I saw that the evidence against him was by no means complete.

erroneous - गलत, अशुद्ध

overlaid - भरा हुआ होना, आवरण, ढक देना, एक के ऊपर रखना, अधिचित्र

conviction - अपराध सिद्धि, दोषसिद्धि, दृढ विश्वास, दोषी ठहराया जानाआ

culprit - अपराधी, दोषी

It was while I was in the carriage, just as we reached the trainer's house, that the immense significance of the curried mutton occurred to me. You may remember that I was distrait, and remained sitting after you had all alighted. I was marvelling in my own mind how I could possibly have overlooked so obvious a clue."

immense - असीम, अमित, विपल, विशाल

distrait - विलक्षण

alighted - उतरना, जलता हुआ, प्रज्ज्वलित, दमकता हुआ, नीचे आना

marvelling - आश्चर्यजनक, (marvel) आश्चर्यजनक

overlooked - के उपर से दिखना, अन्देकी करना, क्षमा कर देना, ऊपर से देखना

"I confess," said the Colonel, "that even now I cannot see how it helps us."

"It was the first link in my chain of reasoning. Powdered opium is by no means tasteless. The flavor is not disagreeable, but it is perceptible. Were it mixed with any ordinary dish the eater would undoubtedly detect it, and would probably eat no more. A curry was exactly the medium which would disguise this taste.

tasteless - घटिया, बेस्वाद, सुरुचिहीन, स्वादहीन

flavor - स्वाद, सुवास

disagreeable - अप्रिय, झगड़ालू

perceptible - स्पष्ट, इन्द्रियगोचर, इन्द्रिय ग्राह्य, आनने योग्य

eater - भक्षक, खानेवाला/भक्षक

curry - सालन

disguise - भेष बदलना, छिपाना, वेष बदलन्, वेष बदलन्, रुप बदलना

By no possible supposition could this stranger, Fitzroy Simpson, have caused curry to be served in the trainer's family that night, and it is surely too monstrous a coincidence to suppose that he happened to come along with powdered opium upon the very night when a dish happened to be served which would disguise the flavor. That is unthinkable.

monstrous - भयानक, अप्राकृतिक, सरासर गलत, सरासर गलत

unthinkable - अचिन्त्य, अकल्पनीय, अविचारणीय

Therefore Simpson becomes eliminated from the case, and our attention centers upon Straker and his wife, the only two people who could have chosen curried mutton for supper that night. The opium was added after the dish was set aside for the stable-boy, for the others had the same for supper with no ill effects. Which of them, then, had access to that dish without the maid seeing them?

centers - केन्द्रित करना, सार, केन्द्र, केन्द्रित करना

"Before deciding that question I had grasped the significance of the silence of the dog, for one true inference invariably suggests others. The Simpson incident had shown me that a dog was kept in the stables, and yet, though some one had been in and had fetched out a horse, he had not barked enough to arouse the two lads in the loft.

grasped - समझना, पाने का प्रयत्न करना, समझ, पकड़, कसकर पकड़ना

inference - अनुमान, निष्कष

invariably - सर्वदा, निरपवाद रूप से

fetched - जाकर लाना, दाम पर बिकना, ले आना, मूल्य प्राप्ति, चाटा मारना

barked - गरजना, चिल्लाना, भूँकना, वृक्ष की छाल, छाल, गरज

arouse - उत्तेजित करना, उत्तेजित, जगाना, सक्रिय बनाना, वासना जगाना

Obviously the midnight visitor was some one whom the dog knew well.

"I was already convinced, or almost convinced, that John Straker went down to the stables in the dead of the night and took out Silver Blaze. For what purpose? For a dishonest one, obviously, or why should he drug his own stable-boy? And yet I was at a loss to know why.

There have been cases before now where trainers have made sure of great sums of money by laying against their own horses, through agents, and then preventing them from winning by fraud. Sometimes it is a pulling jockey. Sometimes it is some surer and subtler means. What was it here? I hoped that the contents of his pockets might help me to form a conclusion.

subtler - हल्का, जटिल, कुशाग्र, तीक्ष्ण, सूक्ष्म, परिष्कृत, गूढ़, संवेदी

Contents - मात्रा, सन्तुष्ट, सन्तुष्ट करना, सन्तुष्ट करना, इच्छुक

"And they did so. You cannot have forgotten the singular knife which was found in the dead man's hand, a knife which certainly no sane man would choose for a weapon. It was, as Dr. Watson told us, a form of knife which is used for the most delicate operations known in surgery. And it was to be used for a delicate operation that night.

sane - स्वस्थचित्त, समझदार, समझदारीपूर्ण, मानसिक रूप से स्वस्थ

most delicate - सबसे सुंदर

You must know, with your wide experience of turf matters, Colonel Ross, that it is possible to make a slight nick upon the tendons of a horse's ham, and to do it subcutaneously, so as to leave absolutely no trace. A horse so treated would develop a slight lameness, which would be put down to a strain in exercise or a touch of rheumatism, but never to foul play."

nick - खरोंच, छेद करना, जेल, गिरफ़्तार् कर लेना, उठा लेना, खरोंच लगाना

tendons - नस, पेशी, स्नायु

Ham - सूअर का पुठ्ठा

subcutaneously - त्वचा के नीचे से

lameness - लँगड़ापन

strain - तनना, तानना, खींचना

rheumatism - आमवात, गठिया

foul - बदबूदार

"Villain! Scoundrel!" cried the Colonel.

villain - खलनायक

scoundrel - बदमाश

"We have here the explanation of why John Straker wished to take the horse out on to the moor. So spirited a creature would have certainly roused the soundest of sleepers when it felt the prick of the knife. It was absolutely necessary to do it in the open air."

prick - छेदना, चुभाना

"I have been blind!" cried the Colonel. "Of course that was why he needed the candle, and struck the match."

"Undoubtedly. But in examining his belongings I was fortunate enough to discover not only the method of the crime, but even its motives. As a man of the world, Colonel, you know that men do not carry other people's bills about in their pockets. We have most of us quite enough to do to settle our own. I at once concluded that Straker was leading a double life, and keeping a second establishment.

belongings - सम्पत्ति, माल असबाब

motives - प्रेरक, प्रयोजन, उद्देश्य, कारण, मकसद, हेतु, occasion

The nature of the bill showed that there was a lady in the case, and one who had expensive tastes. Liberal as you are with your servants, one can hardly expect that they can buy twenty-guinea walking dresses for their ladies. I questioned Mrs.

liberal - उदार, दान शील, उदारचरित, आजाद, उदार व्यक्ति, लिबरल

guinea - गिनी

Straker as to the dress without her knowing it, and having satisfied myself that it had never reached her, I made a note of the milliner's address, and felt that by calling there with Straker's photograph I could easily dispose of the mythical Derbyshire.

dispose - सजाना, ठीक रखना, ठिकाने लगाना

mythical - काल्पनिक, पौराणिक, पौराणिक गाथाओं का, पौराणिक गाथाओं का

"From that time on all was plain. Straker had led out the horse to a hollow where his light would be invisible. Simpson in his flight had dropped his cravat, and Straker had picked it up"with some idea, perhaps, that he might use it in securing the horse's leg.

Once in the hollow, he had got behind the horse and had struck a light; but the creature frightened at the sudden glare, and with the strange instinct of animals feeling that some mischief was intended, had lashed out, and the steel shoe had struck Straker full on the forehead.

glare - तरेरना

instinct - फ़ितरत, वृत्ति, सलीक़ा

mischief - शरारत

lashed - टकराना, घूमना, फटकारना, बरौनी, चाबुक, कोड़ा मारना, चाबुक की मार

He had already, in spite of the rain, taken off his overcoat in order to do his delicate task, and so, as he fell, his knife gashed his thigh. Do I make it clear?"

gashed - गहरा घाव, गहरा घाव करना

"Wonderful!" cried the Colonel. "Wonderful! You might have been there!"

"My final shot was, I confess a very long one. It struck me that so astute a man as Straker would not undertake this delicate tendon-nicking without a little practice. What could he practice on? My eyes fell upon the sheep, and I asked a question which, rather to my surprise, showed that my surmise was correct.

astute - धूर्त, चतुर

tendon - स्नायु, नस

nicking - खरोंच, छेद करना, जेल, गिरफ़्तार् कर लेना, उठा लेना, खरोंच लगाना

"When I returned to London I called upon the milliner, who had recognized Straker as an excellent customer of the name of Derbyshire, who had a very dashing wife, with a strong partiality for expensive dresses. I have no doubt that this woman had plunged him over head and ears in debt, and so led him into this miserable plot."

dashing - मिश्रण, टक्कर, टकराना, झलक, तेज दौड़, टकर्ना, जोश, धावा

partiality - पक्षपात, झुकाव, तरफ़दारी

plunged - उछाल आना, फँसाना, प्रवेश करना, घुसेड़ना, डुबकी, डूबना, गोता

"You have explained all but one thing," cried the Colonel. "Where was the horse?"

"Ah, it bolted, and was cared for by one of your neighbors. We must have an amnesty in that direction, I think. This is Clapham Junction, if I am not mistaken, and we shall be in Victoria in less than ten minutes. If you care to smoke a cigar in our rooms, Colonel, I shall be happy to give you any other details which might interest you."

amnesty - आम माफ़ी

junction - जंक्शन, रेलमार्गसंयोग, संधिस्थल, जोड़

Victoria - विक्टोरिया

Chapter II. The Yellow Face

[In publishing these short sketches based upon the numerous cases in which my companion's singular gifts have made us the listeners to, and eventually the actors in, some strange drama, it is only natural that I should dwell rather upon his successes than upon his failures.

sketches - खाका, संक्षिप्त विवरण, व्यंग्यचित्र, हास्य नाटिका

dwell - विचार करना, निवास करना, पर देर तक बोलना

And this not so much for the sake of his reputation"for, indeed, it was when he was at his wits'end that his energy and his versatility were most admirable"but because where he failed it happened too often that no one else succeeded, and that the tale was left forever without a conclusion. Now and again, however, it chanced that even when he erred, the truth was still discovered.

sake - के लिये

wits - समझ, विवेक, वाकपटुता, वाग्विदग्धता, वाक्विदग्ध, बुद्धि

versatility - प्रतिभा, अन्य विषय को विचारने की शक्ति

admirable - उत्कृष्ट, प्रशंसनीय, स्तुत्य, स्तुति योग्य

erred - भूल करना, गलती करना

I have noted of some half-dozen cases of the kind; the Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual and that which I am about to recount are the two which present the strongest features of interest.]

Ritual - अनुष्ठान

recount - बयान करना

Sherlock Holmes was a man who seldom took exercise for exercise's sake. Few men were capable of greater muscular effort, and he was undoubtedly one of the finest boxers of his weight that I have ever seen; but he looked upon aimless bodily exertion as a waste of energy, and he seldom bestirred himself save when there was some professional object to be served.

muscular - मांसपेशीय, पेशीय, हृष्ट पुष्ट

boxers - बौक्सर कुत्ता, बौक्सर कुत्ता, मुक्केबाज़

aimless - लक्ष्यरहित, निरुद्देश्य, लक्ष्य रहित, उद्देश्यविहीन

bodily - शारीरिक

exertion - प्रयास, परिश्रम, श्रम

Then he was absolutely untiring and indefatigable. That he should have kept himself in training under such circumstances is remarkable, but his diet was usually of the sparest, and his habits were simple to the verge of austerity.

untiring - अथक रूप से काम करने वाला, अथाह, अथक

indefatigable - अथक/अश्रान्त, अथक

verge - किनारा

austerity - सितारा मछली, कठोरता, कठोर नियम

Save for the occasional use of cocaine, he had no vices, and he only turned to the drug as a protest against the monotony of existence when cases were scanty and the papers uninteresting.

cocaine - कोकीन, कोकेन

vices - अवगुण, दुराचार, शिकंजा, चरित्रहीनता, व्यसन, उप, बुरी आदत

monotony - ऊब, नीरसता, एकस्वरता

scanty - छोटा, अल्प, विरल, अपर्याप्त, निकर, अलीक

uninteresting - नीरस, ग़ैर दिलचस्प

One day in early spring he had so far relaxed as to go for a walk with me in the Park, where the first faint shoots of green were breaking out upon the elms, and the sticky spear-heads of the chestnuts were just beginning to burst into their five-fold leaves. For two hours we rambled about together, in silence for the most part, as befits two men who know each other intimately.

faint - अस्पष्ट

elms - चिराबेल, एक प्रकार का जंगली वृक्ष

spear - भाला, बरछा

chestnuts - शाहबलूत की लकड़ी का बना, भूरा, बादाम जाति का पेड़

befits - उपयुक्त, शोभा देना

intimately - परिचित रूप से

It was nearly five before we were back in Baker Street once more.

Baker - नानबाई

"beg pardon, sir," said our page-boy, as he opened the door. "There's been a gentleman here asking for you, sir."

beg pardon - क्षमा करें

Holmes glanced reproachfully at me. "So much for afternoon walks!" said he. "Has this gentleman gone, then?"

reproachfully - आलोचनात्मक ढंग से, उलाहने भरे अंदाज़ में

"Yes, sir."

"Didn't you ask him in?"

"Yes, sir; he came in."

"How long did he wait?"

"Half an hour, sir. He was a very restless gentleman, sir, a-walkin'and a-stampin'all the time he was here. I was waitin'outside the door, sir, and I could hear him. At last he outs into the passage, and he cries, 'Is that man never goin'to come?'Those were his very words, sir. 'You'll only need to wait a little longer,'says I. 'Then I'll wait in the open air, for I feel half choked,'says he.

restless - बेचैन, चिंतित, चंचल, व्याकुल, अशान्त, अधीर, लगातार हलचलपूर्ण

choked - चोक, सांस रूकना, सांस रूकने की स्थिति, सांस रूकना

'I'll be back before long.'And with that he ups and he outs, and all I could say wouldn't hold him back."

"Well, well, you did your best," said Holmes, as we walked into our room. "It's very annoying, though, Watson. I was badly in need of a case, and this looks, from the man's impatience, as if it were of importance. Hullo! That's not your pipe on the table. He must have left his behind him. A nice old brier with a good long stem of what the tobacconists call amber.

stem - रोकना, उत्पन्न होना, धातु, गलही, नली, तना, डंठल निकलना

tobacconists - सिगरेट आदि की दुकान, तंबाकूफ़रोश

amber - एम्बर

I wonder how many real amber mouthpieces there are in London? Some people think that a fly in it is a sign. Well, he must have been disturbed in his mind to leave a pipe behind him which he evidently values highly."

mouthpieces - प्रवक्ता, मुखपट्र, माउथपिस

"How do you know that he values it highly?" I asked.

"Well, I should put the original cost of the pipe at seven and sixpence. Now it has, you see, been twice mended, once in the wooden stem and once in the amber. Each of these mends, done, as you observe, with silver bands, must have cost more than the pipe did originally. The man must value the pipe highly when he prefers to patch it up rather than buy a new one with the same money."

sixpence - छः पेंस

mended - ठीक करना, मरम्मत, मरम्मत करना, बनाना, पैबन्ड लगाना, सुधारना

mends - ठीक करना, मरम्मत, मरम्मत करना, बनाना, पैबन्ड लगाना, सुधारना

patch - पैवंद

"Anything else?" I asked, for Holmes was turning the pipe about in his hand, and staring at it in his peculiar pensive way.

peculiar - अजीब, अजीबो-गरीब

pensive - विचारमग्न, विषण्ण, विषादग्रस्त

He held it up and tapped on it with his long, thin fore-finger, as a professor might who was lecturing on a bone.

fore - आगे का, गलही, आगे/सामने, चेतावनी देना, आगे का, सामने

"Pipes are occasionally of extraordinary interest," said he. "Nothing has more individuality, save perhaps watches and bootlaces. The indications here, however, are neither very marked nor very important. The owner is obviously a muscular man, left-handed, with an excellent set of teeth, careless in his habits, and with no need to practise economy."

individuality - विशिष्टता, व्यक्तित्व

bootlaces - जूते बाँधने का फीता

My friend threw out the information in a very offhand way, but I saw that he cocked his eye at me to see if I had followed his reasoning.

offhand - तुरंत, उदासीन, बिना सोचे विचारे, रूखेपन से, बिना पूर्वाभ्यास का

cocked - शंकु आकार में भूसे का ढेर लगाना, मुर्गा, तिरछा करना

"You think a man must be well-to-do if he smokes a seven-shilling pipe," said I.

shilling - 1971 तक ब्रिटेन में प्रचलित एक सिक्का, (shill) 1971 तक ब्रिटेन में प्रचलित एक सिक्का

"This is Grosvenor mixture at eightpence an ounce," Holmes answered, knocking a little out on his palm. "As he might get an excellent smoke for half the price, he has no need to practise economy."

eightpence - आठ रुपये

"And the other points?"

"He has been in the habit of lighting his pipe at lamps and gas-jets. You can see that it is quite charred all down one side. Of course a match could not have done that. Why should a man hold a match to the side of his pipe? But you cannot light it at a lamp without getting the bowl charred. And it is all on the right side of the pipe. From that I gather that he is a left-handed man.

charred - अंगारित

You hold your own pipe to the lamp, and see how naturally you, being right-handed, hold the left side to the flame. You might do it once the other way, but not as a constancy. This has always been held so. Then he has bitten through his amber. It takes a muscular, energetic fellow, and one with a good set of teeth, to do that.

constancy - वफ़ादारी, स्थिरता, नियमितता

bitten through - दबा दिया

energetic - बल, चुस्त, ओजस्वी, कर्मठ, तेजस

But if I am not mistaken I hear him upon the stair, so we shall have something more interesting than his pipe to study."

An instant later our door opened, and a tall young man entered the room. He was well but quietly dressed in a dark-gray suit, and carried a brown wide-awake in his hand. I should have put him at about thirty, though he was really some years older.

awake - जागना

"I beg your pardon," said he, with some embarrassment; "I suppose I should have knocked. Yes, of course I should have knocked. The fact is that I am a little upset, and you must put it all down to that." He passed his hand over his forehead like a man who is half dazed, and then fell rather than sat down upon a chair.

embarrassment - शर्म, शर्मिंदगी

dazed - घबरा देना, आश्चर्यचकित कर देना, चौंधिया देना/घबरा देना, सदमा

"I can see that you have not slept for a night or two," said Holmes, in his easy, genial way. "That tries a man's nerves more than work, and more even than pleasure. May I ask how I can help you?"

genial - प्रसन्नचित

"I wanted your advice, sir. I don't know what to do and my whole life seems to have gone to pieces."

"You wish to employ me as a consulting detective?"

"Not that only. I want your opinion as a judicious man"as a man of the world. I want to know what I ought to do next. I hope to God you'll be able to tell me."

judicious - विवेकपूर्ण, बुद्धिमान

He spoke in little, sharp, jerky outbursts, and it seemed to me that to speak at all was very painful to him, and that his will all through was overriding his inclinations.

jerky - झटके के साथ, झटकेदार

outbursts - प्रकोप, आवेग, प्रक्षोभ, समुद्घात

overriding - निरस्त कर देना, ओवरराइड, रद्द करना

inclinations - रुचि, झुकाव, शौक, ढाल, पसंद, प्रवृति

"It's a very delicate thing," said he. "One does not like to speak of one's domestic affairs to strangers. It seems dreadful to discuss the conduct of one's wife with two men whom I have never seen before. It's horrible to have to do it. But I've got to the end of my tether, and I must have advice."

strangers - परदेशी, अपरिचित, परदेसी, अजनबी, अपरिचित व्यक्ति, ऐरा गैरा

dreadful - भद्दा, शोचनीय, डरावना, विकट, अरुचिकर, भयंकर, भयानक

tether - रस्सी, रस्सी से बाँधना, पगहा से बाँध

"My dear Mr. Grant Munro"" began Holmes.

Our visitor sprang from his chair. "What!" he cried, "you know my name?"

"If you wish to preserve your incognito," said Holmes, smiling, "I would suggest that you cease to write your name upon the lining of your hat, or else that you turn the crown towards the person whom you are addressing. I was about to say that my friend and I have listened to a good many strange secrets in this room, and that we have had the good fortune to bring peace to many troubled souls.

incognito - अज्ञात, अज्ञात या गुप्त रूप से, अज्ञात रूप से, अज्ञात रूप से

cease - बन्द करना, बन्द करना, अन्त होना, बंद होना/रुकना

I trust that we may do as much for you. Might I beg you, as time may prove to be of importance, to furnish me with the facts of your case without further delay?"

furnish - सुस्सजित करना, प्रस्तुत करना, देना{आवश्यक सामग्री}, सजाना

Our visitor again passed his hand over his forehead, as if he found it bitterly hard. From every gesture and expression I could see that he was a reserved, self-contained man, with a dash of pride in his nature, more likely to hide his wounds than to expose them. Then suddenly, with a fierce gesture of his closed hand, like one who throws reserve to the winds, he began.

bitterly - अधिक, बहुत ज़्यादा, कस के, फूट फूट कर, कड़ुवाहट के साथ

Dash - डैश

winds - करना, लच्छी बनाना, घुमावदार मार्ग से हो कर आगे बढ़ना, बकवास

"The facts are these, Mr. Holmes," said he. "I am a married man, and have been so for three years. During that time my wife and I have loved each other as fondly and lived as happily as any two that ever were joined. We have not had a difference, not one, in thought or word or deed.

fondly - भोलेपन से, भोलेपन से, प्रेमपूर्वक

deed - कार्य, काम, विलेख, (dee) कार्य

And now, since last Monday, there has suddenly sprung up a barrier between us, and I find that there is something in her life and in her thought of which I know as little as if she were the woman who brushes by me in the street. We are estranged, and I want to know why.

estranged - मनमुटाव पैदा करना, दूर कर देना, दूर कर देना

"Now there is one thing that I want to impress upon you before I go any further, Mr. Holmes. Effie loves me. Don't let there be any mistake about that. She loves me with her whole heart and soul, and never more than now. I know it. I feel it. I don't want to argue about that. A man can tell easily enough when a woman loves him.

But there's this secret between us, and we can never be the same until it is cleared."

"Kindly let me have the facts, Mr. Munro," said Holmes, with some impatience.

"I'll tell you what I know about Effie's history. She was a widow when I met her first, though quite young"only twenty-five. Her name then was Mrs. Hebron. She went out to America when she was young, and lived in the town of Atlanta, where she married this Hebron, who was a lawyer with a good practice.

widow - विधवा, वीडो, बेवा, राँड़

Atlanta - capital and largest city of the State of Georgia

They had one child, but the yellow fever broke out badly in the place, and both husband and child died of it. I have seen his death certificate. This sickened her of America, and she came back to live with a maiden aunt at Pinner, in Middlesex.

sickened - तंग करना, चिढ़ पैदा करना, घृणा उत्पन्न करना, बीमार पड़ जाना

maiden - युवती, लड़की

Pinner - पिनर

I may mention that her husband had left her comfortably off, and that she had a capital of about four thousand five hundred pounds, which had been so well invested by him that it returned an average of seven per cent. She had only been six months at Pinner when I met her; we fell in love with each other, and we married a few weeks afterwards.

"I am a hop merchant myself, and as I have an income of seven or eight hundred, we found ourselves comfortably off, and took a nice eighty-pound-a-year villa at Norbury. Our little place was very countrified, considering that it is so close to town.

hop - एक पैर से कूदना

merchant - व्यापारी, सौदागर

countrified - देहाती

We had an inn and two houses a little above us, and a single cottage at the other side of the field which faces us, and except those there were no houses until you got half way to the station. My business took me into town at certain seasons, but in summer I had less to do, and then in our country home my wife and I were just as happy as could be wished.

Inn - सराय, धर्मशाला

I tell you that there never was a shadow between us until this accursed affair began.

accursed - शाप देना

"There's one thing I ought to tell you before I go further. When we married, my wife made over all her property to me"rather against my will, for I saw how awkward it would be if my business affairs went wrong. However, she would have it so, and it was done. Well, about six weeks ago she came to me.

"'Jack,'said she, 'when you took my money you said that if ever I wanted any I was to ask you for it.'

Jack - जैक

"'Certainly,'said I. 'It's all your own.'

"'Well,'said she, 'I want a hundred pounds.'

"I was a bit staggered at this, for I had imagined it was simply a new dress or something of the kind that she was after.

staggered - विचलित करना, लड़खड़ा कर चलना, अलग समय रखना, मुश्किल से चल पाना

"'What on earth for?'I asked.

"'Oh,'said she, in her playful way, 'you said that you were only my banker, and bankers never ask questions, you know.'

playful - आनन्दित, चंचल, अलबेला, विनोदशील, मज़ाकिया

bankers - साहूकार या बैंक का संचालक, महाजन, साहूकार

"'If you really mean it, of course you shall have the money,'said I.

"'Oh, yes, I really mean it.'

"'And you won't tell me what you want it for?'

"'Some day, perhaps, but not just at present, Jack.'

"So I had to be content with that, though it was the first time that there had ever been any secret between us. I gave her a check, and I never thought any more of the matter. It may have nothing to do with what came afterwards, but I thought it only right to mention it.

content - सन्तुष्ट

"Well, I told you just now that there is a cottage not far from our house. There is just a field between us, but to reach it you have to go along the road and then turn down a lane. Just beyond it is a nice little grove of Scotch firs, and I used to be very fond of strolling down there, for trees are always a neighborly kind of things.

grove - उपवन, बाग, झुरमुट, कुञ्ज

firs - सरो का पेड़, देवदार वृक्ष, देवदार वृक्ष

strolling - ट्रॉलिंग, (stroll), सैर

neighborly - मित्रवत्

The cottage had been standing empty this eight months, and it was a pity, for it was a pretty two-storied place, with an old-fashioned porch and honeysuckle about it. I have stood many a time and thought what a neat little homestead it would make.

porch - द्वारमण्डप, बरामदा, पोर्च

honeysuckle - हनीसकल बेल, मधुचूष

homestead - भूमि एवं भवनों से घिरा हुआ घर, वासभूमि क्षेत्र

"Well, last Monday evening I was taking a stroll down that way, when I met an empty van coming up the lane, and saw a pile of carpets and things lying about on the grass-plot beside the porch. It was clear that the cottage had at last been let. I walked past it, and wondered what sort of folk they were who had come to live so near us.

stroll - सैर

And as I looked I suddenly became aware that a face was watching me out of one of the upper windows.

"I don't know what there was about that face, Mr. Holmes, but it seemed to send a chill right down my back. I was some little way off, so that I could not make out the features, but there was something unnatural and inhuman about the face. That was the impression that I had, and I moved quickly forwards to get a nearer view of the person who was watching me.

chill - ठंड

unnatural - अस्वाभाविक, कृत्रिम, बनावटी, घिनावना, अनैसर्गिक, अवघात

inhuman - निर्दय, क्रूर, अमानुषिक

But as I did so the face suddenly disappeared, so suddenly that it seemed to have been plucked away into the darkness of the room. I stood for five minutes thinking the business over, and trying to analyze my impressions. I could not tell if the face were that of a man or a woman. It had been too far from me for that. But its color was what had impressed me most.

plucked - बचाना, साहस, साहसअ, ओचना, नोचना, खींचना, तोडना

analyze - विश्लेषण करना

It was of a livid chalky white, and with something set and rigid about it which was shockingly unnatural. So disturbed was I that I determined to see a little more of the new inmates of the cottage. I approached and knocked at the door, which was instantly opened by a tall, gaunt woman with a harsh, forbidding face.

livid - बहुत अधिक नाराज़, रक्तहीन, बहुत अधिक नाराज़, बदरंगा, नीलाभ

chalky - खड़ियावत्, खड़ियामय

rigid - कठोर, सख्त, कड़ा

shockingly - उद्वेगकारी ढंग से

inmates - कैदी, निवासी, वासी

knocked at - दबाया

gaunt - भूखा रहकर दुबला होना, सूखा हुआ, बदसूरत, सूखा हुआ, मरियल

harsh - कटु, कर्कश, निर्दयी

"'What may you be wantin'?'she asked, in a Northern accent.

"'I am your neighbor over yonder,'said I, nodding towards my house. 'I see that you have only just moved in, so I thought that if I could be of any help to you in any"'

nodding - हँसते हुए, (nod) हँसते हुए

"'Ay, we'll just ask ye when we want ye,'said she, and shut the door in my face. Annoyed at the churlish rebuff, I turned my back and walked home. All evening, though I tried to think of other things, my mind would still turn to the apparition at the window and the rudeness of the woman.

Ay - Aapkaa swagat haiआपका स्वागत है।

ye - तुम

churlish - देहाती, अभद्र

rebuff - दुत्कारना

apparition - प्रेतात्मा, विचित्र वस्तु, प्रेतछाया, प्रेत, विचित्र व्यक्ति

rudeness - अशिष्टता, रूखापन

I determined to say nothing about the former to my wife, for she is a nervous, highly strung woman, and I had no wish that she would share the unpleasant impression which had been produced upon myself. I remarked to her, however, before I fell asleep, that the cottage was now occupied, to which she returned no reply.

highly strung - उत्तेजित

"I am usually an extremely sound sleeper. It has been a standing jest in the family that nothing could ever wake me during the night. And yet somehow on that particular night, whether it may have been the slight excitement produced by my little adventure or not I know not, but I slept much more lightly than usual.

sleeper - अनपेक्षित प्राप्तकर्ताआ, अनपेक्षित रूप से सफल हुई वस्तु

jest - मजाक

lightly - अकारण, उपेक्षापूर्वक, हलके से, गम्भीरता रहित होकर, हल्के से

Half in my dreams I was dimly conscious that something was going on in the room, and gradually became aware that my wife had dressed herself and was slipping on her mantle and her bonnet.

dimly - अस्पष्टतः, संदिग्धतः, फीके ढंग से, फीके ढंग से, मंद रूप से

mantle - प्रावरक, आच्छादित करना, आवरण, पपड़ी, लबादा, दायित्व

bonnet - बोनट, टोपी{स्त्रियों के ओढ़ने की}, ढक्कन, टोपी

My lips were parted to murmur out some sleepy words of surprise or remonstrance at this untimely preparation, when suddenly my half-opened eyes fell upon her face, illuminated by the candle-light, and astonishment held me dumb. She wore an expression such as I had never seen before"such as I should have thought her incapable of assuming.

murmur - बड़बड़ाना, सरसराहट, बड़बड़ाहट, सरसराना

sleepy - उनींदा, निद्रालु

remonstrance - विरोध, आपत्ति/विद्रोह, प्रतिवाद, विरोध प्रदर्शन

untimely - असामयिक, बेमौका, अकाल, असमय में, असमयोचित, कुसमय का, अकालिक

illuminated - प्रकाशयुक्त करना, प्रकाशित करना, प्रकाशित करना, उजाला करना

dumb - गूंगा

incapable - अक्षम, अयोग्य, असमर्थ

She was deadly pale and breathing fast, glancing furtively towards the bed as she fastened her mantle, to see if she had disturbed me. Then, thinking that I was still asleep, she slipped noiselessly from the room, and an instant later I heard a sharp creaking which could only come from the hinges of the front door.

furtively - गुप्त रुप से, गुप्त रुप से

noiselessly - बिना आवाज़ किये, बिना आवाज़ किये

creaking - चरचराना, चरचराहट, चरमराना/कड़कड़ाना

hinges - कब्जे पर लगाना, कब्जा, कब्जे पर घूमना/निर्भर रहना

I sat up in bed and rapped my knuckles against the rail to make certain that I was truly awake. Then I took my watch from under the pillow. It was three in the morning. What on this earth could my wife be doing out on the country road at three in the morning?

rapped - रैप संगीत बजाना, चटाक् से मारना, ठकठकाना, रैप म्यूजिक, खटखट

knuckles - उँगली की गाँठ, टखने का गोश्त

pillow - सिरहाना, शिरोपधान

"I had sat for about twenty minutes turning the thing over in my mind and trying to find some possible explanation. The more I thought, the more extraordinary and inexplicable did it appear. I was still puzzling over it when I heard the door gently close again, and her footsteps coming up the stairs.

inexplicable - दुरूह, व्याख्या न करने योग्य, अव्याख्येय

gently - सावधानी से, शिष्टता से, सावधानी से, नरमी से, हल्के से

Footsteps - चरणचिन्ह, पैरों की आहट, पैरों की आहट, क़दम

"'Where in the world have you been, Effie?'I asked as she entered.

"She gave a violent start and a kind of gasping cry when I spoke, and that cry and start troubled me more than all the rest, for there was something indescribably guilty about them. My wife had always been a woman of a frank, open nature, and it gave me a chill to see her slinking into her own room, and crying out and wincing when her own husband spoke to her.

gasping - हाँफ़ता हुआ, (gasp)

indescribably - अनिर्वचनीय रूप से, अनिर्वचनीय रूप से

frank - स्पष्टवादी, सरल

slinking - दबे पाँव चलना, चुपके से आना, लुक छुपकर आना जाना

wincing - कष्टप्रद, (wince) कष्टप्रद

"'You awake, Jack!'she cried, with a nervous laugh. 'Why, I thought that nothing could awake you.'

"'Where have you been?'I asked, more sternly.

sternly - कठोरतापूर्वक

"'I don't wonder that you are surprised,'said she, and I could see that her fingers were trembling as she undid the fastenings of her mantle. 'Why, I never remember having done such a thing in my life before. The fact is that I felt as though I were choking, and had a perfect longing for a breath of fresh air. I really think that I should have fainted if I had not gone out.

undid - नष्ट करना, खोलना, बिगाड़ना, मिटा देना, उधेड़ना, खोल डाल

fastenings - बंधन, कसनी

choking - चोक, सांस रूकना, सांस रूकने की स्थिति, सांस रूकना

fainted - धीमा, हल्की, धीमी, बेहोश होना, अस्पष्ट, चकराया हुआ, मंद

I stood at the door for a few minutes, and now I am quite myself again.'

"All the time that she was telling me this story she never once looked in my direction, and her voice was quite unlike her usual tones. It was evident to me that she was saying what was false. I said nothing in reply, but turned my face to the wall, sick at heart, with my mind filled with a thousand venomous doubts and suspicions. What was it that my wife was concealing from me?

venomous - कटु, तीखा, विद्वेषपूर्ण, विषैला, ज़हरीला

suspicions - खटका, अविश्वास, पुट, शक, संदेह, गुमान

concealing - छिपाना

Where had she been during that strange expedition? I felt that I should have no peace until I knew, and yet I shrank from asking her again after once she had told me what was false. All the rest of the night I tossed and tumbled, framing theory after theory, each more unlikely than the last.

shrank - घटना, पीछे हटना, सिकोड़ना, मनोविश्लेषक, मनश्चिकित्सक

tumbled - गिरावट, भाव गिरना, गिर जाना, कलाबाजी खाना, गिर पड़ना, यहाँ वहाँ

"I should have gone to the City that day, but I was too disturbed in my mind to be able to pay attention to business matters. My wife seemed to be as upset as myself, and I could see from the little questioning glances which she kept shooting at me that she understood that I disbelieved her statement, and that she was at her wits'end what to do.

glances - चमकना, ग्लांस करना, नजर डालना, दृष्टि डालना, सरसरी नजर, नजरअ

disbelieved - विश्वास न करना, अविश्वास करना, अविश्वास करना

We hardly exchanged a word during breakfast, and immediately afterwards I went out for a walk, that I might think the matter out in the fresh morning air.

"I went as far as the Crystal Palace, spent an hour in the grounds, and was back in Norbury by one o'clock. It happened that my way took me past the cottage, and I stopped for an instant to look at the windows, and to see if I could catch a glimpse of the strange face which had looked out at me on the day before. As I stood there, imagine my surprise, Mr.

crystal - क्रिस्टल, स्फटिक, अमल, बिल्लौर

Glimpse - झलक, झाँकी, जल्दी से एक नज़र ड़ालना, झलक देखना, झलक देखना, ईक्षा

Holmes, when the door suddenly opened and my wife walked out.

"I was struck dumb with astonishment at the sight of her; but my emotions were nothing to those which showed themselves upon her face when our eyes met. She seemed for an instant to wish to shrink back inside the house again; and then, seeing how useless all concealment must be, she came forward, with a very white face and frightened eyes which belied the smile upon her lips.

shrink back - कम हो जाना

concealment - छिपनाआ, छिपाव

belied - झूठा करना, मिथ्या साबित करना, मिथ्या साबित करना, झुठलाना

"'Ah, Jack,'she said, 'I have just been in to see if I can be of any assistance to our new neighbors. Why do you look at me like that, Jack? You are not angry with me?'

"'So,'said I, 'this is where you went during the night.'

"'What do you mean?'she cried.

"'You came here. I am sure of it. Who are these people, that you should visit them at such an hour?'

"'I have not been here before.'

"'How can you tell me what you know is false?'I cried. 'Your very voice changes as you speak. When have I ever had a secret from you? I shall enter that cottage, and I shall probe the matter to the bottom.'

probe - जांच

"'No, no, Jack, For God's sake!'she gasped, in uncontrollable emotion. Then, as I approached the door, she seized my sleeve and pulled me back with convulsive strength.

For God's sake - ईश्वर की कृपा के लिए

uncontrollable - अदम्य, असहनीय, अनियंत्रणीय, उपद्रवी, बेरोक

seized - समझना, झपट लेना, पकड़ना, हासिल करना, कुर्क करना, छीन लेना

"'I implore you not to do this, Jack,'she cried. 'I swear that I will tell you everything some day, but nothing but misery can come of it if you enter that cottage.'Then, as I tried to shake her off, she clung to me in a frenzy of entreaty.

implore - प्रार्थना करना

misery - विपत्ति, दुखअ, दुःख/विपत्ती, दयनीयता, गरीबी

clung - चिपक जाना, टिके रहना, लिपट जाना, बने रहना, चिपक जाना

frenzy - पागलपन, उन्माद

entreaty - अनुनय विनय, विनती

"'Trust me, Jack!'she cried. 'Trust me only this once. You will never have cause to regret it. You know that I would not have a secret from you if it were not for your own sake. Our whole lives are at stake in this. If you come home with me, all will be well. If you force your way into that cottage, all is over between us.'

stake - दाँव पर लगाना, सहारा देना, बाजी की रकम, बाजी की रकम

"There was such earnestness, such despair, in her manner that her words arrested me, and I stood irresolute before the door.

irresolute - अनिश्चित, अस्थिर, ढुलमुल

"'I will trust you on one condition, and on one condition only,'said I at last. 'It is that this mystery comes to an end from now. You are at liberty to preserve your secret, but you must promise me that there shall be no more nightly visits, no more doings which are kept from my knowledge. I am willing to forget those which are passed if you will promise that there shall be no more in the future.

nightly - रात्रिकालीन, हर रात, हर रात

doings - कार्यकलाप


"'I was sure that you would trust me,'she cried, with a great sigh of relief. 'It shall be just as you wish. Come away"oh, come away up to the house.'

sigh - आह भरना

"Still pulling at my sleeve, she led me away from the cottage. As we went I glanced back, and there was that yellow livid face watching us out of the upper window. What link could there be between that creature and my wife? Or how could the coarse, rough woman whom I had seen the day before be connected with her?

coarse - घटिया, असभ्य, भद्दा, अश्लील, अशिष्ट, रूखा, अपरिष्कृत, गन्दा

It was a strange puzzle, and yet I knew that my mind could never know ease again until I had solved it.

ease - शांत करना, आराम, हल्का करना, शांति, ढीला करना, हल्का करना

"For two days after this I stayed at home, and my wife appeared to abide loyally by our engagement, for, as far as I know, she never stirred out of the house. On the third day, however, I had ample evidence that her solemn promise was not enough to hold her back from this secret influence which drew her away from her husband and her duty.

abide - सहना, रहना, निवास करना, बरदाश्त करना, सहन करना, निवास करना

loyally - वफ़ादारी से, वफ़ादारी से

engagement - वचन, सगाई, वाग्दान, अनुबंध, मंगनी, काम में व्यस्त रहने कीस्थिति

stirred - चलाना, उत्तेजित करना, मिलाना, सनसनी, हिलना, हलचल, हिलाना

ample - प्रचुर, पर्याप्त, पर्याप्त रूप से/बहुत बड़ा, काफ़ी बड़ा, काफी

solemn promise - गहरा वादा

"I had gone into town on that day, but I returned by the 2.40 instead of the 3.36, which is my usual train. As I entered the house the maid ran into the hall with a startled face.

startled - चकित, चौंक जाना, चौंकाना, चौंका देना

"'Where is your mistress?'I asked.

Mistress - प्रेमिका

"'I think that she has gone out for a walk,'she answered.

"My mind was instantly filled with suspicion. I rushed upstairs to make sure that she was not in the house. As I did so I happened to glance out of one of the upper windows, and saw the maid with whom I had just been speaking running across the field in the direction of the cottage. Then of course I saw exactly what it all meant.

glance - चमकना, ग्लांस करना, नजर डालना, दृष्टि डालना, सरसरी नजर, नजरअ

My wife had gone over there, and had asked the servant to call her if I should return. Tingling with anger, I rushed down and hurried across, determined to end the matter once and forever. I saw my wife and the maid hurrying back along the lane, but I did not stop to speak with them. In the cottage lay the secret which was casting a shadow over my life.

tingling - सिहरन, (tingle) सिहरन

I vowed that, come what might, it should be a secret no longer. I did not even knock when I reached it, but turned the handle and rushed into the passage.

vowed - प्रतिज्ञा, वादा, प्रतिज्ञा करना, शपथ

"It was all still and quiet upon the ground floor. In the kitchen a kettle was singing on the fire, and a large black cat lay coiled up in the basket; but there was no sign of the woman whom I had seen before. I ran into the other room, but it was equally deserted. Then I rushed up the stairs, only to find two other rooms empty and deserted at the top. There was no one at all in the whole house.

kettle - केतली

coiled - मोड़ना, लपेटना, काँयल, अंतर्गर्भाशयी यंत्र, लच्छा

The furniture and pictures were of the most common and vulgar description, save in the one chamber at the window of which I had seen the strange face. That was comfortable and elegant, and all my suspicions rose into a fierce bitter flame when I saw that on the mantelpiece stood a copy of a full-length photograph of my wife, which had been taken at my request only three months ago.

vulgar - वल्गर, अश्लील

chamber - सभा, सदन, कमरा, कचहरी, कोठरी, कक्ष, कक्षिका, कोष्ठ

mantelpiece - अग्निकोष्ठ के ऊपर का ताक, अग्निकोष्ठ के ऊपर का ताक

"I stayed long enough to make certain that the house was absolutely empty. Then I left it, feeling a weight at my heart such as I had never had before. My wife came out into the hall as I entered my house; but I was too hurt and angry to speak with her, and pushing past her, I made my way into my study. She followed me, however, before I could close the door.

"'I am sorry that I broke my promise, Jack,'said she; 'but if you knew all the circumstances I am sure that you would forgive me.'

"'Tell me everything, then,'said I.

"'I cannot, Jack, I cannot,'she cried.

"'Until you tell me who it is that has been living in that cottage, and who it is to whom you have given that photograph, there can never be any confidence between us,'said I, and breaking away from her, I left the house. That was yesterday, Mr. Holmes, and I have not seen her since, nor do I know anything more about this strange business.

breaking away - दूर हटना

It is the first shadow that has come between us, and it has so shaken me that I do not know what I should do for the best. Suddenly this morning it occurred to me that you were the man to advise me, so I have hurried to you now, and I place myself unreservedly in your hands. If there is any point which I have not made clear, pray question me about it.

unreservedly - खुल कर, पूर्णरूप से/स्पष्टता से

But, above all, tell me quickly what I am to do, for this misery is more than I can bear."

Holmes and I had listened with the utmost interest to this extraordinary statement, which had been delivered in the jerky, broken fashion of a man who is under the influence of extreme emotions. My companion sat silent for some time, with his chin upon his hand, lost in thought.

utmost - अत्यधिक, अंतिम, अधिकतम/परिमाण/पराकाष्ठा, अत्यन्त/निपट/परम

"Tell me," said he at last, "could you swear that this was a man's face which you saw at the window?"

"Each time that I saw it I was some distance away from it, so that it is impossible for me to say."

"You appear, however, to have been disagreeably impressed by it."

"It seemed to be of an unnatural color, and to have a strange rigidity about the features. When I approached, it vanished with a jerk."

rigidity - कठोरता, कड़ापन, जड़ता

vanished - ओझल हो जाना, समाप्त हो जाना, लुप्त होना, समाप्त हो जाना

jerk - धक्का, झटका, मूर्ख

"How long is it since your wife asked you for a hundred pounds?"

"Nearly two months."

"Have you ever seen a photograph of her first husband?"

"No; there was a great fire at Atlanta very shortly after his death, and all her papers were destroyed."

"And yet she had a certificate of death. You say that you saw it."

"Yes; she got a duplicate after the fire."

"Did you ever meet any one who knew her in America?"


"Did she ever talk of revisiting the place?"

revisiting - दुबारा चर्चा करना, दुबारा यात्रा करना, दुबारा यात्रा करना


"Or get letters from it?"


"Thank you. I should like to think over the matter a little now. If the cottage is now permanently deserted we may have some difficulty. If, on the other hand, as I fancy is more likely, the inmates were warned of your coming, and left before you entered yesterday, then they may be back now, and we should clear it all up easily.

think over - विचार करना

Let me advise you, then, to return to Norbury, and to examine the windows of the cottage again. If you have reason to believe that it is inhabited, do not force your way in, but send a wire to my friend and me. We shall be with you within an hour of receiving it, and we shall then very soon get to the bottom of the business."

"And if it is still empty?"

"In that case I shall come out to-morrow and talk it over with you. Good-by; and, above all, do not fret until you know that you really have a cause for it."

good-by - (good-by) अलविदा

fret - चिन्ता प्रकट करना

"I am afraid that this is a bad business, Watson," said my companion, as he returned after accompanying Mr. Grant Munro to the door. "What do you make of it?"

What do you make of it? - आप इससे क्या निष्कर्ष लेते हैं?

"It had an ugly sound," I answered.

"Yes. There's blackmail in it, or I am much mistaken."

blackmail - भयादोहन, ब्लैकमेल

"And who is the blackmailer?"

blackmailer - ब्लैकमेल करने वाला, भयादोहक

"Well, it must be the creature who lives in the only comfortable room in the place, and has her photograph above his fireplace. Upon my word, Watson, there is something very attractive about that livid face at the window, and I would not have missed the case for worlds."

fireplace - चिमनी

"You have a theory?"

"Yes, a provisional one. But I shall be surprised if it does not turn out to be correct. This woman's first husband is in that cottage."

provisional - अस्थायी

"Why do you think so?"

"How else can we explain her frenzied anxiety that her second one should not enter it? The facts, as I read them, are something like this: This woman was married in America. Her husband developed some hateful qualities; or shall we say that he contracted some loathsome disease, and became a leper or an imbecile?

frenzied - पागलपन, उन्माद

hateful - घृणित

loathsome - घृणित, बीभत्स, घृणास्पद, घृणा कारक

leper - परित्यक्त, कोढ़ी, चरकी

imbecile - मूर्ख

She flies from him at last, returns to England, changes her name, and starts her life, as she thinks, afresh.

afresh - फिर से शुरुआत

She has been married three years, and believes that her position is quite secure, having shown her husband the death certificate of some man whose name she has assumed, when suddenly her whereabouts is discovered by her first husband; or, we may suppose, by some unscrupulous woman who has attached herself to the invalid. They write to the wife, and threaten to come and expose her.

whereabouts - ठिकाना, अता पता, ठौर ठिकाना, (whereabout) ठिकाना

unscrupulous - अनैतिक

invalid - अविधिमान्य, अमान्य

She asks for a hundred pounds, and endeavors to buy them off. They come in spite of it, and when the husband mentions casually to the wife that there are new-comers in the cottage, she knows in some way that they are her pursuers. She waits until her husband is asleep, and then she rushes down to endeavor to persuade them to leave her in peace.

endeavors - प्रयास, प्रयत्न, प्रयत्न करना, प्रयत्न करना, प्रयास करना

casually - सादे ढंग से, यूँ ही, यूँ ही, अकस्मात से

pursuers - खोजने वाला, पीछा करने वाला

Having no success, she goes again next morning, and her husband meets her, as he has told us, as she comes out. She promises him then not to go there again, but two days afterwards the hope of getting rid of those dreadful neighbors was too strong for her, and she made another attempt, taking down with her the photograph which had probably been demanded from her.

demanded from - अनुरोध किया गया

In the midst of this interview the maid rushed in to say that the master had come home, on which the wife, knowing that he would come straight down to the cottage, hurried the inmates out at the back door, into the grove of fir-trees, probably, which was mentioned as standing near. In this way he found the place deserted.

midst - बीच

fir-trees - (fir-trees) देवदार

I shall be very much surprised, however, if it is still so when he reconnoitres it this evening. What do you think of my theory?"

"It is all surmise."

"But at least it covers all the facts. When new facts come to our knowledge which cannot be covered by it, it will be time enough to reconsider it. We can do nothing more until we have a message from our friend at Norbury."

reconsider - फिर देखना, पुनर्विचार करना, फिर से सोचना, फिर से सोचना

But we had not a very long time to wait for that. It came just as we had finished our tea. "The cottage is still tenanted," it said. "Have seen the face again at the window. Will meet the seven o'clock train, and will take no steps until you arrive."

tenanted - किराएदार की हैसियत से रहना, किरायेदार, किराये पर होना, किराएदार

He was waiting on the platform when we stepped out, and we could see in the light of the station lamps that he was very pale, and quivering with agitation.

quivering - कंपन, तुणीर, झुरझुरी, तरकश, झपक, काँपना, हलके से कापना

"They are still there, Mr. Holmes," said he, laying his hand hard upon my friend's sleeve. "I saw lights in the cottage as I came down. We shall settle it now once and for all."

"What is your plan, then?" asked Holmes, as he walked down the dark tree-lined road.

"I am going to force my way in and see for myself who is in the house. I wish you both to be there as witnesses."

"You are quite determined to do this, in spite of your wife's warning that it is better that you should not solve the mystery?"

"Yes, I am determined."

"Well, I think that you are in the right. Any truth is better than indefinite doubt. We had better go up at once. Of course, legally, we are putting ourselves hopelessly in the wrong; but I think that it is worth it."

indefinite - अनिश्चित, संदेहास्पद, अनिश्चित कालीन, अनिश्चित कालीन

legally - कानूनन

hopelessly - निराशाजनक ढंग से, निराशाजनक ढंग से, निराशा से

It was a very dark night, and a thin rain began to fall as we turned from the high road into a narrow lane, deeply rutted, with hedges on either side. Mr. Grant Munro pushed impatiently forward, however, and we stumbled after him as best we could.

rutted - कामोत्तेजना, कामोन्माद, लकीर डालना, पहिये से बनी लकीर

hedges - हिचकिचाना, बचाव, बाड, घेरे रहना, घेरे रहना, बाड़ लगाना

impatiently - अधीरतापूर्वक, अधीरत से

stumbled - गिरना, ठोकर, भूल करना, ठोकर खाना, लड़खड़ाते हुए चलना

"There are the lights of my house," he murmured, pointing to a glimmer among the trees. "And here is the cottage which I am going to enter."

glimmer - टिमटिमाना

We turned a corner in the lane as he spoke, and there was the building close beside us. A yellow bar falling across the black foreground showed that the door was not quite closed, and one window in the upper story was brightly illuminated. As we looked, we saw a dark blur moving across the blind.

foreground - अग्रभूमि, सर्वप्रमुख स्थान, सर्वप्रमुख स्थान

brightly - उल्लसित हो कर, उल्लसित हो कर, उज्ज्वलता से, उज्ज्वलता से

blur - धब्बा, विकृत करना, धुंधला करना

"There is that creature!" cried Grant Munro. "You can see for yourselves that some one is there. Now follow me, and we shall soon know all."

We approached the door; but suddenly a woman appeared out of the shadow and stood in the golden track of the lamp-light. I could not see her face in the darkness, but her arms were thrown out in an attitude of entreaty.

"For God's sake, don't Jack!" she cried. "I had a presentiment that you would come this evening. Think better of it, dear! Trust me again, and you will never have cause to regret it."

presentiment - पूर्वबोध, पूर्वाभास

"I have trusted you too long, Effie," he cried, sternly. "Leave go of me! I must pass you. My friends and I are going to settle this matter once and forever!" He pushed her to one side, and we followed closely after him. As he threw the door open an old woman ran out in front of him and tried to bar his passage, but he thrust her back, and an instant afterwards we were all upon the stairs.

Grant Munro rushed into the lighted room at the top, and we entered at his heels.

It was a cosey, well-furnished apartment, with two candles burning upon the table and two upon the mantelpiece. In the corner, stooping over a desk, there sat what appeared to be a little girl. Her face was turned away as we entered, but we could see that she was dressed in a red frock, and that she had long white gloves on. As she whisked round to us, I gave a cry of surprise and horror.

cosey - कोसी

furnished - सुस्सजित करना, प्रस्तुत करना, देना{आवश्यक सामग्री}, सजाना

stooping - झुक कर खड़ा होना, झुकना, नीचे गिरना, झुकाव, झपट्टा मारना

whisked - चुपके से हटा लेना, , झाड़न, फुरती से ले जाना, फेंटनी

The face which she turned towards us was of the strangest livid tint, and the features were absolutely devoid of any expression. An instant later the mystery was explained. Holmes, with a laugh, passed his hand behind the child's ear, a mask peeled off from her countenance, and there was a little coal black negress, with all her white teeth flashing in amusement at our amazed faces.

tint - हलका रंग

devoid - रहित

mask - मुखावरण, आवरण

peeled off - तीन पिसा गया

countenance - समर्थन, मुखाकृति, अनुमोदन करना

negress - नीग्रो लड़की, नीग्रो महिला, नीग्रो लड़की

I burst out laughing, out of sympathy with her merriment; but Grant Munro stood staring, with his hand clutching his throat.

merriment - विनोद r=vinod

clutching - क्लच, अण्डो का समुच्चय, उपक कर पकड़ना

"My God!" he cried. "What can be the meaning of this?"

"I will tell you the meaning of it," cried the lady, sweeping into the room with a proud, set face. "You have forced me, against my own judgment, to tell you, and now we must both make the best of it. My husband died at Atlanta. My child survived."

judgment - विचार, जाँच, समझ, विवेक, अनुमान, निर्णय, दुर्भाग्य, मुल्यांकन

"Your child?"

She drew a large silver locket from her bosom. "You have never seen this open."

locket - लकेट, लॉकेट

bosom - मन में रखना, छाती

"I understood that it did not open."

She touched a spring, and the front hinged back. There was a portrait within of a man strikingly handsome and intelligent-looking, but bearing unmistakable signs upon his features of his African descent.

hinged - कब्जे पर लगाना, कब्जा, कब्जे पर घूमना/निर्भर रहना

strikingly - असाधारण रूप से, आश्चर्यजनक ढंग से

handsome - ख़ूबसूरत

unmistakable - सुस्पष्ट, असंदिग्ध

descent - कुल, वंश परंपरा, वंशज, पतन, उतार, वंश परंपरा, उतराई, उद्भव

"That is John Hebron, of Atlanta," said the lady, "and a nobler man never walked the earth. I cut myself off from my race in order to wed him, but never once while he lived did I for an instant regret it. It was our misfortune that our only child took after his people rather than mine. It is often so in such matches, and little Lucy is darker far than ever her father was.

nobler - बहुत अच्छा, उतम, शानदार, प्रभावशाली, कुलीन, उत्कृष्ट, वैभवपूर्ण

wed - बुध

misfortune - दुर्भाग्य, बदकिस्मती, अवदशा

took after - उठाया

Lucy - female given name

But dark or fair, she is my own dear little girlie, and her mother's pet." The little creature ran across at the words and nestled up against the lady's dress. "When I left her in America," she continued, "it was only because her health was weak, and the change might have done her harm. She was given to the care of a faithful Scotch woman who had once been our servant.

girlie - लड़की

nestled - बसा होना, लिपटा लेना, सटकर आराम से लेटे रहना, चिपट जाना

faithful - निष्ठावान, वफ़ादार

Never for an instant did I dream of disowning her as my child. But when chance threw you in my way, Jack, and I learned to love you, I feared to tell you about my child. God forgive me, I feared that I should lose you, and I had not the courage to tell you. I had to choose between you, and in my weakness I turned away from my own little girl.

disowning - परित्याग करना, अंगीकार न करना

For three years I have kept her existence a secret from you, but I heard from the nurse, and I knew that all was well with her. At last, however, there came an overwhelming desire to see the child once more. I struggled against it, but in vain. Though I knew the danger, I determined to have the child over, if it were but for a few weeks.

overwhelming - पराजित करना, वश में करना, विह्वल होना, छा जाना, अभिभुत होना

vain - व्यर्थ, अहंकारी, खोखला, असार

I sent a hundred pounds to the nurse, and I gave her instructions about this cottage, so that she might come as a neighbor, without my appearing to be in any way connected with her.

I pushed my precautions so far as to order her to keep the child in the house during the daytime, and to cover up her little face and hands so that even those who might see her at the window should not gossip about there being a black child in the neighborhood. If I had been less cautious I might have been more wise, but I was half crazy with fear that you should learn the truth.

precautions - गर्भनिरोधक उपाय, एहतियात, सावधानी, पूर्वोपाय

daytime - दिन, दिन के समय, दिन के समय

gossip - गप-शप, अफ़वाह

neighborhood - अड़ोस-पड़ोस

cautious - सावधान, सतर्क

"It was you who told me first that the cottage was occupied. I should have waited for the morning, but I could not sleep for excitement, and so at last I slipped out, knowing how difficult it is to awake you. But you saw me go, and that was the beginning of my troubles. Next day you had my secret at your mercy, but you nobly refrained from pursuing your advantage.

nobly - उदारता के साथ, उदारता के साथ

refrained - दूर रहना, आड़ना, स्थायी, परहेज करना, टेक, चिर परिचित पुकार

Three days later, however, the nurse and child only just escaped from the back door as you rushed in at the front one. And now to-night you at last know all, and I ask you what is to become of us, my child and me?" She clasped her hands and waited for an answer.

It was a long ten minutes before Grant Munro broke the silence, and when his answer came it was one of which I love to think. He lifted the little child, kissed her, and then, still carrying her, he held his other hand out to his wife and turned towards the door.

"We can talk it over more comfortably at home," said he. "I am not a very good man, Effie, but I think that I am a better one than you have given me credit for being."

Holmes and I followed them down the lane, and my friend plucked at my sleeve as we came out.

"I think," said he, "that we shall be of more use in London than in Norbury."

Not another word did he say of the case until late that night, when he was turning away, with his lighted candle, for his bedroom.

"Watson," said he, "if it should ever strike you that I am getting a little over-confident in my powers, or giving less pains to a case than it deserves, kindly whisper 'Norbury'in my ear, and I shall be infinitely obliged to you."

Chapter III. The Stock-Broker's Clerk

broker - दलाल

Shortly after my marriage I had bought a connection in the Paddington district. Old Mr. Farquhar, from whom I purchased it, had at one time an excellent general practice; but his age, and an affliction of the nature of St. Vitus's dance from which he suffered, had very much thinned it.

affliction - पीड़ा, रोग, मुसीबत, दुःख, असुख

The public not unnaturally goes on the principle that he who would heal others must himself be whole, and looks askance at the curative powers of the man whose own case is beyond the reach of his drugs. Thus as my predecessor weakened his practice declined, until when I purchased it from him it had sunk from twelve hundred to little more than three hundred a year.

unnaturally - कृत्रिम रूप से, अस्वाभाविक ढंग से, असहज रूप से

askance - संदेह से

curative - आरोग्यकर, उपचारात्मक, आरोग्यकर पदार्थ, गुणकारी

predecessor - पूर्वज, पूर्ववर्ती, पूर्व अधिकारी

weakened - शिथिल होना, कमजोर हो जाना, कमजोर बना देना, कमजोर बना देना

I had confidence, however, in my own youth and energy, and was convinced that in a very few years the concern would be as flourishing as ever.

flourishing - अलंकरण, हाव भाव से, फलना फूल् होना, संपन्न होना, अलंकृत भाषा

For three months after taking over the practice I was kept very closely at work, and saw little of my friend Sherlock Holmes, for I was too busy to visit Baker Street, and he seldom went anywhere himself save upon professional business.

I was surprised, therefore, when, one morning in June, as I sat reading the British Medical Journal after breakfast, I heard a ring at the bell, followed by the high, somewhat strident tones of my old companion's voice.

strident - कर्कश, तीक्ष्ण, , पक्का, कर्णभेदी

"Ah, my dear Watson," said he, striding into the room, "I am very delighted to see you! I trust that Mrs. Watson has entirely recovered from all the little excitements connected with our adventure of the Sign of Four."

striding - प्रगति, लम्बे डग भरना, लम्बे डग, लंबे डग लेकर चलना

"Thank you, we are both very well," said I, shaking him warmly by the hand.

warmly - उत्साह से, स्नेह से, गरम ढंग से, गर्मजोशी से

"And I hope, also," he continued, sitting down in the rocking-chair, "that the cares of medical practice have not entirely obliterated the interest which you used to take in our little deductive problems."

obliterated - मिटा देना, मिटाना, पूरा बूझाँ देना/नष्ट करना, धुँधला कर देना

deductive - निगनात्मक, निगमनिक

"On the contrary," I answered, "it was only last night that I was looking over my old notes, and classifying some of our past results."

"I trust that you don't consider your collection closed."

"Not at all. I should wish nothing better than to have some more of such experiences."

"To-day, for example?"

"Yes, to-day, if you like."

"And as far off as Birmingham?"

Birmingham - बरमिंघम

"Certainly, if you wish it."

"And the practice?"

"I do my neighbor's when he goes. He is always ready to work off the debt."

work off - काम करना

"Ha! Nothing could be better," said Holmes, leaning back in his chair and looking keenly at me from under his half closed lids. "I perceive that you have been unwell lately. Summer colds are always a little trying."

ha - एच ए, ओह!, एच ए, हा

lids - रोकना, ढक्कन, रूकावट, आच्छद, आच्छादन, ढकना

unwell - अस्वस्थ

"I was confined to the house by a severe chill for three days last week. I thought, however, that I had cast off every trace of it."

confined - कैद रखना, सीमा, सीमीत रखना, सीमीत रखना, सीमाबद्ध करना

"So you have. You look remarkably robust."

robust - असभ्य, ज़बर्दस्त, स्वस्थ, सुदृढ़, मज़बूत

"How, then, did you know of it?"

"My dear fellow, you know my methods."

"You deduced it, then?"

deduced - अनुमान लगाना, परिणाम निकालना


"And from what?"

"From your slippers."

slippers - हवाई चप्पल, स्लीपर, फिसलने वाला, हवाई चप्पल

I glanced down at the new patent leathers which I was wearing. "How on earth"" I began, but Holmes answered my question before it was asked.

patent - पेटेंट, एकस्व, सुन्दर तरीका

"Your slippers are new," he said. "You could not have had them more than a few weeks. The soles which you are at this moment presenting to me are slightly scorched. For a moment I thought they might have got wet and been burned in the drying. But near the instep there is a small circular wafer of paper with the shopman's hieroglyphics upon it. Damp would of course have removed this.

soles - तल्ला, पूरा, कुकुरजीभी, एकमात्र, तल्ला लगाना, पैर की तलवा, तलवा

scorched - जलना, बरबाद कर देना, जला देना, बरबाद कर देना, झुलस जाना

instep - पैर का ऊपरी मध्य भाग

circular - वृत्तीय, वर्तुल, गोल, वृत्ताकार

wafer - कुरकुरा बिस्कुट, पतली रोटी, टुकड़ा, टिकिया से बंद करना

shopman - दुकानदार

hieroglyphics - चित्रलिपीय

damp - कम करना, गीला, नमी, नम करना, आद्र, सीलन, नम/गीला

You had, then, been sitting with your feet outstretched to the fire, which a man would hardly do even in so wet a June as this if he were in his full health."

outstretched - फैला हुआ, फैलाया हुआ

Like all Holmes's reasoning the thing seemed simplicity itself when it was once explained. He read the thought upon my features, and his smile had a tinge of bitterness.

simplicity - सहजता, सरलता, भोलापन, सादगी

tinge - झलक, भर देना, रंग देना, हल्का सा पुट, आभा, हल्का सा रंग चढ़ाना

bitterness - तीखापन, कटुता, तीक्ष्णता, शोक, कटु स्वभाव, कड़ुवापन, दुःख, द्वेश

"I am afraid that I rather give myself away when I explain," said he. "Results without causes are much more impressive. You are ready to come to Birmingham, then?"

"Certainly. What is the case?"

"You shall hear it all in the train. My client is outside in a four-wheeler. Can you come at once?"

wheeler - साइकिल सवार, पहिये के निकट का घोड़ा, व्हीलर, बढ़ई

"In an instant." I scribbled a note to my neighbor, rushed upstairs to explain the matter to my wife, and joined Holmes upon the door-step.

scribbled - घसीटना

"Your neighbor is a doctor," said he, nodding at the brass plate.

brass - पीतल

"Yes; he bought a practice as I did."

"An old-established one?"

"Just the same as mine. Both have been ever since the houses were built."

"Ah! Then you got hold of the best of the two."

"I think I did. But how do you know?"

"By the steps, my boy. Yours are worn three inches deeper than his. But this gentleman in the cab is my client, Mr. Hall Pycroft. Allow me to introduce you to him. Whip your horse up, cabby, for we have only just time to catch our train."

whip - चाबुक, हंटर, कोड़ा

cabby - टैक्सी ड्राइवर

The man whom I found myself facing was a well built, fresh-complexioned young fellow, with a frank, honest face and a slight, crisp, yellow mustache.

complexioned - वर्ण, स्वरूप

crisp - खरा, तीव्र, छल्लेदार, कुरकुरा बनाना, फुर्तीला, कुरकुरा बनाना

mustache - मूँछ

He wore a very shiny top hat and a neat suit of sober black, which made him look what he was"a smart young City man, of the class who have been labeled cockneys, but who give us our crack volunteer regiments, and who turn out more fine athletes and sportsmen than any body of men in these islands.

sober - गंभीर कर देना, गंभीर, सादा, संयमी/समझदार, अमत्त, मासूम

cockneys - लंदनिया, लंदनियाआ

regiments - दल, अनुशासित करना, सैन्य दल संगठित करना, अधिक संख्या

sportsmen - निष्पप्ष भावना के स्था खेलने वाला खिलाड़ी, खिलाड़ी

His round, ruddy face was naturally full of cheeriness, but the corners of his mouth seemed to me to be pulled down in a half-comical distress. It was not, however, until we were all in a first-class carriage and well started upon our journey to Birmingham that I was able to learn what the trouble was which had driven him to Sherlock Holmes.

cheeriness - उत्साह

comical - हास्यास्पद, ठठोलिया

distress - दुःख होना, कठिनाई, दुःख होना, विपत्तिजनक स्थिति

"We have a clear run here of seventy minutes," Holmes remarked. "I want you, Mr. Hall Pycroft, to tell my friend your very interesting experience exactly as you have told it to me, or with more detail if possible. It will be of use to me to hear the succession of events again.

succession - उत्तराधिकार, सिलसिला, ताँता

It is a case, Watson, which may prove to have something in it, or may prove to have nothing, but which, at least, presents those unusual and outré features which are as dear to you as they are to me. Now, Mr. Pycroft, I shall not interrupt you again."

Our young companion looked at me with a twinkle in his eye.

Twinkle - चमक, जोश, टिमटिमाना, चमकना, जगमगाहट, झिलमिलाहट, झिलमिलाना

"The worst of the story is," said he, "that I show myself up as such a confounded fool. Of course it may work out all right, and I don't see that I could have done otherwise; but if I have lost my crib and get nothing in exchange I shall feel what a soft Johnnie I have been. I'm not very good at telling a story, Dr. Watson, but it is like this with me:

confounded - पराजित करना, गलत साबित करना, हतबुद्धि कर देना, हक्का बक्का करना

crib - क्रिबिज, यीशु की जन्म झाँकी, चरनी, घर, पालना, नकल पर्ची

"I used to have a billet at Coxon & Woodhouse's, of Draper's Gardens, but they were let in early in the spring through the Venezuelan loan, as no doubt you remember, and came a nasty cropper. I had been with them five years, and old Coxon gave me a ripping good testimonial when the smash came, but of course we clerks were all turned adrift, the twenty-seven of us.

billet - निवास स्थान, ठिकाना

Woodhouse - वुडहाउस

Draper - बजाज

Venezuelan - वैनेज़ुएलाई, वैनेज़ुएला का, वैनेज़ुएलावासी

cropper - क्रोपर

ripping - चीरा, चीर, अशांत जल क्षेत्र, फटना, फाड़ना

testimonial - प्रमाण पत्र, गवाही, प्रशंसा पत्र

smash - ज़बर्दस्त रूप से सफल, टुकड़े टुकड़े हो जाना, टकराव, ज़ोरसे मारना

adrift - पीछे, ढीला, तैरता हुआ, इधर उधर बहते हुए, इधर उधर बहता हुआ

I tried here and tried there, but there were lots of other chaps on the same lay as myself, and it was a perfect frost for a long time. I had been taking three pounds a week at Coxon's, and I had saved about seventy of them, but I soon worked my way through that and out at the other end.

chaps - फटाव, दरार, आदमी, गाल, जबड़ा, फटना, लड़का, दरकाना, बिवाई, छोकरा

frost - पाला, केक को चीनी के बुरादे से सजाना, आइसिंग करना

I was fairly at the end of my tether at last, and could hardly find the stamps to answer the advertisements or the envelopes to stick them to. I had worn out my boots paddling up office stairs, and I seemed just as far from getting a billet as ever.

paddling - पैडलिंग, (paddle) पैडलिंग

"At last I saw a vacancy at Mawson & Williams's, the great stock-broking firm in Lombard Street. I dare say E. C. is not much in your line, but I can tell you that this is about the richest house in London. The advertisement was to be answered by letter only. I sent in my testimonial and application, but without the least hope of getting it.

vacancy - खाली जगह, अवकाश, खाली स्थान, शून्यता, खाली कमरा, रिक्त पद

Williams - विलियम्स

broking - ब्रोकिंग

Lombard - member of a Germanic people, native of Lombardy

Back came an answer by return, saying that if I would appear next Monday I might take over my new duties at once, provided that my appearance was satisfactory. No one knows how these things are worked. Some people say that the manager just plunges his hand into the heap and takes the first that comes. Anyhow it was my innings that time, and I don't ever wish to feel better pleased.

by return - वापसी द्वारा

satisfactory - संतोषप्रद, सन्तोषजनक, संतोषजनक

plunges - उछाल आना, फँसाना, प्रवेश करना, घुसेड़ना, डुबकी, डूबना, गोता

innings - पारी

The screw was a pound a week rise, and the duties just about the same as at Coxon's.

screw - मोड़ना, संभोग करना, कंजूस, जेलर, केतकी, कागपेंच, दबाव डालना

"And now I come to the queer part of the business. I was in diggings out Hampstead way, 17 Potter's Terrace. Well, I was sitting doing a smoke that very evening after I had been promised the appointment, when up came my landlady with a card which had 'Arthur Pinner, Financial Agent,'printed upon it.

queer - अजीब, अनोखा, बेढंग

Potter - कुम्हार

terrace - बरामदा

landlady - मकान मालकिन, मालकिन, मकान मालकीन, जमीदारिन

I had never heard the name before and could not imagine what he wanted with me; but, of course, I asked her to show him up. In he walked, a middle-sized, dark-haired, dark-eyed, black-bearded man, with a touch of the Sheeny about his nose. He had a brisk kind of way with him and spoke sharply, like a man who knew the value of time."

haired - एक विशेष प्रकार के बाल

bearded - खुलेआम विरोध करना, दाढी नोचना, गलमुच्छ

Sheeny - यहूदी, चमकीला

brisk - फुरतीला

sharply - कटुतापूर्वक, तीक्ष्णता से, तेजी से

"'Mr. Hall Pycroft, I believe?'" said he.

"'Yes, sir,'I answered, pushing a chair towards him.

"'Lately engaged at Coxon & Woodhouse's?'

"'Yes, sir.'

"'And now on the staff of Mawson's.'

"'Quite so.'

"'Well,'said he, 'the fact is that I have heard some really extraordinary stories about your financial ability. You remember Parker, who used to be Coxon's manager? He can never say enough about it.'

"Of course I was pleased to hear this. I had always been pretty sharp in the office, but I had never dreamed that I was talked about in the City in this fashion.

"'You have a good memory?'said he.

"'Pretty fair,'I answered, modestly.

modestly - संकोचशील ढंग से, संकोचशील ढंग से, संकोच से

"'Have you kept in touch with the market while you have been out of work?'he asked.

"'Yes. I read the stock exchange list every morning.'

stock exchange list - शेयर बाजार सूची

"'Now that shows real application!'he cried. 'That is the way to prosper! You won't mind my testing you, will you? Let me see. How are Ayrshires?'

Prosper - संपन्न होना, समृद्ध होना, संपन्न होना, सफल होना

"'A hundred and six and a quarter to a hundred and five and seven-eighths.'

eighths - आठवाँ, आठ, आठवाँ भाग, आठवाँ भाग

"'And New Zealand consolidated?'

Zealand - ज़ीलैंड

consolidated - मजबूत बनाना, मजबूत बनाना, मिल जाना, ठोस होना/करना, मिल जाना

"'A hundred and four.

"'And British Broken Hills?'

"'Seven to seven-and-six.'

"'Wonderful!'he cried, with his hands up. 'This quite fits in with all that I had heard. My boy, my boy, you are very much too good to be a clerk at Mawson's!'

"This outburst rather astonished me, as you can think. 'Well,'said I, 'other people don't think quite so much of me as you seem to do, Mr. Pinner. I had a hard enough fight to get this berth, and I am very glad to have it.'

outburst - प्रकोप, आवेग, प्रक्षोभ, समुद्घात

astonished - ठगा सा, आश्चर्य होना, चकित करना, चकित कर देना

berth - बर्थ

"'Pooh, man; you should soar above it. You are not in your true sphere. Now, I'll tell you how it stands with me. What I have to offer is little enough when measured by your ability, but when compared with Mawson's, it's light to dark. Let me see. When do you go to Mawson's?'

Pooh - ओफ/ओह, छी

soar - उड़ना, तेज़ि से बढ़ना, बहुत वृद्धि होना, बहुत बढ़ना

sphere - गोला

"'On Monday.'

"'Ha, ha! I think I would risk a little sporting flutter that you don't go there at all.'

flutter - उत्तेजना, घबराहट, उतार चढाव, लहराना, हिलाना, फड़काअना

"'Not go to Mawson's?'

"'No, sir. By that day you will be the business manager of the Franco-Midland Hardware Company, Limited, with a hundred and thirty-four branches in the towns and villages of France, not counting one in Brussels and one in San Remo.'

Midland - देश का भीतरी भाग, देश का भीतरी भाग, मध्य देशीय, मिडलैंड

Hardware - हार्डवेयर

Brussels - ब्रूसेल्स

"This took my breath away. 'I never heard of it,'said I.

"'Very likely not. It has been kept very quiet, for the capital was all privately subscribed, and it's too good a thing to let the public into. My brother, Harry Pinner, is promoter, and joins the board after allotment as managing director. He knew I was in the swim down here, and asked me to pick up a good man cheap. A young, pushing man with plenty of snap about him.

privately - व्यक्तिगत रूप से

subscribed - चंदा देना, का ग्राहक होना, ग्राहक बनाना, मँगाना

Harry - हैरी

promoter - समर्थक, प्रोत्साहक

allotment - हिस्सा, आवंटनअ, आबंटन, अन्तरण, बटाई

snap - प्रेस बटन, टूटना, काट लेना, गुर्राना, तात्कालिक/फ़ौरी/आसु

Parker spoke of you, and that brought me here to-night. We can only offer you a beggarly five hundred to start with.'

beggarly - भीख की तरह, भिखाषियों के समान, भीख की तरह, बहुत कम और सस्ता

"'Five hundred a year!'I shouted.

"'Only that at the beginning; but you are to have an overriding commission of one per cent on all business done by your agents, and you may take my word for it that this will come to more than your salary.'

business done - व्यापार किया गया

"'But I know nothing about hardware.'

"'Tut, my boy; you know about figures.'

"My head buzzed, and I could hardly sit still in my chair. But suddenly a little chill of doubt came upon me.

buzzed - गूँज, मार्ग में बाधा डालना, माहौल, भनभनाना, रोमांच, कोलाहल

"'I must be frank with you,'said I. 'Mawson only gives me two hundred, but Mawson is safe. Now, really, I know so little about your company that"'

"'Ah, smart, smart!'he cried, in a kind of ecstasy of delight. 'You are the very man for us. You are not to be talked over, and quite right, too. Now, here's a note for a hundred pounds, and if you think that we can do business you may just slip it into your pocket as an advance upon your salary.'

ecstasy - अति आह्लाद, एक्सटेसी, परम आनंद, हर्षोन्माद, आनन्दातिरेक

"'That is very handsome,'said I. 'When should I take over my new duties?'

"'Be in Birmingham to-morrow at one,'said he. 'I have a note in my pocket here which you will take to my brother. You will find him at 126b Corporation Street, where the temporary offices of the company are situated. Of course he must confirm your engagement, but between ourselves it will be all right.'

"'Really, I hardly know how to express my gratitude, Mr. Pinner,'said I.

gratitude - आभार, कृतज्ञता, शुक्र r=śukr

"'Not at all, my boy. You have only got your deserts. There are one or two small things"mere formalities"which I must arrange with you. You have a bit of paper beside you there. Kindly write upon it "I am perfectly willing to act as business manager to the Franco-Midland Hardware Company, Limited, at a minimum salary of L500."'

mere - केवल

formalities - शिष्टाचार, औपचारिकता, बाह्याचार

"I did as he asked, and he put the paper in his pocket.

"'There is one other detail,'said he. 'What do you intend to do about Mawson's?'

"I had forgotten all about Mawson's in my joy. 'I'll write and resign,'said I.

"'Precisely what I don't want you to do. I had a row over you with Mawson's manager. I had gone up to ask him about you, and he was very offensive; accused me of coaxing you away from the service of the firm, and that sort of thing. At last I fairly lost my temper. "If you want good men you should pay them a good price," said I.'

coaxing - मनाना

temper - लचकीला बनाना, कम करना, गुस्सा, तैयार करना, प्रकृति, बोझ, मनोदशा

"'He would rather have our small price than your big one,'said he.

"'I'll lay you a fiver,'said I, 'that when he has my offer you'll never so much as hear from him again.'

"'Done!'said he. 'We picked him out of the gutter, and he won't leave us so easily.'Those were his very words."

gutter - नाली

"'The impudent scoundrel!'I cried. 'I've never so much as seen him in my life. Why should I consider him in any way? I shall certainly not write if you would rather I didn't.'

impudent - अविवेकी, अक्खड़, निर्लज्ज, अलज्ज, अशील

"'Good! That's a promise,'said he, rising from his chair. 'Well, I'm delighted to have got so good a man for my brother. Here's your advance of a hundred pounds, and here is the letter. Make a note of the address, 126b Corporation Street, and remember that one o'clock to-morrow is your appointment. Good-night; and may you have all the fortune that you deserve!'

"That's just about all that passed between us, as near as I can remember. You can imagine, Dr. Watson, how pleased I was at such an extraordinary bit of good fortune. I sat up half the night hugging myself over it, and next day I was off to Birmingham in a train that would take me in plenty time for my appointment.

hugging - आलिंगन, आलिंगन करना, सटा लेना, सीने से लगाना, लगा होना

I took my things to a hotel in New Street, and then I made my way to the address which had been given me.

"It was a quarter of an hour before my time, but I thought that would make no difference. 126b was a passage between two large shops, which led to a winding stone stair, from which there were many flats, let as offices to companies or professional men. The names of the occupants were painted at the bottom on the wall, but there was no such name as the Franco-Midland Hardware Company, Limited.

winding - घुमावदार, घुमाव, चक्कर, टेढ़ा मेढ़ा, (wind)

occupants - सवारी, अधिभोक्ता/अधिवासी

I stood for a few minutes with my heart in my boots, wondering whether the whole thing was an elaborate hoax or not, when up came a man and addressed me. He was very like the chap I had seen the night before, the same figure and voice, but he was clean shaven and his hair was lighter.

elaborate - विस्तार से बनाना, व्याख्या, व्यापक, विस्तृत करना

hoax - घोखेबाज़

chap - लड़का

"'Are you Mr. Hall Pycroft?'he asked.

"'Yes,'said I.

"'Oh! I was expecting you, but you are a trifle before your time. I had a note from my brother this morning in which he sang your praises very loudly.'

"'I was just looking for the offices when you came.

"'We have not got our name up yet, for we only secured these temporary premises last week. Come up with me, and we will talk the matter over.'

premises - प्रतिज्ञा, आधार वाक्य, प्राक्कल्पना

"I followed him to the top of a very lofty stair, and there, right under the slates, were a couple of empty, dusty little rooms, uncarpeted and uncurtained, into which he led me.

lofty - उत्कृष्ट, उदात्त, अहंकारी, गगनचुम्बी, बुलंद

slates - उम्मीदवारों की सूची, उम्मीदवारों की सूची, स्लेट

dusty - धूसर, धूल धूसरित, गंदा

uncarpeted - गलीचारहित

uncurtained - बिना पर्दे का

I had thought of a great office with shining tables and rows of clerks, such as I was used to, and I dare say I stared rather straight at the two deal chairs and one little table, which, with a ledger and a waste paper basket, made up the whole furniture.

rows - चलाना, झिड़की, पंक्ति, लगातार, मार्ग, सीट की कतार, समय, कोलाहल

ledger - बही

"'Don't be disheartened, Mr. Pycroft,'said my new acquaintance, seeing the length of my face. 'Rome was not built in a day, and we have lots of money at our backs, though we don't cut much dash yet in offices. Pray sit down, and let me have your letter.'

disheartened - मन तोड़ना

acquaintance - ज्ञान, पहचान, परिचित, परिचय, परिचित व्यक्ति, जान पहचान

Rome - रोम

"I gave it to him, and he read it over very carefully.

"'You seem to have made a vast impression upon my brother Arthur,'said he; 'and I know that he is a pretty shrewd judge. He swears by London, you know; and I by Birmingham; but this time I shall follow his advice. Pray consider yourself definitely engaged."

shrewd - समझदार, धूर्त, चतुर, समझदारीपूर्ण

"'What are my duties?'I asked.

"'You will eventually manage the great depot in Paris, which will pour a flood of English crockery into the shops of a hundred and thirty-four agents in France. The purchase will be completed in a week, and meanwhile you will remain in Birmingham and make yourself useful.'

depot - गोदाम, आगार, मालगोदाम, डिपो, कोठी, भंडार

crockery - चीनी मिट्टी के बर्तन, चीनी मिट्टी के बर्तन


"For answer, he took a big red book out of a drawer.

drawer - दराज

"'This is a directory of Paris,'said he, 'with the trades after the names of the people. I want you to take it home with you, and to mark off all the hardware sellers, with their addresses. It would be of the greatest use to me to have them.'

Directory - डायरेक्टरी

mark off - अंकित करें

sellers - विक्रेता, बैकर्ता

"'Surely there are classified lists?'I suggested.

"'Not reliable ones. Their system is different from ours. Stick at it, and let me have the lists by Monday, at twelve. Good-day, Mr. Pycroft. If you continue to show zeal and intelligence you will find the company a good master.'

zeal - उत्सुकता, जोश, औत्सुक्य, उत्साह, तत्परता, आवेश

"I went back to the hotel with the big book under my arm, and with very conflicting feelings in my breast. On the one hand, I was definitely engaged and had a hundred pounds in my pocket; on the other, the look of the offices, the absence of name on the wall, and other of the points which would strike a business man had left a bad impression as to the position of my employers.

feelings - भावना, अहसास, जज्बात

absence - अनुपस्थिति

However, come what might, I had my money, so I settled down to my task. All Sunday I was kept hard at work, and yet by Monday I had only got as far as H. I went round to my employer, found him in the same dismantled kind of room, and was told to keep at it until Wednesday, and then come again. On Wednesday it was still unfinished, so I hammered away until Friday"that is, yesterday.

dismantled - विघटित करना, टुकड़े टुकड़े करना, टुकड़े टुकड़े करना

unfinished - अधूरा, असमाप्त, असमाप्तआ

hammered - घोड़ा, घन, बरखास्त करना, दिमाग में गड़ा देना, परिश्रम करना

Then I brought it round to Mr. Harry Pinner.

"'Thank you very much,'said he; 'I fear that I underrated the difficulty of the task. This list will be of very material assistance to me.'

underrated - कम समझना, थोड़ा मोल लगा/कम आँक

"'It took some time,'said I.

"'And now,'said he, 'I want you to make a list of the furniture shops, for they all sell crockery.'

"'Very good.'

"'And you can come up to-morrow evening, at seven, and let me know how you are getting on. Don't overwork yourself. A couple of hours at Day's Music Hall in the evening would do you no harm after your labors.'He laughed as he spoke, and I saw with a thrill that his second tooth upon the left-hand side had been very badly stuffed with gold."

overwork - अत्यधिक कार्य या परिश्रम

labors - जी तोड़ कोशिश करना, मजदूर वर्ग, श्रमजीवी वर्ग, मेहनत, प्रसव

thrill - रोमांचित करना

Sherlock Holmes rubbed his hands with delight, and I stared with astonishment at our client.

"You may well look surprised, Dr. Watson; but it is this way," said he: "When I was speaking to the other chap in London, at the time that he laughed at my not going to Mawson's, I happened to notice that his tooth was stuffed in this very identical fashion. The glint of the gold in each case caught my eye, you see.

glint - चमक, चमकना, झलकना

When I put that with the voice and figure being the same, and only those things altered which might be changed by a razor or a wig, I could not doubt that it was the same man. Of course you expect two brothers to be alike, but not that they should have the same tooth stuffed in the same way. He bowed me out, and I found myself in the street, hardly knowing whether I was on my head or my heels.

razor - उस्तरा

wig - उपकेश, विग

alike - एक जैसे, एक समान, समान रूप से

Back I went to my hotel, put my head in a basin of cold water, and tried to think it out. Why had he sent me from London to Birmingham? Why had he got there before me? And why had he written a letter from himself to himself? It was altogether too much for me, and I could make no sense of it. And then suddenly it struck me that what was dark to me might be very light to Mr. Sherlock Holmes.

basin - नदी की घाटी, चिलमची, चिलमची/कुण्डी, पात्र, नदी की घाटी

I had just time to get up to town by the night train to see him this morning, and to bring you both back with me to Birmingham."

There was a pause after the stock-broker's clerk had concluded his surprising experience. Then Sherlock Holmes cocked his eye at me, leaning back on the cushions with a pleased and yet critical face, like a connoisseur who has just taken his first sip of a comet vintage.

connoisseur - पारखी, गुणज्ञ/परीक्षक

sip - घूँट लेना, घूँट, घूँट लेना, चुस्की लगाना या लेना

comet - धूमकेतु, केतुग्रह, पुच्छल तारा, केतु

vintage - विशिष्ट, पुराना, श्रेष्ठ, द्राक्षिरा वर्ष

"Rather fine, Watson, is it not?" said he. "There are points in it which please me. I think that you will agree with me that an interview with Mr. Arthur Harry Pinner in the temporary offices of the Franco-Midland Hardware Company, Limited, would be a rather interesting experience for both of us."

"But how can we do it?" I asked.

"Oh, easily enough," said Hall Pycroft, cheerily. "You are two friends of mine who are in want of a billet, and what could be more natural than that I should bring you both round to the managing director?"

cheerily - प्रसन्नतापूर्वक

"Quite so, of course," said Holmes. "I should like to have a look at the gentleman, and see if I can make anything of his little game. What qualities have you, my friend, which would make your services so valuable? or is it possible that"" He began biting his nails and staring blankly out of the window, and we hardly drew another word from him until we were in New Street.

blankly - भावशून्य दृष्टि से, भावशून्य दृष्टि से

At seven o'clock that evening we were walking, the three of us, down Corporation Street to the company's offices.

"It is no use our being at all before our time," said our client. "He only comes there to see me, apparently, for the place is deserted up to the very hour he names."

"That is suggestive," remarked Holmes.

suggestive - जताने वाला, जताने वाला, सांकेतिक, इशारा करने वाला

"By Jove, I told you so!" cried the clerk. "That's he walking ahead of us there."

Jove - Jupiter, god of the sky

He pointed to a smallish, dark, well-dressed man who was bustling along the other side of the road. As we watched him he looked across at a boy who was bawling out the latest edition of the evening paper, and running over among the cabs and busses, he bought one from him. Then, clutching it in his hand, he vanished through a door-way.

smallish - छोटा सा

bustling - full of noisy activity, (bustle) full of noisy activity

bawling - क्रंदन, (bawl)

evening paper - सांध्य पेपर

cabs - बग्घी, गाड़ी का अगला भाग, टैक्सी, किराये की कार

"There he goes!" cried Hall Pycroft. "These are the company's offices into which he has gone. Come with me, and I'll fix it up as easily as possible."

Following his lead, we ascended five stories, until we found ourselves outside a half-opened door, at which our client tapped. A voice within bade us enter, and we entered a bare, unfurnished room such as Hall Pycroft had described.

ascended - चढना, बढना/चढ़ना, उपर उठना, उपर को जाना

bade - बेड

bare - अनावृत

unfurnished - साज सामान से रहित, असज्जित, साज सामान से रहित

At the single table sat the man whom we had seen in the street, with his evening paper spread out in front of him, and as he looked up at us it seemed to me that I had never looked upon a face which bore such marks of grief, and of something beyond grief"of a horror such as comes to few men in a lifetime.

grief - दुःख, शोक, ग़म, मातम

His brow glistened with perspiration, his cheeks were of the dull, dead white of a fish's belly, and his eyes were wild and staring. He looked at his clerk as though he failed to recognize him, and I could see by the astonishment depicted upon our conductor's face that this was by no means the usual appearance of his employer.

glistened - चमकना

belly - पेट, उदर

depicted - दर्शाना, चित्रित करना, चित्रित करना, चित्र खींचना

conductor - चालक

"You look ill, Mr. Pinner!" he exclaimed.

"Yes, I am not very well," answered the other, making obvious efforts to pull himself together, and licking his dry lips before he spoke. "Who are these gentlemen whom you have brought with you?"

licking - पिटाई, हार, (lick) पिटाई

"One is Mr. Harris, of Bermondsey, and the other is Mr. Price, of this town," said our clerk, glibly. "They are friends of mine and gentlemen of experience, but they have been out of a place for some little time, and they hoped that perhaps you might find an opening for them in the company's employment."

glibly - धाराप्रवाह

"Very possibly! Very possibly!" cried Mr. Pinner with a ghastly smile. "Yes, I have no doubt that we shall be able to do something for you. What is your particular line, Mr. Harris?"

ghastly - विवर्ण, विकट, भयंकर, बेकार, खराब

"I am an accountant," said Holmes.

"Ah yes, we shall want something of the sort. And you, Mr. Price?"

"A clerk," said I.

"I have every hope that the company may accommodate you. I will let you know about it as soon as we come to any conclusion. And now I beg that you will go. For God's sake leave me to myself!"

These last words were shot out of him, as though the constraint which he was evidently setting upon himself had suddenly and utterly burst asunder. Holmes and I glanced at each other, and Hall Pycroft took a step towards the table.

constraint - दबाव, अवरोध, प्रतिबंध, प्रतिबन्धी, कृत्रिमता, बनावटी बर्ताव

burst asunder - तोड़ दिया

"You forget, Mr. Pinner, that I am here by appointment to receive some directions from you," said he.

"Certainly, Mr. Pycroft, certainly," the other resumed in a calmer tone. "You may wait here a moment; and there is no reason why your friends should not wait with you. I will be entirely at your service in three minutes, if I might trespass upon your patience so far.

resumed - फिर आरम्भ करना, सार, पुनः प्राप्त करना, संक्षेप तैयार करना

trespass - अतिक्रमण करना

" He rose with a very courteous air, and, bowing to us, he passed out through a door at the farther end of the room, which he closed behind him.

courteous - शालीन, विनीत, भद्र, निवेदक

bowing - अवनयन, (bow)

"What now?" whispered Holmes. "Is he giving us the slip?"

"Impossible," answered Pycroft.

"Why so?"

"That door leads into an inner room."

"There is no exit?"


"Is it furnished?"

"It was empty yesterday."

"Then what on earth can he be doing? There is something which I don't understand in this manner. If ever a man was three parts mad with terror, that man's name is Pinner. What can have put the shivers on him?"

I don't understand - मुझे समझ नहीं आता है

shivers - कम्पन, कँपकँअपी, काँपना

"He suspects that we are detectives," I suggested.

"That's it," cried Pycroft.

Holmes shook his head. "He did not turn pale. He was pale when we entered the room," said he. "It is just possible that""

turn pale - पीला हो जाना

His words were interrupted by a sharp rat-tat from the direction of the inner door.

tat - सुरुचिहीनता, कथ्यपरक मूल्यांकन परीक्षा, गूँथ कर झालर बनाना

"What the deuce is he knocking at his own door for?" cried the clerk.

deuce - {टेनिस के खेल में}बराबरी के अंक

knocking at - दबाव लगाना

Again and much louder came the rat-tat-tat. We all gazed expectantly at the closed door. Glancing at Holmes, I saw his face turn rigid, and he leaned forward in intense excitement. Then suddenly came a low guggling, gargling sound, and a brisk drumming upon woodwork. Holmes sprang frantically across the room and pushed at the door. It was fastened on the inner side.

expectantly - आशापूर्वक

guggling - गड़गड़ाना

gargling - गरारे, कुल्ला करना, कुल्ला करने का तरल पदार्थ, कुल्ला करना

woodwork - लकड़ी का सामान, लकडी से बनी चीजें, काष्ठ कर्म, गोल की चौखट

frantically - पागलपन से, व्यग्रतापूर्वक

Following his example, we threw ourselves upon it with all our weight. One hinge snapped, then the other, and down came the door with a crash. Rushing over it, we found ourselves in the inner room. It was empty.

hinge - चूल, कुलाबा, द्वारसन्धि

snapped - प्रेस बटन, टूटना, काट लेना, गुर्राना, तात्कालिक/फ़ौरी/आसु

But it was only for a moment that we were at fault. At one corner, the corner nearest the room which we had left, there was a second door. Holmes sprang to it and pulled it open. A coat and waistcoat were lying on the floor, and from a hook behind the door, with his own braces round his neck, was hanging the managing director of the Franco-Midland Hardware Company.

braces - तैयार करना, तैयार करना, पट्टी, जोड़ा, कसनी, धनुकोष्ठक, गेलिस

His knees were drawn up, his head hung at a dreadful angle to his body, and the clatter of his heels against the door made the noise which had broken in upon our conversation. In an instant I had caught him round the waist, and held him up while Holmes and Pycroft untied the elastic bands which had disappeared between the livid creases of skin.

clatter - खड़खड़ की आवाज़ करना, खड़खड़ाहट

waist - कमर

untied - खोलना, खोल/उतार, बंधन खोलना

elastic bands - तारे

creases - चुन्नट, शिकन, सिलवट, मोड़ का चिह्न डालना/चुन्नट का चिह्न डालना

Then we carried him into the other room, where he lay with a clay-colored face, puffing his purple lips in and out with every breath"a dreadful wreck of all that he had been but five minutes before.

clay - मृत्तिका, चिकनी मिट्टी

wreck - टक्कर, नष्ट करना, नाश करना, बरबाद करना, मलबा, नष्ट कर देना

"What do you think of him, Watson?" asked Holmes.

I stooped over him and examined him. His pulse was feeble and intermittent, but his breathing grew longer, and there was a little shivering of his eyelids, which showed a thin white slit of ball beneath.

stooped - झुक कर खड़ा होना, झुकना, नीचे गिरना, झुकाव, झपट्टा मारना

pulse - नब्ज, नाड़ी

feeble - अशक्त, दुर्बल, मामूली, क्षीण, कमज़ोर, शक्तिहीन, कमजोर

intermittent - आंतरायिक, बीच बीच में होने वाला

shivering - काँपता हुआ, काँपता हुआ, ठिठुरना, (shiver)

eyelids - पलक, दृष्टिपत, नयन पट

slit - काटना, चीर, काट, चीरना, सँकरी दरार, सँकरी दरार

beneath - नीचे की और, के योग्य, के नीचे, नीचे, से नीचे, के नीचे

"It has been touch and go with him," said I, "but he'll live now. Just open that window, and hand me the water carafe." I undid his collar, poured the cold water over his face, and raised and sank his arms until he drew a long, natural breath. "It's only a question of time now," said I, as I turned away from him.

carafe - गिलास, कांच का गिलास, कांच का गिलास

collar - कॉलर, गरेबान, गला

Holmes stood by the table, with his hands deep in his trouser's pockets and his chin upon his breast.

trouser - पैंट

"I suppose we ought to call the police in now," said he. "And yet I confess that I'd like to give them a complete case when they come."

"It's a blessed mystery to me," cried Pycroft, scratching his head. "Whatever they wanted to bring me all the way up here for, and then""

blessed - भाग्यवान, (bless) भाग्यवान

"Pooh! All that is clear enough," said Holmes impatiently. "It is this last sudden move."

"You understand the rest, then?"

"I think that it is fairly obvious. What do you say, Watson?"

I shrugged my shoulders. "I must confess that I am out of my depths," said I.

"Oh surely if you consider the events at first they can only point to one conclusion."

"What do you make of them?"

"Well, the whole thing hinges upon two points. The first is the making of Pycroft write a declaration by which he entered the service of this preposterous company. Do you not see how very suggestive that is?"

declaration - वचन, घोषणा, घोषण पत्र, ब्यौरा

preposterous - बेतुका, असंगत, हास्यास्पद, मूर्खतापूर्ण

"I am afraid I miss the point."

"Well, why did they want him to do it? Not as a business matter, for these arrangements are usually verbal, and there was no earthly business reason why this should be an exception. Don't you see, my young friend, that they were very anxious to obtain a specimen of your handwriting, and had no other way of doing it?"

verbal - शाब्दिक

earthly - सांसारिक, संभावित, भौतिक, पार्थिव, तनिक भी, तनिक भी

specimen - नमूना, आदर्श, अजीब आदमी

handwriting - हस्तलिपि, हस्तलेख, (handwrite) हस्तलिपि

"And why?"

"Quite so. Why? When we answer that we have made some progress with our little problem. Why? There can be only one adequate reason. Some one wanted to learn to imitate your writing, and had to procure a specimen of it first. And now if we pass on to the second point we find that each throws light upon the other.

imitate - अनुसरण करना, अनुकरण करना, अनुसरण करना, नक़ल करना

procure - प्राप्त करना, दलाली करना, जुटाना, उपलब्ध करना

That point is the request made by Pinner that you should not resign your place, but should leave the manager of this important business in the full expectation that a Mr. Hall Pycroft, whom he had never seen, was about to enter the office upon the Monday morning."

"My God!" cried our client, "what a blind beetle I have been!"

Beetle - मोगरी

"Now you see the point about the handwriting. Suppose that some one turned up in your place who wrote a completely different hand from that in which you had applied for the vacancy, of course the game would have been up. But in the interval the rogue had learned to imitate you, and his position was therefore secure, as I presume that nobody in the office had ever set eyes upon you."

rogue - दुष्ट

"Not a soul," groaned Hall Pycroft.

groaned - कराहना, आह

"Very good. Of course it was of the utmost importance to prevent you from thinking better of it, and also to keep you from coming into contact with any one who might tell you that your double was at work in Mawson's office.

Therefore they gave you a handsome advance on your salary, and ran you off to the Midlands, where they gave you enough work to do to prevent your going to London, where you might have burst their little game up. That is all plain enough."

Midlands - देश का भीतरी भाग, देश का भीतरी भाग, मध्य देशीय, मिडलैंड

"But why should this man pretend to be his own brother?"

"Well, that is pretty clear also. There are evidently only two of them in it. The other is impersonating you at the office. This one acted as your engager, and then found that he could not find you an employer without admitting a third person into his plot. That he was most unwilling to do.

impersonating - रूप धारण करना, पररूप धारण करना, रूप धारण करना

engager - समर्थन करना

unwilling - अनिच्छुक, अनुत्सुक, असहयोगशील, असम्मत

He changed his appearance as far as he could, and trusted that the likeness, which you could not fail to observe, would be put down to a family resemblance. But for the happy chance of the gold stuffing, your suspicions would probably never have been aroused."

likeness - तुलनात्मकता, समानता

resemblance - सादृश्य, समानता

Hall Pycroft shook his clinched hands in the air. "Good Lord!" he cried, "while I have been fooled in this way, what has this other Hall Pycroft been doing at Mawson's? What should we do, Mr. Holmes? Tell me what to do."

clinched - तय करना, तय करना, प्राप्त कर लेना, तय हो जाना, करकर पकड़ना

"We must wire to Mawson's."

"They shut at twelve on Saturdays."

"Never mind. There may be some door-keeper or attendant""

keeper - रक्षक{रखवाली करने वाला}, रक्षक

attendant - संलग्न, जुड़ा हुआ, सहवर्ती घटना, परिचारक, सेवक, संबंधित

"Ah yes, they keep a permanent guard there on account of the value of the securities that they hold. I remember hearing it talked of in the City."

"Very good; we shall wire to him, and see if all is well, and if a clerk of your name is working there. That is clear enough; but what is not so clear is why at sight of us one of the rogues should instantly walk out of the room and hang himself."

at sight - दृष्टि पर

rogues - शरारती, नटखट, आवारा, अड़ियल जानवर{घोड़ा/हाथी}, दुर्जन, दोग़ला

"The paper!" croaked a voice behind us. The man was sitting up, blanched and ghastly, with returning reason in his eyes, and hands which rubbed nervously at the broad red band which still encircled his throat.

croaked - फटी आवाज में बोलना, मर जाना, टरटर शब्द, भर्राना

blanched - सफेद पड़ ना, सफेद पड़ ना, हल्का उबालना

nervously - घबराए हुए अंदाझ्ॅअ में, घबराए हुए अंदाझ्ॅअ में

encircled - घेरना

"The paper! Of course!" yelled Holmes, in a paroxysm of excitement. "Idiot that I was! I thought so much of our visit that the paper never entered my head for an instant. To be sure, the secret must be there." He flattened it out upon the table, and a cry of triumph burst from his lips. "Look at this, Watson," he cried. "It is a London paper, an early edition of the Evening Standard.

yelled - चीखना, चिल्लाना, चिल्लाहट, चीख

paroxysm - आवेग

idiot - मूर्ख, बुद्धू, उल्लू, बेवक़ूफ़

flattened - समतल होना[करना], पूरी तरह हरा देना

Here is what we want. Look at the headlines: 'Crime in the City. Murder at Mawson & Williams's. Gigantic attempted Robbery. Capture of the Criminal.'Here, Watson, we are all equally anxious to hear it, so kindly read it aloud to us."

gigantic - बहुत बड़ा

aloud - उच्च स्वर में, ज़ोर से

It appeared from its position in the paper to have been the one event of importance in town, and the account of it ran in this way:

"A desperate attempt at robbery, culminating in the death of one man and the capture of the criminal, occurred this afternoon in the City. For some time back Mawson & Williams, the famous financial house, have been the guardians of securities which amount in the aggregate to a sum of considerably over a million sterling.

culminating - पराकाष्ठा पर पहुँचना, समाप्त होना, पराकाष्ठा पर पहुँचना

guardians - अभिभावक, संरक्षक, निगहबान, रक्षक

aggregate - कुल, संग्रह करना, कुल योग, एकत्र करना, जोड़, पूर्ण योग

sterling - खरा, शानदार, उत्कृष्ट, विशुद्ध, विश्वसनीय, , स्टर्लिंग, पाउंड़

So conscious was the manager of the responsibility which devolved upon him in consequence of the great interests at stake that safes of the very latest construction have been employed, and an armed watchman has been left day and night in the building. It appears that last week a new clerk named Hall Pycroft was engaged by the firm.

devolved - अवक्रमित

This person appears to have been none other than Beddington, the famous forger and cracksman, who, with his brother, had only recently emerged from a five years'spell of penal servitude.

forger - जालसाज

cracksman - ठग, चोर

penal servitude - कारावास

By some means, which are not yet clear, he succeeded in winning, under a false name, this official position in the office, which he utilized in order to obtain moulding of various locks, and a thorough knowledge of the position of the strong room and the safes.

utilized - उपयोग करना, निवेश न्यास से इकाई न्यास में परिवर्तित करना

moulding - पट्टी, ढलाई, गढ़त, (mould)

strong room - स्ट्रॉन्ग रूम

"It is customary at Mawson's for the clerks to leave at midday on Saturday. Sergeant Tuson, of the City Police, was somewhat surprised, therefore to see a gentleman with a carpet bag come down the steps at twenty minutes past one. His suspicions being aroused, the sergeant followed the man, and with the aid of Constable Pollock succeeded, after a most desperate resistance, in arresting him.

customary - विशिष्ट, हमेशा का, प्रचलित, परिचित, रूढगत, आचरिक

midday - दोपहर

sergeant - सार्जण्ट, हवलदार olice, सारजंट, सार्जंट

constable - चौकीदार/कान्स्टेबुल, कंस्टेबल

resistance - विरोध, प्रतिरोध, मुक़ाबला

It was at once clear that a daring and gigantic robbery had been committed. Nearly a hundred thousand pounds'worth of American railway bonds, with a large amount of scrip in mines and other companies, was discovered in the bag.

scrip - अंश प्रमाणपत्र, पावती पत्र, अंश प्रमाणपत्र, पत्रक

On examining the premises the body of the unfortunate watchman was found doubled up and thrust into the largest of the safes, where it would not have been discovered until Monday morning had it not been for the prompt action of Sergeant Tuson. The man's skull had been shattered by a blow from a poker delivered from behind.

poker - कुरेदनी

There could be no doubt that Beddington had obtained entrance by pretending that he had left something behind him, and having murdered the watchman, rapidly rifled the large safe, and then made off with his booty. His brother, who usually works with him, has not appeared in this job as far as can at present be ascertained, although the police are making energetic inquiries as to his whereabouts.

rifled - एक प्रकार की बन्दूक, तलाशी लेना, तलाशी लेना, छीन लेना

made off - बिगड़ गया

booty - लूट का माल

ascertained - पता लगाना, सुनिश्चित करना, जाँच कर पता लगाना


"Well, we may save the police some little trouble in that direction," said Holmes, glancing at the haggard figure huddled up by the window. "Human nature is a strange mixture, Watson. You see that even a villain and murderer can inspire such affection that his brother turns to suicide when he learns that his neck is forfeited. However, we have no choice as to our action.

huddled up - गिरते हुए

affection - स्नेह, प्यार

suicide - आत्महत्या, खुदकुशी, ख़ुद-कुशी, आत्मघात

forfeited - खो बैठना, जुर्माना, खो बैठना, जुरमाना, अपवर्तित, जब्‍त

The doctor and I will remain on guard, Mr. Pycroft, if you will have the kindness to step out for the police."

kindness - दया, मेहरबानी, दयालुता

Chapter IV. The "Gloria Scott"

"I have some papers here," said my friend Sherlock Holmes, as we sat one winter's night on either side of the fire, "which I really think, Watson, that it would be worth your while to glance over. These are the documents in the extraordinary case of the Gloria Scott, and this is the message which struck Justice of the Peace Trevor dead with horror when he read it."

He had picked from a drawer a little tarnished cylinder, and, undoing the tape, he handed me a short note scrawled upon a half-sheet of slate-gray paper.

tarnished - कलंकित करना, धब्बा, मलिन करना, मलिनता, कलंकित कर, मलिन होना

cylinder - सिलिंडर

undoing - उलट पुलट/बरबादी/नाश, खोलना, बरबादी, बरबादी का कारण

scrawled - घसीटा लिखाई, घसीट कर लिखना, घसीट लिखावट, घसीटा लिखाई

slate - स्लेट पत्थर

"The supply of game for London is going steadily up," it ran. "Head-keeper Hudson, we believe, has been now told to receive all orders for fly-paper and for preservation of your hen-pheasant's life."

preservation - संरक्षण, परिरक्षित फल या सुरक्षित स्थान, परिरक्षण

hen - मुर्गी

pheasant - तीतर, चिडा

As I glanced up from reading this enigmatical message, I saw Holmes chuckling at the expression upon my face.

enigmatical - रहस्यमय, गूढ़

chuckling - हंसना, (chuckle) हंसना

"You look a little bewildered," said he.

bewildered - हैरान करना, घबरा देना, हक्का बक्का कर देना, घबरा देना

"I cannot see how such a message as this could inspire horror. It seems to me to be rather grotesque than otherwise."

grotesque - विलक्षण, विकृत, भौंड़ा

"Very likely. Yet the fact remains that the reader, who was a fine, robust old man, was knocked clean down by it as if it had been the butt end of a pistol."

butt - किसी चीज को सिर से टक्कर मारना

pistol - बंदूक, तमंचा, पिस्तौल

"You arouse my curiosity," said I. "But why did you say just now that there were very particular reasons why I should study this case?"

curiosity - जिज्ञासा

"Because it was the first in which I was ever engaged."

I had often endeavored to elicit from my companion what had first turned his mind in the direction of criminal research, but had never caught him before in a communicative humor. Now he sat forward in this arm-chair and spread out the documents upon his knees. Then he lit his pipe and sat for some time smoking and turning them over.

endeavored - प्रयास, प्रयत्न, प्रयत्न करना, प्रयत्न करना, प्रयास करना

elicit - प्राप्त करना, निकालना

communicative - बात चीत करना, बातचीत करने एवं सम्पर्क रखने के ईच्छुक

humor - हास्यवृत्ति

arm-chair - (arm-chair) आर्म कुर्सी

"You never heard me talk of Victor Trevor?" he asked. "He was the only friend I made during the two years I was at college. I was never a very sociable fellow, Watson, always rather fond of moping in my rooms and working out my own little methods of thought, so that I never mixed much with the men of my year.

Victor - विजेता

sociable - सामाजिक, मिलनसार, समाजशील, मिलनसार/सामाजिक

moping - मुँह फुलाए रहना, मुँह फुलाए रहना

Bar fencing and boxing I had few athletic tastes, and then my line of study was quite distinct from that of the other fellows, so that we had no points of contact at all. Trevor was the only man I knew, and that only through the accident of his bull terrier freezing on to my ankle one morning as I went down to chapel.

athletic - क्रीड़ा संबंधी, मजबूत

Bull - सांड़

terrier - एक छोटा शिकारी कुत्ता, (terry) एक छोटा शिकारी कुत्ता

freezing on - जमना

chapel - चैपल, नमाज़गाह slam, मुसल्ला slam

"It was a prosaic way of forming a friendship, but it was effective. I was laid by the heels for ten days, but Trevor used to come in to inquire after me. At first it was only a minute's chat, but soon his visits lengthened, and before the end of the term we were close friends.

prosaic - नीरस, अकल्पनाशील

inquire after - पूछना

lengthened - लम्बा करना, लम्बा करना

He was a hearty, full-blooded fellow, full of spirits and energy, the very opposite to me in most respects, but we had some subjects in common, and it was a bond of union when I found that he was as friendless as I. Finally, he invited me down to his father's place at Donnithorpe, in Norfolk, and I accepted his hospitality for a month of the long vacation.

hearty - हार्दिक, भर पेट

friendless - मित्रहीन

Norfolk - नॉरफॉक

hospitality - आतिथ्य, मेहमाननवाज़ी r=mehmānnavāzī, मेहमानी, मेहमानदारी

"Old Trevor was evidently a man of some wealth and consideration, a J.P., and a landed proprietor. Donnithorpe is a little hamlet just to the north of Langmere, in the country of the Broads. The house was an old-fashioned, wide-spread, oak-beamed brick building, with a fine lime-lined avenue leading up to it.

Proprietor - मालिक, स्वामी

hamlet - हम्लेट

oak - बलूत

beamed - चमक, झलक, प्रकाश विकिरण करना, प्रसारित करना, चमकना, डंडी

lime - लोक-प्रसिद्धि

avenue - मार्ग, रास्ता, पेड़ दार पथ, छायादार मार्ग, छायादार मार्ग, पथ

There was excellent wild-duck shooting in the fens, remarkably good fishing, a small but select library, taken over, as I understood, from a former occupant, and a tolerable cook, so that he would be a fastidious man who could not put in a pleasant month there.

Duck - डुबकी

fens - दलदल

occupant - सवारी, अधिभोक्ता/अधिवासी

tolerable - सहनीय, कामचलाऊ, औसत दर्जे का, ठीक ठाक

fastidious - तुनुक मिज़ाज, दुस्तोषणीय, दुराराध्य

"Trevor senior was a widower, and my friend his only son.

widower - विधुर

"There had been a daughter, I heard, but she had died of diphtheria while on a visit to Birmingham. The father interested me extremely. He was a man of little culture, but with a considerable amount of rude strength, both physically and mentally. He knew hardly any books, but he had traveled far, had seen much of the world. And had remembered all that he had learned.

diphtheria - डिफ़्थीरिआ, डिप्थीरिया

physically - शारीरिक रुप से, प्रकृति के अनुसार, शारीरिक

mentally - मानसिक रूप से, मतिभ्रष्ट

In person he was a thick-set, burly man with a shock of grizzled hair, a brown, weather-beaten face, and blue eyes which were keen to the verge of fierceness. Yet he had a reputation for kindness and charity on the country-side, and was noted for the leniency of his sentences from the bench.

burly - स्थूल

grizzled - पिनपिनाना

fierceness - प्रचंडता, बर्बरता

leniency - नरमी, सदयता/नरमी

Bench - बैंच

"One evening, shortly after my arrival, we were sitting over a glass of port after dinner, when young Trevor began to talk about those habits of observation and inference which I had already formed into a system, although I had not yet appreciated the part which they were to play in my life.

The old man evidently thought that his son was exaggerating in his description of one or two trivial feats which I had performed.

exaggerating - बढा चढा कर कहना, बढ़ा चढ़ाकर कहना, बढा चढा कर कहना

trivial - तुच्छ, साधारण, नगण्य, मामूली, घिसा पिटा, क्षुद्र, छोटा या मामूली

feats - वीरता का काम, कमाल

"'Come, now, Mr. Holmes,'said he, laughing good-humoredly. 'I'm an excellent subject, if you can deduce anything from me.'

deduce - अनुमान लगाना, परिणाम निकालना

"'I fear there is not very much,'I answered; 'I might suggest that you have gone about in fear of some personal attack within the last twelvemonth.'

twelvemonth - बारह मास, बारह मास

"The laugh faded from his lips, and he stared at me in great surprise.

"'Well, That's true enough,'said he. 'You know, Victor,'turning to his son, 'when we broke up that poaching gang they swore to knife us, and Sir Edward Holly has actually been attacked. I've always been on my guard since then, though I have no idea how you know it.'

That's true - यह सही है।

poaching - अवैध शिकार, (poach) अवैध शिकार

Edward - male given name

holly - शूलपर्णी, एक प्रकार का सदाबहार वृक्ष

"'You have a very handsome stick,'I answered. 'By the inscription I observed that you had not had it more than a year. But you have taken some pains to bore the head of it and pour melted lead into the hole so as to make it a formidable weapon. I argued that you would not take such precautions unless you had some danger to fear.'

inscription - शिलालेख

"'Anything else?'he asked, smiling.

"'You have boxed a good deal in your youth.'

"'Right again. How did you know it? Is my nose knocked a little out of the straight?'

"'No,'said I. 'It is your ears. They have the peculiar flattening and thickening which marks the boxing man.'

flattening - समतल होना[करना], पूरी तरह हरा देना

thickening - प्रगाढ़न, पेचीदा होता, गाढ़ा करने वाला पदार्थ, गहराता

"'Anything else?'

"'You have done a good deal of digging by your callosities.'

callosities - निष्ठुरता

"'Made all my money at the gold fields.'

"'You have been in New Zealand.'

"'Right again.'

"'You have visited Japan.'

"'Quite true.'

"'And you have been most intimately associated with some one whose initials were J. A., and whom you afterwards were eager to entirely forget.'

"Mr. Trevor stood slowly up, fixed his large blue eyes upon me with a strange wild stare, and then pitched forward, with his face among the nutshells which strewed the cloth, in a dead faint.

nutshells - छिलका, अखरोट आदि का छिलका

strewed - फैलाना, आच्छादित करना, बिखेरना/छितराना

"You can imagine, Watson, how shocked both his son and I were. His attack did not last long, however, for when we undid his collar, and sprinkled the water from one of the finger-glasses over his face, he gave a gasp or two and sat up.

sprinkled - फुहार, छिड़कना, छितराना, अल्प मात्रा, झींसी

gasp - चाहना, धक से रह जाना, चकित होना, तेजी से सांस लेएना

"'Ah, boys,'said he, forcing a smile, 'I hope I haven't frightened you. Strong as I look, there is a weak place in my heart, and it does not take much to knock me over. I don't know how you manage this, Mr. Holmes, but it seems to me that all the detectives of fact and of fancy would be children in your hands.

That's your line of life, sir, and you may take the word of a man who has seen something of the world.'

"And that recommendation, with the exaggerated estimate of my ability with which he prefaced it, was, if you will believe me, Watson, the very first thing which ever made me feel that a profession might be made out of what had up to that time been the merest hobby. At the moment, however, I was too much concerned at the sudden illness of my host to think of anything else.

exaggerated - बढा चढा कर कहना, बढ़ा चढ़ाकर कहना, बढा चढा कर कहना

prefaced - _रारंभ होना या करना, प्रारम्भ करना, प्रस्तावना, शुरूआत करना

merest - केवल, मात्र, झील, पोखरा

"'I hope that I have said nothing to pain you?'said I.

"'Well, you certainly touched upon rather a tender point. Might I ask how you know, and how much you know?'He spoke now in a half-jesting fashion, but a look of terror still lurked at the back of his eyes.

tender - मुलायम, नरम

jesting - मजाकिया, (jest) मजाकिया

lurked - छिप कर बैठना, छिपा रहना, छिपे रह कर इंतज़ार करना

"'It is simplicity itself,'said I. 'When you bared your arm to draw that fish into the boat I saw that J. A. had been tattooed in the bend of the elbow. The letters were still legible, but it was perfectly clear from their blurred appearance, and from the staining of the skin round them, that efforts had been made to obliterate them.

tattooed - गोदना, त्वचा पर गोदना, गुदना, गुदना गुदाई

legible - t-needed i

blurred - धब्बा, विकृत करना, धुंधला करना

staining - स्टेनिंग, (stain), दाग, दाग़

obliterate - मिटा देना, मिटाना, पूरा बूझाँ देना/नष्ट करना, धुँधला कर देना

It was obvious, then, that those initials had once been very familiar to you, and that you had afterwards wished to forget them.'

"What an eye you have!" he cried, with a sigh of relief. 'It is just as you say. But we won't talk of it. Of all ghosts the ghosts of our old lovers are the worst. Come into the billiard-room and have a quiet cigar.'

lovers - प्रेमिका, प्रेमी, आशिक, कांत, voe

billiard - बिलियर्ड

"From that day, amid all his cordiality, there was always a touch of suspicion in Mr. Trevor's manner towards me. Even his son remarked it. 'You've given the governor such a turn,'said he, 'that he'll never be sure again of what you know and what you don't know.'He did not mean to show it, I am sure, but it was so strongly in his mind that it peeped out at every action.

amid - बीच में ही

cordiality - सौहार्द, निष्कपटता

peeped - झलक, झाँकी, झांकना, दिखाई पड़ना, चूँ चूँ करना, चीं चीं

At last I became so convinced that I was causing him uneasiness that I drew my visit to a close. On the very day, however, before I left, an incident occurred which proved in the sequel to be of importance.

uneasiness - बेचैनी, व्याकुलता, चिन्ता, व्यग्रता

sequel - परिणाम, शेष, उत्तर कथा, उत्तरकथा, उत्तर कथा

"We were sitting out upon the lawn on garden chairs, the three of us, basking in the sun and admiring the view across the Broads, when a maid came out to say that there was a man at the door who wanted to see Mr. Trevor.

lawn - लॉन, दूर्वाक्षेत्र

basking - धूप मेँ गरम करना या सेँकना, आनंद उठा, आनंद उठा

"'What is his name?'asked my host.

"'He would not give any.'

"'What does he want, then?'

"'He says that you know him, and that he only wants a moment's conversation.'

"'Show him round here.'An instant afterwards there appeared a little wizened fellow with a cringing manner and a shambling style of walking. He wore an open jacket, with a splotch of tar on the sleeve, a red-and-black check shirt, dungaree trousers, and heavy boots badly worn.

wizened - झुर्रीदार

cringing - लहराना, (cringe) लहराना

shambling - पैर घसीट कर चलना

splotch - धब्बा, घेरा, गन्दा करना/पोतना

tar - तारकोल

check shirt - चेक शर्ट

dungaree - डूंगरी

His face was thin and brown and crafty, with a perpetual smile upon it, which showed an irregular line of yellow teeth, and his crinkled hands were half closed in a way that is distinctive of sailors. As he came slouching across the lawn I heard Mr. Trevor make a sort of hiccoughing noise in his throat, and jumping out of his chair, he ran into the house.

crafty - कपटी, धूर्ततापूर्ण, धूर्त, मक्कार, चालाक/फ़रेबी

perpetual - निरन्तर, शाश्वत, चिरस्थायी, अनवरत, चिर

crinkled - शिकन, सिलवट, सिलवट पड़ना, गींजना, सिकुड़नें डालना या पड़ना

distinctive - विशिष्ट, विशेष/भेद बतानेवाला/सविशेष/विशेषक

slouching - भद्देपन से चलना/खड़े होना या बैठना, आगे झुक कर चलना

hiccoughing - हिचकी, हिचकी आना, हिचकी आना, गड़बड़ी

He was back in a moment, and I smelt a strong reek of brandy as he passed me.

reek - दुर्गन्ध, बदबू

brandy - ब्रांडी, ब्राण्डी, ब्राँडी{एक प्रकार की मदिरा}

"'Well, my man,'said he. 'What can I do for you?'

What can I do for you? - मुझे आप क्या कर सकते हैं?

"The sailor stood looking at him with puckered eyes, and with the same loose-lipped smile upon his face.

puckered - सिकोड़ना, शिकन डाल कर कस कर सिलना, सिलवरे पडना

"'You don't know me?'he asked.

"'Why, dear me, it is surely Hudson,'said Mr. Trevor in a tone of surprise.

"'Hudson it is, sir,'said the seaman. 'Why, it's thirty year and more since I saw you last. Here you are in your house, and me still picking my salt meat out of the harness cask.'

seaman - नाविक

salt meat - नमकीन मांस

cask - पीपा, पीपाआ

"'Tut, you will find that I have not forgotten old times,'cried Mr. Trevor, and, walking towards the sailor, he said something in a low voice. 'Go into the kitchen,'he continued out loud, 'and you will get food and drink. I have no doubt that I shall find you a situation.'

"'Thank you, sir,'said the seaman, touching his fore-lock. 'I'm just off a two-yearer in an eight-knot tramp, short-handed at that, and I wants a rest. I thought I'd get it either with Mr. Beddoes or with you.'

knot - गांठ

tramp - पैर घसीट कर चलना, माल जहाज, इधर उधर भटकना, धब धब करते हुए चलना

"'Ah!'cried Trevor. 'You know where Mr. Beddoes is?'

"'Bless you, sir, I know where all my old friends are,'said the fellow with a sinister smile, and he slouched off after the maid to the kitchen. Mr. Trevor mumbled something to us about having been shipmate with the man when he was going back to the diggings, and then, leaving us on the lawn, he went indoors.

slouched - भद्देपन से चलना/खड़े होना या बैठना, आगे झुक कर चलना

mumbled - भुनभुनाना, बुदबुदाना/गुणगुणाना, अस्पष्ट बोलना

shipmate - सहनाविक

An hour later, when we entered the house, we found him stretched dead drunk upon the dining-room sofa. The whole incident left a most ugly impression upon my mind, and I was not sorry next day to leave Donnithorpe behind me, for I felt that my presence must be a source of embarrassment to my friend.

dead drunk - मृत मद्य

dining - हो हल्ला, शोरगुल, शोरगुल करना, हंगामा

sofa - सोफ़ा, सोफा

"All this occurred during the first month of the long vacation. I went up to my London rooms, where I spent seven weeks working out a few experiments in organic chemistry.

One day, however, when the autumn was far advanced and the vacation drawing to a close, I received a telegram from my friend imploring me to return to Donnithorpe, and saying that he was in great need of my advice and assistance. Of course I dropped everything and set out for the North once more.

telegram - तार, टेलीग्राम, टेलिग्राम

imploring - प्रार्थना करना

"He met me with the dog-cart at the station, and I saw at a glance that the last two months had been very trying ones for him. He had grown thin and careworn, and had lost the loud, cheery manner for which he had been remarkable.

cart - छकड़ा गाड़ी, गाड़ी

careworn - क्लांत, थका

cheery - हर्षित

"'The governor is dying,'were the first words he said.

dying - मरणकालीन, (dye)

"'Impossible!'I cried. 'What is the matter?'

"'Apoplexy. Nervous shock, He's been on the verge all day. I doubt if we shall find him alive.'

Apoplexy - रक्ताघात, मूर्छा की बीमारी

"I was, as you may think, Watson, horrified at this unexpected news.

horrified - स्तब्ध कर देना, भयभीत करना, भयभीत करना, आतंकित करना

"'What has caused it?'I asked.

"'Ah, that is the point. Jump in and we can talk it over while we drive. You remember that fellow who came upon the evening before you left us?'


"'Do you know who it was that we let into the house that day?'

"'I have no idea.'

"'It was the devil, Holmes,'he cried.

"I stared at him in astonishment.

"'Yes, it was the devil himself. We have not had a peaceful hour since"not one. The governor has never held up his head from that evening, and now the life has been crushed out of him and his heart broken, all through this accursed Hudson.'

crushed - चूर चूर करना, दबाना, जमघट, कुचलना, बुरी तरह परास्त कर देना

"'What power had he, then?'

"'Ah, that is what I would give so much to know. The kindly, charitable, good old governor"how could he have fallen into the clutches of such a ruffian! But I am so glad that you have come, Holmes. I trust very much to your judgment and discretion, and I know that you will advise me for the best.'

charitable - उदार, परोपकारी, दानशील

clutches - क्लच, अण्डो का समुच्चय, उपक कर पकड़ना

ruffian - बदमाश, गुंडा, गुण्डा

discretion - विवेक

"We were dashing along the smooth white country road, with the long stretch of the Broads in front of us glimmering in the red light of the setting sun. From a grove upon our left I could already see the high chimneys and the flag-staff which marked the squire's dwelling.

glimmering - झलक, मन्द प्रकाश, (glimmer), टिमटिमाना

chimneys - चिमनी, चूल्हा, बर्फ़ का कटाव, लैंप, धुआँकश, बर्फ़ का कटाव

squire - अनुरक्षक/सहचर, ज़मींदार, जागीरदार, हुज़ूर, श्रीमान् जी, ज़मीनदार

dwelling - आवास, निवास स्थान, निवासस्थान, (dwell)

"'My father made the fellow gardener,'said my companion, 'and then, as that did not satisfy him, he was promoted to be butler. The house seemed to be at his mercy, and he wandered about and did what he chose in it. The maids complained of his drunken habits and his vile language. The dad raised their wages all round to recompense them for the annoyance.

gardener - माली, बाग़बान

butler - ख़ानसामा, ख़ानसामाँ

maids - दासी, नौकरानी, नोकरानी, अववाहिता, कुमारी, किंकरी

drunken - नशे में धुत्त, नशे में धुत्त, पियक्कड़, मत्त/नशे में चूर

vile - अधम, घृणित, घिनौना, अवकृष्ट

recompense - इनाम, पुरस्कार, क्षतिपूर्ति, हरजाना, प्रतिदान, बदला

The fellow would take the boat and my father's best gun and treat himself to little shooting trips. And all this with such a sneering, leering, insolent face that I would have knocked him down twenty times over if he had been a man of my own age.

sneering - उपेक्षापूर्ण, व्यंग्यात्मक, (sneer)

leering - उड़कनाThe English word means to look at someone in a suggestive or mocking way In Hindi

insolent - धृष्ट, अक्खड़, बदतमीज़, उध्दत

I tell you, Holmes, I have had to keep a tight hold upon myself all this time; and now I am asking myself whether, if I had let myself go a little more, I might not have been a wiser man.

"'Well, matters went from bad to worse with us, and this animal Hudson became more and more intrusive, until at last, on making some insolent reply to my father in my presence one day, I took him by the shoulders and turned him out of the room. He slunk away with a livid face and two venomous eyes which uttered more threats than his tongue could do.

intrusive - दखल देने वाला, घुसपैठ करने वाला

slunk - दबे पाँव चलना, चुपके से आना, लुक छुपकर आना जाना

uttered - चलाना, निकालना, नितान्त, कहना, पूर्ण, निरा, पूरा, बोल

I don't know what passed between the poor dad and him after that, but the dad came to me next day and asked me whether I would mind apologizing to Hudson. I refused, as you can imagine, and asked my father how he could allow such a wretch to take such liberties with himself and his household.

refused - अग्राह्य करना, अस्वीकार करना, इंकार, तलछट, मना करना

wretch - अभागा

liberties - स्वतंत्रता, आजादी, रिहाई, स्वेच्छाचारिता, अवांछनीय व्यवहार

"'"Ah, my boy," said he, "it is all very well to talk, but you don't know how I am placed. But you shall know, Victor. I'll see that you shall know, come what may. You wouldn't believe harm of your poor old father, would you, lad?" He was very much moved, and shut himself up in the study all day, where I could see through the window that he was writing busily.

busily - व्यस्ततापूर्वक

"'That evening there came what seemed to me to be a grand release, for Hudson told us that he was going to leave us. He walked into the dining-room as we sat after dinner, and announced his intention in the thick voice of a half-drunken man.

dining - भोजन करना, भोजन करना

"'"I've had enough of Norfolk," said he. "I'll run down to Mr. Beddoes in Hampshire. He'll be as glad to see me as you were, I dare say."

Hampshire - हैंप्शर

"'"You're not going away in an unkind spirit, Hudson, I hope," said my father, with a tameness which made my blood boil.

unkind - निर्दयी

tameness - फीकापन, पालतूपन

"'"I've not had my 'pology," said he sulkily, glancing in my direction.

sulkily - रूठ कर

"'"Victor, you will acknowledge that you have used this worthy fellow rather roughly," said the dad, turning to me.

worthy - योग्य, ईमानदार, उपयुक्त, लायक, आदरणीय, सुयोग्य, माननीय व्यक्ति

"'"On the contrary, I think that we have both shown extraordinary patience towards him," I answered.

"'"Oh, you do, do you?" he snarls. "Very good, mate. We'll see about that!"

snarls - कर्कश स्वर में बोलना, जाम, उलझन, कर्कश स्वर में बोलना

We'll see about that - हम उसके बारे में देखेंगे।

"'He slouched out of the room, and half an hour afterwards left the house, leaving my father in a state of pitiable nervousness. Night after night I heard him pacing his room, and it was just as he was recovering his confidence that the blow did at last fall.'

pitiable - दयनीय, दीन

"'And how?'I asked eagerly.

eagerly - व्यग्रता से

"'In a most extraordinary fashion. A letter arrived for my father yesterday evening, bearing the Fordingbridge post-mark. My father read it, clapped both his hands to his head, and began running round the room in little circles like a man who has been driven out of his senses.

clapped - ताली बजाना, तालियाँ बजाकर अभिनंदन करना, गड़गड़ाहट, ताली बजाना

When I at last drew him down on to the sofa, his mouth and eyelids were all puckered on one side, and I saw that he had a stroke. Dr. Fordham came over at once. We put him to bed; but the paralysis has spread, he has shown no sign of returning consciousness, and I think that we shall hardly find him alive.'

paralysis - पक्षाघात लक़्वा

consciousness - चेतना

"'You horrify me, Trevor!'I cried. 'What then could have been in this letter to cause so dreadful a result?'

horrify - स्तब्ध कर देना, भयभीत करना, भयभीत करना, आतंकित करना

"'Nothing. There lies the inexplicable part of it. The message was absurd and trivial. Ah, my God, it is as I feared!'

absurd - निरर्थक, बेतुका, असंगत, हास्यास्पद, विसंगति, बेढंगा

"As he spoke we came round the curve of the avenue, and saw in the fading light that every blind in the house had been drawn down. As we dashed up to the door, my friend's face convulsed with grief, a gentleman in black emerged from it.

dashed - मिश्रण, टक्कर, टकराना, झलक, तेज दौड़, टकर्ना, जोश, धावा

convulsed - मरोड़ना

"'When did it happen, doctor?'asked Trevor.

"'Almost immediately after you left.'

"'Did he recover consciousness?'

"'For an instant before the end.'

"'Any message for me.'

"'Only that the papers were in the back drawer of the Japanese cabinet.'

Japanese - जापानी

cabinet - काबीना, मंत्रिमंडल

"My friend ascended with the doctor to the chamber of death, while I remained in the study, turning the whole matter over and over in my head, and feeling as sombre as ever I had done in my life. What was the past of this Trevor, pugilist, traveler, and gold-digger, and how had he placed himself in the power of this acid-faced seaman?

sombre - निराशाजनक, उदास/शोकमग्न, गंभीर और विषादयुक्त, अंधकारपूर्ण, फीका

Why, too, should he faint at an allusion to the half-effaced initials upon his arm, and die of fright when he had a letter from Fordingham? Then I remembered that Fordingham was in Hampshire, and that this Mr. Beddoes, whom the seaman had gone to visit and presumably to blackmail, had also been mentioned as living in Hampshire.

allusion - संकेत, उल्लेख

effaced - मिटाना

fright - भय

presumably - सम्भवतः, संभाव्यतः

The letter, then, might either come from Hudson, the seaman, saying that he had betrayed the guilty secret which appeared to exist, or it might come from Beddoes, warning an old confederate that such a betrayal was imminent. So far it seemed clear enough. But then how could this letter be trivial and grotesque, as described by the son? He must have misread it.

betrayed - दिखाना, प्रकट करना, धोखा देना, विश्वासघात करना, जता देना

Confederate - साथी, सह अपराधी, साथ में काम करनेवाला, संधि में मिलाना

betrayal - धोखा, विश्वास घात

imminent - आसन्न, सन्निकटत, घटित होने वाला

misread - गलत पढ़ना, गलत समझना

If so, it must have been one of those ingenious secret codes which mean one thing while they seem to mean another. I must see this letter. If there were a hidden meaning in it, I was confident that I could pluck it forth.

ingenious - शानदार, प्रवीण, विदग्ध

pluck - बचाना, साहस, साहसअ, ओचना, नोचना, खींचना, तोडना

forth - आगे

For an hour I sat pondering over it in the gloom, until at last a weeping maid brought in a lamp, and close at her heels came my friend Trevor, pale but composed, with these very papers which lie upon my knee held in his grasp. He sat down opposite to me, drew the lamp to the edge of the table, and handed me a short note scribbled, as you see, upon a single sheet of gray paper.

pondering - विचार करना, सोचना/मनन करना/चिन्तन करना

gloom - अंधकार, उदासी, निराशा, आंशिक अंधकार, धुंधला करना

weeping - अश्रुपूर्ण, रोता हुआ, लटकता हुआ, रुदन, रोते हुए

'The supply of game for London is going steadily up,'it ran. 'Head-keeper Hudson, we believe, has been now told to receive all orders for fly-paper and for preservation of your hen-pheasant's life.'

"I dare say my face looked as bewildered as yours did just now when first I read this message. Then I reread it very carefully. It was evidently as I had thought, and some secret meaning must lie buried in this strange combination of words. Or could it be that there was a prearranged significance to such phrases as 'fly-paper'and 'hen-pheasant'?

reread - to read again

prearranged - पूर्वायोजित करना, पूर्वायोजित करना

Such a meaning would be arbitrary and could not be deduced in any way. And yet I was loath to believe that this was the case, and the presence of the word Hudson seemed to show that the subject of the message was as I had guessed, and that it was from Beddoes rather than the sailor. I tried it backwards, but the combination 'life pheasant's hen'was not encouraging.

arbitrary - यादृच्छिक

loath - अनिच्छुक

Then I tried alternate words, but neither 'the of for'nor 'supply game London'promised to throw any light upon it.

alternate - दूसरा, हर दूसरा, एकांतरण करना, एकान्तर, बारी बारी से

"And then in an instant the key of the riddle was in my hands, and I saw that every third word, beginning with the first, would give a message which might well drive old Trevor to despair.

riddle - पहेली

"It was short and terse, the warning, as I now read it to my companion:

Terse - रूखा

"'The game is up. Hudson has told all. Fly for your life.'

"Victor Trevor sank his face into his shaking hands. 'It must be that, I suppose,'said he. "This is worse than death, for it means disgrace as well. But what is the meaning of these "head-keepers" and "hen-pheasants"?'

disgrace - अपमान

keepers - रक्षक{रखवाली करने वाला}, रक्षक

pheasants - तीतर, चिडा

"'It means nothing to the message, but it might mean a good deal to us if we had no other means of discovering the sender. You see that he has begun by writing "," and so on. Afterwards he had, to fulfill the prearranged cipher, to fill in any two words in each space.

sender - भेजने वाला, प्रेषक, भेजने वाला

fulfill - पूरा करना, कार्यान्वित करना, पूरा करना, संतुष्ट करना

cipher - संकेताक्षर, शून्य, आद्यक्षर, तुच्छ वस्तु, गुप्त लिखावट की कुंजी

He would naturally use the first words which came to his mind, and if there were so many which referred to sport among them, you may be tolerably sure that he is either an ardent shot or interested in breeding. Do you know anything of this Beddoes?'

tolerably - ठीक ठाक, कामचलाऊ ढंग से, ठीक ठाक ढंग से

ardent - उत्कृष्ट, दक्ष, उत्साही, उत्कट

breeding - प्रजनन, अभिजाति, उच्चवंश, (breed), ज़ात, बिरादरी, जिनस, जिंस

"'Why, now that you mention it,'said he, 'I remember that my poor father used to have an invitation from him to shoot over his preserves every autumn.'

"'Then it is undoubtedly from him that the note comes,'said I. 'It only remains for us to find out what this secret was which the sailor Hudson seems to have held over the heads of these two wealthy and respected men.'

"'Alas, Holmes, I fear that it is one of sin and shame!'cried my friend. 'But from you I shall have no secrets. Here is the statement which was drawn up by my father when he knew that the danger from Hudson had become imminent. I found it in the Japanese cabinet, as he told the doctor. Take it and read it to me, for I have neither the strength nor the courage to do it myself.'

Alas - हाय, (ala) हाय

sin - अपराध, पाप, पाप करना, पाप करना, आचरण करना, गुनाह, सिन

"These are the very papers, Watson, which he handed to me, and I will read them to you, as I read them in the old study that night to him. They are endorsed outside, as you see, 'Some particulars of the voyage of the bark Gloria Scott, from her leaving Falmouth on the 8th October, 1855, to her destruction in N. Lat. 15 degrees 20', W. Long. 25 degrees 14'on Nov. 6th.

endorsed - समर्थन करना, विज्ञापन करना, पृष्ठांकन करना, पृष्ठांकन करना

bark - भों-भों की आवाज

Lat - अंतराल

Nov - नवम्बर

'It is in the form of a letter, and runs in this way:

"'My dear, dear son, now that approaching disgrace begins to darken the closing years of my life, I can write with all truth and honesty that it is not the terror of the law, it is not the loss of my position in the county, nor is it my fall in the eyes of all who have known me, which cuts me to the heart; but it is the thought that you should come to blush for me"you who love me and who have seldom, I hope, had reason to do other than respect me. But if the blow falls which is forever hanging over me, then I should wish you to read this, that you may know straight from me how far I have been to blame. On the other hand, if all should go well (which may kind God Almighty grant!), then if by any chance this paper should be still undestroyed and should fall into your hands, I conjure you, by all you hold sacred, by the memory of your dear mother, and by the love which had been between us, to hurl it into the fire and to never give one thought to it again.

darken - अँधेरा होना[करना], गहराना, काला हो जाना[कर देना], उदास हो जाना

blush - शरम इत्यादि के वजह से गाल लाल पड़ना

Almighty - सर्वशक्तिमान

conjure - जादू करना

sacred - धार्मिक

hurl - जोर से चिल्लाना, जोर से फेंक कर मारना, जोर से फेंकना

"'If then your eye goes on to read this line, I know that I shall already have been exposed and dragged from my home, or as is more likely, for you know that my heart is weak, by lying with my tongue sealed forever in death. In either case the time for suppression is past, and every word which I tell you is the naked truth, and this I swear as I hope for mercy.

sealed - मुद्रांकित करना, छाप, सील मछली, बन्द करना, मजबूती, चिपकाना

suppression - रोक, प्रतिबंध, दमन

"'My name, dear lad, is not Trevor. I was James Armitage in my younger days, and you can understand now the shock that it was to me a few weeks ago when your college friend addressed me in words which seemed to imply that he had surprised my secret.

James - book of the Bible, one of two Apostles

As Armitage it was that I entered a London banking-house, and as Armitage I was convicted of breaking my country's laws, and was sentenced to transportation. Do not think very harshly of me, laddie.

convicted - अपराधी, अपराधी ठहराना, दोषी, दोषी सिद्ध करना, दोषी सिद्ध करना

harshly - कठोरता से, निष्ठुरतासे, कठोरता से

laddie - लड़का

It was a debt of honor, so called, which I had to pay, and I used money which was not my own to do it, in the certainty that I could replace it before there could be any possibility of its being missed. But the most dreadful ill-luck pursued me. The money which I had reckoned upon never came to hand, and a premature examination of accounts exposed my deficit.

most dreadful - सबसे भयानक

premature - असामयिक, असमय, अकाल, अपरिपक्व, समय से पहले जन्मा

deficit - कमी, घाटा

The case might have been dealt leniently with, but the laws were more harshly administered thirty years ago than now, and on my twenty-third birthday I found myself chained as a felon with thirty-seven other convicts in 'tween-decks of the bark Gloria Scott, bound for Australia.

leniently - नरमी से

administered - करना, देना, व्यवस्था करना, बन्दोबस्त करना, प्रशासन करना

felon - महापराधी

convicts - अपराधी, अपराधी ठहराना, दोषी, दोषी सिद्ध करना, दोषी सिद्ध करना

Australia - ऑस्ट्रेलिया

"'It was the year '55 when the Crimean war was at its height, and the old convict ships had been largely used as transports in the Black Sea. The government was compelled, therefore, to use smaller and less suitable vessels for sending out their prisoners.

convict - अपराधी, अपराधी ठहराना, दोषी, दोषी सिद्ध करना, दोषी सिद्ध करना

compelled - मजबूर, जबरदस्ती कराना, विवश करना, बाध्य करना, मजबूर करना, विवश

vessels - नस, नलिका, बर्तन, पोत, जलयान, पात्र, रक्तवाहिनी, नाड़ी, रग

The Gloria Scott had been in the Chinese tea-trade, but she was an old-fashioned, heavy-bowed, broad-beamed craft, and the new clippers had cut her out. She was a five-hundred-ton boat; and besides her thirty-eight jail-birds, she carried twenty-six of a crew, eighteen soldiers, a captain, three mates, a doctor, a chaplain, and four warders.

clippers - कतरनी, पोत, कैंची

chaplain - पुरोहित, पुजारी/पुरोहित/पादरी

warders - जेल अधीक्षक

Nearly a hundred souls were in her, all told, when we set sail from Falmouth.

"'The partitions between the cells of the convicts, instead of being of thick oak, as is usual in convict-ships, were quite thin and frail. The man next to me, upon the aft side, was one whom I had particularly noticed when we were led down the quay. He was a young man with a clear, hairless face, a long, thin nose, and rather nut-cracker jaws.

partitions - विभाजन, विभक्त कर देना, व्यवधान, पार्टीशन, विभक्त कर देना

frail - कमजोर

aft - दुंबाल में, पिछला, जहाज़ के पिछले भाग के पास, पीचे की तरफ़

quay - जहाजी घाट

hairless - गंजा, केशहीन

jaws - बकबक करना, गाली देना, वाचालता, गपशप, लहर, संकीर्ण घाटी

He carried his head very jauntily in the air, had a swaggering style of walking, and was, above all else, remarkable for his extraordinary height. I don't think any of our heads would have come up to his shoulder, and I am sure that he could not have measured less than six and a half feet. It was strange among so many sad and weary faces to see one which was full of energy and resolution.

jauntily - प्रङुल्लतापूर्वक

swaggering - झुमकीलाहट, (swagger) झुमकीलाहट

weary - थकाना, उकता देना, उबाऊ, ऊबा हुआ, ऊबा हुआ, ऊब जाना, क्लान्त

The sight of it was to me like a fire in a snow-storm. I was glad, then, to find that he was my neighbor, and gladder still when, in the dead of the night, I heard a whisper close to my ear, and found that he had managed to cut an opening in the board which separated us.

snow-storm - (snow-storm) हिमपात

"'"Hullo, chummy!" said he, "what's your name, and what are you here for?"

chummy - घनिष्ठ, मित्रवत्

"'I answered him, and asked in turn who I was talking with.

"'"I'm Jack Prendergast," said he, "and by God! You'll learn to bless my name before you've done with me."

"'I remembered hearing of his case, for it was one which had made an immense sensation throughout the country some time before my own arrest. He was a man of good family and of great ability, but of incurably vicious habits, who had by an ingenious system of fraud obtained huge sums of money from the leading London merchants.

sensation - संवेदना, उत्तेजना, जोश, ज्ञान, बोध, स्पर्शज्ञान, सनसनी

incurably - असुधार्य रूप से, असाध्य रूप से, पक्के तौर पर, पक्के तौर पर

vicious - उग्र, निन्दनीय, अनैतिक, विद्वेषपूर्ण, कष्टदायक, दुराचारी

merchants - व्यापारी, सौदागर, पणिता

"'"Ha, ha! You remember my case!" said he proudly.

proudly - शानदार ढंग से, अभिमानपूर्वक, सगर्व, साभिमान, गर्व से, गर्व से

"'"Very well, indeed."

"'"Then maybe you remember something queer about it?"

"'"What was that, then?"

"'"I'd had nearly a quarter of a million, hadn't I?"

"'"So it was said."

"'"But none was recovered, eh?"

eh - used as a tag question, used to mean “What?”


"'"Well, where d'ye suppose the balance is?" he asked.

"'"I have no idea," said I.

"'"Right between my finger and thumb," he cried. "By God! I've got more pounds to my name than you've hairs on your head. And if you've money, my son, and know how to handle it and spread it, you can do anything.

Now, you don't think it likely that a man who could do anything is going to wear his breeches out sitting in the stinking hold of a rat-gutted, beetle-ridden, mouldy old coffin of a China coaster. No, sir, such a man will look after himself and will look after his chums. You may lay to that! You hold on to him, and you may kiss the book that he'll haul you through."

breeches - पेंदा, नालपृष्ठ

stinking - गुस्से से भरा, बुरा, बहुत ज़्यादा, बदबूदार, बेकार

gutted - सार, साहस, तहस नहस कर देना, तोंद, आँत, मन, अंत्र रज्जु

mouldy - घिसा पिटा, क्षुद्र, बेकार, फफूंदीदार

coffin - ताबूत, ताबूत जिसमें लाश को रखकर जमीन में गाढ़ा जाता है

coaster - माल ढ़ोने वाला जहाज, गर्म बर्तन आदि रखने की गोल टिकली

chums - साथी, यार

haul - ढोना, जाल में फँसी हुई मछलियों की राशि, प्राप्त वस्तु

"'That was his style of talk, and at first I thought it meant nothing; but after a while, when he had tested me and sworn me in with all possible solemnity, he let me understand that there really was a plot to gain command of the vessel. A dozen of the prisoners had hatched it before they came aboard, Prendergast was the leader, and his money was the motive power.

solemnity - गंभीरता, गाम्भीर्य, औपचारिकता

vessel - जहाज़

hatched - बनाना, द्वार, अंडे सेना, फलका मुख, अंडे से बच्चा निकलना, फलका

aboard - अबौड

motive power - प्रेरण शक्ति

"'"I'd a partner," said he, "a rare good man, as true as a stock to a barrel. He's got the dibbs, he has, and where do you think he is at this moment? Why, he's the chaplain of this ship"the chaplain, no less! He came aboard with a black coat, and his papers right, and money enough in his box to buy the thing right up from keel to main-truck. The crew are his, body and soul.

barrel - पीपा

keel - नौतल

He could buy 'em at so much a gross with a cash discount, and he did it before ever they signed on. He's got two of the warders and Mereer, the second mate, and he'd get the captain himself, if he thought him worth it."

Gross - घटिया, भद्दा, अश्लील, अर्जित करना, मोटा, निरा, सकल लाभ

cash discount - नकद छूट

"'"What are we to do, then?" I asked.

"'"What do you think?" said he. "We'll make the coats of some of these soldiers redder than ever the tailor did."

tailor - दर्ज़ी

"'"But they are armed," said I.

"'"And so shall we be, my boy. There's a brace of pistols for every mother's son of us, and if we can't carry this ship, with the crew at our back, it's time we were all sent to a young misses'boarding-school. You speak to your mate upon the left to-night, and see if he is to be trusted."

brace - तैयार करना, तैयार करना, पट्टी, जोड़ा, कसनी, धनुकोष्ठक, गेलिस

pistols - पिस्तौल, पिस्तौल/तमंचा

"'I did so, and found my other neighbor to be a young fellow in much the same position as myself, whose crime had been forgery. His name was Evans, but he afterwards changed it, like myself, and he is now a rich and prosperous man in the south of England.

Forgery - नकली, नकल, जालसाज़ी

prosperous - समृद्ध, सम्पन्न, खुशहाल, ऋद्ध

He was ready enough to join the conspiracy, as the only means of saving ourselves, and before we had crossed the Bay there were only two of the prisoners who were not in the secret. One of these was of weak mind, and we did not dare to trust him, and the other was suffering from jaundice, and could not be of any use to us.

jaundice - पीलिया

"'From the beginning there was really nothing to prevent us from taking possession of the ship. The crew were a set of ruffians, specially picked for the job.

ruffians - बदमाश, गुंडा, गुण्डा

specially - खास तौर पर, विशेष रूप से

The sham chaplain came into our cells to exhort us, carrying a black bag, supposed to be full of tracts, and so often did he come that by the third day we had each stowed away at the foot of our beds a file, a brace of pistols, a pound of powder, and twenty slugs. Two of the warders were agents of Prendergast, and the second mate was his right-hand man.

sham - कपट, ढोंग

exhort - प्रोत्साहित करना, उपदेश देना, प्रोत्साहित करना, दबाव डालना

tracts - क्षेत्र, नलीई, इलाका, पुस्तिका, शरीर के अंगों की कार्य प्रणाली

stowed away - छुटकारा लिया

slugs - घोंघा, गोली, घूँट, आलसी आदमी, अंधाधुंध मारना, आलसी आदमी, कीट

The captain, the two mates, two warders, Lieutenant Martin, his eighteen soldiers, and the doctor were all that we had against us. Yet, safe as it was, we determined to neglect no precaution, and to make our attack suddenly by night. It came, however, more quickly than we expected, and in this way.

lieutenant - सहायक, लेफ्टिनेंट

Martin - अबाबील चिड़ियाँ, अबाबील

"'One evening, about the third week after our start, the doctor had come down to see one of the prisoners who was ill, and putting his hand down on the bottom of his bunk he felt the outline of the pistols.

bunk - शायिका

If he had been silent he might have blown the whole thing, but he was a nervous little chap, so he gave a cry of surprise and turned so pale that the man knew what was up in an instant and seized him. He was gagged before he could give the alarm, and tied down upon the bed. He had unlocked the door that led to the deck, and we were through it in a rush.

gagged - परिहास करना, प्रतिबंध, अभिनेताकृत क्षेपक, मुख बन्धनी

The two sentries were shot down, and so was a corporal who came running to see what was the matter. There were two more soldiers at the door of the state-room, and their muskets seemed not to be loaded, for they never fired upon us, and they were shot while trying to fix their bayonets.

sentries - संतरी

corporal - सेना का छोटा अधिकारी, एक छोटा अफसर

muskets - बन्दूक, बंदूक

bayonets - बेनट से वार करना, बेनट, संगीन, संगीन भोंकना, संगीन भोंकना

Then we rushed on into the captain's cabin, but as we pushed open the door there was an explosion from within, and there he lay with his brains smeared over the chart of the Atlantic which was pinned upon the table, while the chaplain stood with a smoking pistol in his hand at his elbow. The two mates had both been seized by the crew, and the whole business seemed to be settled.

pushed open - खुला कर दिया

smeared - मैला करना, दाग, गंदा करना, बदनाम करना, धब्बा, मानहानि

"'The state-room was next the cabin, and we flocked in there and flopped down on the settees, all speaking together, for we were just mad with the feeling that we were free once more. There were lockers all round, and Wilson, the sham chaplain, knocked one of them in, and pulled out a dozen of brown sherry.

flocked - जमा होना, शिष्य वृन्द, झुण्ड, जमा होना, लच्छा

flopped - असफल होना, असफल, पूर्णतः असफल, असफल व्यक्ति, फड़फड़ाने की आवाज़

settees - छोटा सोफ़्, सोफ़ा, छोटा सोफ़्, सेटी

lockers - लॉकर, लकर

Wilson - विल्सन

sherry - शैरीई, शैरी, स्पेन की शराब

We cracked off the necks of the bottles, poured the stuff out into tumblers, and were just tossing them off, when in an instant without warning there came the roar of muskets in our ears, and the saloon was so full of smoke that we could not see across the table. When it cleared again the place was a shambles.

tumblers - खटका, टंबलर, कलाबाज़ी खाने वाला, गिरहबाज़ कबूतर, गिलास

tossing - फेंकना, (toss), t-needed

roar - गरजना, चिल्लाना, शोरगुल, ठहाका लगाना, गड़गड़ाहट, ठहाका, भभक

shambles - पैर घसीटकर चलना, पैर घसीट कर चलना, पैर घसीट कर चलना

Wilson and eight others were wriggling on the top of each other on the floor, and the blood and the brown sherry on that table turn me sick now when I think of it. We were so cowed by the sight that I think we should have given the job up if it had not been for Prendergast. He bellowed like a bull and rushed for the door with all that were left alive at his heels.

wriggling - कुलबुलाता हुआ, छटपटाता हुआ, (wriggle)

bellowed - जोर से चिल्लाना, जोर से चिल्लाना, गुस्से से बोलना, चीखना

Out we ran, and there on the poop were the lieutenant and ten of his men. The swing skylights above the saloon table had been a bit open, and they had fired on us through the slit. We got on them before they could load, and they stood to it like men; but we had the upper hand of them, and in five minutes it was all over. My God! Was there ever a slaughter-house like that ship!

poop - बेदम कर देना, जानकारी, बेवकूफ़, थका देना, पिछाडी, दुंबाल

swing - परिवर्तन, लटकना, बदलना, घूमना, निशाना बनाना, लय

Skylights - रोशनदान, झरोखा/रोशनदान/वातायन

slaughter - हराना, हत्या, मारना, हत्या/वध, पशुवध

Prendergast was like a raging devil, and he picked the soldiers up as if they had been children and threw them overboard alive or dead. There was one sergeant that was horribly wounded and yet kept on swimming for a surprising time, until some one in mercy blew out his brains. When the fighting was over there was no one left of our enemies except just the warders, the mates, and the doctor.

raging - छेड़ छाड़ करना, घटिया समाचारपत्र, बहुत तंग करना

overboard - जहाज पर से पानी में, पानी में गिरना, नाव पर से पानी में

horribly - भयंकर रूपसे, बुरी तरह से, बुरी तरह से

"'It was over them that the great quarrel arose. There were many of us who were glad enough to win back our freedom, and yet who had no wish to have murder on our souls. It was one thing to knock the soldiers over with their muskets in their hands, and it was another to stand by while men were being killed in cold blood.

quarrel - झगड़ा, असहमति

Eight of us, five convicts and three sailors, said that we would not see it done. But there was no moving Prendergast and those who were with him. Our only chance of safety lay in making a clean job of it, said he, and he would not leave a tongue with power to wag in a witness-box.

wag - हिलना, वाक्विदग्ध, हिलाना, ठठोलिया, मसखरा

It nearly came to our sharing the fate of the prisoners, but at last he said that if we wished we might take a boat and go. We jumped at the offer, for we were already sick of these bloodthirsty doings, and we saw that there would be worse before it was done. We were given a suit of sailor togs each, a barrel of water, two casks, one of junk and one of biscuits, and a compass.

fate - क़िस्मत, किस्मत, नसीब, तक़दीर

bloodthirsty - खून का प्यासा, खून का प्यासा

casks - पीपा, पीपाआ

junk - बेकार वस्तु

compass - कम्पास, कुतुबनुमा

Prendergast threw us over a chart, told us that we were shipwrecked mariners whose ship had foundered in Lat. 15 degrees and Long 25 degrees west, and then cut the painter and let us go.

shipwrecked - टूटे हुए जहाज़ का, टूट जाना, नुक्सान उठाना, नुक्सान उठाना

mariners - नाविक

"'And now I come to the most surprising part of my story, my dear son. The seamen had hauled the fore-yard aback during the rising, but now as we left them they brought it square again, and as there was a light wind from the north and east the bark began to draw slowly away from us.

seamen - नाविक

hauled - ढोना, जाल में फँसी हुई मछलियों की राशि, प्राप्त वस्तु

aback - पीछे/हतप्रभ

Our boat lay, rising and falling, upon the long, smooth rollers, and Evans and I, who were the most educated of the party, were sitting in the sheets working out our position and planning what coast we should make for. It was a nice question, for the Cape de Verdes were about five hundred miles to the north of us, and the African coast about seven hundred to the east.

rollers - गिरहबाज़ कबूतर, लहर, बेलन, रोलर, पहियेदार पट्टी

most educated - सबसे शिक्षित

Cape - गरदनी, कंधे का वस्त्र

de - initialism of differential equation

On the whole, as the wind was coming round to the north, we thought that Sierra Leone might be best, and turned our head in that direction, the bark being at that time nearly hull down on our starboard quarter. Suddenly as we looked at her we saw a dense black cloud of smoke shoot up from her, which hung like a monstrous tree upon the sky line.

Sierra - दाँतेदार पर्वतमाला, पर्वमाला, दाँतेदार पर्वतमाला, सियेरा

hull - छिलका, पेटा, छीलना, छिलका उतारना, हाज का ढाँचा

starboard - जहाज का अगला दाहिना भागअ, जहाज का अगला दाहिना भागअ

dense - घना

A few seconds later a roar like thunder burst upon our ears, and as the smoke thinned away there was no sign left of the Gloria Scott. In an instant we swept the boat's head round again and pulled with all our strength for the place where the haze still trailing over the water marked the scene of this catastrophe.

thunder - गरज, गड़गड़ाहट, राद, गर्जन

haze - कोहरा

trailing - पीछे होना, हारना, चरण, निशानी, चिह्न, पीछा करना, रास्ता

"'It was a long hour before we reached it, and at first we feared that we had come too late to save any one.

A splintered boat and a number of crates and fragments of spars rising and falling on the waves showed us where the vessel had foundered; but there was no sign of life, and we had turned away in despair when we heard a cry for help, and saw at some distance a piece of wreckage with a man lying stretched across it.

splintered - छिपटी, चिरना, अलग हो जाना, छिपटियों में बँट जाना, फाँस

crates - लकड़ी का बक्सा, क्रेट, लकड़ी का बक्सा, क्रेट में भरना

spars - पार्स, (Spar) पार्स

wreckage - ध्वंसावशेष, भग्नावशेष, नाव आदि का टूटना

When we pulled him aboard the boat he proved to be a young seaman of the name of Hudson, who was so burned and exhausted that he could give us no account of what had happened until the following morning.

exhausted - थकाना, खींच लेना, पूर्ण वर्णन करना, खत्म कर डालना

"'It seemed that after we had left, Prendergast and his gang had proceeded to put to death the five remaining prisoners. The two warders had been shot and thrown overboard, and so also had the third mate. Prendergast then descended into the 'tween-decks and with his own hands cut the throat of the unfortunate surgeon. There only remained the first mate, who was a bold and active man.

descended - उतरना, उतारना, नीचे उतरना, वंशक्रमानुसार प्राप्त होना

When he saw the convict approaching him with the bloody knife in his hand he kicked off his bonds, which he had somehow contrived to loosen, and rushing down the deck he plunged into the after-hold.

bloody - पूर्ण, बहुत ही, भयंकर, पूर्णतः, निर्दयी, फालतु, बहुत ही

contrived - बनाना, कोशिश करना, उपाय निकालना, उपाय निकालना, युक्ति निकालना

loosen - ढीला करना

A dozen convicts, who descended with their pistols in search of him, found him with a match-box in his hand seated beside an open powder-barrel, which was one of a hundred carried on board, and swearing that he would blow all hands up if he were in any way molested.

molested - कष्ट देना, सताना, तंग करना, हमला करना, हमला करना, छेड़छाड़ करना

An instant later the explosion occurred, though Hudson thought it was caused by the misdirected bullet of one of the convicts rather than the mate's match. Be the cause what it may, it was the end of the Gloria Scott and of the rabble who held command of her.

misdirected - गलत रास्ता दिखाना, पथभ्रष्ट करना, पथभ्रष्ट करना, गुमराह करना

rabble - शोर भरी अव्यवस्थित भीड़

"'Such, in a few words, my dear boy, is the history of this terrible business in which I was involved. Next day we were picked up by the brig Hotspur, bound for Australia, whose captain found no difficulty in believing that we were the survivors of a passenger ship which had foundered.

brig - दो मस्तूल का जहाज़, दो मस्तूल का जहाज़, दो मस्तूल वाली नौका

Hotspur - हॉट्सपर

The transport ship Gloria Scott was set down by the Admiralty as being lost at sea, and no word has ever leaked out as to her true fate. After an excellent voyage the Hotspur landed us at Sydney, where Evans and I changed our names and made our way to the diggings, where, among the crowds who were gathered from all nations, we had no difficulty in losing our former identities.

transport ship - परिवहन जहाज

Admiralty - नावाधिपति पद, नौसेना विभाग, नौकाधिकरण

leaked out - निकल गया

Sydney - सिडनी

The rest I need not relate. We prospered, we traveled, we came back as rich colonials to England, and we bought country estates. For more than twenty years we have led peaceful and useful lives, and we hoped that our past was forever buried. Imagine, then, my feelings when in the seaman who came to us I recognized instantly the man who had been picked off the wreck.

prospered - संपन्न होना, समृद्ध होना, संपन्न होना, सफल होना

colonials - उपनिवेशी, औपनिवेशिक

He had tracked us down somehow, and had set himself to live upon our fears. You will understand now how it was that I strove to keep the peace with him, and you will in some measure sympathize with me in the fears which fill me, now that he has gone from me to his other victim with threats upon his tongue.'

strove - कठोर परिश्रम करना, प्रयास करना, संघर्ष करना, का मुकाबला करना

sympathize - समर्थन करना, सहानुभूति रखना, से सहमत होना, सहानुभूति रखना

"Underneath is written in a hand so shaky as to be hardly legible, 'Beddoes writes in cipher to say H. has told all. Sweet Lord, have mercy on our souls!'

underneath - नीचे

shaky - अस्थिर, डाँवाँडोल, काँपता हुआ, कम्पायमान, विचल

"That was the narrative which I read that night to young Trevor, and I think, Watson, that under the circumstances it was a dramatic one. The good fellow was heart-broken at it, and went out to the Terai tea planting, where I hear that he is doing well. As to the sailor and Beddoes, neither of them was ever heard of again after that day on which the letter of warning was written.

Terai - तू करेगा

They both disappeared utterly and completely. No complaint had been lodged with the police, so that Beddoes had mistaken a threat for a deed. Hudson had been seen lurking about, and it was believed by the police that he had done away with Beddoes and had fled. For myself I believe that the truth was exactly the opposite.

lurking - प्रच्छन्न, (lurk)

I think that it is most probable that Beddoes, pushed to desperation and believing himself to have been already betrayed, had revenged himself upon Hudson, and had fled from the country with as much money as he could lay his hands on. Those are the facts of the case, Doctor, and if they are of any use to your collection, I am sure that they are very heartily at your service."

most probable - सबसे संभावित

desperation - निराशा

revenged - बदला लेना, प्रतिशोध, बदला, प्रतिशोध लेना, इंतकाम

heartily - पूरी तरह से, बहुत अधिक, बहुत अधिक, उत्साह से, ख़ुशी ख़ुशी

Chapter V. The Musgrave Ritual

An anomaly which often struck me in the character of my friend Sherlock Holmes was that, although in his methods of thought he was the neatest and most methodical of mankind, and although also he affected a certain quiet primness of dress, he was none the less in his personal habits one of the most untidy men that ever drove a fellow-lodger to distraction.

anomaly - अनियमितता, असंगति, अनियमितता/नियम विरोध

methodical - सुव्यवस्थित, व्यवस्थित/तरीके का, विधिवत्

mankind - मानवता, आदमज़ाद, मानवजाति

primness - कोमलता, अतिनैष्ठिकता, सुकुमारता

untidy - मैला, गन्दा, बेतरतीब/मैला कुचैला/गन्दा, मैला कुचैला, अव्यस्थित

lodger - आवासी

Distraction - विकर्षण, ध्यान का खिंचाव/दूसरी ओर लगाव, मनबहलाव, व्याकुकता

Not that I am in the least conventional in that respect myself. The rough-and-tumble work in Afghanistan, coming on the top of a natural Bohemianism of disposition, has made me rather more lax than befits a medical man.

tumble - गिरावट, भाव गिरना, गिर जाना, कलाबाजी खाना, गिर पड़ना, यहाँ वहाँ

Afghanistan - id=Q889 ountry

Bohemianism - बोहेमियानिज्म

disposition - प्रवृत्ति, प्रबंध, स्थिति, स्वभाव, प्रकृति

lax - ढीला, लापरवाह

But with me there is a limit, and when I find a man who keeps his cigars in the coal-scuttle, his tobacco in the toe end of a Persian slipper, and his unanswered correspondence transfixed by a jack-knife into the very centre of his wooden mantelpiece, then I begin to give myself virtuous airs.

cigars - चुरुट/सिगार, सिगार, चुरूट

scuttle - भाग जाना

Persian - फारसी भाषा या फारसी{निवासी}, फारसी भाषा, ईरानी, पर्शिया का

slipper - स्लिपर्स, चप्पलें

unanswered - अनुत्तरित

correspondence - लिखा पढी, समानता, लिखा पढी, चिट्ठी पट्रीई

transfixed - बींधना, नुकीली वस्तु युक्त होना, स्तंभित हो जाना, स्तम्भित होना

virtuous - नैतिक, पवित्र, धर्मपरायण, सदाचारी, चरित्रवान्‌, गुणी

I have always held, too, that pistol practice should be distinctly an open-air pastime; and when Holmes, in one of his queer humors, would sit in an arm-chair with his hair-trigger and a hundred Boxer cartridges, and proceed to adorn the opposite wall with a patriotic V. R. done in bullet-pocks, I felt strongly that neither the atmosphere nor the appearance of our room was improved by it.

distinctly - in a distinct manner

pastime - मनोरंजन, मन्बहलाव, शौक्*अ

humors - शरीरी द्रव, मिजाज़, हास्य, बात मानना, शरीरी द्रव, हाज़िरजवाबी

boxer - बौक्सर कुत्ता, बौक्सर कुत्ता, मुक्केबाज़

cartridges - कारतूस, कार्ट्रिज, कारतुस

adorn - सजाना, सुशोभित करना, श्रृंगार करना, शोभा बढ़ाना, संवारना

patriotic - देशभक्त, देशभक्तिपूर्ण

Our chambers were always full of chemicals and of criminal relics which had a way of wandering into unlikely positions, and of turning up in the butter-dish or in even less desirable places. But his papers were my great crux.

chambers - सभा, सदन, कमरा, कचहरी, कोठरी, कक्ष, कक्षिका, कोष्ठ

relics - अवशेष, यादगार, स्मृतिचिह्न

desirable - योग्य, वांछित, वांछनीय, इष्ट, दिलपसंद, अभीष्ट

crux - समस्या का महत्वपूर्ण अंग, मूल बिंदु, मूल बिंदु

He had a horror of destroying documents, especially those which were connected with his past cases, and yet it was only once in every year or two that he would muster energy to docket and arrange them; for, as I have mentioned somewhere in these incoherent memoirs, the outbursts of passionate energy when he performed the remarkable feats with which his name is associated were followed by reactions of lethargy during which he would lie about with his violin and his books, hardly moving save from the sofa to the table. Thus month after month his papers accumulated, until every corner of the room was stacked with bundles of manuscript which were on no account to be burned, and which could not be put away save by their owner. One winter's night, as we sat together by the fire, I ventured to suggest to him that, as he had finished pasting extracts into his common-place book, he might employ the next two hours in making our room a little more habitable. He could not deny the justice of my request, so with a rather rueful face he went off to his bedroom, from which he returned presently pulling a large tin box behind him. This he placed in the middle of the floor and, squatting down upon a stool in front of it, he threw back the lid. I could see that it was already a third full of bundles of paper tied up with red tape into separate packages.

docket - रजिस्टर में लिखना

incoherent - असंगत, असंबद्ध, अवाक्

lethargy - सुस्ती, अकर्मण्यता, अलसता

violin - वायलिन, बेला, सारंगी

accumulated - ढेर लगना, जमा करना, जमा होना, ढेर लगना, इकठ्ठा करना, बढ़ना

stacked - ढेर, क्रमबद्ध ढेर लगाना, भरना, गद्दियों में लगाना/ढ़ेर लगाना

bundles - भरना, बहुत ज़्यादा, गट्ठा, बांधना, गठरी, गठ्ठा/गठरी/पुलिन्दा

manuscript - पाण्डुलिपि

ventured - जाने का साहस करना, करने का साहस करना, उपक्रम, साहसिक कार्य

habitable - रहने लायक, निवास योग्य

rueful - उदास, विषादमय, पश्चात्तापमय

Presently - अभी, शीघ्र ही, संप्रति, अभी अभी, अभी अभी

squatting - उट्ठक बैठक, गोल मटोल, अवैध रूप से रहना, कम ऊँचा, ठिंगना

stool - चौकी, तिपाही, पाखाना, मल, गुह, त्याग

lid - ढक्कन

"There are cases enough here, Watson," said he, looking at me with mischievous eyes. "I think that if you knew all that I had in this box you would ask me to pull some out instead of putting others in."

mischievous - शरारती, नटखट, हानिकर, शैतान, बंग

"These are the records of your early work, then?" I asked. "I have often wished that I had notes of those cases."

"Yes, my boy, these were all done prematurely before my biographer had come to glorify me." He lifted bundle after bundle in a tender, caressing sort of way. "They are not all successes, Watson," said he. "But there are some pretty little problems among them.

prematurely - असमय में, समय से पूर्व, समय से पूर्व, असमय में

biographer - जीवनी लेखक

glorify - गौरवान्वित करना, गुणगान करना, गुणगान करना, गौरवान्वित करना

caressing - - सुलझाना, (cares) - सुलझाना

Here's the record of the Tarleton murders, and the case of Vamberry, the wine merchant, and the adventure of the old Russian woman, and the singular affair of the aluminium crutch, as well as a full account of Ricoletti of the club-foot, and his abominable wife. And here"ah, now, this really is something a little recherché."

Russian - रूसी, tरशियन

aluminium - एल्युमिनियम, स्फटयातु

crutch - बैसाखी

abominable - घटिया, नृशंस, भद्दा, घृणित, घिनौना, बीभत्स, ख़राब

He dived his arm down to the bottom of the chest, and brought up a small wooden box with a sliding lid, such as children's toys are kept in. From within he produced a crumpled piece of paper, an old-fashioned brass key, a peg of wood with a ball of string attached to it, and three rusty old disks of metal.

crumpled - सिकोड़ना, ध्वस्त होना, गींजना, सिलवटें डालना[पडना]

peg - दर्शाना, स्थिर रखना, खूँटा, लकड़ी की टाँग, खूंटि से बाँधना

rusty - पुराना, जंग लगा, मंद, मोरचे के रंग का, जंग लगा हुआ

disks - मण्डल, चकती, डिस्क

"Well, my boy, what do you make of this lot?" he asked, smiling at my expression.

"It is a curious collection."

"Very curious, and the story that hangs round it will strike you as being more curious still."

more curious - अधिक जिज्ञासु

"These relics have a history then?"

"So much so that they are history."

"What do you mean by that?"

Sherlock Holmes picked them up one by one, and laid them along the edge of the table. Then he reseated himself in his chair and looked them over with a gleam of satisfaction in his eyes.

"These," said he, "are all that I have left to remind me of the adventure of the Musgrave Ritual."

I had heard him mention the case more than once, though I had never been able to gather the details. "I should be so glad," said I, "if you would give me an account of it."

"And leave the litter as it is?" he cried, mischievously. "Your tidiness won't bear much strain after all, Watson. But I should be glad that you should add this case to your annals, for there are points in it which make it quite unique in the criminal records of this or, I believe, of any other country.

mischievously - शरारती ढंग से, शैतानी पूर्ण, शरारती ढंग से

tidiness - साफ़ सुथरापन

annals - इतिहास, वर्णक्रम से लिखा हुआ इतिहास, वर्ष वृतान्त

criminal records - अपराध रिकॉर्ड्स

A collection of my trifling achievements would certainly be incomplete which contained no account of this very singular business.

trifling - तुच्छ, छोटी, (trifle) तुच्छ

incomplete - अपूर्ण, अधूरा, असमाप्त

"You may remember how the affair of the Gloria Scott, and my conversation with the unhappy man whose fate I told you of, first turned my attention in the direction of the profession which has become my life's work.

You see me now when my name has become known far and wide, and when I am generally recognized both by the public and by the official force as being a final court of appeal in doubtful cases. Even when you knew me first, at the time of the affair which you have commemorated in 'A Study in Scarlet,'I had already established a considerable, though not a very lucrative, connection.

doubtful - अनिश्चित, संदिग्ध, संदेह, संशयास्पद

commemorated - किसी उत्सव द्वारा स्मरण करना

scarlet - क़िरमिज़

lucrative - लाभकारी, लाभप्रद, लाभकर, अर्थप्रद

You can hardly realize, then, how difficult I found it at first, and how long I had to wait before I succeeded in making any headway.

headway - प्रगति, गति

"When I first came up to London I had rooms in Montague Street, just round the corner from the British Museum, and there I waited, filling in my too abundant leisure time by studying all those branches of science which might make me more efficient.

Now and again cases came in my way, principally through the introduction of old fellow-students, for during my last years at the University there was a good deal of talk there about myself and my methods.

principally - मुख्य रूप से, मुख्यतया

The third of these cases was that of the Musgrave Ritual, and it is to the interest which was aroused by that singular chain of events, and the large issues which proved to be at stake, that I trace my first stride towards the position which I now hold.

stride - लम्बे डग मारना, एक कदम में पार करना, टांगे फैलाकर बैठना

"Reginald Musgrave had been in the same college as myself, and I had some slight acquaintance with him. He was not generally popular among the undergraduates, though it always seemed to me that what was set down as pride was really an attempt to cover extreme natural diffidence.

undergraduates - पूर्वस्नातक

diffidence - संकोच

In appearance he was a man of exceedingly aristocratic type, thin, high-nosed, and large-eyed, with languid and yet courtly manners.

aristocratic - कुलीन, ठाटबाटवाला

languid - ढीला, निरुत्साह

courtly - सभ्य, सुसभ्य

He was indeed a scion of one of the very oldest families in the kingdom, though his branch was a cadet one which had separated from the northern Musgraves some time in the sixteenth century, and had established itself in western Sussex, where the Manor House of Hurlstone is perhaps the oldest inhabited building in the county.

scion - कलम, पल्लव, वंशज, युवा वंशज, वारिस, संतान, युवा वंशज, संतति

Kingdom - राज्य, बादशाहत, सल्तनत

cadet - कैडेट, सैनिक विद्यालय का विद्यार्थी, सेनाछात्र, बालवीर

Sixteenth - सोलहवाँ भाग, सोलहवाँ, सोलहवाँ भाग

Sussex - ससेक्स

Manor - जागीर, गढ़ी

Something of his birth place seemed to cling to the man, and I never looked at his pale, keen face or the poise of his head without associating him with gray archways and mullioned windows and all the venerable wreckage of a feudal keep. Once or twice we drifted into talk, and I can remember that more than once he expressed a keen interest in my methods of observation and inference.

cling - कस कर लिपट जाना

poise - तैयार करना, रुकना, संतुलित करना, साध कर पकड़ना, ठवन, संतुलन

archways - तोरण, तोरणपथ

mullioned - बिचला छड़

venerable - वेनरेबल, पूज्य, सम्मान्य

feudal - जागीरदारी[से सम्बंधित], सामंती

drifted - बहना, ढेर, धारा, अभिप्राय, झुखाव, प्रवाहित करना, आशय, बहाव

"For four years I had seen nothing of him until one morning he walked into my room in Montague Street. He had changed little, was dressed like a young man of fashion"he was always a bit of a dandy"and preserved the same quiet, suave manner which had formerly distinguished him.

dandy - छैल, छैला, बाँका, रंगीला

suave - सौम्य, सभ्य, चापलूस

"'How has all gone with you Musgrave?'I asked, after we had cordially shaken hands.

cordially - अत्यधिक, सभ्यतः, बाशऊर, शालीनतः, शिष्टाचारपूर्वक, शिष्टतः

"'You probably heard of my poor father's death,'said he; 'he was carried off about two years ago. Since then I have of course had the Hurlstone estates to manage, and as I am member for my district as well, my life has been a busy one. But I understand, Holmes, that you are turning to practical ends those powers with which you used to amaze us?'

carried off - उठाया गया

amaze - चकित कर देना

"'Yes,'said I, 'I have taken to living by my wits.'

"'I am delighted to hear it, for your advice at present would be exceedingly valuable to me. We have had some very strange doings at Hurlstone, and the police have been able to throw no light upon the matter. It is really the most extraordinary and inexplicable business.'

"You can imagine with what eagerness I listened to him, Watson, for the very chance for which I had been panting during all those months of inaction seemed to have come within my reach. In my inmost heart I believed that I could succeed where others failed, and now I had the opportunity to test myself.

eagerness - उत्सुकता, औत्सुक्य, तत्परता

panting - श्वास लेना, (pant) श्वास लेना

inaction - निष्क्रियता, अकर्म, अकार्य, अकरण, कर्महीनता

inmost - अंतर्तम, केंद्र के समीपस्थ, केंद्र के समीपस्थ

"'Pray, let me have the details,'I cried.

"Reginald Musgrave sat down opposite to me, and lit the cigarette which I had pushed towards him.

pushed towards - प्रभावित किया गया

"'You must know,'said he, 'that though I am a bachelor, I have to keep up a considerable staff of servants at Hurlstone, for it is a rambling old place, and takes a good deal of looking after. I preserve, too, and in the pheasant months I usually have a house-party, so that it would not do to be short-handed. Altogether there are eight maids, the cook, the butler, two footmen, and a boy.

bachelor - स्नातक, कुँवारों के लिए उपयुक्त, कुँवारा पुरुष, अविवाहित पुरुष

rambling - घुमावदार, भ्रमण, फैलने वाला, दूर तक फैला हुआ, असंबद्ध

footmen - नौकर, वर्दीधारी सेवक

The garden and the stables of course have a separate staff.

"'Of these servants the one who had been longest in our service was Brunton the butler. He was a young school-master out of place when he was first taken up by my father, but he was a man of great energy and character, and he soon became quite invaluable in the household.

invaluable - बहुमूल्य, अमूल्य

He was a well-grown, handsome man, with a splendid forehead, and though he has been with us for twenty years he cannot be more than forty now.

splendid - शानदार

With his personal advantages and his extraordinary gifts"for he can speak several languages and play nearly every musical instrument"it is wonderful that he should have been satisfied so long in such a position, but I suppose that he was comfortable, and lacked energy to make any change. The butler of Hurlstone is always a thing that is remembered by all who visit us.

musical instrument - संगीत वाद्य

"'But this paragon has one fault. He is a bit of a Don Juan, and you can imagine that for a man like him it is not a very difficult part to play in a quiet country district. When he was married it was all right, but since he has been a widower we have had no end of trouble with him.

paragon - नमूना, प्रमाण, आदर्श, उत्तम उपमा, अत्युत्तम मनुष्य या वस्तु

A few months ago we were in hopes that he was about to settle down again for he became engaged to Rachel Howells, our second house-maid; but he has thrown her over since then and taken up with Janet Tregellis, the daughter of the head game-keeper.

became engaged - किया प्रतिज्ञा

Rachel"who is a very good girl, but of an excitable Welsh temperament"had a sharp touch of brain-fever, and goes about the house now"or did until yesterday"like a black-eyed shadow of her former self. That was our first drama at Hurlstone; but a second one came to drive it from our minds, and it was prefaced by the disgrace and dismissal of butler Brunton.

excitable - उत्तेजनशील

Welsh - धोखा देना, वेल्सवासी, वेल्श, वेल्स वासी, वेल्स संबंधी, वेल्स का

temperament - स्वभाव

dismissal - पदच्युति, बरख़ास्तगी

"'This was how it came about. I have said that the man was intelligent, and this very intelligence has caused his ruin, for it seems to have led to an insatiable curiosity about things which did not in the least concern him. I had no idea of the lengths to which this would carry him, until the merest accident opened my eyes to it.

insatiable - अतृप्य, जो तृप्त न हो

"'I have said that the house is a rambling one. One day last week"on Thursday night, to be more exact"I found that I could not sleep, having foolishly taken a cup of strong café noir after my dinner. After struggling against it until two in the morning, I felt that it was quite hopeless, so I rose and lit the candle with the intention of continuing a novel which I was reading.

more exact - और अधिक सटीक

foolishly - मूर्खता से

noir - काला

hopeless - निराशाजनक, निराश, हताश, निकम्मा, नैराश्य

The book, however, had been left in the billiard-room, so I pulled on my dressing-gown and started off to get it.

dressing-gown - (dressing-gown) लैपर

"'In order to reach the billiard-room I had to descend a flight of stairs and then to cross the head of a passage which led to the library and the gun-room. You can imagine my surprise when, as I looked down this corridor, I saw a glimmer of light coming from the open door of the library. I had myself extinguished the lamp and closed the door before coming to bed.

descend - उतरना

extinguished - नष्ट करना, बुझा देना, बुझा देना, बुझाना

Naturally my first thought was of burglars. The corridors at Hurlstone have their walls largely decorated with trophies of old weapons. From one of these I picked a battle-axe, and then, leaving my candle behind me, I crept on tiptoe down the passage and peeped in at the open door.

burglars - चोर, सेंधमार

trophies - विजयोपहार, विजयस्मारक, विजय चिन्ह, ट्रफ़ी

axe - कुल्हाड़ी

crept - जाना, डर, छिपकर घुसना, घुसना, भय, सरपण करना, रेंगना, सरकना

on tiptoe - चुपके से चलना

"'Brunton, the butler, was in the library. He was sitting, fully dressed, in an easy-chair, with a slip of paper which looked like a map upon his knee, and his forehead sunk forward upon his hand in deep thought. I stood dumb with astonishment, watching him from the darkness. A small taper on the edge of the table shed a feeble light which sufficed to show me that he was fully dressed.

shed - शाला, घर

sufficed - पर्याप्त होना, काफ़ी होना

Suddenly, as I looked, he rose from his chair, and walking over to a bureau at the side, he unlocked it and drew out one of the drawers. From this he took a paper, and returning to his seat he flattened it out beside the taper on the edge of the table, and began to study it with minute attention.

bureau - दफ़तर, ऑफ़िस

drawers - चित्रकार, आदेशक, चैक कर्ता, कसनेवाला, चैक कर्ता, नक्शानवीस

My indignation at this calm examination of our family documents overcame me so far that I took a step forward, and Brunton, looking up, saw me standing in the doorway. He sprang to his feet, his face turned livid with fear, and he thrust into his breast the chart-like paper which he had been originally studying.

indignation - रोष, क्रोध/रोष, नाराज़गी

doorway - द्वार, दरवाजा

"'"So!" said I. "This is how you repay the trust which we have reposed in you. You will leave my service to-morrow."

repay - चुका देना, लौटाना, मुआवजा चुकाना

reposed - आराम करना, शान्ति, आराम, भरोसा करना, सोना, रख देना, नींद, लेटना

"'He bowed with the look of a man who is utterly crushed, and slunk past me without a word. The taper was still on the table, and by its light I glanced to see what the paper was which Brunton had taken from the bureau. To my surprise it was nothing of any importance at all, but simply a copy of the questions and answers in the singular old observance called the Musgrave Ritual.

observance - अनुपालन, सामाजिक/धार्मिक/नैतिक रीति{पालन}, रीति रिवाज

It is a sort of ceremony peculiar to our family, which each Musgrave for centuries past has gone through on his coming of age"a thing of private interest, and perhaps of some little importance to the archaeologist, like our own blazonings and charges, but of no practical use whatever.'

private interest - निजी रुचि

archaeologist - पुरातवेत्ता

"'We had better come back to the paper afterwards,'said I.

"'If you think it really necessary,'he answered, with some hesitation. 'To continue my statement, however: I relocked the bureau, using the key which Brunton had left, and I had turned to go when I was surprised to find that the butler had returned, and was standing before me.

hesitation - हिचक, हिचकिचाहट, हिचकीचाहट

"'"Mr. Musgrave, sir," he cried, in a voice which was hoarse with emotion, "I can't bear disgrace, sir. I've always been proud above my station in life, and disgrace would kill me. My blood will be on your head, sir"it will, indeed"if you drive me to despair. If you cannot keep me after what has passed, then for God's sake let me give you notice and leave in a month, as if of my own free will.

hoarse - कर्कश

I could stand that, Mr. Musgrave, but not to be cast out before all the folk that I know so well."

"'"You don't deserve much consideration, Brunton," I answered. "Your conduct has been most infamous. However, as you have been a long time in the family, I have no wish to bring public disgrace upon you. A month, however is too long. Take yourself away in a week, and give what reason you like for going."

most infamous - सबसे अश्लील

"'"Only a week, sir?" he cried, in a despairing voice. "A fortnight"say at least a fortnight!"

despairing - उदास होना, हतासा, निराशा, निराश होना, उम्मीद छोड़ना

fortnight - दो सफ्ताह, दो सफ्ताह, पखवारा, दो सप्ताह, पखवाड़ा

"'"A week," I repeated, "and you may consider yourself to have been very leniently dealt with."

"'He crept away, his face sunk upon his breast, like a broken man, while I put out the light and returned to my room.

"'"For two days after this Brunton was most assiduous in his attention to his duties. I made no allusion to what had passed, and waited with some curiosity to see how he would cover his disgrace. On the third morning, however he did not appear, as was his custom, after breakfast to receive my instructions for the day. As I left the dining-room I happened to meet Rachel Howells, the maid.

assiduous - परिश्रमी, श्रमसाध्य, परिश्रमयुक्त, श्रमशील

I have told you that she had only recently recovered from an illness, and was looking so wretchedly pale and wan that I remonstrated with her for being at work.

wretchedly - दयनीय भाव से, दुखी हो कर

wan - पीला

remonstrated - विरोध करना, आपत्ति करना, डाँटना

"'"You should be in bed," I said. "Come back to your duties when you are stronger."

"'She looked at me with so strange an expression that I began to suspect that her brain was affected.

"'"I am strong enough, Mr. Musgrave," said she.

"'"We will see what the doctor says," I answered. "You must stop work now, and when you go downstairs just say that I wish to see Brunton."

"'"The butler is gone," said she.

"'"Gone! Gone where?"

"'"He is gone. No one has seen him. He is not in his room. Oh, yes, he is gone, he is gone!" She fell back against the wall with shriek after shriek of laughter, while I, horrified at this sudden hysterical attack, rushed to the bell to summon help. The girl was taken to her room, still screaming and sobbing, while I made inquiries about Brunton.

shriek - चीखना, चिल्लाना, ठहाका लगाना, चीख मारना, ठहाका

hysterical - मज़ेदार, उन्मत्त

summon - बुलाना, सम्मान देना, का आह्वाहन देना

sobbing - action of the verb ", to sob", , that or who sobs

There was no doubt about it that he had disappeared. His bed had not been slept in, he had been seen by no one since he had retired to his room the night before, and yet it was difficult to see how he could have left the house, as both windows and doors were found to be fastened in the morning.

His clothes, his watch, and even his money were in his room, but the black suit which he usually wore was missing. His slippers, too, were gone, but his boots were left behind. Where then could butler Brunton have gone in the night, and what could have become of him now?

"'Of course we searched the house from cellar to garret, but there was no trace of him. It is, as I have said, a labyrinth of an old house, especially the original wing, which is now practically uninhabited; but we ransacked every room and cellar without discovering the least sign of the missing man.

cellar - तंग कोठरी

garret - अटारी, दुछत्ती

labyrinth - भूलभुलैयाँ

practically - लगभग, वास्तव में, व्यावहारिक रूप से, व्यावहारिक दृष्टि से

uninhabited - निर्जन, ग़ैर आबाद, अवासित

ransacked - छान डालना, लूटना, लूट लेना, छान मारना

It was incredible to me that he could have gone away leaving all his property behind him, and yet where could he be? I called in the local police, but without success. Rain had fallen on the night before and we examined the lawn and the paths all round the house, but in vain. Matters were in this state, when a new development quite drew our attention away from the original mystery.

"'For two days Rachel Howells had been so ill, sometimes delirious, sometimes hysterical, that a nurse had been employed to sit up with her at night. On the third night after Brunton's disappearance, the nurse, finding her patient sleeping nicely, had dropped into a nap in the arm-chair, when she woke in the early morning to find the bed empty, the window open, and no signs of the invalid.

delirious - उन्मत्त{खुशी से}, उन्मत्त, प्रलापी, बेहोश

nicely - संतोषप्रद, अच्छी तरह से, अच्छे से, निचेल्य्, अच्छी तरह से

nap - झपकी, मखमल के महीन धागे

I was instantly aroused, and, with the two footmen, started off at once in search of the missing girl. It was not difficult to tell the direction which she had taken, for, starting from under her window, we could follow her footmarks easily across the lawn to the edge of the mere, where they vanished close to the gravel path which leads out of the grounds.

footmarks - चरणचिन्ह

gravel path - ग्रेवल पाथ

The lake there is eight feet deep, and you can imagine our feelings when we saw that the trail of the poor demented girl came to an end at the edge of it.

demented - पागल, विक्षिप्त

"'Of course, we had the drags at once, and set to work to recover the remains, but no trace of the body could we find. On the other hand, we brought to the surface an object of a most unexpected kind. It was a linen bag which contained within it a mass of old rusted and discolored metal and several dull-colored pieces of pebble or glass.

most unexpected - सबसे अनपेक्षित

linen - लिनेन, कपडे की बनी घरेलु चादरें/मेजपोश आदि, सन का कपड़ा

rusted - मोरचे का रंग, ज़ंग लग, मोरचे का रंग, ज़ंग, ज़ंग लगना, मंडूर

discolored - फीका पड़ जाना, फीका पड़ जाना

pebble - पथ्थर

This strange find was all that we could get from the mere, and, although we made every possible search and inquiry yesterday, we know nothing of the fate either of Rachel Howells or of Richard Brunton. The county police are at their wits'end, and I have come up to you as a last resource.'

inquiry - जाँच, सर्वेक्षण, अन्वेषण, पूछताछ, अनुसंधान, जाँच पड़ताल, पूछ ताछ

Richard - male given name

"You can imagine, Watson, with what eagerness I listened to this extraordinary sequence of events, and endeavored to piece them together, and to devise some common thread upon which they might all hang. The butler was gone. The maid was gone. The maid had loved the butler, but had afterwards had cause to hate him. She was of Welsh blood, fiery and passionate.

devise - विचार करना, योजना बनाना, आविष्कार करना, आविष्कार करना

thread - धागा, सूत, सूत्र, तंत

fiery - क्रोधित, जोशीला, अग्निमय

She had been terribly excited immediately after his disappearance. She had flung into the lake a bag containing some curious contents. These were all factors which had to be taken into consideration, and yet none of them got quite to the heart of the matter. What was the starting-point of this chain of events? There lay the end of this tangled line.

flung - डालना, धक्का देना, हिलाना/पटक देना, दृढतापूर्वक कहना

tangled - उलझाना, उलझा देना, उलझ जाना, उलझाव, उलझन, झड़प, पुंज

"'I must see that paper, Musgrave,'said I, 'which this butler of yours thought it worth his while to consult, even at the risk of the loss of his place.'

"'It is rather an absurd business, this ritual of ours,'he answered. 'But it has at least the saving grace of antiquity to excuse it. I have a copy of the questions and answers here if you care to run your eye over them.'

grace - अदा

antiquity - प्राचीन काल, पुरावस्तु, पुरातनता, प्राचीन काल

"He handed me the very paper which I have here, Watson, and this is the strange catechism to which each Musgrave had to submit when he came to man's estate. I will read you the questions and answers as they stand.

catechism - धर्म संबंधी प्रश्नोत्तरी, धार्मिक या मौलिक शिक्षा

"'Whose was it?'

"'His who is gone.'

"'Who shall have it?'

"'He who will come.'

"'Where was the sun?'

"'Over the oak.'

"'Where was the shadow?'

"'Under the elm.'

elm - चिराबेल, एक प्रकार का जंगली वृक्ष

"How was it stepped?'

"'North by ten and by ten, east by five and by five, south by two and by two, west by one and by one, and so under.'

"'What shall we give for it?'

"'All that is ours.'

"'Why should we give it?'

"'For the sake of the trust.'

"'The original has no date, but is in the spelling of the middle of the seventeenth century,'remarked Musgrave. 'I am afraid, however, that it can be of little help to you in solving this mystery.'

no date - कोई तारीख नहीं

seventeenth - सत्रहवाँ, सत्तरहवाँ

"'At least,'said I, 'it gives us another mystery, and one which is even more interesting than the first. It may be that the solution of the one may prove to be the solution of the other. You will excuse me, Musgrave, if I say that your butler appears to me to have been a very clever man, and to have had a clearer insight than ten generations of his masters.'

"'I hardly follow you,'said Musgrave. 'The paper seems to me to be of no practical importance.'

"'But to me it seems immensely practical, and I fancy that Brunton took the same view. He had probably seen it before that night on which you caught him.'

immensely - बहुत अधिक, बहुत अधिक

"'It is very possible. We took no pains to hide it.'

"'He simply wished, I should imagine, to refresh his memory upon that last occasion. He had, as I understand, some sort of map or chart which he was comparing with the manuscript, and which he thrust into his pocket when you appeared.'

refresh - फिर से भरना, ताजा करना, तरोताज़ा करना

"'That is true. But what could he have to do with this old family custom of ours, and what does this rigmarole mean?'

rigmarole - अनाप शनाप, नीरस और निरर्थक प्रक्रिया

"'I don't think that we should have much difficulty in determining that,'said I; 'with your permission we will take the first train down to Sussex, and go a little more deeply into the matter upon the spot.'

"The same afternoon saw us both at Hurlstone. Possibly you have seen pictures and read descriptions of the famous old building, so I will confine my account of it to saying that it is built in the shape of an L, the long arm being the more modern portion, and the shorter the ancient nucleus, from which the other had developed.

old building - पुरानी भवन

nucleus - नाभिक, केंद्रक

Over the low, heavily-lintelled door, in the centre of this old part, is chiseled the date, 1607, but experts are agreed that the beams and stone-work are really much older than this. The enormously thick walls and tiny windows of this part had in the last century driven the family into building the new wing, and the old one was used now as a store-house and a cellar, when it was used at all.

chiseled - काटना, तराशना, छेनी, छेनी से काटना, रुखानी, निहानी

beams - चमक, झलक, प्रकाश विकिरण करना, प्रसारित करना, चमकना, डंडी

enormously - बहुत अधिक, बहुत अधिक

A splendid park with fine old timber surrounds the house, and the lake, to which my client had referred, lay close to the avenue, about two hundred yards from the building.

timber - इमारती लकडी़

"I was already firmly convinced, Watson, that there were not three separate mysteries here, but one only, and that if I could read the Musgrave Ritual aright I should hold in my hand the clue which would lead me to the truth concerning both the butler Brunton and the maid Howells. To that then I turned all my energies. Why should this servant be so anxious to master this old formula?

aright - सही, ठीक से

formula - सूत्र, फ़ॉरमूला

Evidently because he saw something in it which had escaped all those generations of country squires, and from which he expected some personal advantage. What was it then, and how had it affected his fate?

squires - स्क्वायर्स, (squire) स्क्वायर्स

"It was perfectly obvious to me, on reading the ritual, that the measurements must refer to some spot to which the rest of the document alluded, and that if we could find that spot, we should be in a fair way towards finding what the secret was which the old Musgraves had thought it necessary to embalm in so curious a fashion. There were two guides given us to start with, an oak and an elm.

alluded - संकेत करना, ज़िक्र करना, इंगित करना, ज़िक्र करना

embalm - शव का संलेपन करना, शव का संलेपन करना

As to the oak there could be no question at all. Right in front of the house, upon the left-hand side of the drive, there stood a patriarch among oaks, one of the most magnificent trees that I have ever seen.

patriarch - प्राधिधर्माध्यक्ष, पूजनीय वृद्ध व्यक्ति, कुलपिता

oaks - शाहबलूत

"'That was there when your ritual was drawn up,'said I, as we drove past it.

"'It was there at the Norman Conquest in all probability,'he answered. 'It has a girth of twenty-three feet.'

Norman - नर्मन लोगों से संबंधित, नर्मन शैली का, वास्तुशैली

conquest - विजय, फ़तह, जयन, पराजय

girth - तंग, घेरा, कसन, कमर का घेरा, कमर का घेरा, कमर की नाप

"'Have you any old elms?'I asked.

"'There used to be a very old one over yonder but it was struck by lightning ten years ago, and we cut down the stump.'

lightning - तड़ित, विद्युत, बिजली

stump - ठूँठ, पैर घसीट कर चलना, मंच, स्टम्प आउट करना, टुकड़ा

"'You can see where it used to be?'

"'Oh, yes.'

"'There are no other elms?'

"'No old ones, but plenty of beeches.'

Beeches - बीचवृक्ष्

"'I should like to see where it grew.'

"We had driven up in a dog-cart, and my client led me away at once, without our entering the house, to the scar on the lawn where the elm had stood. It was nearly midway between the oak and the house. My investigation seemed to be progressing.

driven up - उतारा गया

scar - दाग, क्षतचिह्न

midway - बीच का मार्ग

"'I suppose it is impossible to find out how high the elm was?'I asked.

"'I can give you it at once. It was sixty-four feet.'

"'How do you come to know it?'I asked, in surprise.

"'When my old tutor used to give me an exercise in trigonometry, it always took the shape of measuring heights. When I was a lad I worked out every tree and building in the estate.'

tutor - शिक्षक

trigonometry - त्रिकोणमिति

"This was an unexpected piece of luck. My data were coming more quickly than I could have reasonably hoped.

"'Tell me,'I asked, 'did your butler ever ask you such a question?'

"Reginald Musgrave looked at me in astonishment. 'Now that you call it to my mind,'he answered, 'Brunton did ask me about the height of the tree some months ago, in connection with some little argument with the groom.'

"This was excellent news, Watson, for it showed me that I was on the right road. I looked up at the sun. It was low in the heavens, and I calculated that in less than an hour it would lie just above the topmost branches of the old oak. One condition mentioned in the Ritual would then be fulfilled.

topmost - सबसे ऊपर का

And the shadow of the elm must mean the farther end of the shadow, otherwise the trunk would have been chosen as the guide. I had, then, to find where the far end of the shadow would fall when the sun was just clear of the oak."

trunk - तना

"That must have been difficult, Holmes, when the elm was no longer there."

"Well, at least I knew that if Brunton could do it, I could also. Besides, there was no real difficulty. I went with Musgrave to his study and whittled myself this peg, to which I tied this long string with a knot at each yard. Then I took two lengths of a fishing-rod, which came to just six feet, and I went back with my client to where the elm had been.

whittled - काटना, छीलना, लकड़ी तराशना, व्हिटिल

fishing-rod - (fishing-rod) मात्स्यकर्मी के लिए मात्स्यकृत्

The sun was just grazing the top of the oak. I fastened the rod on end, marked out the direction of the shadow, and measured it. It was nine feet in length.

grazing - चरना, चरागाह, (graze)

rod - दण्ड, दंड, जाति, बेंत, प्रभुत्व, शासन दण्ड, शलाकाकृति जीवाणु

"Of course the calculation now was a simple one. If a rod of six feet threw a shadow of nine, a tree of sixty-four feet would throw one of ninety-six, and the line of the one would of course be the line of the other. I measured out the distance, which brought me almost to the wall of the house, and I thrust a peg into the spot.

measured out - निर्धारित किया

You can imagine my exultation, Watson, when within two inches of my peg I saw a conical depression in the ground. I knew that it was the mark made by Brunton in his measurements, and that I was still upon his trail.

exultation - उल्लास

conical - of or relating to a cone, cone-shaped

"From this starting-point I proceeded to step, having first taken the cardinal points by my pocket-compass. Ten steps with each foot took me along parallel with the wall of the house, and again I marked my spot with a peg. Then I carefully paced off five to the east and two to the south. It brought me to the very threshold of the old door.

cardinal - प्रमुख, प्रधान, गणनसंख्या, कार्डिनल, मुख्य/प्रधान

paced off - पेस कर दिया

threshold - डेवढ़ी

Two steps to the west meant now that I was to go two paces down the stone-flagged passage, and this was the place indicated by the Ritual.

"Never have I felt such a cold chill of disappointment, Watson. For a moment is seemed to me that there must be some radical mistake in my calculations. The setting sun shone full upon the passage floor, and I could see that the old, foot-worn gray stones with which it was paved were firmly cemented together, and had certainly not been moved for many a long year. Brunton had not been at work here.

radical - उग्रवादी, चरमपंथी, अतिवादी, इंतहापसंद

calculations - चाल, गणना, परिकल्पना, लेखा, हिसाब, अन्दांजा, observation

paved - पटरी बिछाना, पटरी बिछाना

cemented - सीमेंट से जोड़ना, पटरी, सीमेंट लगाना, सीमेंट से जोड़ना

I tapped upon the floor, but it sounded the same all over, and there was no sign of any crack or crevice. But, fortunately, Musgrave, who had begun to appreciate the meaning of my proceedings, and who was now as excited as myself, took out his manuscript to check my calculation.

crevice - दरार

proceedings - सभा, अनुष्ठान, कार्रवाई, कार्यविवरण, कार्यक्रम, कार्यवाही

"'And under,'he cried. 'You have omitted the "and under."'

omitted - हटाना, छोड जाना, छोड़ देना

"I had thought that it meant that we were to dig, but now, of course, I saw at once that I was wrong. 'There is a cellar under this then?'I cried.

"'Yes, and as old as the house. Down here, through this door.'

"We went down a winding stone stair, and my companion, striking a match, lit a large lantern which stood on a barrel in the corner. In an instant it was obvious that we had at last come upon the true place, and that we had not been the only people to visit the spot recently.

"It had been used for the storage of wood, but the billets, which had evidently been littered over the floor, were now piled at the sides, so as to leave a clear space in the middle. In this space lay a large and heavy flagstone with a rusted iron ring in the centre to which a thick shepherd's-check muffler was attached.

storage - संचयन, भखाई का खार्चा, संग्रहअ, माल की रखावाई

flagstone - प्रस्तर खंड

shepherd - गड़ेरिया, चूपान

muffler - गुलबंद, मफ्लर

"'By Jove!'cried my client. 'That's Brunton's muffler. I have seen it on him, and could swear to it. What has the villain been doing here?'

"At my suggestion a couple of the county police were summoned to be present, and I then endeavored to raise the stone by pulling on the cravat. I could only move it slightly, and it was with the aid of one of the constables that I succeeded at last in carrying it to one side. A black hole yawned beneath into which we all peered, while Musgrave, kneeling at the side, pushed down the lantern.

summoned - बुलाना, इकट्ठा करना, तैयार रखना, बुला भेजना, पुकारना

constables - चौकीदार/कान्स्टेबुल, कंस्टेबल

yawned - फैल जाना, जम्हाई, उबासी, जम्हाई लेना, मुँह बाये होना

kneeling - कुंठना, (kneel) कुंठना

"A small chamber about seven feet deep and four feet square lay open to us. At one side of this was a squat, brass-bound wooden box, the lid of which was hinged upwards, with this curious old-fashioned key projecting from the lock. It was furred outside by a thick layer of dust, and damp and worms had eaten through the wood, so that a crop of livid fungi was growing on the inside of it.

lay open - खुला करें

squat - पालथी मारकर बैठना

hinged - कब्जेदार

fungi - कीड़े, (fungus), फफूंद, फफूँद

Several discs of metal, old coins apparently, such as I hold here, were scattered over the bottom of the box, but it contained nothing else.

scattered - फैलाव, छितराव, तितर बितर करना, छितराना, तितर बितर होना

"At the moment, however, we had no thought for the old chest, for our eyes were riveted upon that which crouched beside it. It was the figure of a man, clad in a suit of black, who squatted down upon his hams with his forehead sunk upon the edge of the box and his two arms thrown out on each side of it.

riveted - कीलक, खूँटी से जड़ना, आकृष्ट करना, कीलक लगाना

crouched - दुबकना, दुबकने की मुद्रा, दुबकने की मुद्रा, दुबक के बैठना

squatted - उट्ठक बैठक, गोल मटोल, अवैध रूप से रहना, कम ऊँचा, ठिंगना

hams - सूअर का सुखाया मांस, सूअर की रान, सूअर का सुखाया मांस

The attitude had drawn all the stagnant blood to the face, and no man could have recognized that distorted liver-colored countenance; but his height, his dress, and his hair were all sufficient to show my client, when we had drawn the body up, that it was indeed his missing butler.

stagnant - निष्क्रिय, निश्चल, गतिहीन

distorted - तोड़ मरोड़ करना, रूप बिगाड़ना, विकृत करना, विकृत करना

He had been dead some days, but there was no wound or bruise upon his person to show how he had met his dreadful end. When his body had been carried from the cellar we found ourselves still confronted with a problem which was almost as formidable as that with which we had started.

bruise - खरोंच, चोट, पर खरोंच आना, आघात, में खरोंच आना, चोट लगना

"I confess that so far, Watson, I had been disappointed in my investigation. I had reckoned upon solving the matter when once I had found the place referred to in the Ritual; but now I was there, and was apparently as far as ever from knowing what it was which the family had concealed with such elaborate precautions.

It is true that I had thrown a light upon the fate of Brunton, but now I had to ascertain how that fate had come upon him, and what part had been played in the matter by the woman who had disappeared. I sat down upon a keg in the corner and thought the whole matter carefully over.

ascertain - पता लगाना, सुनिश्चित करना, जाँच कर पता लगाना

keg - पीपा, केग बियर, छोटा पीपा, छोटा पीपा

"You know my methods in such cases, Watson. I put myself in the man's place and, having first gauged his intelligence, I try to imagine how I should myself have proceeded under the same circumstances. In this case the matter was simplified by Brunton's intelligence being quite first-rate, so that it was unnecessary to make any allowance for the personal equation, as the astronomers have dubbed it.

gauged - नापना, माप, नाप, मापक, भाँपना, मानदंड, गेज, आँकना

simplified - सरलीकृत करना, सरलीकृत करना

first-rate - (first-rate) प्रथम रेट

allowance - छूट, भत्ता, वृति

equation - समीकरण

astronomers - खगोलज्ञ

dubbed - उपाधि देना, नाम देना, थाप, डब करना, डब करना

He knew that something valuable was concealed. He had spotted the place. He found that the stone which covered it was just too heavy for a man to move unaided. What would he do next? He could not get help from outside, even if he had some one whom he could trust, without the unbarring of doors and considerable risk of detection. It was better, if he could, to have his helpmate inside the house.

unaided - सहायता रहित, बिना सहायता के, सहायता रहित

unbarring - प्रतिबन्ध हटाना, आड़ हटाना

detection - खोज

helpmate - person who supplies help, wife or spouse, problem in chess

But whom could he ask? This girl had been devoted to him. A man always finds it hard to realize that he may have finally lost a woman's love, however badly he may have treated her. He would try by a few attentions to make his peace with the girl Howells, and then would engage her as his accomplice.

accomplice - सहापराधी, अभिषंगी, अपराध में साझी, जुर्म में साथी

Together they would come at night to the cellar, and their united force would suffice to raise the stone. So far I could follow their actions as if I had actually seen them.

suffice - काफ़ी होना, पूरा पड़ना

"But for two of them, and one a woman, it must have been heavy work the raising of that stone. A burly Sussex policeman and I had found it no light job. What would they do to assist them? Probably what I should have done myself. I rose and examined carefully the different billets of wood which were scattered round the floor. Almost at once I came upon what I expected.

One piece, about three feet in length, had a very marked indentation at one end, while several were flattened at the sides as if they had been compressed by some considerable weight.

indentation - दंतुरण, असमतलता, निशान, हाशिया

compressed - दबाना, पट्टी, संक्षिप्त करना, संक्षिप्त करना, कंप्रेस करना

Evidently, as they had dragged the stone up they had thrust the chunks of wood into the chink, until at last, when the opening was large enough to crawl through, they would hold it open by a billet placed lengthwise, which might very well become indented at the lower end, since the whole weight of the stone would press it down on to the edge of this other slab. So far I was still on safe ground.

chunks - टुकड़ा

chink - झरी

crawl - रेंगना, धीरे धीरे चलना, घसीटते चलना

lengthwise - लंबाई में

indented - सामान का ऑर्डर, गड्ढा करना, हाशिया, दांतेदार बनाना

slab - पटिया, पत्थर का चौरस

"And now how was I to proceed to reconstruct this midnight drama? Clearly, only one could fit into the hole, and that one was Brunton. The girl must have waited above. Brunton then unlocked the box, handed up the contents presumably"since they were not to be found"and then"and then what happened?

reconstruct - पुनर्निर्माण करना, फिर से रचना, फिर से बनाना या निर्माण करना

"What smouldering fire of vengeance had suddenly sprung into flame in this passionate Celtic woman's soul when she saw the man who had wronged her"wronged her, perhaps, far more than we suspected"in her power? Was it a chance that the wood had slipped, and that the stone had shut Brunton into what had become his sepulchre? Had she only been guilty of silence as to his fate?

smouldering fire - उग्र आग

vengeance - प्रतिशोध, बदला, प्रतिहिंसा

Celtic - केल्ट भाषा, केल्ट भाषा, केल्ट जाति से संबंधित

sepulchre - कब्र, समाधि, क़ब्र का

Or had some sudden blow from her hand dashed the support away and sent the slab crashing down into its place?

Be that as it might, I seemed to see that woman's figure still clutching at her treasure trove and flying wildly up the winding stair, with her ears ringing perhaps with the muffled screams from behind her and with the drumming of frenzied hands against the slab of stone which was choking her faithless lover's life out.

treasure trove - अत्यधिकार संग्रह

wildly - शिष्टाचारहीनतः, अशिष्टतः, बहुत ही, असभ्यतः, बहुत ही

ringing - गुंजायमान, गुंजायमानअ, (ring) गुंजायमान

muffled - लपेटना, आवाज़ दबाना, की आवाज़ दबाना, की आवाज़ दबाना

faithless - विश्वासघाती, देशद्रोहात्मक

lover - प्रेमिका, प्रेमी, आशिक, कांत, voe

"Here was the secret of her blanched face, her shaken nerves, her peals of hysterical laughter on the next morning. But what had been in the box? What had she done with that? Of course, it must have been the old metal and pebbles which my client had dragged from the mere. She had thrown them in there at the first opportunity to remove the last trace of her crime.

peals - खनखनाहट, नाद, घनघनाना, संगीतमय घंटि, ठहाका मारना

pebbles - कंकड्ॅईलाआ, कंकड़/बटिया, कंकड्ॅअ, संगरेजा, छान, रोड़ी, अंकटा

"For twenty minutes I had sat motionless, thinking the matter out. Musgrave still stood with a very pale face, swinging his lantern and peering down into the hole.

motionless - स्थिर, अचल, गतिहीन, निःस्पंद, अस्पंद, गुमसुम

"'These are coins of Charles the First,'said he, holding out the few which had been in the box; 'you see we were right in fixing our date for the Ritual.'

Charles - given name

"'We may find something else of Charles the First,'I cried, as the probable meaning of the first two questions of the Ritual broke suddenly upon me. 'Let me see the contents of the bag which you fished from the mere.'

"We ascended to his study, and he laid the debris before me. I could understand his regarding it as of small importance when I looked at it, for the metal was almost black and the stones lustreless and dull. I rubbed one of them on my sleeve, however, and it glowed afterwards like a spark in the dark hollow of my hand.

debris - मलबा

lustreless - कांतिहीन

glowed - चमकना, गरम करना, रंगना, लाली, दीप्ति, प्रफुल्लित होना

spark - चिंगारी

The metal work was in the form of a double ring, but it had been bent and twisted out of its original shape.

twisted - झटका, मुड़ जाना, मोड़ना, घुमाव, अर्थ विकृत करना, चक्कर

"'You must bear in mind,'said I, 'that the royal party made head in England even after the death of the king, and that when they at last fled they probably left many of their most precious possessions buried behind them, with the intention of returning for them in more peaceful times.'

more peaceful - शांतिपूर्ण

"'My ancestor, Sir Ralph Musgrave, was a prominent Cavalier and the right-hand man of Charles the Second in his wanderings,'said my friend.

Ralph - male given name

prominent - प्रमुख, दृश्य, सुस्पष्ट, महत्वपूर्ण, विशिष्ट, बाहर निकला हुआ

wanderings - घुमावदार, घुमंतू, अस्थिर, घुमक्कड़ी, आवारगी

"'Ah, indeed!'I answered. 'Well now, I think that really should give us the last link that we wanted. I must congratulate you on coming into the possession, though in rather a tragic manner of a relic which is of great intrinsic value, but of even greater importance as an historical curiosity.'

congratulate - बधाई देना

relic - अवशेष, यादगार, स्मृतिचिह्न

intrinsic - मूलभूत

"'What is it, then?'he gasped in astonishment.

"'It is nothing less than the ancient crown of the kings of England.'

"'The crown!'

"'Precisely. Consider what the Ritual says: How does it run? "Whose was it?" "His who is gone." That was after the execution of Charles. Then, "Who shall have it?" "He who will come." That was Charles the Second, whose advent was already foreseen. There can, I think, be no doubt that this battered and shapeless diadem once encircled the brows of the royal Stuarts.'

execution - अमल

advent - ईसा मसीह का पृथ्वी पर आगमन, ईसा मसीह का पृथ्वी पर आगमन, आगमन

foreseen - अंदाज लगा लेना, अनुमान लगाना, पूर्वानुमान लगाना

battered - पीटना, मारना/कूटना, बल्लेबाज़, अंडा फेटना

shapeless - आकारहीन, भद्दा, बेडौल

diadem - ornamental headband, crown, regal power

"'And how came it in the pond?'

pond - तालाब

"'Ah, that is a question that will take some time to answer.'And with that I sketched out to him the whole long chain of surmise and of proof which I had constructed. The twilight had closed in and the moon was shining brightly in the sky before my narrative was finished.

sketched - खाका, संक्षिप्त विवरण, व्यंग्यचित्र, हास्य नाटिका

twilight - सांझ, शफक

"'And how was it then that Charles did not get his crown when he returned?'asked Musgrave, pushing back the relic into its linen bag.

"'Ah, there you lay your finger upon the one point which we shall probably never be able to clear up. It is likely that the Musgrave who held the secret died in the interval, and by some oversight left this guide to his descendant without explaining the meaning of it.

oversight - भूल, निरीक्षण, दृष्टिभ्रम, जिम्मेदारी

descendant - वंशज

From that day to this it has been handed down from father to son, until at last it came within reach of a man who tore its secret out of it and lost his life in the venture.'

tore - दुकान

Venture - जाने का साहस करना, करने का साहस करना, उपक्रम, साहसिक कार्य

"And that's the story of the Musgrave Ritual, Watson. They have the crown down at Hurlstone"though they had some legal bother and a considerable sum to pay before they were allowed to retain it. I am sure that if you mentioned my name they would be happy to show it to you.

Of the woman nothing was ever heard, and the probability is that she got away out of England and carried herself and the memory of her crime to some land beyond the seas."

Chapter VI. The Reigate Puzzle

It was some time before the health of my friend Mr. Sherlock Holmes recovered from the strain caused by his immense exertions in the spring of '87.

exertions - प्रयास, परिश्रम, श्रम

The whole question of the Netherland-Sumatra Company and of the colossal schemes of Baron Maupertuis are too recent in the minds of the public, and are too intimately concerned with politics and finance to be fitting subjects for this series of sketches.

Netherland - नीदरलैंड

Sumatra - the largest island of Indonesia

colossal - विशाल, बहुत बड़ा/बहुत भारी

Baron - शक्तिशाली उद्योगपति, बैरन, ताल्लुकदार

They led, however, in an indirect fashion to a singular and complex problem which gave my friend an opportunity of demonstrating the value of a fresh weapon among the many with which he waged his life-long battle against crime.

On referring to my notes I see that it was upon the 14th of April that I received a telegram from Lyons which informed me that Holmes was lying ill in the Hotel Dulong. Within twenty-four hours I was in his sick-room, and was relieved to find that there was nothing formidable in his symptoms.

Lyons - एक फ़्रांसीसी उपनाम

sick-room - (sick-room) रोगी कमरा

Even his iron constitution, however, had broken down under the strain of an investigation which had extended over two months, during which period he had never worked less than fifteen hours a day, and had more than once, as he assured me, kept to his task for five days at a stretch.

constitution - संविधान, आईन, राज्यांग, दस्तूर

Even the triumphant issue of his labors could not save him from reaction after so terrible an exertion, and at a time when Europe was ringing with his name and when his room was literally ankle-deep with congratulatory telegrams I found him a prey to the blackest depression.

triumphant - प्रफुल्लित, विजयोल्लसित, विजयी, विजयमान

congratulatory - बधाई का, बधाई का

prey - शिकार, शिकार करना, अनुचित लाभ उठाना, शिकार करन

Even the knowledge that he had succeeded where the police of three countries had failed, and that he had outmanoeuvred at every point the most accomplished swindler in Europe, was insufficient to rouse him from his nervous prostration.

outmanoeuvred - हराना, मात कर देना

swindler - कपटी, ठग, जालसाज़, धोखेबाज़, छली

insufficient - अपर्याप्त

rouse - जागना

prostration - श्रान्ति, साष्टांग प्रणाम, साष्टांग प्रणाम, कमजोरी, डंडवत

Three days later we were back in Baker Street together; but it was evident that my friend would be much the better for a change, and the thought of a week of spring time in the country was full of attractions to me also.

My old friend, Colonel Hayter, who had come under my professional care in Afghanistan, had now taken a house near Reigate in Surrey, and had frequently asked me to come down to him upon a visit. On the last occasion he had remarked that if my friend would only come with me he would be glad to extend his hospitality to him also.

Surrey - सरी

A little diplomacy was needed, but when Holmes understood that the establishment was a bachelor one, and that he would be allowed the fullest freedom, he fell in with my plans and a week after our return from Lyons we were under the Colonel's roof. Hayter was a fine old soldier who had seen much of the world, and he soon found, as I had expected, that Holmes and he had much in common.

diplomacy - कूटनीति, राजनय

On the evening of our arrival we were sitting in the Colonel's gun-room after dinner, Holmes stretched upon the sofa, while Hayter and I looked over his little armory of Eastern weapons.

armory - शस्त्रागार

"By the way," said he suddenly, "I think I'll take one of these pistols upstairs with me in case we have an alarm."

"An alarm!" said I.

"Yes, we've had a scare in this part lately. Old Acton, who is one of our county magnates, had his house broken into last Monday. No great damage done, but the fellows are still at large."

magnates - प्रभावशाली, प्रभावशाली व्यक्ति

"No clue?" asked Holmes, cocking his eye at the Colonel.

cocking - शंकु आकार में भूसे का ढेर लगाना, मुर्गा, तिरछा करना

"None as yet. But the affair is a petty one, one of our little country crimes, which must seem too small for your attention, Mr. Holmes, after this great international affair."

petty - लघु, क्रूर, नीच, छोटा मोटा, निर्दयी और मतलबी, संकीर्ण

Holmes waved away the compliment, though his smile showed that it had pleased him.

compliment - तारीफ़, प्रशंसा

"Was there any feature of interest?"

"I fancy not. The thieves ransacked the library and got very little for their pains. The whole place was turned upside down, drawers burst open, and presses ransacked, with the result that an odd volume of Pope's 'Homer,'two plated candlesticks, an ivory letter-weight, a small oak barometer, and a ball of twine are all that have vanished."

upside - अच्छा पहलू, ऊपरी हिस्सा, अच्छा पहलू

burst open - फुसफुसाओ

pope - रोमन कैथलिक धर्म का पोप, परम धर्माध्यक्ष

candlesticks - दीपाधार, शमादान, चिरागदान, दीवट

barometer - बैरोमीटर

twine - सुतली

"What an extraordinary assortment!" I exclaimed.

assortment - मिश्र, संकलन

"Oh, the fellows evidently grabbed hold of everything they could get."

Holmes grunted from the sofa.

grunted - घुरघुराना, भुनभुनाना, भुनभुनानाना, कराह, सूअर की बोली

"The county police ought to make something of that," said he; "why, it is surely obvious that""

But I held up a warning finger.

"You are here for a rest, my dear fellow. For heaven's sake don't get started on a new problem when your nerves are all in shreds."