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Table of Content

Chapter I. Silver Blaze
Chapter II. The Yellow Face
Chapter III. The Stock-Broker's Clerk
Chapter IV. The "Gloria Scott"
Chapter V. The Musgrave Ritual
Chapter VI. The Reigate Puzzle
Chapter VII. The Crooked Man
Chapter VIII. The Resident Patient
Chapter IX. The Greek Interpreter
Chapter X. The Naval Treaty
Chapter XI. The Final Problem

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Text

Memoirs - memorias; memoria

Chapter I. Silver Blaze

Chapter - capítulo, sede, sección

blaze - arde; llamarada, incendio; resplandor

"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. 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. Yet, silent as he was, I knew perfectly well what it was over which he was brooding.

indeed - de verdad; de hecho, realmente, efectivamente, verdaderamente

wonder - me pregunto; maravilla, milagro, genio, asombro, pasmo

mixed - mezclado; mezclar

extraordinary - extraordinario, descomunal

Length - largo, eslora (nautical: length of a ship from bow to stern)

companion - companero; companero, companera

rambled - habló; pasearse, callejear, divagar, debrayar

chin - barbilla, mentón

upon - sobre, en, tras

chest - pecho

brows - cejas; (brow) cejas

knitted - de punto; hacer punto, tricotar, tejer, soldarse, construir

recharging - recargar

pipe - pipa; caramillo, flauta ), tubo de órgano, tubería, tubo

tobacco - tabaco

absolutely - totalmente, absolutamente

deaf - sordo, sordos, sordas

remarks - observaciones; observación, comentario

editions - ediciones; edición, tiraje

agent - agente

glanced - mirada; ojear, echar un vistazo, mirar, pispear, vistazo

tossed - lanzado; tiro, lanzamiento, lanzar una moneda al aire

silent - silencioso, callar, checkcallado

perfectly - perfectamente

brooding - inquietante; meditativo; (brood); cría, polluelo, prole

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. 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.

challenge - desafío, reto, disputa, impedimento, incompatibilidad, recurso

analysis - análisis

singular - singular, único, singular

disappearance - desaparición

favorite - favorito, preferido

tragic - trágico

murder - asesinato, asesinar, cepillarse, devorar

therefore - por qué; por eso, por consiguiente, por lo tanto, por ende

announced - anunciado; anunciar, declarar

intention - intención

setting out - salir de viaje, empezar; exponer, presentar; diponer

"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 - conferir, debatir, consultar

favor - favor, favor, preferir, favorecer

misspent - malgastar

unique - único, senero

oblige - obligar

field-glass - (field-glass) vidrio de campo

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

carriage - coche, carruaje

sharp - agudo, afilado, filoso, listo, sostenido, agrio, certero

eager - ávido, ansioso, deseoso

framed - enmarcado; levantar la estructura, armar, enmarcar, concebir

flapped - leteó; solapa; faldón

cap - gorra

dipped - sumergido; mojar

rapidly - rápidamente

bundle - haz, atado, fajo, atar, liar

thrust - estocada, empuje, envión, impulso, énfasis, propulsar, asestar

offered - ofrecido; ofrecer

cigar - un puro; puro, cigarro

"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 - echando un vistazo; (glance); ojear, echar un vistazo, mirar

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

observed - observado; observar, seguir, tomar en cuenta

"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?"

Telegraph - telégrafo, telegrafiar

apart - aparte, separadamente

calculation - cálculo, cálculo, cómputo, conjetura

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

chronicle - crónica

"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. 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.

reasoner - Razonador

sifting - Cribado; (sift); tamizar, cernir, separar, juzgar

acquiring - adquiriendo; obtener, adquirir

tragedy - tragedia

uncommon - incomún; raro, poco común, extrano, poco frecuente

importance - importancia

suffering - sufrido, sufriente, sufrimiento; (suffer); sufrir, penar

plethora - plétora

surmise - supongo; suponer, conjeturar, presumir

conjecture - conjeturas; conjetura, suposición, especulación, teoría

hypothesis - hipótesis

difficulty - dificultad

detach - desprender; desacoplar

framework - entramado, infraestructura, marco

absolute - absoluto, completo, pleno

undeniable - inegable; innegable, impepinable

embellishments - dornos; embellecimiento

theorists - teóricos; teórico, teórica

established - establecido; establecer, instaurar, nombrar

sound basis - base sólida

Duty - deber, obligación, cometido, menester, arancel

inferences - inferencias; inferencia, ilación

mystery - misterio, arcano

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 - telegramas; telegrama

Colonel - coronel

inspector - inspector

Gregory - Gregorio

looking after - Cuidar

cooperation - cooperación

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

exclaimed - exclamó; exclamar

"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. From hour to hour yesterday I expected to hear that he had been found, and that his abductor was the murderer of John Straker.

blunder - una metedura de pata; error

Occurrence - acontecimiento, ocurrencia, suceso

most remarkable - el más notable

remain - resto, restos, quedarse, sobrar, restar, permanecer, continuar

concealed - ocultos; esconder, ocultar

sparsely - escasamente

inhabited - habitado; habitar, morar, vivir

abductor - Secuestrador

murderer - asesino, asesina, victimario, victimaria

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."

beyond - más allá de

arrest - paro, arresto, detenido, parar, detener, arrestar, prender

wasted - desperdiciado; desperdiciar, malgastar

"You have formed a theory, then?"

theory - teoría

"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 - agarre; empunar, agarrar, aferrar, asir

essential - esencial

enumerate - enumerar

clears up - limpiar; despejar(se); aclarar

hardly - apenas, a duras penas

operation - operación, operación

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.

lay - poner, colocar

cushions - cojines; cojín, almohadón, colchón, amortiguante, banda

puffing - resoplando; (puff) resoplando

leaning - Inclinado; (lean) Inclinado

forefinger - índice, dedo índice

checking off - marcar como hecho; tildar

palm - palma

sketch - boceto; bosquejar, esbozar, pergenar, esbozo, bosquejo

led - llevado; led; (lead) llevado; led

"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.

stock - cciones; existencias, stock

ancestor - ancestro, antepasado

turf - césped, terreno, territorio, tepe, gallón, turba, hipódromo

fortunate - afortunado, propicio, favorable, afortunada

catastrophe - una catástrofe; catástrofe

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.

prime - primer, primero

disappointed - decepcionado; decepcionar, desilusionar, defraudar, quedar mal

odds - probabilidades; guacho, desparejado, desemparejado, suelto

sums - suma

laid - tirado; poner, colocar

obvious - obvio, evidente

flag - bandera

"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. 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. John Straker, who is a married man, lived in a small villa about two hundred yards from the stables.

appreciated - apreciado; agradecer, valorar, comprender, hacerse cargo de

situated - situado; situar

precaution - precaución

guard - guarda, guardia, guardés, guarda, tapador, bloque

retired - jubilado; retirarse, jubilarse

jockey - jinete, yóquey, yoqui

zealous - celoso, ferviente

honest - honesto, sincero; (hon); honesto, sincero

servant - sirviente, criado, mozo, doméstico

lads - chicos; nino, chico, mozo, mozalbete

establishment - establecimiento, establishment

loft - altillo; desván, buhardilla, elevar

villa - villa, quinta, casa de campo

stables - Estable

He has no children, keeps one maid-servant, and is comfortably off. 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. 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.

maid - mucama; doncella, senorita, doméstica, empleada doméstica

comfortably - cómodamente

lonely - solo; solitario, desolado, desierto

cluster - amontonamiento, agrupamiento, aglomeración, racimo, cúmulo

villas - villas; villa, quinta, casa de campo

contractor - constructor, contratista

invalids - inválidos; nulo, inválido, no válido

pure - pura; puro

moor - páramos; páramo

distant - distante, a distancia, hurano, remoto

Lord - senor; castellano, senor

Backwater - remanso; pueblucho, ciar

wilderness - salvajes; descampado, jungla, maleza, monte

roaming - tinerancia; vagar

gypsies - gitanos; gitano, gitana

occurred - ocurrió; ocurrir, acaecer, presentar

"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 - cenar; cena

Hunter - cazador, perro de caza, buscador, buscadora

remained - se quedó; resto, restos, quedarse, sobrar, restar, permanecer

consisted - consistió; componerse (de), constar (de)

curried - al curry; curry

mutton - ovino; cordero

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.

liquid - líquido, líquida

tap - golpear; golpecito, palmadita

lad - nino, chico, mozo, mozalbete

lantern - farol, linterna

path - camino, sendero

"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. She was most impressed, however, by the extreme pallor of his face and by the nervousness of his manner.

within - dentro de, adentro

darkness - oscuridad, tinieblas

gentlemanly - caballeresco, caballeroso, galante

Gray - Gris

cloth - tela, pedazo de tela, trozo de tela, trapo, pano, facha

gaiters - Polaina

stick - palo; clavar

knob - pomo; perilla, asa

impressed - impresionado; impresionar, impresión, impresión

pallor - palidez

nervousness - nerviosidad, nerviosismo, intranquilidad

His age, she thought, would be rather over thirty than under it.

under it - debajo de

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

stroke - ictus; golpe

stable-boy - (stable-boy) mozo de cuadra

proud - orgulloso

White Paper - informe oficial, documento oficial

folded up - Doblado, plegado

waistcoat - chaleco, chalequillo

frock - vestido

"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.

frightened - asustado; atemorizar

earnestness - seriedad

accustomed - acostumbrado; acostumbrarse, habituar

"'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.

sworn - jurado; jurar

packet - paquete

protruding - saliente; sobresalir, protruir

"'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?'

ve - e

the straight tip - la punta recta

loser - perdedor, fracasado, pringado

stable - Estable

"'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 - maldito; (damn); maldecir, condenar, reprobar, maldito, puto

touts - contrabandistas; buscar, intentar captar

sprang up - brotar; aparecer; alzarse

rushed - apurado; precipitarse, lanzarse, correr, ir rápidamente

unloose - Soltar

fled - huyó; huir, desvanecerse, checkfugarse

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 - sabueso; perro de caza

though - ero..; no obstante, de todas formas, de todas maneras

buildings - Edificio

trace - rastrear; rastro, huella, vestigio, indicio

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

unlocked - desbloqueado; abrir, abrir con llave, desatrancar, desbloquear

"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 - murmuró; soplo, murmurar

struck - golpeado; tachar, borrar, golpear, pegar, acunar

wire - alambre, hilo, cable

"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. 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.

fellow - colega; tipo

grooms - novios; mozo de cuadra

account - cuenta

significance - significado, significación, calado

vaguely - vagamente

uneasy - inquieta; inquieto

inquiries - consultas; inquisición, indagatoria, pesquisa

anxiety - zozobra, ansiedad, inquietud

intended - pretendías; planeado; (intend); pretender, planear, intencionar

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.

begged - suplicó; pedir

pattering - pattering; repiquetear, golpear, corretear

spite - rencor

entreaties - suplicas; petición, solicitud, plegaria

mackintosh - impermeable

"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 - despertó; despertar(se)

hastily - apresuradamente; de prisa, atropelladamente

huddled - acurrucados; chusma, amontonarse, acurrucarse

sunk - Hundido; (sink); hundir, sumergir, sumergirse, lavamanos

stupor - estupor

stall - parar; compartimento

"The two lads who slept in the chaff-cutting loft above the harness-room were quickly aroused.

chaff - paja, barcia, exico, pienso

harness - arnés, arrear, aparejar, aprovechar

aroused - excitado; provocar, incitar, concitar, excitar, despertar

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. 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.

sleepers - Dormir

Obviously - obviamente

influence - influencia, influir, influenciar

powerful - poderoso

absentees - ausentes; ausente

ascending - ascendente; subir, ascender

neighboring - vecinos; vecino

moors - páramos; páramo

visible - visible

perceived - percibido; percibir, entender

warned - advertido; alertar, avisar, advertir

presence - presencia

"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. 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. 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. Hunter, on recovering from his stupor, was also quite positive as to the ownership of the cravat.

overcoat - un abrigo; abrigo

flapping - leteo; solapa; faldón

bush - arbusto

depression - depresión, área de baja presión

unfortunate - desafortunado, desgraciado

shattered - destrozado; astillar, estrellar, quebrantar, hacer anicos

savage - salvaje

weapon - arma

wounded - Herida

thigh - muslo, muslamen

inflicted - nfligido; infligir

evidently - evidentemente

defended - defendido; defender

vigorously - enérgicamente; vigorosamente

assailants - asaltantes; asaltante, atacante

clotted - coagulada; coágulo, cuajarón, coagularse

handle - manejar; mango; asa; manilla, pomo(puerta)

clasped - agarrado; broche, manija, corchete, hebilla, agarrar

silk - seda

cravat - corbata; mascada

preceding - precedente; preceder, anteceder

recovering - recuperándose; recuperarse

ownership - propiedad

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. 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. 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.

equally - igualmente

deprived - privado; desproveer, privar

watchman - vigilante; guardián, celador, guarda, vigía

abundant - abundante, copioso, cuantioso

proofs - pruebas; prueba

mud - barro, lodo

fatal - fatal

hollow - hueco

Struggle - lucha, forcejeo, brega, luchar, esforzarse con denuedo

Reward - recompensa

alert - alerta; despierto, vivo

remains - resto, restos, quedarse, sobrar, restar, permanecer, continuar

appreciable - apreciable, sensible, considerable

powdered - en polvo; polvo, reducir a polvo, pulverizar, triturar

opium - opio, anfión

partook - participó; participar

"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 - despojado; quitar, desprender; arrancar; despojar

baldly - Calvo

recapitulate - recapitular

"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. 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. 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.

whom - a quién; quién, quiénes, cuyo, quien

committed - comprometido; encomendar, cometer

competent - competente

imagination - imaginación, magín

profession - profesión, gremio, profesión de fe

arrival - llegada, venida, arribo, arribada

promptly - pronto; inmediatamente, rápidamente

arrested - arrestado; paro, arresto, detenido, parar, detener, arrestar

suspicion - sospecha, suspicacia

naturally - naturalmente

squandered - espilfarrado; malbaratar, despilfarrar, derrochar, farrear

Fortune - fortuna

examination - examen, examinación

bets - apuestas; apostar

registered - registrado; registro, registro, registrar, registrarse

volunteered - voluntario, voluntario

charge - cargo, acusación, encargo, figura, acusar, cobrar, cargar

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. 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. 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."

attempt - intentar, tentativa, intento, ensayo

deny - Negar

declared - declarado; explicar, aclarar, declarar

sinister - siniestro, izquierdo

Simply - simplemente, sencillamente

obtain - obtener, coger

confronted - confrontado; enfrentar

pale - pálido

utterly - Completamente

unable - incapaz

murdered - asesinado; asesinato, asesinar, cepillarse, devorar

lead - llevar; liderar; guiar, dirigir; provocar; encabezar; principal; plomo

succumbed - sucumbió; sucumbir, rendirse, ceder, morir

wound - Herida

nutshell - cáscara de nuez

infinitely - infinitamente

obliged - obligado; obligar

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.

characteristic - característico, característica

clearness - claridad

familiar - te suena; familiar, espíritu familiar

sufficiently - suficientemente

relative - relativo, familiar, pariente, parienta, parentela

connection - vinculación, conexión, trabazón, ligazón

"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 - Incisión

convulsive - convulsivo, convulso

struggles - luchas; lucha, forcejeo, brega, luchar, esforzarse con denuedo

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

probable - probable

accused - acusado; acusar, denunciar

"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. 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. 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. That is the case as it appears to the police, and improbable as it is, all other explanations are more improbable still.

whatever - qué; cualquier, lo que sea que, cualquier cosa que, no importa

grave - tumba

objections - objeciones; objeción, protesta

obtained - obtenido; obtener, coger

duplicate - duplicado, duplicar, repetir, duplicado

apparently - evidentemente, obviamente, por lo visto, aparentemente

kidnapping - secuestro; (kidnap); secuestrar

altogether - todos juntos; totalmente, completamente, en general, en suma

bridle - brida

leading - dirigiendo; (lead) dirigiendo

overtaken - uperado; rebasar, sobrepasar, adelantar, alcanzar, superar

Row - hilera, fila

ensued - siguió; seguirse, resultar

self - yo; uno mismo

defence - defensa

hiding-place - (hiding-place) escondite

bolted - atornillado; pestillo

wandering - deambulando; errabundo, andariego, errante, peripatético

more improbable - más improbable

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."

spot - unto; mancha, grano, poquito, poquita, zona, paraje, lámpara

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. 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.

shield - escudo

gentlemen - caballeros; caballero, senores

awaiting - esperando; esperar, aguantar

beard - barba, jotera, pantalla, barbar, provocar, mortificar

curiously - con curiosidad; curiosamente

penetrating - penetrante; penetrar

light blue - Azul claro

neat - bien; pulcro, ordenado

dapper - pulcro, atildado, apuesto, gallardo, elegante

frock-coat - (frock-coat) levita

trim - recortar, orlar, ribetear

whiskers - bigotes; vibrisa, bigote

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.

sportsman - deportista

"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."

delighted - encantado; deleite, regocijo, delicia, placer

Possibly - es posible; posiblemente

unturned - deshacer

avenge - vengar

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

developments - desarrollos; desarrollo, desenvolvimiento

"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."

doubt - dudas; dudar, duda, incertidumbre

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.

rattling - traqueteo; (rattle) traqueteo

quaint - raro, singular; pintoresco

poured out - desbordar, inundar, hablar sin parar sobre algo

stream - corriente, flujo, arroyo, fluir, recibir flujo, (2) checkcorrer

threw in - agregar, anadir, echar en, incluir

occasional - ocasional, esporádico

interjection - interjección

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.

leaned - apoyado; inclinarse

folded - doblado; doblar, plegar

tilted - inclinado; inclinar, ladear

formulating - formulando; formular

foretold - predicho; predecir, pronosticar, vaticinar

"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."

net - et; red, malla

remarked - remarcado; observación, comentario

purely - Puramente

circumstantial - circunstancial, minucioso, pomposo, indiciario, panish: t-needed

new development - nuevo desarrollo

upset - trastornado, perturbado, enfadado, molesto

"How about Straker's knife?"

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

conclusion - conclusión

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

Undoubtedly - sin duda

poisoned - envenenado; veneno, ponzona, envenenar, emponzonar

jury - jurado

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?

counsel - consulta, consejo, abogado

tear - desgarro; lágrima

rags - trapos; trapo

injure - herir, lastimar

chemist - químico, química

Above all, where could he, a stranger to the district, hide a horse, and such a horse as this? What is his own explanation as to the paper which he wished the maid to give to the stable-boy?"

district - distrito, distrito

"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 - bolsa, monedero, fruncir

difficulties - dificultades; dificultad

lodged - alojado; cabana, barraca, caseta, logia, madriguera

hurled - lanzado; arrojar, lanzar, tirar, proyectar, volver

pits - fosas; hoyo, foso, fosa

"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."

acknowledges - reconocer, acusar recibo

declares - explicar, aclarar, declarar

element - elemento

Holmes pricked up his ears.

pricked - pinchado; pinchar, perforar

"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?"

traces - rastros; rastro, huella, vestigio, indicio

encamped - acampar

"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 - registrado; fregar, restregar

examined - examinado; examinar, analizar, auscultar

radius - radio

"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 - descuido; descuidar, negligir, desoír, hacer caso omiso

affair - negocio, asunto, rollo, amorío, aventura

"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.

ceased - esado; cesar, parar, terminar

brick - ladrillo

overhanging - saliente; protuberancia

eaves - Alero

Some distance off, across a paddock, lay a long gray-tiled out-building. 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. 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.

paddock - prado

tiled - alicatado; teja; baldosa, azulejo

curves - curva, curvas, curvar, encorvar

bronze - bronce, broncíneo, broncínea, éneo, bronceado, tostado, pavonar

fading - Desvaneciéndose; (fad); moda, moda pasajera

ferns - helechos; helecho, helez

stretched - estirado; estirar, estirarse, dar, extenderse, estirón

steeples - campanarios; campanario

exception - excepción, salvedad, ofensa

lean - esbelta; inclinarse

absorbed in - absorbido en

thoughts - pensamientos; pensamiento

roused - despertado; despertar

violent - violento

"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.

Excuse - disculpe; excusar, perdonar, panish: t-needed

gleam - resplandor; relucir, brillar, destellar

suppressed - suprimido; reprimar, contener, ocultar, suprimir

excitement - emoción; entusiasmo

Convinced - convencido; convencer

clue - una pista; pista, indicio

"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 - investigación, pesquisa

morrow - manana; manana

"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 - inventario, inventariar

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

sitting-room - (sitting-room) sala de estar

"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. 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.

Glad - feliz, alegre, contento

filed - archivado; fila

central - central

tin - estano, lata, enlatar, estanar

heap - pila, montón, cúmulo, montículo, checkpila, amontonar

vestas - vestas; Vesta

inches - pulgadas; pulgada

tallow candle - vela de sebo

root - raíz

pouch - bolsa, saquito, marsupio, bolsa marsupial, petaca, checkcebador

seal - sello

ounce - una onza; onza

chain - cadena, encadenar

sovereigns - soberanos; soberano

aluminum - aluminio

pencil-case - (pencil-case) lapicero

ivory - marfil, ebúrneo

handled - manejado; mango; asa; manilla, pomo(puerta)

delicate - delicado, delicado (1, 2)

inflexible - inflexible

blade - cuchilla, hoja, cuchillo (said of a dagger), espada, pala, aspa


"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?"

examining - examinando; examinar, analizar, auscultar

minutely - minuciosamente

stains - manchas; mancha, lamparón, tacha, mancilla, colorante

grasp - agarrar, asir, comprender, asimiento, comprensión, alcance

surely - seguro; seguramente, checksin duda

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

cataract - cataratas; catarata

"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 - deado; concebir, inventar, tramar, maquinar, legar

rough - aspero; áspero, aproximado, aproximativo, casi, turbulento

expedition - expedición

"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."

guarded - guardado; guarda, guardia, guardés, guarda, tapador, bloque

disk - disco, disco, disco intervertebral, disco duro

cork - corcho; Cork

beside - al lado de, cabe

"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."

receipted - recibido; recepción, recibo, resguardo, ticket, tíquet, receta

Hay - heno

dealers - concesionarios; concesionario, crupier

accounts - uentas; cuenta

milliner - ombrerero

bond - bono; vínculo

William - Guillermo

Occasionally - ocasionalmente, de vez en cuando, a veces

"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 - senora; senora, cabrona

somewhat - algo, un poco, de algún modo, de alguna manera

guineas - guineas; Guinea

costume - traje, disfraz

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.

emerged - surgió; emerger, aparecer, surgir, aparecer, aflorar

passage - pasaje; pasillo, pasadizo

sleeve - manga, funda, enfundar

haggard - macilento, ojeroso, demacrado

horror - horror

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

panted - jadeaba; jadear, resollar

"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 - estar equivocado

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

Dear me - !Vaya!

dove - paloma; (dive) paloma

ostrich-feather - (ostrich-feather) Pluma de avestruz

trimming - Recorte; (trim); recortar, orlar, ribetear

"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.

settles - se asienta; instalar, colocar

apology - una disculpa; disculpa, excusa

brink - al borde; borde

hung - colgado; colgar

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

wind - viento, aire

"None; but very heavy rain."

heavy rain - lluvia copiosa

"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."

perceive - percibir, entender

trampled - pisoteado; pisotear, hollar, maltratar, humillar, ofender

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

matting - estera; (mat) estera


"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."

cast - moldear, elenco, castear, sondar, sondear, lanzar, lanzamiento

horseshoe - herradura, herrar

"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.

surpass - sobrepasar, superar, aventajar

descending - descendente; descender, bajar

more central - más central

stretching - estirar, estirarse, dar, extenderse, estirón, estiramiento

"Hullo!" said he, suddenly. "What's this?" It was a wax vesta half burned, which was so coated with mud that it looked at first like a little chip of wood.

Hullo - hola; vaya, anda

wax - cera

vesta - Vesta

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

overlook - mirador, pasar por alto, otear

annoyance - disgusto, irritación, lata, molestia, fastidio

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

invisible - invisible

buried - enterrado; enterrar

"What! You expected to find it?"

"I thought it not unlikely."

unlikely - poco probable; improbable, improbablemente

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.

impressions - impresiones; impresión

clambered - trepado; trepar

rim - (rueda) llanta; borde, canto

crawled - se arrastró; avanzar lentamente

bushes - arbustos; arbusto

"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."

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 - impaciencia

systematic - sistemática; sistemático

whether - si, si , o, ya sea

owe - deber, adeudar, estar en deuda

entries - entradas; entrada, acceso, recibidor

"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 - inclinado; inclinar(se), hacer una reverencia

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

sink - hundir, sumergir, sumergirse, lavamanos, fregadero, desagüe

sloping - inclinado; derramar(se), verter(se)

plain - plano; sencillo; liso; sin ornamentos; llano (persona)

tinged - ing

deepening - profundizando; ahondar, checkprofundizar

ruddy - rubicundo

faded - desvanecido; apagarse, debilitarse; destenir

brambles - arbusto

glories - glorias; gloria

landscape - paisaje, apaisado, horizontal

wasted - Desperdiciar

"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. If left to himself his instincts would have been either to return to King's Pyland or go over to Mapleton.

instant - instantáneo, inmediato

confine - confinar, encorsetar, confín, raya

broke away - separarse, distanciarse

gregarious - sociable, gregario

creature - criatura

instincts - instintos; instinto

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

run wild - desbocarse, desenfrenarse; crecer sin control

kidnap - secuestrar, raptar (with sexual connotation), secuestro, rapto

clear out - retirar(se); salir; vaciar

pestered - molestado; atosigar, molestar, dar la tabarra, jorobar

Risk - riesgo, checkpeligro, arriesgar, poner en riesgo

gain - ganar, adquirir, obtener, conseguir

"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.

leads - llevar, conducir

yonder - de allá, aquel, aquella

If our supposition is correct, then the horse must have crossed that, and there is the point where we should look for his tracks."

supposition - suposición

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 - enérgicamente; con brío, brioso; rápido, enérgico, briosamente

paces - pasos; paso

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.

outlined - esbozado; contorno, esbozo, resumen, delinear, resumir

impression - impresión

"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."

value - valor, importancia, valorar, cifrar, apreciar

lacks - carencias; carecer de

justified - justificado; legitimar, justificar, absolver

proceed - continuar, proceder

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 - marismeno; pantanoso, cenagoso

sloped - nclinado; pendiente, cuesta, desnivel, inclinación, ojo chueco

triumph - triunfar; triunfo

"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 - silbó; silbato, pito, chifle, pitido

trail - seguir, arrastrar, rastro, pista, sendero

my surprise - Mi sorpresa

"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 - Pavimentación; (pave); pavimentar

asphalt - asfalto, hormigón asfáltico, asfaltar

approached - se acercó; acercarse, aproximarse

groom - novio; mozo de cuadra

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

loiterers - vagabundo

"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?"

thumb - pulgar

Master - maestro; senor, dueno; senora, duena

"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 - bendecir

worth - vale la pena; valor

afterwards - después

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 - corona

fierce - fiero, feroz, enconado

elderly - ancianos; anciano, entrado en anos

strode - caminó; andar a zancadas

hunting - Cazar; (hunt); cazar, buscar, caza

crop - cultivo; cosecha

swinging - Balanceándose; (swing); balancear, mecer, columpiar, oscilar

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

devil - demonio; diablo

"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."

heels - tacones; talón

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

whispered - susurrado; susurro, rumor, rastro, susurrar

violently - violentamente

flushed - enjuagado; rubor

temples - templos; templo

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

infernal - infernal

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

parlor - salón; sala, sala de estar

"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 - liminación; desecho

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 - desvanecido; moda, moda pasajera

grays - Gris

reappeared - reapareció; reaparecer

ashy - ceniza; cinéreo, ceniciento

beads - perlas; cuenta, gota

perspiration - sudor

shone - brilló; brillar

wagged - meneado; menear, panish: t-needed

branch - rama, sucursal, delegación, filial, ramo, ramificar

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

bullying - intimidación; bravucón, abusón, matón, abusador

overbearing - soportar

cringed - acojonado; contraerse, grima

"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.

menace - una amenaza; amenaza, peligro

"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 - reventar, romper, ráfaga, estallo, reventón

tricks - trucos; truco, artimana, enganifa, treta

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

trust - confiar; confianza, crédito, fiar, consorcio, trust

"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.

heel - tacón; talón

disregarding - desprecio; descuidar, desatender, ignorar

"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.

more perfect - más perfecto

compound - compuesto

bully - acosador; acosar

coward - cobarde, gallina

sneak - escapar; pillo, moverse con sigilo, esconder, escabullir

seldom - raramente, rara vez

"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. 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.

toes - dedos de los pies; dedo del pie, ortejo

corresponded - correspondían; corresponder, equivaler, corresponderse

subordinate - subordinado, supeditar

dared - se atrevió; atraverse, osar

custom - habituación, costumbre, usanza, a medida, especializado

astonishment - asombro, estupefacción, sorpresa, extraneza

forehead - la frente; frente

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 - impulso, capricho

lead - plomo; llevar, conducir

"But his stables had been searched?"

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

faker - Farsante; (fake) Farsante

Dodge - evadir, esquivar, capear

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

injuring - herir, lastimar

"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 - misericordia, piedad

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

impress - impresionar, impresión, impresión

"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 - no oficial; extraoficial, oficioso

trifle - baratija; sopa inglesa, pizca, nadería, nimiedad, zarandaja

cavalier - caballero

amusement - divertimiento, esparcimiento, diversión

"Certainly not without your permission."

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

minor - menor, menor, menor de edad

"And you will devote yourself to that?"

devote - devota; dedicar

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

contrary - contrario

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.

investigation - investigación

brilliantly - brillantemente

incomprehensible - incomprensible

"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."

charming - encantador; (charm); encantador

breath - respiración, aliento, respiro

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

lip - labio, labro

curled - rizado; rizo, bucle, flexión

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

despair - desesperar, desesperanzar, desesperación, desesperanza

arresting - arrestante; paro, arresto, detenido, parar, detener, arrestar

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 - se encogió de hombros; encogimiento de hombros

beg - pedir limosna; pedir

readiness - preparados; preparación

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

envelope - sobre

"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."

anticipate - anticiparse; anticipar, prever

"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."

consultant - consultor

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

assurance - seguridad; certidumbre, confianza

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

shrug - encogimiento de hombros, encogerse de hombros

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.

sudden - de repente; repentino, súbito, brusco

occur - ocurren; ocurrir, acaecer, presentar

"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 - algún problema; mal

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

lame - cojo

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

chuckled - se rió; reírse (entre dientes)

rubbed - frotado; frotación, frotamiento, frote, frotar

"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!"

shot - tiro, disparo; (shoot) tiro, disparo

pinching - Pellizcos; (pinch); pellizcar, repizcar, afanar, chorizar

epidemic - epidemia, epidémico

drive on - seguir adelante, seguir conduciendo

coachman - Cochero

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 - con entusiasmo

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

"Exceedingly so."

exceedingly - excesivamente; extremadamente, sumamente, sobremanera, asaz

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

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

Curious - tienes curiosidad; curioso; extrano, raro

incident - incidente

"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.

bound - atado; (bind); atar, atar (tie), empastar (books), liar

by appointment - con cita previa

drag - arrastrar; llevar a rastras

"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 - Mota

"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 - tararear, canturrear

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

enclosure - encierro, cercamiento, recinto, reparto, clausura

grand stand - gran puesto, gran tribuna

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.

ft - pies; pie

Heath - páramo, brezal, brezo

Newton - newton

negro - negro, negra

cinnamon - canelo, canela, color canela

Pugilist - pugilista; boxeador, boxeadora

Lord Backwater's Desborough. Yellow cap and sleeves. Colonel Ross's Silver Blaze. Black cap. Red jacket. Duke of Balmoral's Iris. Yellow and black stripes. Lord Singleford's Rasper. Purple cap. Black sleeves.

sleeves - mangas; manga, funda, enfundar

Duke - duque

iris - lirio, iris

stripes - rayas; franja, raya, línea, lista, galón

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

scratched - rayado; rascar, raspar, aranar, rasgunar, rayar, aranazo

"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 - rugía; rugir, bramar, rugido, bramido

ring - anillo

"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 - agitación, desasosiego, inquietud

"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 - bahía

swept - barrido; barrer, peinar

cantered - cantered; medio galope

"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 - bestia, animal, salvaje

"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!"

gets on - subirse a, triunfar

imperturbably - Imperturbablemente

gazed - mirada; observar, mirar fijamente

curve - curva, curvas, curvar, encorvar

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. 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.

superb - excelente; excepcional

bolt - perno; pestillo

rush - prisa; precipitarse, lanzarse, correr, ir rápidamente

lengths - longitudes; largo

rival - rival

"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 - de todos modos; de todas maneras, de todas formas, comoquiera

gasped - jadeó; jadear, bocanada, calada

confess - confesar, panish: t-needed

tail - cola

"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."

go round - dar vueltas

owners - propietarios; propietario, dueno, poseedor

admittance - admisión, entrada, admitancia

spirits of wine - espíritu del vino

"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 - libertad

"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."

wonders - maravillas; maravilla, milagro, genio, asombro, pasmo

apologies - disculpas; disculpa, excusa

doubted - dudaba; dudar, duda, incertidumbre

"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 - asombro, sorpresa

"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 - enfadado; furiosamente, con ira

obligations - obligaciones; obligación, compromiso, deber

regard - respecto a; considerar

insult - insultar, insulto, ofensa, improperio

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.

assure - asegurar

associated - sociados; asociado, companero, asociar, frecuentar, alternar

glossy - brillante, lustroso, reluciente

thoroughbred - purasangre

"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 - menoscabar, disminuir, reducir, aminorar

guilt - culpa, culpabilidad

unworthy - indigno

confidence - confianza; certeza, certeza propia, certidumbre, confidencia

bell - campana

I stand to win - Puedo ganar

defer - aplazar; posponer, diferir; (def) aplazar; posponer, diferir

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.

fancy - te apetece; capricho, antojo

narrative - narrativo, narrativa, narración

unravelled - desenredado; desenmaranar, desenredar, deshilar

"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. 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.

theories - teorías; teoría

erroneous - errónea; erróneo, falso, errado, inexacto

indications - indicaciones; indicación

overlaid - superposición

import - importar

conviction - convicción

culprit - culpable

immense - inmenso

alighted - se bajó; apearse de

I was marvelling in my own mind how I could possibly have overlooked so obvious a clue."

marvelling - Maravillado; (marvel) Maravillado

overlooked - pasado por alto; mirador, pasar por alto, otear

"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. 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.

tasteless - insípido, insaboro, desabrido, soso, vulgar

flavor - sabor, gusto, saborizar, condimentar

disagreeable - desagradable

perceptible - perceptible

eater - comedor

detect - detectar, sentir

medium - medio, mitad, médium, mediano

disguise - disfraz, pantalla, tapadera, disfrazar

monstrous - monstruoso

coincidence - coincidencia, casualidad

That is unthinkable. 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?

unthinkable - impensable

eliminated - eliminado; eliminar, matar

centers - centros; centro, meollo, pívot, pivote, central, centrar

aside - aparte, a un lado, aparte

access - acceso, entrada

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

grasped - comprendido; agarrar, asir, comprender, asimiento, comprensión

silence - silencio, silenciar, hacer callar

inference - inferencia, ilación

invariably - invariablemente

fetched - conseguido; ir por, ir a buscar, traer

barked - ladró; ladrido

arouse - provocar, incitar, concitar, excitar, despertar

"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.

dishonest - embustero, mentiroso, deshonesto

Loss - pérdida

laying - colocación; (lay) colocación

agents - agentes; agente

fraud - fraude, defraudador

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 - más sutil; sutil

Contents - ontenido; satisfecho

"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. 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.

sane - sano; cuerdo

most delicate - el más delicado

operations - operaciones; operación, operación

surgery - operación, cirugía, cirugía, quirófano, pabellón, consulta

Slight - insignificante, leve, ligero, falta de respeto

tendons - tendones; tendón

Ham - jamón

subcutaneously - subcutáneamente

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."

treated - tratado; tratar, negociar, rogar, invitar, convidar, sorpresa

lameness - Cojera

strain - tensión; estirar, tensar

rheumatism - reumatismo, artritis reumatoide

foul - falta; asqueroso, fétido

"Villain! Scoundrel!" cried the Colonel.

villain - villano

scoundrel - sinvergüenza; bribón, canalla, bellaco, villano

"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."

spirited - enérgico; espíritu, alma, onda, alcohol, bebida espirituosa

prick - idiota; pinchar, perforar

open air - al aire libre

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

blind - ciego, invidente, celosía, persiana, ciega, ciego, cegar

candle - una vela; vela, candela, cirio

"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. The nature of the bill showed that there was a lady in the case, and one who had expensive tastes.

belongings - Pertenencia

motives - motivos; motivo, móbil

settle - nos conformamos; instalar, colocar

concluded - concluido; concluir

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. 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.

liberal - liberal, liberal, libertario, libertaria

servants - sirvientes; sirviente, criado, mozo, doméstico

guinea - Guinea

satisfied - satisfecho; satisfacer

dispose - disponer; deshacerse

mythical - mítico

"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.

securing - asegurando; seguro, resguardado, confiable, aplomado

glare - resplandor; mirada fulminante

instinct - instinto

mischief - travesuras; travesura, diablura, gamberrada

lashed - azotado; pestana

steel - acero

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 - gashed; raja, hendidura, corte

"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 - astuto, sagaz, perspicaz

undertake - emprender, acometer

tendon - tendón

"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 - legante; raya, guion largo, carrerita, gota, pizca, lanzarse

partiality - parcialidad

plunged - se hundió; lanzarse, zambullirse, tirarse de cabeza

debt - deuda, pufo

miserable - miserable

plot - argumento, trama, hilo argumental, intriga, plano

"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."

neighbors - vecinos; vecino

amnesty - amnistía, amnistiar

junction - unión, juntura

Victoria - Victoria

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. 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. 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.

sketches - esbozos; bosquejar, esbozar, pergenar, esbozo, bosquejo

numerous - numerosos; numeroso

dwell - habitar, morar

failures - fracasos; fallo, fracaso, fiasco, fracasado, avería

sake - por, por motivo de; por el bien de

reputation - reputación

wits - agudeza, ingenio, chispa, gracia

versatility - versatilidad

admirable - admirable, loable

Tale - cuento; historia, relato

forever - para siempre, por siempre, constantemente, sin cesar, eternidad

erred - erró; errar, equivocarse

truth - verdad

dozen - docena, decenas

Ritual - ritual

recount - recuento; relatar

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. Then he was absolutely untiring and indefatigable.

capable - capaz

muscular - muscular, musculoso

effort - esfuerzo

boxers - boxers; boxeador, boxeadora, bóxer

aimless - sin rumbo, sin objeto

bodily - corporal, corpóreo, corporalmente

exertion - esfuerzo

waste - residuos; desperdiciar, malgastar

bestirred - bestirred; animar, animarse

untiring - incansable, infatigable

indefatigable - incansable, infatigable

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. 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.

circumstances - circunstancias; circunstancia

remarkable - notable, remarcable, destacable

sparest - más escaso; prescindir, pasar sin

verge - margen, borde; arcén

austerity - austeridad

cocaine - cocaína

vices - icios; torno de banco

protest - protestar, proclamar, oponerse, objetar, protesta, manifestación

monotony - monotonía

existence - existencia

scanty - escaso, exiguo

uninteresting - desinterés

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.

faint - desmayarse; débil, tenue

shoots - disparos; disparar, lanzar

breaking out - estallar; escapar; librar(se)

elms - olmos; olmo

sticky - pegajoso, adherente, adherible, peliagudo, escabroso

spear - lanza, jabalina

chestnuts - castanas; castana, castano, marrón

fold - doblar, plegar

For two hours we rambled about together, in silence for the most part, as befits two men who know each other intimately. It was nearly five before we were back in Baker Street once more.

intimately - íntimamente

Baker - panadero, panadera

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

beg pardon - Perdón

gentleman - caballero, senores

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

reproachfully - con reproche

"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.

restless - inquieto

walkin - Caminando

stampin - sello

waitin - Esperando

goin - Te vas

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

choked - ahogado; ahogar, asfixiar

"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. 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.

annoying - molesto; molestar, agobiar, jorobar

stem - tallo; CTIM

tobacconists - stancos; tabaquero, estanquero, tabaquera, estanquera

amber - ámbar, ambarino, de color ámbar

mouthpieces - boquillas; micrófono, boquilla, portavoz

disturbed - molesto; perturbar, molestar

values - valores; valor, importancia, valorar, cifrar, apreciar

highly - altamente

"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 - seis peniques; Moneda de 6 Peniques

mended - reparado; remiendo, remendar, reparar

mends - reparaciones; remiendo, remendar, reparar

observe - observar, seguir, tomar en cuenta

originally - originalmente, originariamente

patch - remiendo, parche

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

peculiar - particular; peculiar, raro, específico

pensive - pensativo, meditabundo, amohinado, melancólico

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

tapped - intervenido; golpecito, palmadita

"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."

pipes - tuberías; caramillo, flauta ), tubo de órgano, tubería, tubo

individuality - individualidad

careless - descuidado, irresponsable, negligente, dejado

economy - economía, económico

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.

threw out - descartar, echar fuera, deshacerse de algo; despedir a alguien

offhand - de improviso; indiferente, espontáneo, irreflexivo

cocked - agachado; gallo, macho

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

shilling - chelines; chelín; (shill); testaferro, hombre de paja

"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."

mixture - mezcla

eightpence - Ocho peniques

"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. You hold your own pipe to the lamp, and see how naturally you, being right-handed, hold the left side to the flame.

jets - jets; azabache

charred - chamuscado; chamuscar, carbonizar

gather - reunirnos; juntar, recoger, recolectar, acumular, reunir

flame - flama, llama

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

constancy - constancia, constancia

bitten through - Mordido a través

energetic - enérgico, energético

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 - despierto; despertar(se)

"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.

Pardon - perdón, indulto, perdonar, indultar, cómo?, ?perdón?, ?ah?

embarrassment - vergüenza, corte g

dazed - turdido; aturdimiento, aturdir, encandilar

"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 - genial, amable, formidable, bueno, simpático

nerves - nervio, coraje, descaro, frescura, nervios

pleasure - placer, voluptuosidad, gustar

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

gone to pieces - desmoronarse; descomponerse, hacerse pedazos

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

consulting - consultoría; consultar

"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 - uiciosa; juicioso

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 - cecina

outbursts - exabruptos; arranque, arrebato, arrechucho

painful - doloroso, dolorido, adolorido, panish: t-needed

overriding - Anular

inclinations - inclinaciones; inclinación

"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."

domestic - doméstico, nacional, empleada doméstica, empleada, malos tratos

affairs - asuntos; negocio, asunto, rollo, amorío, aventura

strangers - Extrano

dreadful - terrible; espantoso, espantosa

conduct - conducción, conducta, guiar, dirigir, manejar, conducir

horrible - horrible, horrendo

tether - atadura; soga, amarrar, acordonar

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

Dear Mr - Estimado Sr.

Grant - otorgar, conceder, subvención, beca, patrocinio

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. 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?

preserve - mermelada, reserva, reserva natural, coto, terreno, dominio

cease - cesar, parar, terminar

souls - almas; alma, espíritu

Prove - probar

furnish - amoblar, amueblar, suministrar, proporcionar, dotar

delay - retraso; aplazar, retrasar

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 - con amargura; amargamente

gesture - gesto, ademán, detalle, atención

reserved - reservado; reserva, reservar

Dash - raya, guion largo, carrerita, gota, pizca, lanzarse, romper

pride - orgullo, soberbia, cachondez, toriondez, verriondez, manada

wounds - Herida

expose - exponer, revelar, descubrir, exhibir

winds - vientos; viento, aire

"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 - con carino

deed - hecho, acto, acción, obra, hazana; (dee); hecho, acto, acción

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.

barrier - barrera, límite

estranged - distanciado; alienar, enajenar

"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."

soul - alma, espíritu

"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. 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.

widow - viuda, enviudar

Atlanta - Atlanta

fever - fiebre, calentura

death certificate - certificado de defunción

This sickened her of America, and she came back to live with a maiden aunt at Pinner, in Middlesex. 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.

maiden - doncella

invested - invertido; invertir

"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. 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.

hop - saltar a la pata coja

merchant - comerciante, mercader

income - ingresos, renta

little place - lugar pequeno

countrified - campesinos

Inn - posada, venta

cottage - cabana; chalet

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

shadow - sombra

accursed - exacto

"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.

property - propiedad, posesión, inmueble, bien

awkward - torpe, desmanado, embarazoso, delicado, incómodo, tímido

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

Jack - Juanito, Jacobo, Santiago

"'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 - escalonada; tambalearse

"'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 - juguetón, divertido

bankers - banquero

"'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 - contenido; satisfecho

"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. 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.

lane - camino, carril

grove - arboleda

Scotch - escocés; escoceses

firs - primeros; abeto

fond - carinoso, afectuoso

strolling - Paseando; (stroll); paseo, caminata, garbeo, vuelta, pasearse

neighborly - vecinos; amigable, sociable

pity - compasión, piedad, lástima, pena, tener lástima

old-fashioned - (old-fashioned) anticuado

porch - pórtico, porche

honeysuckle - madreselva

I have stood many a time and thought what a neat little homestead it would make.

homestead - casal, caserío, hacienda

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

stroll - paseo, caminata, garbeo, vuelta, pasearse

pile - montón, pila

wondered - se preguntaba; maravilla, milagro, genio, asombro, pasmo

folk - pueblo, gente

aware - alerta, consciente, conocedor, sabedor, entendido

"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. 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.

chill - relajarme; frío

unnatural - no es natural; antinatural, contranatural, contra natura

inhuman - inhumano

plucked - desplumado; herir, desplumar, perseverancia

analyze - analizar

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. 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 - lívido

chalky - calcáreo

rigid - rígido

shockingly - Sorprendentemente

determined - determinado; determinar

inmates - reclusos; internado, interno, preso, recluso

knocked at - Golpear, tocar

instantly - al instante, al hilo, al tiro, instantáneamente

gaunt - enjuto; demacrado, chupado, macilento

harsh - áspero, duro, severo, despotricar

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

wantin - Quieres

Northern - septentrional, norteno, boreal

accent - acento, pronunciación

"'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"'

neighbor - vecino

nodding - Asintiendo; (nod); asentir, cabecear, cabezada

"'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. 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.

Ay - Sí

annoyed - molesto; molestar, agobiar, jorobar

churlish - paleto, rústico, bruto, poco afable, maleducado

rebuff - rechazo; repulsa, desaire

apparition - aparición

rudeness - grosería, ordinariez

former - antiguo, anterior

highly strung - muy nervioso, tenso

unpleasant - desagradable, desapacible

I remarked to her, however, before I fell asleep, that the cottage was now occupied, to which she returned no reply.

occupied - ocupado; ocupar

"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. 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. 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.

sleeper - Dormir

jest - bromea; broma

somehow - de algún modo, de alguna manera, de alguna forma

lightly - a la ligera; ligeramente

dimly - tenuemente

conscious - consciente

gradually - gradualmente, poco a poco, paulatinamente

slipping - resbalando; resbalar

mantle - manto, camisa

bonnet - capucha, gorra, cofia, capota, capó

lips - labios; labio, labro

murmur - murmullo; soplo, murmurar

sleepy - tienes sueno; sueno, cansado, adormecido, sonoliento

preparation - preparación

illuminated - iluminado; iluminar

dumb - tonto; mudo

She wore an expression such as I had never seen before"such as I should have thought her incapable of assuming. 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. 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?

incapable - incapaz

assuming - Suponiendo; (assume); suponer, dar por sentado, asumir

deadly - mortal, letal, mortífero

breathing - respirando; respiración; (breath); respiración, aliento, respiro

furtively - furtivamente, a hurtadillas

fastened - sujetado; atar, abrochar

slipped - se resbaló; resbalar

creaking - chirriante; crujido, crujir, chirriar, rechinar

hinges - bisagras; bisagra, gozne, charnela, quicio, abisagrar, depender

rapped - rapeado; golpe seco

knuckles - nudillos; nudillo

rail - ferrocarril; barra

truly - de verdad; verdaderamente, realmente

pillow - almohada

country road - Camino rural

"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 - inexplicable

gently - suavemente; mansamente, suave

Footsteps - pasos; huella, paso

"'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 - Jadeando; (gasp); jadear, bocanada, calada

indescribably - indescriptiblemente

guilty - culpable

frank - franco

wincing - Gestos de dolor; (wince) Gestos de dolor

"'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 - con severidad

"'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 - deshacer

fastenings - Cierre

choking - ahogar, asfixiar

fainted - desmayado; débil, tenue

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?

unlike - a diferencia de; diferente

tones - tonos; tono

evident - es evidente; evidente, constatable

venomous - venenenoso; venenoso, maléfico

doubts - dudas; dudar, duda, incertidumbre

suspicions - sospechas; sospecha, suspicacia

concealing - ocultando; esconder, ocultar

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 - se encogió; contraerse, encogerse, achicarse, mermar

tumbled - tumbado; caída, caer, revolverse

framing - Enmarcando; (frame); levantar la estructura, armar, enmarcar

"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 - miradas; ojear, echar un vistazo, mirar, pispear, vistazo

shooting - disparando; tiroteo, tiro; (shoot) disparando; tiroteo, tiro

disbelieved - descreído; descreer

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.

exchanged - intercambiado; cambiar

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

crystal - cristal

Glimpse - un vistazo; atisbo, entrever, atisbar, vislumbrar, ojear

"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.

sight - vista, lugar de interés, espectáculo, panorama, visor, mira, ver

emotions - emociones; afecto, emoción

shrink back - Retroceder; encoger

useless - inútil, negado

concealment - ocultación; ocultamiento

belied - desmentida; esconder; desmentir

"'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?'

assistance - asistencia

"'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 - Sonda

"'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 - Por el amor de Dios

uncontrollable - incontrolable

emotion - afecto, emoción

seized - incautado; agarrar, apoderarse de, apresar, aferrar, tomar

strength - fuerza, neque, potencia, intensidad, fuerte, fortaleza

"'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 - implorar

swear - jurar

misery - miseria, sinvivir, desgracia, desdicha, infortunio

clung - aferrado; engancharse, adherirse

frenzy - frenesí, manía

entreaty - suplicas; petición, solicitud, plegaria

"'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.'

regret - lamentar, pena, pesar, arrepentimiento

stake - estaca, participación, estacar, poner en juego

force - fuerza

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

irresolute - Irresoluto

"'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 - Cada noche

doings - Haciendo

"'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 - suspiro; suspirar

relief - alivio

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

coarse - grosero; tosco, rústico, rudo, bruto

puzzle - rompecabezas, enigma, puzle, acertijo, intrigar, dejar perplejo

ease - facilidad; aliviar

"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 - morir; quedar, permanecer, resistir, aguantar

loyally - lealmente

engagement - compromiso, conexión, atención, noviazgo

stirred - agitado; remover, revolver

ample - amplio, extenso, abundante, generoso

solemn promise - Promesa solemne

"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 - sorprendido; sobresaltarse, alarmarse, espantarse, evitar

"'Where is your mistress?'I asked.

Mistress - senora; duena, maestra, querida, amante, barragana, manceba, ama

"'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. 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.

glance - mirada; ojear, echar un vistazo, mirar, pispear, vistazo

tingling - hormigueo; (tingle); hormigueo

anger - ira, enfado, enojo, rabia

hurried - con prisas; prisa, apuro, apresurarse, apurarse, darse prisa

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. 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.

hurrying - Prisa; (hurry); prisa, apuro, apresurarse, apurarse, darse prisa

vowed - prometido; voto, manda, promesa

"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.

ground floor - planta baja

kettle - pava; hervidor, tetera

coiled - en espiral; enroscarse

basket - cesta, cesto, canasta

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 - vulgar, chabacano, ramplón

chamber - cámara, recámara, compartimento

elegant - elegante, chic

Bitter - amargo

mantelpiece - mantel; repisa

full-length - (full-length) largometraje; edición completa

"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.'

forgive - perdonar, disculpar

"'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. 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.

breaking away - separarse, distanciarse

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

advise - aconsejar, asesorar, notificar

unreservedly - sin reservas

Pray - rezar, orar

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 - extremo, descollante, extremado, sobresaliente, sumo, máximo

delivered - entregado; liberar, parir, dar a luz, entregar

"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."

disagreeably - desagradablemente

"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 - rigidez

vanished - desaparecido; desvanecerse, desaparecer, anularse

jerk - imbécil; sacudida

"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."

shortly - pronto, en breve

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

certificate - certificado

"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 - revisitar; Volver a Visitar


"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 - piensa en ello

permanently - permanentemente, constantemente, continuamente

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."

examine - examinar, analizar, auscultar

"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) bueno hasta; adiós

fret - traste; preocuparse

"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?"

accompanying - acompanando; acompanar

What do you make of it? - ?Qué te parece?

"It had an ugly sound," I answered.

ugly - feo, callo

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

blackmail - chantaje, extorsión, chantajear

"And who is the blackmailer?"

blackmailer - chantajista

"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 - chimenea, hogar

"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 - provisional, provisorio

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

frenzied - frenético; frenesí, manía

hateful - odioso, detestable

contracted - contratado; contraer

loathsome - asqueroso; aborrecible, detestable, odioso, abominable

leper - leproso, leprosa

imbecile - imbécil

afresh - de nuevo, otra vez

secure - seguro, resguardado, confiable, aplomado

assumed - asumido; suponer, dar por sentado, asumir

whereabouts - dónde; paradero; (whereabout) dónde; paradero

unscrupulous - sin escrúpulos; inescrupuloso, desaprensivo

attached - pegado; anexar, adjuntar

invalid - nulo, inválido, no válido

threaten - amenazar

endeavors - esfuerzos; tentativa, esfuerzo, empeno, empresa

casually - Casualmente

comers - vienen; puntero, delantero, puntera, delantera

She waits until her husband is asleep, and then she rushes down to endeavor to persuade them to leave her in peace. 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. 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. 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?"

rushes - prisas; precipitarse, lanzarse, correr, ir rápidamente

endeavor - tentativa, esfuerzo, empeno, empresa

persuade - persuadir

rid - cabalgar; librar

taking down - quitar(se), retirar; anotar; desmontar; derribar; bajar los humos a alguien; arruinar; hacer mofa de alguien

demanded from - exigido, reclamado

midst - en medio; centro

fir-trees - (fir-trees) abetos

reconnoitres - reconoce; hacer un reconocimiento

"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 - reconsiderarlo; reconsiderar

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 - alquilado; inquilino, arrendatario

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 - tiembla; estremecer(se)

"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."

witnesses - testigos; testimonio, testigo, prueba, testificar, probar

"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?"

warning - advertencia, aviso, precaución, cuidado; (warn); alertar

"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 - indefinido

legally - legalmente

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.

deeply - profundamente; a fondo

rutted - rutted; surco, bache

hedges - etos; seto

impatiently - impacientemente

stumbled - tropezón, traspié, desliz, torpeza, tropiezo, tropezar

"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 - resplandor; luz tenue, titileo

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 - en primer plano; primer plano

blur - borroso; desdibujar, difuminar, borrar, manchar, esfumarse

"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.

attitude - postura, actitud

"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."

had a presentiment - tener un presentimiento

"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.

trusted - de confianza; confianza, crédito, fiar, consorcio, trust

closely - de cerca; cercanamente

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. The face which she turned towards us was of the strangest livid tint, and the features were absolutely devoid of any expression.

furnished - amueblado; amoblar, amueblar, suministrar, proporcionar, dotar

candles - velas; vela, candela, cirio

stooping - inclinarse, agacharse

gloves - guantes; guante, gorro

whisked - batido; llevar rápidamente

tint - tinte, matiz

devoid - vacío, desprovisto

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

mask - máscara, careta, mascarilla

peeled off - se ha despegado

countenance - semblante, apariencia, expresión, rostro

coal - carbón, hulla, brasa

negress - negra

flashing - parpadeando; impermeabilización, flaseo

amazed - asombrado; pasmar, sorprender, asombrar

sympathy - simpatía; compasión, empatía, compasión

merriment - alegría, júbilo, regocijo, juguetoneo

clutching - agarrando; agarrar

throat - garganta, tráquea, cuello

"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."

forced - forzado; fuerza

judgment - juicio

survived - sobrevivió; sobrevivir

"Your child?"

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

locket - reloj; medallón, guardapelo

bosom - seno, pechera, busto

"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 - con bisagras; bisagra, gozne, charnela, quicio, abisagrar

portrait - retrato

handsome - apuesto, guapo, de buen parecer, lindo

unmistakable - inconfundible

descent - descendencia; descenso, bajada, ascendencia, origen, abolengo

"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. 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. 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.

nobler - más noble; noble

wed - casarse; casar

misfortune - infortunio, gafe, mala suerte, desgracia

took after - parecerse a

Lucy - Lucía

girlie - chica

nestled - encajado; acomodarse, acurrucarse

harm - dano; dano, danar

faithful - fieles; fiel, leal

disowning - renegar

courage - coraje, valor, valentía

I had to choose between you, and in my weakness I turned away from my own little girl. 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. 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.

weakness - debilidad, flaqueza, punto débil, debilidad por, carino

overwhelming - avasallador; agobiar, abrumar, checkagobiar

desire - desear, deseo, gana

struggled - luchado; lucha, forcejeo, brega, luchar, esforzarse con denuedo

vain - vanidoso, vano, vacuo

precautions - precauciones; precaución

daytime - durante el día; día

gossip - chismoso, chismosa, chisme, chismear, cotillear, chismorrear

neighborhood - vecindad, barrio, vecindario, cercanía

cautious - cauto, cauteloso, precavido, cuidadoso

wise - sabio

"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 - noblemente

refrained - se abstuvo; estribillo

pursuing - Persiguiendo; (pursue); perseguir, apuntar a

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.

escaped - se escapó; escapar, liberarse, fugarse, eludir

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.

kissed - besado; besar

"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.

turning away - dar la vuelta, alejarse, dar la espalda a alguien/algo

"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."

strike - tachar, borrar, golpear, pegar, acunar, hacer la huelga

confident - confiado, seguro de sí mismo

deserves - merecer, meritar

whisper - susurro, rumor, rastro, susurrar

Chapter III. The Stock-Broker's Clerk

broker - corredor/agente de bolsa

clerk - clérigo, oficinista, secretario, escribiente

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. 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.

marriage - matrimonio, boda, casamiento, unión

purchased - comprado; compra, adquisición, comprar

affliction - aflicción, tribulación, quebranto

suffered - sufrido; sufrir, penar, empeorar

unnaturally - De forma antinatural

principle - principio

heal - curar

askance - preguntas; con recelo, de reojo, de través

curative - Curativo

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. 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.

thus - así

predecessor - predecesor, antecesor

weakened - ebilitado; debilitar, languir, debilitarse, languecer

declined - rechazado; declive, retroceso, decadencia

youth - jóvenes; juventud, adolescencia, mocedad, anos mozos, joven

concern - preocupación, referirse a, ataner, concernir, tocar, preocupar

flourishing - loreciente; florecer, prosperar, ademanes, floritura, floreo

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.

journal - diario; revista

strident - estridente

"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 - estridente

recovered - recuperado; recuperarse

excitements - emociones; entusiasmo

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

warmly - calurosamente

"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."

rocking-chair - (rocking-chair) silla mecedora

medical practice - Práctica médica

obliterated - oliterado; remover, borrar, destruir, obliterar

deductive - deductivo

"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."

classifying - clasificando; clasificar, encasillar

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

collection - colección, conjunto, recogida, recolección, colecta, recaudación

"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?"

"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 - trabajar fuera

"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 - Ja

lids - tapas; tapa

unwell - malestar; indispuesto

lately - últimamente

"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 - confinado; confinar, encorsetar, confín, raya

severe - severo, grave, austero

"So you have. You look remarkably robust."

remarkably - otablemente; extraordinariamente

robust - robusto

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

"My dear fellow, you know my methods."

"You deduced it, then?"

deduced - deducido; deducir


"And from what?"

"From your slippers."

slippers - zapatillas; zapatilla, pantufla, babucha

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 - patente

leathers - cueros; cuero

"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.

soles - suelas; planta

slightly - un poco; levemente, ligeramente

scorched - quemado; chamuscar

instep - el empeine; empeine

circular - circular

wafer - oblea, hostia

shopman - comerciante

Damp would of course have removed this. 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."

damp - húmedo, humedad, amortiguar

outstretched - Extender

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 - simplicidad, sencillez, llano

tinge - toque, tinte, matiz, retocar, matizar

bitterness - amargo, amargura, amargor, acíbar

"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?"

more impressive - más impresionante

"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?"

client - cliente

wheeler - Rueda

"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 - arabateado; garabatear

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

brass - latón

"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."

cab - taxi

whip - fusta, látigo, flagelo, panish: t-needed

"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 - sucesión

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."

interrupt - interrumpir, interrupción

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

Twinkle - titilar, fulgurar, refulgir

"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 - confundido; confundir, empeorar

fool - idiota; bobo, imbécil, necio, pendejo, bufón, loco

otherwise - o no; de otro

crib - cuna, machete, chuleta, fusilar

Exchange - intercambio; cambiar

"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. 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.

billet - palanquilla; alojamiento, acuartelamiento

let in - hacer pasar; dejar entrar; permitir

Venezuelan - venezolano, venezolana

loan - préstamo

nasty - asqueroso; sucio, menospreciable, obsceno, grosero, peligroso

cropper - Cosechador

ripping - desgarro; rasgar, desgarrar

testimonial - testimonio; referencias

smash - estrellar, destrozar, golpear, machucar

clerks - ficinistas; clérigo, oficinista, secretario, escribiente

adrift - a la deriva

chaps - chaps; tío, tipo

frost - escarcha, helada, escarchar, glasear, granizar

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. 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.

fairly - justamente; francamente, abiertamente, bastante

envelopes - sobres; sobre

paddling - Remando; (paddle) Remando

"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. 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.

Williams - williams; Guillermo

broking - Intermediación

firm - firma; firme, sólido

Lombard - lombardo, longobardo

dare - te atreves; atraverse, osar

application - aplicación, solicitud

by return - por retorno

duties - deberes; deber, obligación, cometido, menester, arancel

satisfactory - satisfactorio

plunges - se sumerge; lanzarse, zambullirse, tirarse de cabeza

Anyhow it was my innings that time, and I don't ever wish to feel better pleased. The screw was a pound a week rise, and the duties just about the same as at Coxon's.

screw - tornillo, tirafondo, hélice, atornillar, enroscar, follar, joder

"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. 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.

queer - raro, extrano, trucha, marica, maricón

diggings - Cavando

Potter - alfarero; ceramista

terrace - terraza, terrado, bancal, azotea, terraplenar, aterrazar

appointment - nombramiento, cita, compromiso

landlady - propietaria; arredataria, casera, terrateniente

financial - financiero

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 - Pelo

bearded - con barba; barba, jotera, pantalla, barbar, provocar, mortificar

brisk - brioso, enérgico, vital, vigorizante, brusco

sharply - Agudamente

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

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

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

engaged - comprometido; atraer, trabar conversación con, trabar batalla

"'Yes, sir.'

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

staff - personal, empleados

"'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 - con modestia; modestamente

"'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 - lista de la bolsa

"'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 - prosperar

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

eighths - octavos; octavo, octavo

"'And New Zealand consolidated?'

Zealand - Zelanda

consolidated - consolidado; consolidar

"'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 - explosión; arranque, arrebato, arrechucho

astonished - asombrado; asombrar, sorprender, pasmar

berth - itera; catre, amarradero, plaza, atracar

"'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 - Pooh

soar - subir; planear, elevarse, planar

sphere - esfera, bola

measured - medido; medición, medida, regla, compás, medir

"'On Monday.'

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

flutter - leteo; ondear, aletear

"'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.'

Hardware - hardware, soporte físico, fierros, arma de fuego

limited - limitado; (limit); limitado

branches - ramas; rama, sucursal, delegación, filial, ramo, ramificar

Brussels - Bruselas

"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. Parker spoke of you, and that brought me here to-night. We can only offer you a beggarly five hundred to start with.

privately - en privado; privadamente

subscribed - suscrito; suscribirse

allotment - asignación, reparto

plenty - bastante; abundancia

snap - chasquido, crujido, chasquido de dedos, fotografía, foto

beggarly - Mendigo

"'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.'

commission - misión, cometido, destino, cargo, comisión, encargo, encargar

business done - negocios hechos

"'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 - zumbado; zumbido, zurrido, suspiro, zumbar, abejorrear, zurrir

"'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.'

smart - inteligente; elegante

ecstasy - éxtasis

delight - disfrutar; deleite, regocijo, delicia, placer

slip - resbalón; resbalar

advance - avanzar, progresar, avance, progreso, adelanto, avance

"'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.'

corporation - corporación, sociedad anónima

temporary - temporal, provisional

confirm - confirmar

"'Really, I hardly know how to express my gratitude, Mr. Pinner,'said I.

gratitude - gratitud

"'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 - simple, mero

formalities - ormalidades; formalidad

minimum - mínimo

"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?'

intend - pretender, planear, intencionar, intentar

"I had forgotten all about Mawson's in my joy. 'I'll write and resign,'said I.

joy - alegría, júbilo

resign - dimitir

"'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.'

precisely - exactamente; precisamente

offensive - ofensivo, ofensiva

coaxing - insinuación; engatusar

temper - temperamento, temple, templar, temperar

"'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 - arroyo, cuneta, canal, canalón

"'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 - imprudente; insolente, descarado, fresco

"'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!'

deserve - merecer, meritar

"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. I took my things to a hotel in New Street, and then I made my way to the address which had been given me.

hugging - abrazo, abrazar

"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.

winding - Devanado; (wind) Devanado

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. 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.

occupants - ocupantes; ocupante

wondering - Te preguntas; (wonder); maravilla, milagro, genio, asombro

elaborate - elaborar; profundizar

hoax - broma; engano, fraude, embuste, bulo

chap - chico; tío, tipo

"'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.'

praises - alabanzas; alabanza, loa, enaltecimiento, elogio, adoración

"'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.'

secured - seguro, resguardado, confiable, aplomado

premises - ocales; premisa

"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. 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.

lofty - altivo; majestuoso

slates - pizarras; pizarra

dusty - polvoriento

uncarpeted - Sin alfombrar

uncurtained - descubrir

shining - brillante; brillar

rows - filas; hilera, fila

ledger - libro de cuentas; libro de contabilidad, libro mayor, registro

"'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 - desanimado; desalentar, descorazonar, desanimar

acquaintance - conocido; amistad, conocimiento, junta, relación

Rome - Roma

"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."

vast - vasta; vasto, enorme

shrewd - perspicaz, astuto

judge - juez; juzgar

swears - jurar

"'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 - depósito; estación

pour - verter, derramar; chorrear; manar, salir

flood - inundación; avenida, riada, diluvio, inundar

crockery - vajilla, loza

purchase - compra, adquisición, comprar

Meanwhile - y mientras tanto; mientras tanto, entretanto, a todo esto


"For answer, he took a big red book out of a drawer.

drawer - cajón

"'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 - directorio

trades - comercios; comercio, gremio, compraventa, comerciar, mercadear

mark off - demarcar, delimitar

sellers - vendedores; Vendedor

"'Surely there are classified lists?'I suggested.

classified - clasificado; secreto, confidencial; (classify); clasificar

"'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.'

reliable - seguro; fiable, confiable

zeal - ahínco, fervor, celo, entusiasmo

intelligence - inteligencia

"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. 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.

conflicting - en conflicto; conflicto, discrepancia, discrepar, estar renido

feelings - Sentimientos

breast - pecho, seno, teta, corazón, pechuga

absence - ausencia, falta, ausencia de hierro

settled - resuelto; instalar, colocar

dismantled - desmantelado; desmontar, desensamblar

On Wednesday it was still unfinished, so I hammered away until Friday"that is, yesterday. Then I brought it round to Mr. Harry Pinner.

unfinished - inacabado, inconcluso

hammered - martillado; martillo, percutor, malleus, martillar

"'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 - infravalorado; subestimar

"'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 - trabajo excesivo

labors - trabajos; trabajo

thrill - emoción; excitar; emocionar, conmover

stuffed - relleno; cosas, bártulos, cosa, coso, materia, atiborrar

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. 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.

identical - idénticos; idéntico

glint - brillo

altered - alterado; cambiar, modificar, alterar

razor - navaja, razuradora, cuchilla, gillete, gillette

wig - peluca

alike - igual, semejante, parecido, igualmente

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. 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."

basin - cuenca; pileta, lavabo, lavamanos, jofaina

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.

pause - receso, checkdescanso, pausar, interrumpir, suspender

critical - crítico, álgido, clave, trascendental, coyuntural

connoisseur - conocedor; connaisseur; connoisseur

sip - sorbo, sorber

comet - cometa

vintage - vendimia, cosecha, clásico, antiguo

"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 - Alegremente

more natural - más natural

"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.

valuable - valioso

nails - unas; una

blankly - en blanco

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 - sugerente; sugestivo

"By Jove, I told you so!" cried the clerk. "That's he walking ahead of us there."

ahead - al frente de, delante de, adelante

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.

bustling - ulliciosa; ajetreado; (bustle); polisón, abundar

bawling - Gritando; (bawl); gritar, alarido, grito

edition - edición, tiraje

evening paper - Periódico de la tarde

running over - derramarse; repasar; Atropellar

cabs - cabinas; taxi

"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. 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.

ascended - ascendió; subir, ascender

bare - desnudo, descubierto

unfurnished - desamueblar

spread - extender, dispersar, esparcir, untar, diseminar, difundir

grief - duelo; pesar, pesadumbre, dolor, sufrimiento

lifetime - para toda la vida; vida, eternidad, toda la vida

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 - brillaba; relucir, rielar

cheeks - mejilla, cacha, cachete, nalga, glúteo, descoco

dull - sordo; romo, desafilado, embotado, aburrido, soso

belly - barriga, panza, vientre, guata

depicted - dibujado; representar, retratar, describir

conductor - director, revisor, guarda, inspector, conductor

"You look ill, Mr. Pinner!" he exclaimed.

You look ill - Pareces enfermo, tienes mala cara

"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?"

efforts - esfuerzos; esfuerzo

"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 - con desgana

employment - empleo

"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 - fantasmal, cadavérico, espantoso, horripilante, malísimo

"I am an accountant," said Holmes.

accountant - Contable

"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!"

accommodate - acomodarse; acomodar, acoger, albergar, satisfacer, adaptar

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 - constrenimiento, limitación, restricción

setting - configuración, ajustes, poniente; (set); configuración, ajustes

burst asunder - Reventar en pedazos; romper con

"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." 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.

resumed - se reanuda; reanudar

calmer - más tranquilo; calmado, sosiego, calma

tone - tono

trespass - intrusión; entrar sin autorización; transgresión, usurpación

patience - paciencia, solitario

courteous - cordial, cortés

bowing - Inclinarse; (bow) Inclinarse

"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?"

exit - salir; salida


"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 - No lo entiendo

mad - loco, trastornado, zumbado, enfadado, enojado

terror - terror

shivers - escalofríos; temblar, tiritar, estremecerse

"He suspects that we are detectives," I suggested.

suspects - sospechosos; barruntar, sospechar, sospechoso

"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 - ponerse pálido

His words were interrupted by a sharp rat-tat from the direction of the inner door.

interrupted - interrumpido; interrumpir, interrupción

rat - rata

"What the deuce is he knocking at his own door for?" cried the clerk.

What the deuce - ?Qué diablos?

knocking at - Golpear, tocar

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.

expectantly - A la expectativa

intense - intenso

gargling - hacer gárgaras, gargarizar

drumming - batería; tambor

woodwork - maderamen, maderaje, carpintería, carpintería

It was fastened on the inner side. 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 - bisagra, gozne, charnela, quicio, abisagrar, depender

snapped - se rompió; chasquido, crujido, chasquido de dedos, fotografía

crash - chocar; estruendo, estrépito

rushing - Prisa; (rush) Prisa

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. 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.

fault - defecto, falla, culpa, falta

Hook - gancho, garfio, enganchar

braces - aparatos; braza, abrazadera, tensor, tirante, pareja, tirantes

hanging - Colgando; (hang) Colgando

angle - ángulo; anglo

clatter - ruido; trapalear

broken in - Interrumpido

waist - cintura

untied - sin ataduras; desatar, desamarrar, desligar, soltar, desatarse

elastic bands - bandas elásticas

creases - liegues; arruga, pliegue, raya

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 - arcilla, barro

wreck - naufragio; cacharro, trasto, guinapo, choque, desastre

"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 - encorvado; inclinarse, agacharse

pulse - pulso

feeble - débil, endeble, feble, deficiente

intermittent - intermitente, esporádico, discontinuo

shivering - Tiritando; (shiver) Tiritando

eyelids - párpados; párpado

slit - ranura, abertura, rendija, fisura, raja

beneath - por debajo; bajo

"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 - jarra

collar - cuello, collar, yugo

poured - vertido; verter, derramar; chorrear; manar, salir

sank - se hundió; hundir, sumergir, sumergirse, lavamanos, fregadero

Holmes stood by the table, with his hands deep in his trouser's pockets and his chin upon his breast.

trouser - Pantalón

"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 - bendecido; bendito; (bless) bendecido; bendito

scratching - Rascarse; (scratch); rascar, raspar, aranar, rasgunar, rayar

"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.

depths - profundidades; profundidad

"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 - declaración

preposterous - absurdo, insensato, ridículo, prepóstero

"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 - verbal, verbal

earthly - terrenal

anxious - ansioso, inquieto, deseoso

specimen - espécimen, ejemplar

handwriting - escritura manuscrita, letra; (handwrite); panish: t-needed

"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.

adequate - adecuado

imitate - imitar

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."

expectation - expectativas; expectación, expectativa

"My God!" cried our client, "what a blind beetle I have been!"

Beetle - escarabajo, coleóptero

"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."

interval - intervalo

rogue - canalla, granuja, vago

"Not a soul," groaned Hall Pycroft.

groaned - gimió; gemido, grunido, gemir, grunir

"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.

contact - contacto, contactar, entrar en contacto con

That is all plain enough."

"But why should this man pretend to be his own brother?"

pretend - fingir, de mentirijillas

"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 - suplantando; copiar, imitar, suplantar, hacerse pasar por

engager - Comprometido

Admitting - admitiendo; admitir, dar entrada, dejar entrar, reconocer

unwilling - No quiere

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 - semejanza; retrato, trasunto

resemblance - semejanza, similitud, similaridad, parecido

stuffing - relleno; (stuff); cosas, bártulos, cosa, coso, materia

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 - seguro; panish: t-needed

fooled - enganado; bobo, imbécil, necio, pendejo, bufón, loco

"We must wire to Mawson's."

"They shut at twelve on Saturdays."

on Saturdays - los sábados

"Never mind. There may be some door-keeper or attendant""

keeper - guardián, guardiana, custodio

attendant - asistente, guarda, concomitante, inherente

"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."

permanent - permanente

securities - valores; seguridad, confianza, garantía, prenda

"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 - a la vista

rogues - pícaros; canalla, granuja, vago

hang - colgar

"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 - crujió; croar, palmar

sitting up - Sentarse

blanched - Palidecer

nervously - nerviosamente

broad - amplio; ancho

encircled - rodeado; rodear

"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.

yelled - gritó; grito, alarido

paroxysm - paroxismo

idiot - idiota

flattened - aplanado; aplanar, achatar, aplanarse, achatarse

"It is a London paper, an early edition of the Evening Standard. 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."

Standard - estándar, estándar, dechado, padrón, nivel

headlines - titulares; titular

gigantic - gigante, gigantesco

attempted - intentado; intentar, tentativa, intento, ensayo

robbery - robo

capture - captura, capturar

aloud - en voz alta, de viva voz

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. 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.

desperate - desesperado

culminating - culminando; culminar

guardians - guardianes; guardián, guardia, apoderado, tutor, custodio, jefe

aggregate - agregado, conjunto, resultado global, total

sum - suma

Considerably - considerablemente

responsibility - responsabilidad

devolved - devuelto; delegar

consequence - consecuencia

construction - construcción

It appears that last week a new clerk named Hall Pycroft was engaged by the firm. 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. 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.

forger - falsario, falsaria, falsificador, falsificadora, forjador

penal servitude - servidumbre penal

official - oficial, funcionario

utilized - utilizado; utilizar

moulding - Moldeo; (mould) Moldeo

various - varios, diversos, diferentes, distintos

thorough - completo; minucioso, exhaustivo

strong room - Cámara acorazada, bóveda

"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. 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. 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.

customary - costumbre; acostumbrado, consuetudinario, sólito

midday - mediodía

sergeant - sargento

aid - ayuda, auxilio

resistance - resistencia

daring - atrevido, audaz, osado; (dare); atrevido, audaz, osado

Bonds - fianzas; vínculo

prompt - rápido, pronto, puntual, pie, entrada, senal, incitar, apuntar

The man's skull had been shattered by a blow from a poker delivered from behind. 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."

skull - cráneo; calavera

poker - póquer

entrance - entrada

pretending - fingiendo; fingir, de mentirijillas

rifled - fusil, rifle

made off - marcharse, desaparecer

booty - culo; botín

ascertained - averiguado; averiguar, determinar, establecer, definir

"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.

huddled up - acurrucarse

inspire - inspirar, infundir

affection - afecto, carino, apego

suicide - suicidio, autolisis, suicida

forfeited - perdido; penalización, perder, rendir

However, we have no choice as to our action. The doctor and I will remain on guard, Mr. Pycroft, if you will have the kindness to step out for the police."

kindness - amabilidad, bondad

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."

justice - justicia, justedad, justeza, justicia

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 - mpanado; oxidación, oxidar, deslustrar, empanar, tiznar

cylinder - cilindro, bombona

undoing - deshaciendo; (undo) deshaciendo

tape - cinta, atar, grabar

scrawled - arabateado; garabatear

slate - pizarra

"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."

supply - suministro; proporcionar, abastecer

steadily - De forma constante

preservation - preservación

hen - gallina

pheasant - faisán

As I glanced up from reading this enigmatical message, I saw Holmes chuckling at the expression upon my face.

enigmatical - enigmático

chuckling - Risas; (chuckle) Risas

"You look a little bewildered," said he.

bewildered - perplejo; confundir, desconcertar

"I cannot see how such a message as this could inspire horror. It seems to me to be rather grotesque than otherwise."

grotesque - grotesco

"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 - culo; dar un cabezazo

pistol - pistola

"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 - curiosidad

"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 - se esforzó; tentativa, esfuerzo, empeno, empresa

elicit - obtener; provocar, suscitar, evocar, educir, sonsacar

communicative - comunicativo

arm-chair - (arm-chair) sillón

"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. 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.

Victor - Víctor

sociable - comerciable, gregario

moping - deprimido; chascona, fregar

fencing - esgrima, cerca, vallado, cerca, receptación; (fence); cerca

athletic - atleta; atlético

distinct - distinto

fellows - companeros; tipo

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.

Bull - toro

freezing on - Congelar, parar

chapel - capilla

"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. 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.

prosaic - prosaico

friendship - amistad

effective - efectivo, eficaz

inquire after - preguntarle a alguien por

lengthened - largado; alargar

hearty - corazonoso; carinoso, de corazón, cordial, corpulento, nutritivo

full of spirits - lleno de espíritus

opposite to - lo contrario de, opuesto a

respects - respetos; respeto, respetar

Union - unión

friendless - sin amigos

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.

hospitality - hospitalidad, hostelería

"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.

wealth - prosperidad, riqueza

consideration - consideración

Proprietor - propietario

hamlet - aldehuela, caserío, aldea, villar

Broads - broads; ancho

oak - roble, encina, carrasca

beamed - remitido; viga, timón, radio

lime - cal

avenue - avenida, vía, camino

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 - pato; hundir, sumergir

fens - fens; pantano

select - selecto, seleccionar

occupant - ocupante

tolerable - tolerable, soportable, checktolerable, checkaceptable

fastidious - astidioso; cicatero, quisquilloso, regodeón

pleasant - agradable, placentero

"Trevor senior was a widower, and my friend his only son.

senior - superior; anciano, alto cargo, experimentado, senor

widower - viudo

"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 - difteria

considerable - considerable

physically - físicamente

mentally - mentalmente

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 - gordo; corpulento

shock - conmoción, golpe

keen - con ganas; entusiasta

fierceness - ferocidad

leniency - indulgencia; clemencia

Bench - banco

"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.

port - puerto

observation - observación, vigilancia; observancia, anotación, registro

exaggerating - exagerando; exagerar

trivial - trivial

feats - hazanas; hazana, proeza

"'Come, now, Mr. Holmes,'said he, laughing good-humoredly. 'I'm an excellent subject, if you can deduce anything from me.'

humoredly - De buen humor

deduce - deducir

"'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 - doce meses

"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 - Es cierto

poaching - caza furtiva; furtivismo

gang - pandilla; grupo, cuadrilla, equipo

swore - lo juraste; jurar

Edward - Eduardo

holly - acebo

"'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 - inscripción, dedicatoria

melted - material fundido, derretirse, fundirse

Unless - menos que..; a menos que, a no ser que, salvo

"'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 - aplanamiento; aplanar, achatar, aplanarse, achatarse

thickening - engrosamiento; espesamiento, espesante; (thicken); espesar

"'Anything else?'

"'You have done a good deal of digging by your callosities.'

digging - Cavando; (dig) Cavando

callosities - Callosidad

"'Made all my money at the gold fields.'

"'You have been in New Zealand.'

"'Right again.'

"'You have visited Japan.'

Japan - Japón

"'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.'

initials - las iniciales; inicial, iniciales

"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.

stare - mirar fijamente

pitched - pitched; plantar, armar, montar

nutshells - cáscaras de nuez; cáscara de nuez

strewed - esparcido; esparcir

"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.

shocked - sorprendido; conmoción, golpe

sprinkled - rociado; salpicar, rociar, asperjar, espolvorear

gasp - jadeo; jadear, bocanada, calada

"'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.'

forcing - forzando; fuerza

"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.

recommendation - recomendación, recomendación

exaggerated - exagerado; exagerar

estimate - presupuesto, estimación, estimar

prefaced - prefacio, introducir

merest - más; simple, mero

concerned - preocupado; preocupación, referirse a, ataner, concernir, tocar

Host - anfitrión; anfitriona

"'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 - tierno

jesting - Bromeando; (jest) Bromeando

lurked - al acecho; acechar, agazaparse, ocultarse, esconderse, merodear

"'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. It was obvious, then, that those initials had once been very familiar to you, and that you had afterwards wished to forget them.

tattooed - tatuado; tatuar

bend - doblar, curvar, doblarse, agacharse, inclinarse, doblegar

elbow - codo, codazo, panish: t-needed

legible - legible

blurred - borrosa; desdibujar, difuminar, borrar, manchar, esfumarse

staining - manchado; (stain); mancha, lamparón, tacha, mancilla, colorante

obliterate - remover, borrar, destruir, obliterar

"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.'

ghosts - fantasmas; fantasma, espectro, espíritu, aparecido

lovers - amante

billiard - Billar

"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 - en medio de, entre

cordiality - Cordialidad

governor - gobernador, gobernadora

strongly - con fuerza; fuertemente

peeped - spiado; espiar

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 - inquietud; desazón

proved - probado; probar

sequel - secuela

"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 - césped

admiring - admirando; admirar

"'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. 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.

cringing - Acojonado; (cringe); contraerse, grima

shambling - Caminar; (shamble); arrastrar los pies

splotch - Mancha

tar - alquitrán, brea, chapapote

check shirt - comprobar, mirar la camisa

crafty - diestro, manoso, habiloso, astuto, pillo, listo

perpetual - perpetua; perpetuo

irregular - irregular

distinctive - distintivo, definitorio, característico

Sailors - marineros; marinero, marinera

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. He was back in a moment, and I smelt a strong reek of brandy as he passed me.

hiccoughing - tos; hipo

jumping out - Saltar fuera

reek - apesta; hedor, peste, tufo

brandy - brandy, conac

"'Well, my man,'said he. 'What can I do for you?'

What can I do for you? - ?Qué puedo hacer por ti?

"The sailor stood looking at him with puckered eyes, and with the same loose-lipped smile upon his face.

sailor - marinero, marinera

puckered - puckered; arrugar, arruga

loose - suelto; flojo

lipped - de labios; labio, labro

"'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.'

salt meat - carne salada

cask - barril; cuba, tonel

"'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.'

yearer - Ano

knot - nudo

tramp - vagabundo, vagabunda, golfa, ramera, puta

"'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.

mumbled - murmuró; mascullar, mascujar, susurrar, mascujada

shipmate - Companero

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 - muy ebrio

dining - cenar; jaleo

sofa - sofá, sillón

"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 - carro, carreta

careworn - cuidado

cheery - Alegre

"'The governor is dying,'were the first words he said.

dying - Muriendo; (dye) Muriendo

"'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 - apoplejía

"I was, as you may think, Watson, horrified at this unexpected news.

horrified - horrorizado; horripilar

unexpected - inesperado, inopinado

"'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.'

peaceful - Pacífico

crushed - aplastado; aplastamiento, enamoramiento, aplastar, destripar

"'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 - caritativo, benéfico

clutches - embragues; agarrar

ruffian - rufián

discretion - discreción

"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.

smooth - liso, sofisticado, constante, tranquilo, apacible, suave, alisar

stretch - estirar, estirarse, dar, extenderse, estirón, estiramiento

glimmering - Resplandeciente; (glimmer); luz tenue, titileo

setting sun - Sol poniente; puesta del sol

chimneys - chimeneas; chimenea, tubo

squire - Escudero

dwelling - vivienda; (dwell); habitar, morar

"'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. The fellow would take the boat and my father's best gun and treat himself to little shooting trips.

gardener - jardinero, jardinera

satisfy - satisfacer

promoted - promocionado; promover, ascender

butler - sumiller, sommelier, mayordomo

wandered - deambuló; vagar, divagar, errar, deambular, enganar

maids - sirvientas; doncella, senorita, doméstica, empleada doméstica

drunken - Borracho

vile - vil

wages - salario; hacer (la guerra), librar, dar

recompense - recompensa

treat - tratar, negociar, rogar, invitar, convidar, sorpresa

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. 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.

sneering - con desprecio; (sneer) con desprecio

leering - Leyendo; (leer) Leyendo

insolent - insolente

tight - apretado, ajustado, tensado, tensionado, tenso

wiser - más sabio; sabio

"'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. 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.

intrusive - intrusivo; intruso

uttered - ronunciado; absoluto, total

threats - amenazas; amenaza

tongue - lengua, tsinhueso, lengüeta

apologizing - pidiendo disculpas; disculparse

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 - rechazado; negarse (a)

wretch - desgraciado, miserable

liberties - ibertades; libertad

household - hogar, agregado familiar, núcleo familiar, familia, casero

"'"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 - Ocupado

"'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.

grand - grande; magnífico, espléndido, imponente

release - liberación; liberar

dining - cenar

"'"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."

"'"You're not going away in an unkind spirit, Hudson, I hope," said my father, with a tameness which made my blood boil.

unkind - desagradable; cruel, duro

spirit - espíritu, alma, onda, alcohol, bebida espirituosa

tameness - mansedumbre; insipidez

"'"I've not had my 'pology," said he sulkily, glancing in my direction.

pology - pología

sulkily - Enfurrunada

"'"Victor, you will acknowledge that you have used this worthy fellow rather roughly," said the dad, turning to me.

acknowledge - reconocer, acusar recibo

worthy - Digno

roughly - a grandes rasgos; aproximadamente

"'"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 - grunidos; grunir

mate - colega; aparear, acoplar

We'll see about that - Ya lo veremos

"'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 - lamentable; lastimero, lastimoso

pacing - itmo; paso

"'And how?'I asked eagerly.

eagerly - con ganas; ansiosamente

"'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. 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.

clapped - aplaudió; aplaudir

driven out - marcharse; expulsar, echar algo/a alguien

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 - parálisis

consciousness - conciencia

"'You horrify me, Trevor!'I cried. 'What then could have been in this letter to cause so dreadful a result?'

horrify - horrorizar; horripilar

"'Nothing. There lies the inexplicable part of it. The message was absurd and trivial. Ah, my God, it is as I feared!'

absurd - absurdo, absurdo

"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 - dashed; raya, guion largo, carrerita, gota, pizca, lanzarse

convulsed - convulsiones; convulsionar, crispar

"'When did it happen, doctor?'asked Trevor.

"'Almost immediately after you left.'

"'Did he recover consciousness?'

recover - recuperarse

"'For an instant before the end.'

"'Any message for me.'

"'Only that the papers were in the back drawer of the Japanese cabinet.'

Japanese - japonés, nipón, japonés, japonesa, nipón

cabinet - armario, gabinete, vestidor, consejo

"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? 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. 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.

sombre - sombrío, grave

acid - agrio, ácido, malhumorado, ácido

allusion - alusión

effaced - borrado; borrar

fright - miedo; susto

presumably - supuestamente; presumiblemente, probablemente, presuntamente

betrayed - traicionado; traicionar, entregar, vender, delatar, demostrar

betrayal - Traición

imminent - inminente

But then how could this letter be trivial and grotesque, as described by the son? He must have misread it. 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. 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. '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.'

misread - leer mal; malinterpretar

ingenious - ingenioso

pluck - herir, desplumar, perseverancia

forth - adelante

pondering - reflexionando; considerar, meditar, cavilar, discurrir, ponderar

gloom - pesimismo; penumbra, melancolía

weeping - Llorando; (weep) Llorando

composed - compuesto; componer, constituir, conformar, constar

edge - orilla, borde, lado, arista, ventaja, filo

"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'? Such a meaning would be arbitrary and could not be deduced in any way.

reread - releer

combination - combinación

prearranged - Preorganizar

arbitrary - arbitraria; arbitrario

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. Then I tried alternate words, but neither 'the of for'nor 'supply game London'promised to throw any light upon it.

loath - Odiar

backwards - hacia atrás; atrasado, rezagado, subdesarrollado

encouraging - alentador; animar, alentar, estimular, promover, recomendar

alternate - suplente; alterno, sustituta, sustituto, alternar

"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 - enigma; adivinanza, acertijo

"It was short and terse, the warning, as I now read it to my companion:

Terse - tersa; conciso, lacónico, brusco

"'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 - desgracia, baldón, deshonrar

keepers - custodios; guardián, guardiana, custodio

pheasants - aisanes; faisán

"'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. 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.

sender - remitente

fulfill - cumplir, realizar, satisfacer

cipher - cifra, cifra, la glosa, gloss, gloss

ardent - ardiente, ferviente

breeding - Cría; (breed); criar, procrear, aparearse, cultivar, engendrar

Do you know anything of this Beddoes?'

"'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.'

shoot - disparar, lanzar

preserves - conservas; mermelada, reserva, reserva natural, coto, terreno

"'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.'

wealthy - ricos; adinerado, rico, próspero, acomodado

respected - respetado; respeto, respetar

"'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 - !ay!; (ala) !ay!

sin - pecado

shame - vergüenza, pena

"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.'It is in the form of a letter, and runs in this way:

endorsed - avalado; secundar, endorsar, endosar

Voyage - viaje

bark - corteza; ladrido

destruction - destrucción, destrucción

"'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!

approaching - se acerca; acercarse, aproximarse

darken - oscurecer, obscurecer

honesty - honradez, sinceridad, honestidad, monedas del Papa

county - condado

blush - sonrojo, rubor

respect - respeto, respetar

hanging over - colgar sobre

blame - culpar, responsabilizar, echar la culpa

Almighty - omnipotente, todopoderoso

, 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.

undestroyed - Sin destruir

sacred - sagrado

hurl - arrojar, lanzar, tirar, proyectar, volver

"'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.

exposed - Exposiciones

dragged - arrastrado; llevar a rastras

sealed - sellado; sello

naked - desnudo

"'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. 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. 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.

James - Santiago, Jacobo, Yago, Jaime

imply - implicar, acarrear, conllevar, insinuar, dar a entender

convicted - condenado; condenar

transportation - transporte

honor - honor, privilegio, honrar, ajustarse, acatar, respetar

certainty - seguridad; certeza

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. 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.

most dreadful - el más espantoso

pursued - perseguido; perseguir, apuntar a

reckoned - contó; considerar

premature - prematuro

exposed - expuesto; exponer, revelar, descubrir, exhibir

deficit - déficit

leniently - con indulgencia

administered - administrado; administrar

chained - Cadena

felon - delincuente; criminal

convicts - convictos; condenar

tween - adolescente

decks - mazos; cubierta

Australia - Australia

"'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. 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.

convict - convicto; condenar

largely - en gran medida; mayormente

compelled - obligado; obligar, forzar, compeler

suitable - adecuado; apropiado, indicado

vessels - vasos; embarcación, barco, casco, recipiente, receptáculo

prisoners - prisioneros; prisionero, preso

trade - comercio, gremio, compraventa, comerciar, mercadear, trocar

craft - artesanía; pericia, oficio, nave, labrar, hacer a mano

clippers - aquinilla; clíper

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. Nearly a hundred souls were in her, all told, when we set sail from Falmouth.

ton - tonelada

besides - además; al lado de, cabe

jail - cárcel, prisión, presidio, penal

crew - tripulación

captain - capitán, capitanear, pilotar

mates - companeros; aparear, acoplar

chaplain - capellán

all told - lo dicho; todos dijeron

"'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. 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.

partitions - particiones; parte, partición, partir

cells - células; celda

frail - frágil; débil, delicado

aft - De popa

particularly - en particular; particularmente

quay - muelle

hairless - sin pelo; pelado, desvellado, calvo, descuerado

cracker - galleta, galleta de agua; (crack); galleta, galleta de agua

jaws - mandíbulas; maxilar

jauntily - animadamente

swaggering - Presumiendo; (swagger) Presumiendo

It was strange among so many sad and weary faces to see one which was full of energy and resolution. 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.

weary - cansado, cansino, cansar

resolution - resolución, panish: t-needed

snow-storm - (snow-storm) tormenta de nieve

gladder - más contento; feliz, alegre, contento

"'"Hullo, chummy!" said he, "what's your name, and what are you here for?"

"'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 - sensación

throughout - en todo; a lo largo de, durante, de arriba abajo

incurably - incurablemente

vicious - panish: t-needed

merchants - comerciantes; comerciante, mercader

"'"Ha, ha! You remember my case!" said he proudly.

proudly - orgulloso; fieramente, orgullosamente

"'"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 - no, qué, cómo


"'"Well, where d'ye suppose the balance is?" he asked.

ye - sí; vos

balance - equilibrio, balance, balanza, balancear, equilibrar

"'"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.

breeches - calzones; culata

stinking - apestoso; (stink); heder, apestar, cantar, oler a podrido (3)

gutted - destripado; tripa, panza, maría, destripar

mouldy - enmohecido; mohoso

coffin - ataúd, féretro, cajón

coaster - Posavasos

chums - companeros; colega

You may lay to that! You hold on to him, and you may kiss the book that he'll haul you through."

kiss - besar

haul - empujar, tirar fuerte, llevar

"'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 - solemnidad

Command - orden, mandato, mando, comando, dominio

vessel - vasija; embarcación, barco, casco, recipiente, receptáculo

hatched - eclosionado; ventanilla

aboard - a bordo, a bordo de

motive power - fuerza motriz

"'"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.

rare - raro, poco común

barrel - barril, tonel, canón, cano, embarrilar

keel - quilla

The crew are his, body and soul. 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 - asqueroso; repulsivo, gruesa, bruto

cash discount - descuento en efectivo

"'"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 - sastre, modisto, modista, confeccionar, panish: t-needed

"'"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 - brazo; braza, abrazadera, tensor, tirante, pareja, tirantes

pistols - pistolas; pistola

boarding-school - (boarding-school) Internado

"'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. 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.

Forgery - forjadura, falsificación

prosperous - róspero; rico

conspiracy - conspiración, contubernio, panish: t-needed

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 - ictericia

"'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. 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.

ruffians - rufianes; rufián

specially - especialmente

sham - farsa, simulacro

exhort - exhortar

tracts - tractos; extensión

stowed away - Guardar; viajar de polizón; atracarse

file - fichero; fila

powder - polvo, reducir a polvo, pulverizar, triturar, espolvorear

slugs - babosas; babosa

Two of the warders were agents of Prendergast, and the second mate was his right-hand man. 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 - teniente, lugarteniente, checklugarteniente

Martin - Martín

by night - de noche

"'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. 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. The two sentries were shot down, and so was a corporal who came running to see what was the matter.

hand down - legar

bunk - litera

outline - contorno, esbozo, resumen, delinear, resumir

gagged - amordazado; mordaza, tener arcadas, amordazar

alarm - alarma, rebato, despertador, alarma, tocar a rebato

deck - baraja

sentries - centinelas; centinela

corporal - cabo

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. 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.

muskets - mosquetes; mosquete

loaded - cargado; carga

bayonets - bayonetas; bayoneta

cabin - barraca, cabana, cabina, camarote

pushed open - abierto a empujones

explosion - explosión

smeared - untado; manchar, untar, embadurnar, aplicar

pinned - inmovilizado; alfiler

be settled - estar arreglado; decidido

"'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. 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. 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. 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.

flocked - rebanado; rebano, bandada

flopped - racasó; tumbarse, dejarse caer

settees - settees; sofá

lockers - aquillas; armario, casillero, taquilla, locker

sherry - jerez, panish: vaso g de jerez

cracked - roto; rajarse, resquebrajarse

stuff - cosas, bártulos, cosa, coso, materia, atiborrar, rellenar

tumblers - vasos; seguro, vaso de lados rectos, tumbler, volatinero

tossing - Tirar; (toss); tiro, lanzamiento, lanzar una moneda al aire

roar - rugir, bramar, rugido, bramido

shambles - un caos; arrastrar los pies

wriggling - Retorciéndose; (wriggle); retorcer

bellowed - bramó; bramido, berrido, bramar, berrear

poop - Caca

swing - balanceo; balancear, mecer, columpiar, oscilar, columpio

Skylights - lucernarios; tragaluz, claraboya, celaje

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! 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.

load - cargar; carga

upper hand - ventaja

slaughter - matanza, masacre, carnicería, escabechina, matar, masacrar

raging - enfurecido; rabia, furor

horribly - horriblemente

blew out - apagar; soplar; echar; romper

enemies - enemigos; enemigo, enemiga

"'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. 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.

quarrel - discutir; pelea, rina

arose - surgió; surgir, levantarse, provenir, aparecer

freedom - libertad

safety - seguridad, seguro

wag - meneo; menear, panish: t-needed

witness - testimonio, testigo, prueba, testificar, probar, presenciar

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. 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.

fate - destino, azar

bloodthirsty - sanguinario

casks - barricas; cuba, tonel

junk - chatarra; trastos

compass - brújula

shipwrecked - náufragos; pecio, naufragio, naufragar

mariners - marineros; marinero

foundered - Fundador

"'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. 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. 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. 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.

hauled - arrastrado; empujar, tirar fuerte, llevar

aback - atrapado; desconcertado

rollers - rodillos; rodillo, carraca

most educated - el mejor educado

Cape - capa

Sierra Leone - Sierra Leona

starboard - estribor

dense - denso, compacto, macizo, espeso, tupido, obscuro

thunder - trueno, estruendo, fragor, tronar

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.

haze - niebla; neblina

trailing - recorriendo; seguir, arrastrar, rastro, pista, sendero

"'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 - Esquirla

crates - cajas; jaulón, esqueleto, empaque, caja

fragments - fragmentos; fragmento, fragmentar

spars - Partes; (Spar) Partes

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 - exhausto; agotar, cansar, tubo de escape, gas de escape

"'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. 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.

proceeded - procedió; continuar, proceder

remaining - quedan; resto, restos, quedarse, sobrar, restar, permanecer

descended - descendió; descender, bajar

surgeon - cirujano, cirujana

bold - osado; valiente, audaz, atrevido

bloody - Sangriento

kicked - pateado; dar un puntapié, golpear con el pie, dar una patada a

contrived - ingenioso; idear, improvisar

loosen - aflojar, soltar

deck - cubierta

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. 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.

swearing - jurando; (swear) jurando

molested - molestado; molestar, acosar

misdirected - mal dirigido; poner mal la dirección

bullet - bala

rabble - gentuza; gentío, muchedumbre

"'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. 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. The rest I need not relate.

brig - Bergantín

survivors - sobrevivientes; sobreviviente

transport ship - buque

Admiralty - almirantazgo

leaked out - se filtró

Sydney - Sídney

gathered - reunidos; juntar, recoger, recolectar, acumular, reunir

nations - aciones; nación

identities - identidades; identidad

relate - relacionar; identificarse (con)

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. 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.'

prospered - rosperó; prosperar

colonials - colonias; colonial

estates - incas; propiedad, inmueble, bien, estamento, finca

strove - se esforzó; esforzarse

measure - medición, medida, regla, compás, medir

sympathize with - compadecerse de alguien; empatizar con

victim - víctima, sacrificio

"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 - abajo, por debajo, bajos

shaky - tembloroso

"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. 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.

dramatic - dramático, asombroso

complaint - queja, denuncia, problema, afección

threat - amenaza

lurking - al acecho; (lurk); acechar, agazaparse, ocultarse, esconderse

For myself I believe that the truth was exactly the opposite. 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 - Más probable

desperation - desesperación

revenged - vengarme; venganza

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. 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. 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. 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.

anomaly - anomalía

neatest - más limpio; pulcro, ordenado

methodical - metódico

mankind - la humanidad; humanidad, género humano, raza humana

primness - Prima

untidy - desordenado; descuidado, desorganizado

lodger - inquilino; huésped

Distraction - distracción, locura

conventional - convencional

tumble - dar la vuelta; caída, caer, revolverse

Afghanistan - Afganistán

Bohemianism - Bohemianismo

disposition - disposición; inclinación, temperamento, carácter

lax - laxo; poco disciplinario, flojo

limit - límite

cigars - puros; puro, cigarro

scuttle - echar a correr

toe - dedo del pie, ortejo

Persian - Persa

slipper - zapatilla, pantufla, babucha

unanswered - sin respuesta

correspondence - correspondencia, carteo, noticias

virtuous - virtuoso

distinctly - laramente; distintamente

pastime - pasatiempo

humors - humores; humor

trigger - gatillo, detonador, detonante, desencadenante, disparador

boxer - boxeador, boxeadora, bóxer

cartridges - cartuchos; cartucho, cartuchera, cartucho de tinta

adorn - adornar, engalanar

patriotic - patriótico, patriota

done in bullet-pocks, I felt strongly that neither the atmosphere nor the appearance of our room was improved by it.

pocks - pocos; vejiga

atmosphere - atmósfera, aire, clima, ambiente

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. 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.

chambers - cámaras; cámara, recámara, compartimento

chemicals - sustancias químicas; químico, producto químico

relics - reliquias; reliquia, vestigio

turning up - Aparecer, presentarse; subir, aumentar

desirable - deseable, conveniente

crux - el quid; punto crucial, punto esencial, busilis

incoherent - incoherente, inconexo, deshilvanado, descosido

passionate - apasionado

reactions - reacciones; reacción

lethargy - aletargía; atonía, letargo, aletargamiento, sopor

violin - violín

accumulated - acumulado; acumular, amontonar, acumularse

stacked - apilado; pila, montón, apilar

bundles - paquetes; haz, atado, fajo, atar, liar

manuscript - manuscrito, manuscrito

on no account - en ningún caso

ventured - se aventuró; aventura, arriesgar

extracts - extractos; extracto, fragmento, pasaje, extraer, sacar

habitable - habitable

deny - negar

rueful - arrepentido; sentir lastima o compasion

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.

squatting - sentarse en cuclillas

stool - heces; taburete

lid - tapa

red tape - burocracia

packages - paquetes; paquete, embalaje, bulto, empacar, empaquetar

"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 - pícaro, travieso

"These are the records of your early work, then?" I asked. "I have often wished that I had notes of those cases."

early work - un trabajo temprano

"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. 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.

prematurely - antes de tiempo; prematuramente

biographer - biógrafo, biógrafa

glorify - glorificar

caressing - Caricias; (cares) Caricias

murders - asesinatos; asesinato, asesinar, cepillarse, devorar

Russian - ruso, ruso, rusa

aluminium - aluminio

crutch - muleta, apoyo, soporte

abominable - abominable, aborrecible

And here"ah, now, this really is something a little recherché."

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.

dived - buceó; zambullirse, tirarse de cabeza

sliding - deslizándose; corredizo; (slid) deslizándose; corredizo

crumpled - arrugado; arrugar, colapsar

peg - clavija, tarugo, colgador, perchero, gancho, fijar, tachar

string - cordel, mecate, usic, cadena, cuerda, enhebrar, encordar

attached - Adjunto

rusty - Oxidado

disks - discos; disco, disco, disco intervertebral, disco duro

"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."

hangs - cuelga; colgar

more curious - Más curioso

"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.

reseated - Volver a sentarse

satisfaction - satisfacción, satisfacción

"These," said he, "are all that I have left to remind me of the adventure of the Musgrave Ritual."

remind - recordar

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. A collection of my trifling achievements would certainly be incomplete which contained no account of this very singular business.

litter - litera, artolas, camada, cama, lecho, detritus, basura

mischievously - con picardía; malvadamente

tidiness - orden; aseo

annals - anales; anal

criminal records - Antecedentes penales

trifling - tan insignificante; trivial, de pitiminí

achievements - logros; logro, hazana, proeza, gesta, hombrada

incomplete - incompleto

"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. 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.

generally - en general; generalmente, por lo general

Court - patio, callejón, corte, tribunal, juzgado

appeal - apelación; suplicar, rogar

doubtful - dudoso

commemorated - onmemorado; conmemorar

scarlet - escarlata, escarlatina

lucrative - lucrativo

"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.

leisure - ocio, tiempo libre

efficient - eficiente, eficaz

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. 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.

principally - principalmente

fellow-students - (fellow-students) companeros de estudios

issues - problemas; flujo, emisión, envío, incisión, herederos

stride - andar a zancadas

"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. In appearance he was a man of exceedingly aristocratic type, thin, high-nosed, and large-eyed, with languid and yet courtly manners. 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.

undergraduates - studiantes universitarios; estudiante universitario no licenciado

aristocratic - aristocrático

languid - lánguida; lánguido

courtly - Cortés

scion - descendiente, heredero, vástago, púa, hijuelo

Kingdom - reino

Sixteenth - dieciséis; decimosexto, dieciseisavo

Western - occidental, oesteno, western

Manor - mansión; finca

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 - aferrarse; engancharse, adherirse

poise - plomo; contrapeso, ponderación, poise

associating - asociarse; asociado, companero, asociar, frecuentar, alternar

archways - arcos; arco

venerable - venerable

feudal - feudal

drifted - deriva, derrape, ir a la deriva, vagar, derivar, errar

"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 - dandy, dandi, gomoso, petimetre

preserved - conservado; mermelada, reserva, reserva natural, coto, terreno

suave - suave

Formerly - anteriormente, otrora, antes, antano

distinguished - istinguido; distinguir

"'How has all gone with you Musgrave?'I asked, after we had cordially shaken hands.

cordially - cordialmente

"'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 - se lo han llevado

practical - práctico

amaze - pasmar, sorprender, asombrar

"'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 - avidez, ansia

panting - Jadeando; (pant) Jadeando

inaction - inacción

inmost - intimo

"'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 - empujado hacia

"'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.

bachelor - soltero; solterón, bachiller, título de grado, licenciatura

rambling - ivagando; perorata; (ramble); pasearse, callejear, divagar

Altogether there are eight maids, the cook, the butler, two footmen, and a boy. The garden and the stables of course have a separate staff.

footmen - los lacayos; lacayo

"'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. 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.

invaluable - inestimable; invalorable

splendid - espléndido

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 - instrumento musical

lacked - le faltaba; carecer de

"'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. 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.

paragon - modelo, dechado, parangón, gran paragon

became engaged - comprometerse

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 - excitable

Welsh - galés, galés, galeses, galesas

temperament - temperamento

"'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.

ruin - ruina, desbaratar, arruinar, estropear, dar al traste

insatiable - insaciable

"'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 - más exacto

foolishly - Tontamente

struggling - con dificultades; (struggle); lucha, forcejeo, brega, luchar

hopeless - sin esperanza; desesperado

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) bata

"'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 - descender, bajar

corridor - pasillo, corredor

extinguished - extinguido; extinguir, apagar

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.

corridors - pasillos; pasillo, corredor

decorated - decorado; decorar

trophies - Trofi

weapons - armas; arma

battle - batalla

axe - hacha

crept - se arrastró; reptar, hormigueo, fatiga

on tiptoe - de puntillas

"'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. 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.

fully - totalmente; completamente, a fondo

taper - cónico; cerilla; (tape); cinta, atar, grabar

shed - cobertizo, nave

sufficed - suficiente; bastar, alcanzar

bureau - oficina, escritorio, cómoda

drawers - cajones; cajón

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. 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 - indignación

Calm - calmado, sosiego, calma

overcame - uperado; vencer, superar

doorway - puerta; entrada

"'"So!" said I. "This is how you repay the trust which we have reposed in you. You will leave my service to-morrow."

repay - repagar; devolver, pagar

reposed - reposado; reposo

"'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.

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.'

ceremony - ceremonia

private interest - Interés privado

archaeologist - arqueólogo, arqueóloga

blazonings - lasonamiento

charges - cargos; cargo, acusación, encargo, figura, acusar, cobrar

"'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 - hesitación, vacilación, dudas, titubeo

relocked - Volver a cerrar

"'"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 - ronco

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 - el más infame

"'"Only a week, sir?" he cried, in a despairing voice. "A fortnight"say at least a fortnight!"

despairing - desesperado; desesperar, desesperanzar, desesperación

fortnight - quince días; quincena

"'"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 - asiduo, diligente

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 - Desgraciadamente

wan - pálido, macilento; débil

remonstrated - remonstrated; quejarse

"'"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.

suspect - barruntar, sospechar, sospechoso

"'"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."

go downstairs - bajar las escaleras

"'"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. 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.

shriek - gritar; alarido, chillido, chillar

summon - convocar

screaming - gritando; grito, gritar

sobbing - sollozando; sollozo, sollozante; (sob); hdp

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. It was incredible to me that he could have gone away leaving all his property behind him, and yet where could he be?

cellar - sótano, bodega

garret - buhardilla

labyrinth - laberinto, dédalo

Wing - ala, sección, parte, flanco, alero

practically - prácticamente

uninhabited - deshabitado, abandonado, inhabitado

ransacked - saqueado; saquear, desvalijar, escudrinar

gone away - irse, pasar

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.

paths - caminos; camino, sendero

development - desarrollo, desenvolvimiento

"'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. I was instantly aroused, and, with the two footmen, started off at once in search of the missing girl.

delirious - delirante

nicely - espléndidamente, bien

nap - siesta

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. 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.

starting from - empezar por

footmarks - Marca del pie

gravel path - camino de grava

demented - emente

"'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. 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.

drags - rrastra; llevar a rastras

surface - superficie

most unexpected - lo más inesperado

linen - lino, linge, ropa blanca, linocros

mass - montón, masa

rusted - oxidado; óxido

discolored - decolorado; decolorarse

pebble - guijarro, canto pelado, canto rodado, china, empedrar

inquiry - investigación; inquisición, indagatoria, pesquisa

Richard - Ricardo

resource - recursos; recurso

"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. She had been terribly excited immediately after his disappearance.

sequence - secuencia

devise - dear; concebir, inventar, tramar, maquinar, legar

thread - hilo, hebra, hilaza, tema, argumento, hilazón, subproceso

Terribly - terriblemente; rematadamente

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 - arrojado; arrojar, lanzar

tangled - enredado; desorden, marana, enredo

"'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.'

consult - consultar

"'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 - gracias, benedícite, gracia, donaire, merced

antiquity - antigüedad

"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 - catecismo

submit - enviar; entregar; presentar; someterse; dar argumento

estate - patrimonio; propiedad, inmueble, bien, estamento, finca

"'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 - olmo

"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 - Sin fecha

seventeenth - decimoséptimo, diecisieteavo

"'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.'

insight - percepción; introspección, perspicacia, agudeza, deducción

generations - generaciones; generación, generación, linaje

masters - maestros; senor, dueno; senora, duena

"'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 - inmensamente

"'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 - refrescar

Occasion - ocasión, ocasionar

"'That is true. But what could he have to do with this old family custom of ours, and what does this rigmarole mean?'

rigmarole - un galimatías; embrollo

"'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.'

determining - determinante; determinar

"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. 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.

old building - un edificio antiguo

more modern - más moderno

portion - porción

nucleus - núcleo

heavily - pesadamente

lintelled - Dintelado

chiseled - incelado; cincel

beams - vigas; viga, timón, radio

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. 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.

enormously - enormemente

tiny - pequeno; diminuto, minúsculo, pequenito

timber - madera de construcción

surrounds - circundar, envolver, cercar, rodear

"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.

firmly - con firmeza; firmemente

mysteries - misterios; misterio, arcano

aright - Verdad

concerning - preocupante; preocupación, referirse a, ataner, concernir

Why should this servant be so anxious to master this old formula? 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?

formula - fórmula, preparado para lactantes, leche maternizada

squires - Escuderos; (squire) Escuderos

"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.

measurements - medida, medición, medidas, mediciones

alluded - aludido; aludir, referirse

embalm - embalsamar

There were two guides given us to start with, an oak and an elm. 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 - patriarca

oaks - robles; roble, encina, carrasca

magnificent - magnífico, macanudo

"'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 - normando, normanda

conquest - conquista

probability - probabilidad

girth - círculo; cincha, circunferencia, cintura

"'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 - un rayo; relámpago, rayo

stump - tocón, tueco, estaca, poste

"'You can see where it used to be?'

"'Oh, yes.'

"'There are no other elms?'

"'No old ones, but plenty of beeches.'

Beeches - mariposas; haya, pellín

"'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 - acercarse en coche; hacer subir

scar - cicatriz

midway - a mitad de camino; medianía

"'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.'

trigonometry - trigonometría

measuring - Medir; (measure); medición, medida, regla, compás, medir

"This was an unexpected piece of luck. My data were coming more quickly than I could have reasonably hoped.

reasonably - razonablemente, justamente

"'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.

heavens - cielos; cielo, firmamento, paraíso

calculated - calculado; calcular

fulfilled - cumplido; cumplir

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 - tronco, baúl, trompa

"That must have been difficult, Holmes, when the elm was no longer there."

been difficult - ha sido difícil

"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 - tallado; tallar

fishing-rod - (fishing-rod) cana de pescar

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 - pastoreo; (graze); rasguno, aranazo, rasguno, pastear

rod - barra, rodillo, cana, vara, bastón, verga, barra

"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. 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.

measured out - Medido

exultation - exultación

conical - cónica; cónico

"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.

cardinal - cardinal, número cardinal, cardenal

parallel - en paralelo; paralelo, paralelo

paced off - Medir con pasos

It brought me to the very threshold of the old door. 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.

threshold - umbral, entrada, límite

flagged - marcado; bandera

indicated - indicado; indicar, senalizar, panish: t-needed

"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.

disappointment - decepción, desilusión, chasco

calculations - cálculos; cálculo, cálculo, cómputo, conjetura

paved - pavimentado; pavimentar

cemented - cementado; cemento, pegamento, cementar

Brunton had not been at work here. 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.

crack - rajarse, resquebrajarse

appreciate - apreciar; agradecer, valorar, comprender, hacerse cargo de

"'And under,'he cried. 'You have omitted the "and under."'

omitted - omitido; omitir, dejar de lado, dejarse en el tintero

"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.

dig - cavar

"'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.

striking - sorprendente; llamativo, imponente

"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 - almacenamiento, almacén, depósito, bodega, almacenaje

billets - ochos; alojamiento, acuartelamiento

littered - limpiado; litera, artolas, camada, cama, lecho, detritus

piled - apilado; montón, pila

flagstone - piedra laja; adoquín, laja

iron - hierro; férreo, planchar

ring in - llamar

shepherd - pastor, ovejero, pastorear

muffler - silenciador

"'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 - convocado; convocar

pulling on - se está tirando de él

yawned - bostezó; bostezar, abrirse, bostezo

peered - miró; par, noble

kneeling - De rodillas; (kneel); arrodillarse

"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 - revelar

squat - sentarse en cuclillas

hinged - Qué

upwards - hacia arriba

furred - peludo; pelo, pelaje

layer - Capa; (lay) Capa

dust - polvo, desempolvar, limpiar el polvo, espolvorear

worms - lombrices; gusano, lombriz, alimana, rata

fungi - hongos; (fungus); hongo

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.

discs - discos; disco

coins - monedas; moneda, acunar

scattered - dispersión; dispersar, esparcir, desviar

"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 - remachado; remache, remachar

crouched - agacharse, ponerse/estar en cuclillas

beside it - junto a

squatted - sentarse en cuclillas

hams - jamones; jamón

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. 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.

stagnant - estancada; estancado, atascado

distorted - distorsionado; deformar, distorsionar, tergiversar, desvirtuar

sufficient - suficiente

bruise - moretón; magullar, contusionar, mazar, machacar, macarse

"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 - averiguar, determinar, establecer, definir

keg - barril

"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. 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.

gauged - medida, medidor, medir

simplified - simplificado; simplificar

first-rate - (first-rate) de primera clase

unnecessary - innecesario

allowance - permiso; paga

equation - ecuación

astronomers - astrónomos; astrónomo, astrónoma

dubbed - doblado; doblar

spotted - manchado; mancha, grano, poquito, poquita, zona, paraje

unbarring - desbloqueo; desatrancar

detection - detección

It was better, if he could, to have his helpmate inside the house. 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. 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.

helpmate - companero, ayudante, companera

devoted - dedicado; dedicar

engage - participar; atraer, trabar conversación con, trabar batalla

accomplice - cómplice, fautor

suffice - bastar, alcanzar

"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.

assist - ayudar, asistir

indentation - sangría, guion

compressed - comprimido; comprimir

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 - rozos; trozo, pedazo, bloque, fragmento

chink - resquicio, grieta

crawl - gatear; avanzar lentamente

lengthwise - a lo largo

indented - con sangría; sangrar

press - prensa; apretar, presionar

slab - losa

"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 - reconstruir

"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? Or had some sudden blow from her hand dashed the support away and sent the slab crashing down into its place?

smouldering fire - fuego lento

vengeance - venganza

Celtic - celta, céltico

suspected - sospechas; barruntar, sospechar, sospechoso

sepulchre - sepulcro

crashing - chocando; estruendo, estrépito

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 - un tesoro escondido

wildly - alocadamente, salvajemente

muffled - silenciado; mufla

screams - gritos; grito, gritar

faithless - Infiel

lover - amante

"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 - eals; repique, toque de campanas

pebbles - guijarros; guijarro, canto pelado, canto rodado, china, empedrar

"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 - inmóvil, inerte, quieto, en reposo

peering - espiando; par, noble

"'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 - Carlos

"'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. The metal work was in the form of a double ring, but it had been bent and twisted out of its original shape.

debris - escombros, restos, basura, cachureo, niquenaque, ruina

regarding - con respecto a; considerar

lustreless - Sin brillo

glowed - brillaba; fulgir, fulgurar, iluminar, brillar

spark - chispa

bent - Doblado; (bend); doblar, curvar, doblarse, agacharse

twisted - retorcido; torcer, sacar punta a, torcerse

"'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.'

Royal - real

most precious - el más preciado

more peaceful - más pacífico

"'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 - Raúl

prominent - destacado; prominente, sobresaliente

wanderings - vagabundeos; errabundo, andariego, errante, peripatético, vagar

"'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 - felicitar

relic - una reliquia; reliquia, vestigio

intrinsic value - valor intrínseco

historical - histórico

"'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 - ejecución

advent - advenimiento, venida

foreseen - previsto; pronosticar, prever, antever

battered - maltratada; banar

diadem - diadema

"'And how came it in the pond?'

pond - estanque

"'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 - esbozado; bosquejar, esbozar, pergenar, esbozo, bosquejo

Proof - pruebas; prueba

constructed - construido; construcción, constructo, construir

twilight - crepúsculo, penumbra

shining - brillante; espinilla

"'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.

pushing back - hacer retroceder, posponer

"'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.

clear up - limpiar; despejar(se); aclarar

oversight - supervisión; inadvertencia, vigilancia

descendant - descendiente

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 - Romper

Venture - aventurarse; aventura, arriesgar

"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.

legal - jurídico, legal

retain - retener, detentar

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. 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.

exertions - esfuerzos; esfuerzo

Netherland - Países Bajos

Sumatra - Sumatra, Sumatera

colossal - colosal

schemes - squemas; régimen, proyecto, ardid, artimana, maquinación

Baron - barón

politics - política

finance - finanzas; finanza, financiar

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.

indirect - indirecta; indirecto

complex - complicado, complejo, complexo, complejo

demonstrating - demostrando; demostrar, manifestar, evidenciar

waged - pagado; menear, panish: t-needed

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.

telegram - telegrama

informed - informado; informar

Within twenty-four hours I was in his sick-room, and was relieved to find that there was nothing formidable in his symptoms. 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. 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. 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.

sick-room - (sick-room) Habitación de enfermos

relieved - aliviado; aliviar, relevar

symptoms - síntomas; síntoma

constitution - constitución, constituciones

Down Under - en, a Australia, Oceanía

extended - extendido; extender, ampliar

assured - asegurado; (assure); asegurar

triumphant - triunfante, triunfador

issue - problema; flujo, emisión, envío, incisión, herederos

reaction - reacción

literally - literalmente, literal

congratulatory - Felicidades

prey - botín, presa

accomplished - cumplido; efectuar, realizar, lograr, completar

swindler - estafador, chapucero

insufficient - insuficiente

rouse - revivir; despertar

prostration - Postración

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.

attractions - atracciones; atracción

Surrey - Surrey

frequently - con frecuencia; frecuentemente

extend - extender, ampliar

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 - diplomacia, diplomacia

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 - Armería

eastern - oriental, esteno

"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."

scare - miedo; asustar

magnates - agnates; magnate

damage - danos; dano

"No clue?" asked Holmes, cocking his eye at the Colonel.

cocking - golpeando; gallo, macho

"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 - pequeno; baladí, de pitiminí, detallista, insignificante

Holmes waved away the compliment, though his smile showed that it had pleased him.

compliment - cumplido, felicitar, cumplimentar

"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 - al alza; lado bueno, lado positivo, lado favorable

burst open - abrir de golpe

presses - prensas; apretar, presionar

odd - raro; guacho, desparejado, desemparejado, suelto, extrano

volume - volumen

pope - Papa

candlesticks - velas; candelero, candelabro

barometer - barómetro

twine - torzal; bramante

"What an extraordinary assortment!" I exclaimed.

assortment - surtido, variedad, colección

"Oh, the fellows evidently grabbed hold of everything they could get."

grabbed - agarrado; asir, agarrar, coger

Holmes grunted from the sofa.

grunted - grunó; grunido, currito, machaca, grunir

"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."

For heaven's sake - Por Dios

shreds - trituras; triza, jirón

Holmes shrugged his shoulders with a glance of comic resignation towards the Colonel, and the talk drifted away into less dangerous channels.

comic - cómico, cómico, comediante, cómic, tebeo, historieta

resignation - dimisión, renuncia, resignación

channels - canales; canal

It was destined, however, that all my professional caution should be wasted, for next morning the problem obtruded itself upon us in such a way that it was impossible to ignore it, and our country visit took a turn which neither of us could have anticipated. We were at breakfast when the Colonel's butler rushed in with all his propriety shaken out of him.

caution - advertencia, precaución, cuidado, cautela, fianza, advertir

obtruded - obstruido; imponer, checkimponerse, checksobresalir

ignore - ignorar, desoír

anticipated - previsto; anticipar, prever

at breakfast - en el desayuno

propriety - aptitud, propiedad

shaken out - Sacudido

"Have you heard the news, sir?" he gasped. "At the Cunningham's sir!"

"Burglary!" cried the Colonel, with his coffee-cup in mid-air.

burglary - robo; allanamiento de morada

coffee-cup - (coffee-cup) Taza de café

mid - a mitad, en medio


The Colonel whistled. "By Jove!" said he. "Who's killed, then? The J.P. or his son?"

"Neither, sir. It was William the coachman. shot through the heart, sir, and never spoke again."

shot through - se ha disparado a través de

"Who shot him, then?"

"The burglar, sir. He was off like a shot and got clean away. He'd just broke in at the pantry window when William came on him and met his end in saving his master's property."

pantry - despensa

"What time?"

"It was last night, sir, somewhere about twelve."

"Ah, then, we'll step over afterwards," said the Colonel, coolly settling down to his breakfast again. "It's a baddish business," he added when the butler had gone; "he's our leading man about here, is old Cunningham, and a very decent fellow too. He'll be cut up over this, for the man has been in his service for years and was a good servant. It's evidently the same villains who broke into Acton's."

coolly - con frialdad

settling down - echar raíces, asentarse

baddish - Mal plato

leading man - hombre principal

decent - decente

be cut up - cortado

villains - villanos; villano

"And stole that very singular collection," said Holmes, thoughtfully.

thoughtfully - Pensadamente


"Hum! It may prove the simplest matter in the world, but all the same at first glance this is just a little curious, is it not? A gang of burglars acting in the country might be expected to vary the scene of their operations, and not to crack two cribs in the same district within a few days.

vary - variar

cribs - cunas; cuna, machete, chuleta, fusilar

When you spoke last night of taking precautions I remember that it passed through my mind that this was probably the last parish in England to which the thief or thieves would be likely to turn their attention"which shows that I have still much to learn."

parish - parroquia

"I fancy it's some local practitioner," said the Colonel. "In that case, of course, Acton's and Cunningham's are just the places he would go for, since they are far the largest about here."

"And richest?"

"Well, they ought to be, but they've had a lawsuit for some years which has sucked the blood out of both of them, I fancy. Old Acton has some claim on half Cunningham's estate, and the lawyers have been at it with both hands."

lawsuit - demanda; proceso judicial, proceso, pleito, litigio

sucked - hupado; chupar, sorber, ser un asco, dar asco, apestar

claim - reclamación, declaración, proposición, afirmación, concesión

"If it's a local villain there should not be much difficulty in running him down," said Holmes with a yawn. "All right, Watson, I don't intend to meddle."

yawn - bostezar, abrirse, bostezo

meddle - entrometerse, inmiscuirse, injerirse, mangonear

"Inspector Forrester, sir," said the butler, throwing open the door.

The official, a smart, keen-faced young fellow, stepped into the room. "Good-morning, Colonel," said he; "I hope I don't intrude, but we hear that Mr. Holmes of Baker Street is here."

intrude - intrusos; meterse

The Colonel waved his hand towards my friend, and the Inspector bowed.

"We thought that perhaps you would care to step across, Mr. Holmes."

"The fates are against you, Watson," said he, laughing. "We were chatting about the matter when you came in, Inspector. Perhaps you can let us have a few details." As he leaned back in his chair in the familiar attitude I knew that the case was hopeless.

fates - destinos; destino, azar

"We had no clue in the Acton affair. But here we have plenty to go on, and there's no doubt it is the same party in each case. The man was seen."


"Yes, sir. But he was off like a deer after the shot that killed poor William Kirwan was fired. Mr. Cunningham saw him from the bedroom window, and Mr. Alec Cunningham saw him from the back passage. It was quarter to twelve when the alarm broke out. Mr. Cunningham had just got into bed, and Mr. Alec was smoking a pipe in his dressing-gown. They both heard William the coachman calling for help, and Mr. Alec ran down to see what was the matter. The back door was open, and as he came to the foot of the stairs he saw two men wrestling together outside.

deer - ciervo, venado

gown - bata; manto, capa, túnica, vestido, toga, talar

wrestling - lucha libre, pressing catch; (wrestle); luchar

One of them fired a shot, the other dropped, and the murderer rushed across the garden and over the hedge. Mr. Cunningham, looking out of his bedroom, saw the fellow as he gained the road, but lost sight of him at once. Mr. Alec stopped to see if he could help the dying man, and so the villain got clean away. Beyond the fact that he was a middle-sized man and dressed in some dark stuff, we have no personal clue; but we are making energetic inquiries, and if he is a stranger we shall soon find him out."

hedge - cobertura; seto

Gained - ganado; ganar, adquirir, obtener, conseguir

"What was this William doing there? Did he say anything before he died?"

"Not a word. He lives at the lodge with his mother, and as he was a very faithful fellow we imagine that he walked up to the house with the intention of seeing that all was right there. Of course this Acton business has put every one on their guard. The robber must have just burst open the door"the lock has been forced"when William came upon him."

Lodge - cabana, barraca, caseta, logia, madriguera, panish: t-needed

robber - ladrón, ladrona

"Did William say anything to his mother before going out?"

"She is very old and deaf, and we can get no information from her. The shock has made her half-witted, but I understand that she was never very bright. There is one very important circumstance, however. Look at this!"

witted - Ingenioso

circumstance - circunstancia

He took a small piece of torn paper from a note-book and spread it out upon his knee.

small piece - pieza pequena

torn - desgarrado; lágrima

"This was found between the finger and thumb of the dead man. It appears to be a fragment torn from a larger sheet. You will observe that the hour mentioned upon it is the very time at which the poor fellow met his fate. You see that his murderer might have torn the rest of the sheet from him or he might have taken this fragment from the murderer. It reads almost as though it were an appointment."

fragment - fragmento, fragmentar

Holmes took up the scrap of paper, a fac-simile of which is here reproduced.

scrap - chatarra; pedacito, retazo

fac - ac

simile - símil

reproduced - reproducido; reproducir, proliferar, reproducirse, procrear

d at quarter to twelve learn what maybe

"Presuming that it is an appointment," continued the Inspector, "it is of course a conceivable theory that this William Kirwan"though he had the reputation of being an honest man, may have been in league with the thief. He may have met him there, may even have helped him to break in the door, and then they may have fallen out between themselves."

conceivable - concebible, pensable, imaginable

League - liga

fallen out - caerse; pelearse, discutir, separarse

"This writing is of extraordinary interest," said Holmes, who had been examining it with intense concentration. "These are much deeper waters than I had thought." He sank his head upon his hands, while the Inspector smiled at the effect which his case had had upon the famous London specialist.

concentration - concentración

"Your last remark," said Holmes, presently, "as to the possibility of there being an understanding between the burglar and the servant, and this being a note of appointment from one to the other, is an ingenious and not entirely impossible supposition. But this writing opens up"" He sank his head into his hands again and remained for some minutes in the deepest thought.

remark - observación, comentario

When he raised his face again, I was surprised to see that his cheek was tinged with color, and his eyes as bright as before his illness. He sprang to his feet with all his old energy.

cheek - mejilla, cacha, cachete, nalga, glúteo, descoco

tinged - matizado; toque, tinte, matiz, retocar, matizar

"I'll tell you what," said he, "I should like to have a quiet little glance into the details of this case. There is something in it which fascinates me extremely. If you will permit me, Colonel, I will leave my friend Watson and you, and I will step round with the Inspector to test the truth of one or two little fancies of mine. I will be with you again in half an hour."

fascinates - fascinar

permit - permiso; permitir

fancies - ganas; capricho, antojo

An hour and half had elapsed before the Inspector returned alone.

elapsed - ha transcurrido; transcurrir

"Mr. Holmes is walking up and down in the field outside," said he. "He wants us all four to go up to the house together."

"To Mr. Cunningham's?"

"Yes, sir."

"What for?"

The Inspector shrugged his shoulders. "I don't quite know, sir. Between ourselves, I think Mr. Holmes had not quite got over his illness yet. He's been behaving very queerly, and he is very much excited."

got over - superar, recuperarse

"I don't think you need alarm yourself," said I. "I have usually found that there was method in his madness."

madness - locura

"Some folks might say there was madness in his method," muttered the Inspector. "But he's all on fire to start, Colonel, so we had best go out if you are ready."

folks - pueblo, gente

muttered - murmuró; hablar entre dientes, murmurar

We found Holmes pacing up and down in the field, his chin sunk upon his breast, and his hands thrust into his trousers pockets.

"The matter grows in interest," said he. "Watson, your country-trip has been a distinct success. I have had a charming morning."

"You have been up to the scene of the crime, I understand," said the Colonel.

"Yes; the Inspector and I have made quite a little reconnaissance together."

reconnaissance - reconocimiento

"Any success?"

"Well, we have seen some very interesting things. I'll tell you what we did as we walk. First of all, we saw the body of this unfortunate man. He certainly died from a revolver wound as reported."

revolver - revólver

"Had you doubted it, then?"

"Oh, it is as well to test everything. Our inspection was not wasted. We then had an interview with Mr. Cunningham and his son, who were able to point out the exact spot where the murderer had broken through the garden-hedge in his flight. That was of great interest."

inspection - inspección

broken through - roto, abierto


"Then we had a look at this poor fellow's mother. We could get no information from her, however, as she is very old and feeble."

"And what is the result of your investigations?"

investigations - investigaciones; investigación

"The conviction that the crime is a very peculiar one. Perhaps our visit now may do something to make it less obscure. I think that we are both agreed, Inspector that the fragment of paper in the dead man's hand, bearing, as it does, the very hour of his death written upon it, is of extreme importance."

obscure - oscuro; obscuro, esconder, ocultar

"It should give a clue, Mr. Holmes."

"It does give a clue. Whoever wrote that note was the man who brought William Kirwan out of his bed at that hour. But where is the rest of that sheet of paper?"

Whoever - a quién; cualquier, cualesquiera, cualquiera, quien

"I examined the ground carefully in the hope of finding it," said the Inspector.

"It was torn out of the dead man's hand. Why was some one so anxious to get possession of it? Because it incriminated him. And what would he do with it? Thrust it into his pocket, most likely, never noticing that a corner of it had been left in the grip of the corpse. If we could get the rest of that sheet it is obvious that we should have gone a long way towards solving the mystery."

torn out - arrancado

corpse - cuerpo, cadáver

"Yes, but how can we get at the criminal's pocket before we catch the criminal?"

"Well, well, it was worth thinking over. Then there is another obvious point. The note was sent to William. The man who wrote it could not have taken it; otherwise, of course, he might have delivered his own message by word of mouth. Who brought the note, then? Or did it come through the post?"

by word - por palabra

"I have made inquiries," said the Inspector. "William received a letter by the afternoon post yesterday. The envelope was destroyed by him."

"Excellent!" cried Holmes, clapping the Inspector on the back. "You've seen the postman. It is a pleasure to work with you. Well, here is the lodge, and if you will come up, Colonel, I will show you the scene of the crime."

postman - cartero

We passed the pretty cottage where the murdered man had lived, and walked up an oak-lined avenue to the fine old Queen Anne house, which bears the date of Malplaquet upon the lintel of the door. Holmes and the Inspector led us round it until we came to the side gate, which is separated by a stretch of garden from the hedge which lines the road. A constable was standing at the kitchen door.

lintel - lintel, dintel

"Throw the door open, officer," said Holmes. "Now, it was on those stairs that young Mr. Cunningham stood and saw the two men struggling just where we are. Old Mr. Cunningham was at that window"the second on the left"and he saw the fellow get away just to the left of that bush. Then Mr. Alec ran out and knelt beside the wounded man. The ground is very hard, you see, and there are no marks to guide us.

knelt - de rodillas; arrodillarse

As he spoke two men came down the garden path, from round the angle of the house. The one was an elderly man, with a strong, deep-lined, heavy-eyed face; the other a dashing young fellow, whose bright, smiling expression and showy dress were in strange contrast with the business which had brought us there.

showy - vistoso; ostentoso, jactancioso, aparatoso, fardón

contrast - contraste, contrastar

"Still at it, then?" said he to Holmes. "I thought you Londoners were never at fault. You don't seem to be so very quick, after all."

Londoners - londinenses; londinense

"Ah, you must give us a little time," said Holmes good-humoredly.

"You'll want it," said young Alec Cunningham. "Why, I don't see that we have any clue at all."

"There's only one," answered the Inspector. "We thought that if we could only find"Good heavens, Mr. Holmes! What is the matter?"

Good heavens - !Santo Cielo!

My poor friend's face had suddenly assumed the most dreadful expression. His eyes rolled upwards, his features writhed in agony, and with a suppressed groan he dropped on his face upon the ground. Horrified at the suddenness and severity of the attack, we carried him into the kitchen, where he lay back in a large chair, and breathed heavily for some minutes. Finally, with a shamefaced apology for his weakness, he rose once more.

rolled - rodando; rollo

writhed - se retorció; contorsionar

agony - agonía, angustia

groan - gimoteo; gemido, grunido, gemir, grunir

severity - severidad, seriedad, gravedad

breathed - respiró; respirar

shamefaced - avergonzado, apenado

"Watson would tell you that I have only just recovered from a severe illness," he explained. "I am liable to these sudden nervous attacks."

liable - responsable

"Shall I send you home in my trap?" asked old Cunningham.

trap - trampa

"Well, since I am here, there is one point on which I should like to feel sure. We can very easily verify it."

verify - verificar, constatar

"What was it?"

"Well, it seems to me that it is just possible that the arrival of this poor fellow William was not before, but after, the entrance of the burglar into the house. You appear to take it for granted that, although the door was forced, the robber never got in."

granted - concedido; otorgar, conceder, subvención, beca, patrocinio

"I fancy that is quite obvious," said Mr. Cunningham, gravely. "Why, my son Alec had not yet gone to bed, and he would certainly have heard any one moving about."

gravely - gravemente

"Where was he sitting?"

"I was smoking in my dressing-room."

"Which window is that?"

"The last on the left next my father's."

"Both of your lamps were lit, of course?"


"There are some very singular points here," said Holmes, smiling. "Is it not extraordinary that a burglar"and a burglar who had had some previous experience"should deliberately break into a house at a time when he could see from the lights that two of the family were still afoot?"

previous - previo, anterior

deliberately - deliberadamente, concienzudamente

afoot - a pie, andando, en curso, en pie, de pie, en marcha

"He must have been a cool hand."

"Well, of course, if the case were not an odd one we should not have been driven to ask you for an explanation," said young Mr. Alec. "But as to your ideas that the man had robbed the house before William tackled him, I think it a most absurd notion. Wouldn't we have found the place disarranged, and missed the things which he had taken?"

robbed - robado; robar

tackled - bordado; equipo, aparejo, entrada, tacleada, placaje, afrontar

most absurd - lo más absurdo

notion - noción, ganas, intención

disarranged - desarreglado; desordenar

"It depends on what the things were," said Holmes. "You must remember that we are dealing with a burglar who is a very peculiar fellow, and who appears to work on lines of his own. Look, for example, at the queer lot of things which he took from Acton's"what was it?"a ball of string, a letter-weight, and I don't know what other odds and ends."

"Well, we are quite in your hands, Mr. Holmes," said old Cunningham. "Anything which you or the Inspector may suggest will most certainly be done."

"In the first place," said Holmes, "I should like you to offer a reward"coming from yourself, for the officials may take a little time before they would agree upon the sum, and these things cannot be done too promptly. I have jotted down the form here, if you would not mind signing it. Fifty pounds was quite enough, I thought."

officials - funcionarios; oficial, funcionario

agree upon - acordar

jotted down - anotado

"I would willingly give five hundred," said the J.P., taking the slip of paper and the pencil which Holmes handed to him. "This is not quite correct, however," he added, glancing over the document.

willingly - de buena gana

"I wrote it rather hurriedly."

"You see you begin, 'Whereas, at about a quarter to one on Tuesday morning an attempt was made,'and so on. It was at a quarter to twelve, as a matter of fact."

whereas - ientras que..; mientras que, siendo que, por cuanto, visto que

I was pained at the mistake, for I knew how keenly Holmes would feel any slip of the kind. It was his specialty to be accurate as to fact, but his recent illness had shaken him, and this one little incident was enough to show me that he was still far from being himself.

specialty - especialidad

accurate - preciso, exacto, justo, correcto

He was obviously embarrassed for an instant, while the Inspector raised his eyebrows, and Alec Cunningham burst into a laugh. The old gentleman corrected the mistake, however, and handed the paper back to Holmes.

embarrassed - avergonzado; avergonzar, abochornar, sonrojar, humillar

eyebrows - cejas; ceja

"Get it printed as soon as possible," he said; "I think your idea is an excellent one."

Holmes put the slip of paper carefully away into his pocket-book.

pocket-book - (pocket-book) libro de bolsillo

"And now," said he, "it really would be a good thing that we should all go over the house together and make certain that this rather erratic burglar did not, after all, carry anything away with him."

erratic - inconstante, irregular, errático, trastornado, bloque errático

Before entering, Holmes made an examination of the door which had been forced. It was evident that a chisel or strong knife had been thrust in, and the lock forced back with it. We could see the marks in the wood where it had been pushed in.

chisel - cincel

pushed in - empujado

"You don't use bars, then?" he asked.

"We have never found it necessary."

"You don't keep a dog?"

"Yes, but he is chained on the other side of the house."

chained - encadenado; cadena, encadenar

"When do the servants go to bed?"

"About ten."

"I understand that William was usually in bed also at that hour."


"It is singular that on this particular night he should have been up. Now, I should be very glad if you would have the kindness to show us over the house, Mr. Cunningham."

A stone-flagged passage, with the kitchens branching away from it, led by a wooden staircase directly to the first floor of the house. It came out upon the landing opposite to a second more ornamental stair which came up from the front hall. Out of this landing opened the drawing-room and several bedrooms, including those of Mr.

branching - Bifurcación; (branch); rama, sucursal, delegación, filial, ramo

staircase - escalera

directly - directamente, en derechura

ornamental - ornamental

Cunningham and his son. Holmes walked slowly, taking keen note of the architecture of the house. I could tell from his expression that he was on a hot scent, and yet I could not in the least imagine in what direction his inferences were leading him.

scent - olor, esencia, olfato, fragancia, oler

"My good sir," said Mr. Cunningham with some impatience, "this is surely very unnecessary. That is my room at the end of the stairs, and my son's is the one beyond it. I leave it to your judgment whether it was possible for the thief to have come up here without disturbing us."

disturbing - inquietante; perturbar, molestar

"You must try round and get on a fresh scent, I fancy," said the son with a rather malicious smile.

malicious - malicioso; maligno

"Still, I must ask you to humor me a little further. I should like, for example, to see how far the windows of the bedrooms command the front. This, I understand is your son's room""he pushed open the door""and that, I presume, is the dressing-room in which he sat smoking when the alarm was given. Where does the window of that look out to?" He stepped across the bedroom, pushed open the door, and glanced round the other chamber.

"I hope that you are satisfied now?" said Mr. Cunningham, tartly.

tartly - tartamente

"Thank you, I think I have seen all that I wished."

"Then if it is really necessary we can go into my room."

"If it is not too much trouble."

The J. P. shrugged his shoulders, and led the way into his own chamber, which was a plainly furnished and commonplace room. As we moved across it in the direction of the window, Holmes fell back until he and I were the last of the group. Near the foot of the bed stood a dish of oranges and a carafe of water.

commonplace - lugar común, tópico, cliché, clisé

As we passed it Holmes, to my unutterable astonishment, leaned over in front of me and deliberately knocked the whole thing over. The glass smashed into a thousand pieces and the fruit rolled about into every corner of the room.

smashed - aplastado; estrellar, destrozar, golpear, machucar

"You've done it now, Watson," said he, coolly. "A pretty mess you've made of the carpet."

mess - desastre, enredo, lío

I stooped in some confusion and began to pick up the fruit, understanding for some reason my companion desired me to take the blame upon myself. The others did the same, and set the table on its legs again.

confusion - confusión

desired - deseado; desear, deseo, gana

"Hullo!" cried the Inspector, "where's he got to?"

Holmes had disappeared.

"Wait here an instant," said young Alec Cunningham. "The fellow is off his head, in my opinion. Come with me, father, and see where he has got to!"

They rushed out of the room, leaving the Inspector, the Colonel, and me staring at each other.

"'Pon my word, I am inclined to agree with Master Alec," said the official. "It may be the effect of this illness, but it seems to me that""

His words were cut short by a sudden scream of "Help! Help! Murder!" With a thrill I recognized the voice of that of my friend. I rushed madly from the room on to the landing. The cries, which had sunk down into a hoarse, inarticulate shouting, came from the room which we had first visited. I dashed in, and on into the dressing-room beyond.

cut short - interrumpir, acortar

scream - grito, gritar

madly - locamente; alocadamente

sunk down - se hundió

The two Cunninghams were bending over the prostrate figure of Sherlock Holmes, the younger clutching his throat with both hands, while the elder seemed to be twisting one of his wrists. In an instant the three of us had torn them away from him, and Holmes staggered to his feet, very pale and evidently greatly exhausted.

prostrate - postrado, acostado boca abajo

twisting - Torciendo; (twist); torcer, sacar punta a, torcerse

wrists - munecas; muneca

greatly - en gran medida; grandemente, enormemente, sobremanera

"Arrest these men, Inspector," he gasped.

"On what charge?"

"That of murdering their coachman, William Kirwan."

murdering - asesinando; asesinato, asesinar, cepillarse, devorar

The Inspector stared about him in bewilderment. "Oh, Come now, Mr. Holmes," said he at last, "I'm sure you don't really mean to""

bewilderment - desconcierto, perplejidad

Come now - venir ahora

"Tut, man, look at their faces!" cried Holmes, curtly.

curtly - Cortésmente

Never certainly have I seen a plainer confession of guilt upon human countenances. The older man seemed numbed and dazed with a heavy, sullen expression upon his strongly-marked face. The son, on the other hand, had dropped all that jaunty, dashing style which had characterized him, and the ferocity of a dangerous wild beast gleamed in his dark eyes and distorted his handsome features.

plainer - más claro; sencillo; liso; sin ornamentos; llano (persona)

confession - confesión

countenances - emblantes; semblante, apariencia, expresión, rostro

numbed - entumecido, entumido

sullen - hosco, hurano, sombrío, lento

jaunty - alegre, animado, desenvuelto

characterized - caracterizado; caracterizar

gleamed - brillaba; relucir, brillar, destellar

The Inspector said nothing, but, stepping to the door, he blew his whistle. Two of his constables came at the call.

whistle - silbar; silbato, pito, chifle, pitido

"I have no alternative, Mr. Cunningham," said he. "I trust that this may all prove to be an absurd mistake, but you can see that"Ah, would you? Drop it!" He struck out with his hand, and a revolver which the younger man was in the act of cocking clattered down upon the floor.

clattered - golpeado; trapalear

"Keep that," said Holmes, quietly putting his foot upon it; "you will find it useful at the trial. But this is what we really wanted." He held up a little crumpled piece of paper.

trial - proceso, juicio

"The remainder of the sheet!" cried the Inspector.

remainder - restos; resto, remanente, sobras, restante


"And where was it?"

"Where I was sure it must be. I'll make the whole matter clear to you presently. I think, Colonel, that you and Watson might return now, and I will be with you again in an hour at the furthest. The Inspector and I must have a word with the prisoners, but you will certainly see me back at luncheon time."

luncheon - almuerzo

Sherlock Holmes was as good as his word, for about one o'clock he rejoined us in the Colonel's smoking-room. He was accompanied by a little elderly gentleman, who was introduced to me as the Mr. Acton whose house had been the scene of the original burglary.

rejoined - Reincorporarse

accompanied - acompanado; acompanar

"I wished Mr. Acton to be present while I demonstrated this small matter to you," said Holmes, "for it is natural that he should take a keen interest in the details. I am afraid, my dear Colonel, that you must regret the hour that you took in such a stormy petrel as I am."

demonstrated - demostrado; demostrar, manifestar, evidenciar

stormy - borrascoso, tempestuoso, tormentoso

petrel - petrel, damero

"On the contrary," answered the Colonel, warmly, "I consider it the greatest privilege to have been permitted to study your methods of working. I confess that they quite surpass my expectations, and that I am utterly unable to account for your result. I have not yet seen the vestige of a clue."

privilege - privilegio, privilegiar

permitted - permitido; permitir

expectations - expectativas; expectación, expectativa

vestige - huella, pisada, vestigio

"I am afraid that my explanation may disillusion you but it has always been my habit to hide none of my methods, either from my friend Watson or from any one who might take an intelligent interest in them. But, first, as I am rather shaken by the knocking about which I had in the dressing-room, I think that I shall help myself to a dash of your brandy, Colonel. My strength had been rather tried of late."

disillusion - desilusión; desenganar, desengano, desencanto

"I trust that you had no more of those nervous attacks."

Sherlock Holmes laughed heartily. "We will come to that in its turn," said he. "I will lay an account of the case before you in its due order, showing you the various points which guided me in my decision. Pray interrupt me if there is any inference which is not perfectly clear to you.

due - debido; salir de cuentas, mérito

"It is of the highest importance in the art of detection to be able to recognize, out of a number of facts, which are incidental and which vital. Otherwise your energy and attention must be dissipated instead of being concentrated. Now, in this case there was not the slightest doubt in my mind from the first that the key of the whole matter must be looked for in the scrap of paper in the dead man's hand.

incidental - incidental, fortuito

vital - vital

concentrated - concentrar, concentrarse, concentrado

slightest - lo más mínimo; insignificante, leve, ligero, falta de respeto

"Before going into this, I would draw your attention to the fact that, if Alec Cunningham's narrative was correct, and if the assailant, after shooting William Kirwan, had instantly fled, then it obviously could not be he who tore the paper from the dead man's hand. But if it was not he, it must have been Alec Cunningham himself, for by the time that the old man had descended several servants were upon the scene. The point is a simple one, but the Inspector had overlooked it because he had started with the supposition that these county magnates had had nothing to do with the matter.

assailant - asaltante, atacante

Now, I make a point of never having any prejudices, and of following docilely wherever fact may lead me, and so, in the very first stage of the investigation, I found myself looking a little askance at the part which had been played by Mr. Alec Cunningham.

prejudices - prejuicios; prejuicio, perjudicar, prejuiciar

docilely - Dócilmente

wherever - dónde; adondequiera, doquier

"And now I made a very careful examination of the corner of paper which the Inspector had submitted to us. It was at once clear to me that it formed part of a very remarkable document. Here it is. Do you not now observe something very suggestive about it?"

submitted - sometido; someter, presentar, entregar, cursar

"It has a very irregular look," said the Colonel.

"My dear sir," cried Holmes, "there cannot be the least doubt in the world that it has been written by two persons doing alternate words. When I draw your attention to the strong t's of 'at'and 'to', and ask you to compare them with the weak ones of 'quarter'and 'twelve,'you will instantly recognize the fact.

A very brief analysis of these four words would enable you to say with the utmost confidence that the 'learn'and the 'maybe'are written in the stronger hand, and the 'what'in the weaker."

brief - breve, corto, conciso, sucinto, escueto, resumen, poner al tanto

enable - permitir; habilitar, posibilitar, activar

"By Jove, it's as clear as day!" cried the Colonel. "Why on earth should two men write a letter in such a fashion?"

"Obviously the business was a bad one, and one of the men who distrusted the other was determined that, whatever was done, each should have an equal hand in it. Now, of the two men, it is clear that the one who wrote the 'at'and 'to'was the ringleader."

distrusted - desconfiado; desconfianza, recelo, desconfiar

Equal - igual, igualar, equivaler

ringleader - el cabecilla; cabecilla

"How do you get at that?"

"We might deduce it from the mere character of the one hand as compared with the other. But we have more assured reasons than that for supposing it. If you examine this scrap with attention you will come to the conclusion that the man with the stronger hand wrote all his words first, leaving blanks for the other to fill up.

These blanks were not always sufficient, and you can see that the second man had a squeeze to fit his 'quarter'in between the 'at'and the 'to,'showing that the latter were already written. The man who wrote all his words first is undoubtedly the man who planned the affair."

squeeze - exprimir, apretar, apretujar, apuro, crisis, apretón

"Excellent!" cried Mr. Acton.

"But very superficial," said Holmes. "We come now, however, to a point which is of importance. You may not be aware that the deduction of a man's age from his writing is one which has been brought to considerable accuracy by experts. In normal cases one can place a man in his true decade with tolerable confidence. I say normal cases, because ill-health and physical weakness reproduce the signs of old age, even when the invalid is a youth.

superficial - superficial

deduction - deducción

accuracy - exactitud, precisión, tino

decade - década, decenio

reproduce - reproducir, proliferar, reproducirse, procrear

In this case, looking at the bold, strong hand of the one, and the rather broken-backed appearance of the other, which still retains its legibility although the t's have begun to lose their crossing, we can say that the one was a young man and the other was advanced in years without being positively decrepit."

retains - retiene; retener, detentar

legibility - legibilidad

advanced - avanzado; avanzar, progresar, avance, progreso, adelanto, avance

positively - ositivamente; inequívocamente, terminantemente, de todas maneras

decrepit - decrépito, destartalado, venido a menos, ruinoso

"Excellent!" cried Mr. Acton again.

"There is a further point, however, which is subtler and of greater interest. There is something in common between these hands. They belong to men who are blood-relatives. It may be most obvious to you in the Greek e's, but to me there are many small points which indicate the same thing. I have no doubt at all that a family mannerism can be traced in these two specimens of writing.

relatives - familiares; relativo, familiar, pariente, parienta, parentela

Greek - griego, griego, griega

indicate - indicar, senalizar, panish: t-needed

mannerism - manierismo

traced - rastreado; rastro, huella, vestigio, indicio

specimens - especímenes; espécimen, ejemplar

I am only, of course, giving you the leading results now of my examination of the paper. There were twenty-three other deductions which would be of more interest to experts than to you. They all tend to deepen the impression upon my mind that the Cunninghams, father and son, had written this letter.

deductions - deducciones; deducción

tend - tender; guardar

deepen - ahondar, checkprofundizar

"Having got so far, my next step was, of course, to examine into the details of the crime, and to see how far they would help us. I went up to the house with the Inspector, and saw all that was to be seen. The wound upon the dead man was, as I was able to determine with absolute confidence, fired from a revolver at the distance of something over four yards. There was no powder-blackening on the clothes. Evidently, therefore, Alec Cunningham had lied when he said that the two men were struggling when the shot was fired.

determine - determinar

blackening - Ennegrecimiento; (blacken); ennegrecer, tiznar

lied - Mentiste

Again, both father and son agreed as to the place where the man escaped into the road. At that point, however, as it happens, there is a broadish ditch, moist at the bottom. As there were no indications of bootmarks about this ditch, I was absolutely sure not only that the Cunninghams had again lied, but that there had never been any unknown man upon the scene at all.

broadish - Amplio

ditch - zanja, foso, cuneta

moist - húmedo

bootmarks - marcas de arranque

unknown - ignoto, desconocido, incógnita, desconocido

"And now I have to consider the motive of this singular crime. To get at this, I endeavored first of all to solve the reason of the original burglary at Mr. Acton's. I understood, from something which the Colonel told us, that a lawsuit had been going on between you, Mr. Acton, and the Cunninghams. Of course, it instantly occurred to me that they had broken into your library with the intention of getting at some document which might be of importance in the case.

motive - motivo, móbil

"Precisely so," said Mr. Acton. "There can be no possible doubt as to their intentions. I have the clearest claim upon half of their present estate, and if they could have found a single paper"which, fortunately, was in the strong-box of my solicitors"they would undoubtedly have crippled our case."

intentions - intenciones; intención

strong-box - (strong-box) caja fuerte

solicitors - abogados; abogado, checknotario

crippled - lisiado, lisiado, lisiada

"There you are," said Holmes, smiling. "It was a dangerous, reckless attempt, in which I seem to trace the influence of young Alec. Having found nothing they tried to divert suspicion by making it appear to be an ordinary burglary, to which end they carried off whatever they could lay their hands upon. That is all clear enough, but there was much that was still obscure. What I wanted above all was to get the missing part of that note.

reckless - imprudente, temerario, desconsiderado

divert - divertirse; desviar, entretener, distraer

all clear - Todo está claro

I was certain that Alec had torn it out of the dead man's hand, and almost certain that he must have thrust it into the pocket of his dressing-gown. Where else could he have put it? The only question was whether it was still there. It was worth an effort to find out, and for that object we all went up to the house.

"The Cunninghams joined us, as you doubtless remember, outside the kitchen door. It was, of course, of the very first importance that they should not be reminded of the existence of this paper, otherwise they would naturally destroy it without delay. The Inspector was about to tell them the importance which we attached to it when, by the luckiest chance in the world, I tumbled down in a sort of fit and so changed the conversation.

doubtless - indudable, sin duda, indudablemente

reminded - recordado; recordar

"Good heavens!" cried the Colonel, laughing, "do you mean to say all our sympathy was wasted and your fit an imposture?"

imposture - imposturas; impostura

"Speaking professionally, it was admirably done," cried I, looking in amazement at this man who was forever confounding me with some new phase of his astuteness.

professionally - profesionalmente

admirably - admirablemente

confounding - confusión; confundir, empeorar

phase - fase

astuteness - astucia, sagacidad, letra menuda

"It is an art which is often useful," said he. "When I recovered I managed, by a device which had perhaps some little merit of ingenuity, to get old Cunningham to write the word 'twelve,'so that I might compare it with the 'twelve'upon the paper."

merit - mérito, merecimiento, meritar

ingenuity - ingenuidad; ingenio

"Oh, what an ass I have been!" I exclaimed.

ass - culo; asno, burro

"I could see that you were commiserating me over my weakness," said Holmes, laughing. "I was sorry to cause you the sympathetic pain which I know that you felt. We then went upstairs together, and having entered the room and seen the dressing-gown hanging up behind the door, I contrived, by upsetting a table, to engage their attention for the moment, and slipped back to examine the pockets. I had hardly got the paper, however"which was, as I had expected, in one of them"when the two Cunninghams were on me, and would, I verily believe, have murdered me then and there but for your prompt and friendly aid.

commiserating - compadeciendo; compadecerse de, condolerse de

sympathetic - simpático; compasivo, comprensivo, amable

hanging up - colgar

upsetting - molesta; perturbante, molestoso, trastornoso

verily - verdaderamente, de verdad, de veras, realmente

As it is, I feel that young man's grip on my throat now, and the father has twisted my wrist round in the effort to get the paper out of my hand. They saw that I must know all about it, you see, and the sudden change from absolute security to complete despair made them perfectly desperate.

wrist - muneca; muneca

Security - seguridad, confianza, garantía, prenda

"I had a little talk with old Cunningham afterwards as to the motive of the crime. He was tractable enough, though his son was a perfect demon, ready to blow out his own or anybody else's brains if he could have got to his revolver. When Cunningham saw that the case against him was so strong he lost all heart and made a clean breast of everything. It seems that William had secretly followed his two masters on the night when they made their raid upon Mr. Acton's, and having thus got them into his power, proceeded, under threats of exposure, to levy blackmail upon them.

demon - demonio

blow out - apagar; soplar; echar; romper con alguien

secretly - secretamente, en secreto

two masters - dos maestros

raid - invasión, ataque, asedio, redada

exposure - exposición, exposición, checkpublicidad, checkdenuncia

levy - tasa; recaudar

Mr. Alec, however, was a dangerous man to play games of that sort with. It was a stroke of positive genius on his part to see in the burglary scare which was convulsing the country side an opportunity of plausibly getting rid of the man whom he feared. William was decoyed up and shot, and had they only got the whole of the note and paid a little more attention to detail in the accessories, it is very possible that suspicion might never have been aroused."

genius - genio, genia

convulsing - convulsiones; convulsionar, crispar

plausibly - Es plausible

decoyed - enganado; senuelo, carnada

accessories - accesorios; accesorio

"And the note?" I asked.

Sherlock Holmes placed the subjoined paper before us.

subjoined - Complementar

If you will only come around to the east gate it will

very much surprise you and be of the greatest service to you

and also to Annie Morrison. But say nothing to anyone upon

the matter.

"It is very much the sort of thing that I expected," said he. "Of course, we do not yet know what the relations may have been between Alec Cunningham, William Kirwan, and Annie Morrison. The results shows that the trap was skillfully baited. I am sure that you cannot fail to be delighted with the traces of heredity shown in the p's and in the tails of the g's.

relations - relación, pariente

baited - con cebo; cebo, carnada, carnaza

tails - colas; cola

The absence of the i-dots in the old man's writing is also most characteristic. Watson, I think our quiet rest in the country has been a distinct success, and I shall certainly return much invigorated to Baker Street to-morrow."

Chapter VII. The Crooked Man

crooked - Corrupto; (crook) Corrupto

One summer night, a few months after my marriage, I was seated by my own hearth smoking a last pipe and nodding over a novel, for my day's work had been an exhausting one. My wife had already gone upstairs, and the sound of the locking of the hall door some time before told me that the servants had also retired. I had risen from my seat and was knocking out the ashes of my pipe when I suddenly heard the clang of the bell.

hearth - hogar, lar, solera, fogón, crisol

exhausting - extenuante; agotar, cansar, tubo de escape, gas de escape

ashes - cenizas; ceniza

I looked at the clock. It was a quarter to twelve. This could not be a visitor at so late an hour. A patient, evidently, and possibly an all-night sitting. With a wry face I went out into the hall and opened the door. To my astonishment it was Sherlock Holmes who stood upon my step.

wry - irónico

"Ah, Watson," said he, "I hoped that I might not be too late to catch you."

"My dear fellow, pray come in."

"You look surprised, and no wonder! Relieved, too, I fancy! Hum! You still smoke the Arcadia mixture of your bachelor days then! There's no mistaking that fluffy ash upon your coat. It's easy to tell that you have been accustomed to wear a uniform, Watson. You'll never pass as a pure-bred civilian as long as you keep that habit of carrying your handkerchief in your sleeve. Could you put me up to-night?"

Arcadia - Arcadia

fluffy - esponjoso; peludo, suave, fofo, panish: t-needed

ash - cenizas; ceniza

bred - criado; (breed); criar, procrear, aparearse, cultivar

civilian - civil, paisano

handkerchief - panuelo; panuelo

"With pleasure."

"You told me that you had bachelor quarters for one, and I see that you have no gentleman visitor at present. Your hat-stand proclaims as much."

hat-stand - (hat-stand) Perchero

proclaims - proclamar

"I shall be delighted if you will stay."

"Thank you. I'll fill the vacant peg then. Sorry to see that you've had the British workman in the house. He's a token of evil. Not the drains, I hope?"

vacant - vacío; vacante

token - sena, recuerdo, ficha, prenda, símbolo, simbólico, cosmético

evil - malo, malvado

drains - esagües; desagüe, drenaje, aliviadero, tubo abierto, sangría

"No, the gas."

"Ah! He has left two nail-marks from his boot upon your linoleum just where the light strikes it. No, thank you, I had some supper at Waterloo, but I'll smoke a pipe with you with pleasure."

nail - un clavo; una

linoleum - linóleo

strikes - huelgas; tachar, borrar, golpear, pegar, acunar

smoke a pipe - fumar una pipa

I handed him my pouch, and he seated himself opposite to me and smoked for some time in silence. I was well aware that nothing but business of importance would have brought him to me at such an hour, so I waited patiently until he should come round to it.

patiently - pacientemente

"I see that you are professionally rather busy just now," said he, glancing very keenly across at me.

"Yes, I've had a busy day," I answered. "It may seem very foolish in your eyes," I added, "but really I don't know how you deduced it."

foolish - tonto, necio, imprudente

Holmes chuckled to himself.

"I have the advantage of knowing your habits, my dear Watson," said he. "When your round is a short one you walk, and when it is a long one you use a hansom. As I perceive that your boots, although used, are by no means dirty, I cannot doubt that you are at present busy enough to justify the hansom."

justify - legitimar, justificar, absolver

"Excellent!" I cried.

"Elementary," said he. "It is one of those instances where the reasoner can produce an effect which seems remarkable to his neighbor, because the latter has missed the one little point which is the basis of the deduction. The same may be said, my dear fellow, for the effect of some of these little sketches of yours, which is entirely meretricious, depending as it does upon your retaining in your own hands some factors in the problem which are never imparted to the reader. Now, at present I am in the position of these same readers, for I hold in this hand several threads of one of the strangest cases which ever perplexed a man's brain, and yet I lack the one or two which are needful to complete my theory.

elementary - elemental, primaria

instances - instancias; caso, ejemplo, ocasión, instancia

basis - base, fundamento

meretricious - meretricio

retaining - reteniendo; retener, detentar

imparted - mpartido; impartir

threads - hilos; hilo, hebra, hilaza, tema, argumento, hilazón, subproceso

perplexed - perplejo; confundir, desconcertar

lack - falta; carecer de

needful - Necesario

But I'll have them, Watson, I'll have them!" His eyes kindled and a slight flush sprang into his thin cheeks. For an instant only. When I glanced again his face had resumed that red-Indian composure which had made so many regard him as a machine rather than a man.

kindled - encendido; encender

flush - lanzar; rubor

Indian - indio, hindú, indígena, indio, india

composure - compostura, entereza

"The problem presents features of interest," said he. "I may even say exceptional features of interest. I have already looked into the matter, and have come, as I think, within sight of my solution. If you could accompany me in that last step you might be of considerable service to me."

exceptional - excepcional

accompany - acompanar; acompanar

"I should be delighted."

"Could you go as far as Aldershot to-morrow?"

"I have no doubt Jackson would take my practice."

"Very good. I want to start by the 11.10 from Waterloo."

"That would give me time."

"Then, if you are not too sleepy, I will give you a sketch of what has happened, and of what remains to be done."

"I was sleepy before you came. I am quite wakeful now."

"I will compress the story as far as may be done without omitting anything vital to the case. It is conceivable that you may even have read some account of the matter. It is the supposed murder of Colonel Barclay, of the Royal Munsters, at Aldershot, which I am investigating."

compress - comprimir

done without - Hecho sin

omitting - omitir, dejar de lado, dejarse en el tintero

investigating - investigando; investigar, pesquisar, indagar, examinar

"I have heard nothing of it."

"It has not excited much attention yet, except locally. The facts are only two days old. Briefly they are these:

locally - a nivel local; localmente

briefly - revemente; concisamente

"The Royal Munsters is, as you know, one of the most famous Irish regiments in the British army. It did wonders both in the Crimea and the Mutiny, and has since that time distinguished itself upon every possible occasion.

Irish - irlandés, irlandeses

regiments - regimientos; regimiento

Crimea - Crimea

mutiny - motín, sedición, amotinarse

It was commanded up to Monday night by James Barclay, a gallant veteran, who started as a full private, was raised to commissioned rank for his bravery at the time of the Mutiny, and so lived to command the regiment in which he had once carried a musket.

commanded - mandado; orden, mandato, mando, comando, dominio

gallant - galante; gallardo, intrépido

veteran - veterano, aguerrido, retirado

private - privado, privado

commissioned - encargado; misión, cometido, destino, cargo, comisión, encargo

rank - rango, graduación

bravery - valentía; valor

regiment - regimiento

musket - mosquete

"Colonel Barclay had married at the time when he was a sergeant, and his wife, whose maiden name was Miss Nancy Devoy, was the daughter of a former color-sergeant in the same corps. There was, therefore, as can be imagined, some little social friction when the young couple (for they were still young) found themselves in their new surroundings. They appear, however, to have quickly adapted themselves, and Mrs.

maiden name - apellido de soltera

corps - cuerpo; (corp) cuerpo

friction - fricción

surroundings - alrededores; periferia, rededor, derredor, circundante

adapted - adaptar, ajustar, adaptarse, adaptado

Barclay has always, I understand, been as popular with the ladies of the regiment as her husband was with his brother officers. I may add that she was a woman of great beauty, and that even now, when she has been married for upwards of thirty years, she is still of a striking and queenly appearance.

beauty - belleza, hermosura, preciosidad, preciosura

queenly - Reina

"Colonel Barclay's family life appears to have been a uniformly happy one.

uniformly - uniformemente

Major Murphy, to whom I owe most of my facts, assures me that he has never heard of any misunderstanding between the pair. On the whole, he thinks that Barclay's devotion to his wife was greater than his wife's to Barclay. He was acutely uneasy if he were absent from her for a day. She, on the other hand, though devoted and faithful, was less obtrusively affectionate. But they were regarded in the regiment as the very model of a middle-aged couple. There was absolutely nothing in their mutual relations to prepare people for the tragedy which was to follow.

assures - asegurar

misunderstanding - malentendido, qui pro quo; (misunderstand); malentender

devotion - devoción, dedicación, fervor, veneración

acutely - agudamente; intensamente

absent - ausente

devoted - Devoto

obtrusively - Obstrusivamente

affectionate - Carinoso

regarded - considerado; considerar

mutual - mutua; mutuo, recíproco

"Colonel Barclay himself seems to have had some singular traits in his character. He was a dashing, jovial old soldier in his usual mood, but there were occasions on which he seemed to show himself capable of considerable violence and vindictiveness. This side of his nature, however, appears never to have been turned towards his wife. Another fact, which had struck Major Murphy and three out of five of the other officers with whom I conversed, was the singular sort of depression which came upon him at times. As the major expressed it, the smile had often been struck from his mouth, as if by some invisible hand, when he has been joining the gayeties and chaff of the mess-table.

traits - rasgos; rasgo, característica

jovial - jovial, alegre

mood - estado de ánimo; humor

occasions - ocasiones; ocasión, ocasionar

violence - violencia

vindictiveness - venganza; revanchismo

conversed - conversado; conversar, charlar

For days on end, when the mood was on him, he has been sunk in the deepest gloom. This and a certain tinge of superstition were the only unusual traits in his character which his brother officers had observed. The latter peculiarity took the form of a dislike to being left alone, especially after dark. This puerile feature in a nature which was conspicuously manly had often given rise to comment and conjecture.

superstition - superstición

peculiarity - particularidad; peculiaridad

dislike - aversión, disgusto, antipatía, desagradar, no gustar

puerile - pueril

conspicuously - lamativamente; notablemente, obviamente

manly - varonil, viril

"The first battalion of the Royal Munsters (which is the old 117th) has been stationed at Aldershot for some years. The married officers live out of barracks, and the Colonel has during all this time occupied a villa called Lachine, about half a mile from the north camp. The house stands in its own grounds, but the west side of it is not more than thirty yards from the high-road.

battalion - batallón

Barracks - cuartel; (barrack) cuartel

A coachman and two maids form the staff of servants. These with their master and mistress were the sole occupants of Lachine, for the Barclays had no children, nor was it usual for them to have resident visitors.

sole - suela; planta

resident - residente, habitante, munícipe

"Now for the events at Lachine between nine and ten on the evening of last Monday."

"Mrs. Barclay was, it appears, a member of the Roman Catholic Church, and had interested herself very much in the establishment of the Guild of St. George, which was formed in connection with the Watt Street Chapel for the purpose of supplying the poor with cast-off clothing. A meeting of the Guild had been held that evening at eight, and Mrs. Barclay had hurried over her dinner in order to be present at it. When leaving the house she was heard by the coachman to make some commonplace remark to her husband, and to assure him that she would be back before very long. She then called for Miss Morrison, a young lady who lives in the next villa, and the two went off together to their meeting.

Roman - romano, romano, romana, Román

Guild - germanía, gremio

George - Jorge

Watt - vatio, watt

supplying - suministro; proporcionar, abastecer

It lasted forty minutes, and at a quarter-past nine Mrs. Barclay returned home, having left Miss Morrison at her door as she passed.

"There is a room which is used as a morning-room at Lachine. This faces the road and opens by a large glass folding-door on to the lawn. The lawn is thirty yards across, and is only divided from the highway by a low wall with an iron rail above it. It was into this room that Mrs. Barclay went upon her return. The blinds were not down, for the room was seldom used in the evening, but Mrs.

folding-door - (folding-door) puerta plegable

divided - dividido; desunir, dividir, repartir, división, divisoria

highway - carretera, autopista

blinds - persianas; ciego, invidente, celosía, persiana, ciega, ciego

Barclay herself lit the lamp and then rang the bell, asking Jane Stewart, the house-maid, to bring her a cup of tea, which was quite contrary to her usual habits. The Colonel had been sitting in the dining-room, but hearing that his wife had returned he joined her in the morning-room. The coachman saw him cross the hall and enter it. He was never seen again alive.

Jane - Juana

"The tea which had been ordered was brought up at the end of ten minutes; but the maid, as she approached the door, was surprised to hear the voices of her master and mistress in furious altercation. She knocked without receiving any answer, and even turned the handle, but only to find that the door was locked upon the inside. Naturally enough she ran down to tell the cook, and the two women with the coachman came up into the hall and listened to the dispute which was still raging. They all agreed that only two voices were to be heard, those of Barclay and of his wife. Barclay's remarks were subdued and abrupt, so that none of them were audible to the listeners. The lady's, on the other hand, were most bitter, and when she raised her voice could be plainly heard. 'You coward!'she repeated over and over again. 'What can be done now? What can be done now? Give me back my life. I will never so much as breathe the same air with you again! You coward!

furious - furioso

altercation - disputa, altercado

dispute - disputa, contencioso

raging - enfurecido; trapo

subdued - sumiso; someter, doblegar, domenar, debelar

abrupt - abrupto, brusco, repentino, súbito

audible - oíble, audible

breathe - respirar

You coward!'Those were scraps of her conversation, ending in a sudden dreadful cry in the man's voice, with a crash, and a piercing scream from the woman. Convinced that some tragedy had occurred, the coachman rushed to the door and strove to force it, while scream after scream issued from within. He was unable, however, to make his way in, and the maids were too distracted with fear to be of any assistance to him. A sudden thought struck him, however, and he ran through the hall door and round to the lawn upon which the long French windows open. One side of the window was open, which I understand was quite usual in the summer-time, and he passed without difficulty into the room. His mistress had ceased to scream and was stretched insensible upon a couch, while with his feet tilted over the side of an arm-chair, and his head upon the ground near the corner of the fender, was lying the unfortunate soldier stone dead in a pool of his own blood.

scraps - restos; pedacito, retazo

piercing scream - Grito desgarrador

issued - emitido; flujo, emisión, envío, incisión, herederos

distracted - distraído; distraer, despistar

French - francés, franceses

insensible - insensible

couch - un sofá; sofá, canapé

Fender - aleta, guardabarros, defensa, guardafuego

"Naturally, the coachman's first thought, on finding that he could do nothing for his master, was to open the door. But here an unexpected and singular difficulty presented itself. The key was not in the inner side of the door, nor could he find it anywhere in the room. He went out again, therefore, through the window, and having obtained the help of a policeman and of a medical man, he returned.

The lady, against whom naturally the strongest suspicion rested, was removed to her room, still in a state of insensibility. The Colonel's body was then placed upon the sofa, and a careful examination made of the scene of the tragedy.

insensibility - insensibilidad

"The injury from which the unfortunate veteran was suffering was found to be a jagged cut some two inches long at the back part of his head, which had evidently been caused by a violent blow from a blunt weapon. Nor was it difficult to guess what that weapon may have been. Upon the floor, close to the body, was lying a singular club of hard carved wood with a bone handle. The Colonel possessed a varied collection of weapons brought from the different countries in which he had fought, and it is conjectured by the police that his club was among his trophies.

jagged - irregular, dentado, mellado; (jag) irregular, dentado, mellado

blunt - desafilado, despuntado

carved - tallado; cortar, trinchar, tallar, esculpir

possessed - poseído; poseer

varied - variada; variar

conjectured - conjeturado; conjetura, suposición, especulación, teoría

trophies - trofeos; trofeo

The servants deny having seen it before, but among the numerous curiosities in the house it is possible that it may have been overlooked. Nothing else of importance was discovered in the room by the police, save the inexplicable fact that neither upon Mrs. Barclay's person nor upon that of the victim nor in any part of the room was the missing key to be found. The door had eventually to be opened by a locksmith from Aldershot.

curiosities - curiosidades; curiosidad

locksmith - cerrajero

"That was the state of things, Watson, when upon the Tuesday morning I, at the request of Major Murphy, went down to Aldershot to supplement the efforts of the police. I think that you will acknowledge that the problem was already one of interest, but my observations soon made me realize that it was in truth much more extraordinary than would at first sight appear.

supplement - suplemento, suplementario, complementar

observations - observaciones; observación, vigilancia; observancia, anotación

"Before examining the room I cross-questioned the servants, but only succeeded in eliciting the facts which I have already stated. One other detail of interest was remembered by Jane Stewart, the housemaid. You will remember that on hearing the sound of the quarrel she descended and returned with the other servants. On that first occasion, when she was alone, she says that the voices of her master and mistress were sunk so low that she could hear hardly anything, and judged by their tones rather than their words that they had fallen out. On my pressing her, however, she remembered that she heard the word David uttered twice by the lady.

eliciting - elicitar; provocar, suscitar, evocar, educir, sonsacar

housemaid - Empleada doméstica

judged - juzgado; juzgar

pressing - presionando; apremiante

David - David

The point is of the utmost importance as guiding us towards the reason of the sudden quarrel. The Colonel's name, you remember, was James.

"There was one thing in the case which had made the deepest impression both upon the servants and the police. This was the contortion of the Colonel's face. It had set, according to their account, into the most dreadful expression of fear and horror which a human countenance is capable of assuming. More than one person fainted at the mere sight of him, so terrible was the effect. It was quite certain that he had foreseen his fate, and that it had caused him the utmost horror.

contortion - contorsión

This, of course, fitted in well enough with the police theory, if the Colonel could have seen his wife making a murderous attack upon him. Nor was the fact of the wound being on the back of his head a fatal objection to this, as he might have turned to avoid the blow. No information could be got from the lady herself, who was temporarily insane from an acute attack of brain-fever.

murderous - asesino, homicida

objection - objeción, protesta

temporarily - temporalmente

insane - enfermo mental, loco, demente, enajenado

acute - agudo, perspicaz, sagaz, grave

"From the police I learned that Miss Morrison, who you remember went out that evening with Mrs. Barclay, denied having any knowledge of what it was which had caused the ill-humor in which her companion had returned.

denied - negado; negar

"Having gathered these facts, Watson, I smoked several pipes over them, trying to separate those which were crucial from others which were merely incidental. There could be no question that the most distinctive and suggestive point in the case was the singular disappearance of the door-key. A most careful search had failed to discover it in the room. Therefore it must have been taken from it. But neither the Colonel nor the Colonel's wife could have taken it. That was perfectly clear. Therefore a third person must have entered the room. And that third person could only have come in through the window. It seemed to me that a careful examination of the room and the lawn might possibly reveal some traces of this mysterious individual. You know my methods, Watson.

crucial - es crucial; crucial

merely - simplemente; meramente, puramente, solamente, sólo

most careful - el más cuidadoso

reveal - revelar, propalar

mysterious - misterioso

There was not one of them which I did not apply to the inquiry. And it ended by my discovering traces, but very different ones from those which I had expected. There had been a man in the room, and he had crossed the lawn coming from the road. I was able to obtain five very clear impressions of his foot-marks: one in the roadway itself, at the point where he had climbed the low wall, two on the lawn, and two very faint ones upon the stained boards near the window where he had entered. He had apparently rushed across the lawn, for his toe-marks were much deeper than his heels. But it was not the man who surprised me. It was his companion."

roadway - carretera, calzada

stained - manchado; mancha, lamparón, tacha, mancilla, colorante

"His companion!"

Holmes pulled a large sheet of tissue-paper out of his pocket and carefully unfolded it upon his knee.

tissue-paper - (tissue-paper) papel de seda

unfolded - desplegado; desplegar

"What do you make of that?" he asked.

The paper was covered with the tracings of the foot-marks of some small animal. It had five well-marked foot-pads, an indication of long nails, and the whole print might be nearly as large as a dessert-spoon.

tracings - Rastreo

pads - almohadillas; almohadilla

indication - indicación

dessert - dulce, postre

"It's a dog," said I.

"Did you ever hear of a dog running up a curtain? I found distinct traces that this creature had done so."

running up - venir corriendo; generar; aumentar deuda

curtain - cortina, telón

"A monkey, then?"

"But it is not the print of a monkey."

"What can it be, then?"

"Neither dog nor cat nor monkey nor any creature that we are familiar with. I have tried to reconstruct it from the measurements. Here are four prints where the beast has been standing motionless. You see that it is no less than fifteen inches from fore-foot to hind. Add to that the length of neck and head, and you get a creature not much less than two feet long"probably more if there is any tail. But now observe this other measurement.

hind - detrás; cierva

measurement - medida, medición, medidas, mediciones

The animal has been moving, and we have the length of its stride. In each case it is only about three inches. You have an indication, you see, of a long body with very short legs attached to it. It has not been considerate enough to leave any of its hair behind it. But its general shape must be what I have indicated, and it can run up a curtain, and it is carnivorous."

considerate - considerado

carnivorous - carnívoro

"How do you deduce that?"

"Because it ran up the curtain. A canary's cage was hanging in the window, and its aim seems to have been to get at the bird."

ran up - venir corriendo; incrementar la deuda

Canary - canario

cage - jaula, cabina, enjaular

aim - apuntar

"Then what was the beast?"

"Ah, if I could give it a name it might go a long way towards solving the case. On the whole, it was probably some creature of the weasel and stoat tribe"and yet it is larger than any of these that I have seen."

weasel - comadreja, mustela, turón, checkmostela

stoat - el armino; armino

tribe - tribu

"But what had it to do with the crime?"

"That, also, is still obscure. But we have learned a good deal, you perceive. We know that a man stood in the road looking at the quarrel between the Barclays"the blinds were up and the room lighted. We know, also, that he ran across the lawn, entered the room, accompanied by a strange animal, and that he either struck the Colonel or, as is equally possible, that the Colonel fell down from sheer fright at the sight of him, and cut his head on the corner of the fender.

sheer - ser puro; puro, absoluto

Finally, we have the curious fact that the intruder carried away the key with him when he left."

intruder - intruso, intrusa

"Your discoveries seem to have left the business more obscure that it was before," said I.

"Quite so. They undoubtedly showed that the affair was much deeper than was at first conjectured. I thought the matter over, and I came to the conclusion that I must approach the case from another aspect. But really, Watson, I am keeping you up, and I might just as well tell you all this on our way to Aldershot to-morrow."

approach - enfoque; acercarse, aproximarse

aspect - aspecto

"Thank you, you have gone rather too far to stop."

"It is quite certain that when Mrs. Barclay left the house at half-past seven she was on good terms with her husband. She was never, as I think I have said, ostentatiously affectionate, but she was heard by the coachman chatting with the Colonel in a friendly fashion. Now, it was equally certain that, immediately on her return, she had gone to the room in which she was least likely to see her husband, had flown to tea as an agitated woman will, and finally, on his coming in to her, had broken into violent recriminations.

ostentatiously - Ostentosamente

flown to - volar a

agitated - agitado; agitar, perturbar

Therefore something had occurred between seven-thirty and nine o'clock which had completely altered her feelings towards him. But Miss Morrison had been with her during the whole of that hour and a half. It was absolutely certain, therefore, in spite of her denial, that she must know something of the matter.

absolutely certain - absolutamente seguro

denial - mentira, negación, negativa

"My first conjecture was, that possibly there had been some passages between this young lady and the old soldier, which the former had now confessed to the wife. That would account for the angry return, and also for the girl's denial that anything had occurred. Nor would it be entirely incompatible with most of the words overheard. But there was the reference to David, and there was the known affection of the Colonel for his wife, to weigh against it, to say nothing of the tragic intrusion of this other man, which might, of course, be entirely disconnected with what had gone before. It was not easy to pick one's steps, but, on the whole, I was inclined to dismiss the idea that there had been anything between the Colonel and Miss Morrison, but more than ever convinced that the young lady held the clue as to what it was which had turned Mrs.

passages - pasajes; pasillo, pasadizo

confessed - confesó; confesar, panish: t-needed

incompatible - incompatibles; incompatible, malavenido

overheard - oído por casualidad; oír por casualidad, oír sin querer

reference - referencia, referencia, referenciar

weigh - pesar, levar, desancorar

intrusion - intrusión

disconnected - desconectado; desconectar

dismiss - descartar; despedir; denegar; dejar salir

Barclay to hatred of her husband. I took the obvious course, therefore, of calling upon Miss M., of explaining to her that I was perfectly certain that she held the facts in her possession, and of assuring her that her friend, Mrs. Barclay, might find herself in the dock upon a capital charge unless the matter were cleared up.

hatred - odio

assuring - aseguro; asegurar

Dock - muelle

cleared up - limpiar; despejar(se); aclarar

"Miss Morrison is a little ethereal slip of a girl, with timid eyes and blond hair, but I found her by no means wanting in shrewdness and common-sense. She sat thinking for some time after I had spoken, and then, turning to me with a brisk air of resolution, she broke into a remarkable statement which I will condense for your benefit.

ethereal - etéreo

timid - tímido

blond - rubio, macho, rubio, canche

shrewdness - Astucia

condense - condensar, condensarse

"'I promised my friend that I would say nothing of the matter, and a promise is a promise,'said she; 'but if I can really help her when so serious a charge is laid against her, and when her own mouth, poor darling, is closed by illness, then I think I am absolved from my promise. I will tell you exactly what happened upon Monday evening.

darling - carino; querido, querida, amado, amada

absolved - absuelto; absolver, exculpar, exonerar

"'We were returning from the Watt Street Mission about a quarter to nine o'clock. On our way we had to pass through Hudson Street, which is a very quiet thoroughfare. There is only one lamp in it, upon the left-hand side, and as we approached this lamp I saw a man coming towards us with his back very bent, and something like a box slung over one of his shoulders. He appeared to be deformed, for he carried his head low and walked with his knees bent.

mission - misión

thoroughfare - pasaje, vía pública, vía de comunicación, canal

slung - colgado; cabestrillo

deformed - deformado; deformar

We were passing him when he raised his face to look at us in the circle of light thrown by the lamp, and as he did so he stopped and screamed out in a dreadful voice, "My God, it's Nancy!" Mrs. Barclay turned as white as death, and would have fallen down had the dreadful-looking creature not caught hold of her. I was going to call for the police, but she, to my surprise, spoke quite civilly to the fellow.

screamed - gritó; grito, gritar

fallen down - se ha caído

civilly - civilmente

"'"I thought you had been dead this thirty years, Henry," said she, in a shaking voice.

"'"So I have," said he, and it was awful to hear the tones that he said it in. He had a very dark, fearsome face, and a gleam in his eyes that comes back to me in my dreams. His hair and whiskers were shot with gray, and his face was all crinkled and puckered like a withered apple.

fearsome - temible

withered - se marchitó; marchitar(se)

"'"Just walk on a little way, dear," said Mrs. Barclay; "I want to have a word with this man. There is nothing to be afraid of." She tried to speak boldly, but she was still deadly pale and could hardly get her words out for the trembling of her lips.

boldly - con valentía; audazmente, valientemente

"'I did as she asked me, and they talked together for a few minutes. Then she came down the street with her eyes blazing, and I saw the crippled wretch standing by the lamp-post and shaking his clenched fists in the air as if he were mad with rage. She never said a word until we were at the door here, when she took me by the hand and begged me to tell no one what had happened.

blazing - ardiendo; llamarada, incendio; resplandor

clenched - apretado; traba

fists - punos; puno

rage - furia; rabia, furor

"'"It's an old acquaintance of mine who has come down in the world," said she. When I promised her I would say nothing she kissed me, and I have never seen her since. I have told you now the whole truth, and if I withheld it from the police it is because I did not realize then the danger in which my dear friend stood. I know that it can only be to her advantage that everything should be known.'

withheld - retenido; retener, negar, rehusar

"There was her statement, Watson, and to me, as you can imagine, it was like a light on a dark night. Everything which had been disconnected before began at once to assume its true place, and I had a shadowy presentiment of the whole sequence of events. My next step obviously was to find the man who had produced such a remarkable impression upon Mrs. Barclay. If he were still in Aldershot it should not be a very difficult matter. There are not such a very great number of civilians, and a deformed man was sure to have attracted attention. I spent a day in the search, and by evening"this very evening, Watson"I had run him down. The man's name is Henry Wood, and he lives in lodgings in this same street in which the ladies met him. He has only been five days in the place. In the character of a registration-agent I had a most interesting gossip with his landlady.

assume - suponer, dar por sentado, asumir

shadowy - sombra; sombroso, sombreado, sombrío, umbroso

civilians - civiles; civil, paisano

attracted attention - atrajo la atención

lodgings - alojamiento, hospedaje, encamado

registration - registración, inscripción, matriculación, registro, recepción

The man is by trade a conjurer and performer, going round the canteens after nightfall, and giving a little entertainment at each. He carries some creature about with him in that box; about which the landlady seemed to be in considerable trepidation, for she had never seen an animal like it. He uses it in some of his tricks according to her account. So much the woman was able to tell me, and also that it was a wonder the man lived, seeing how twisted he was, and that he spoke in a strange tongue sometimes, and that for the last two nights she had heard him groaning and weeping in his bedroom. He was all right, as far as money went, but in his deposit he had given her what looked like a bad florin. She showed it to me, Watson, and it was an Indian rupee.

by trade - por oficio

performer - artista, ejecutor, ejecutora, intérprete

going round - dando vueltas

canteens - cantinas; cantina, cantimplora

nightfall - al anochecer; anochecer

entertainment - entretenimiento, espectáculo

trepidation - trepidación; preocupación, duda, aprensión, ansiedad

groaning - gimiendo; gemidor, gemebundo; (groan); gemido, grunido, gemir

deposit - depósito, empeno, depositar

rupee - rupia

"So now, my dear fellow, you see exactly how we stand and why it is I want you. It is perfectly plain that after the ladies parted from this man he followed them at a distance, that he saw the quarrel between husband and wife through the window, that he rushed in, and that the creature which he carried in his box got loose.

That is all very certain. But he is the only person in this world who can tell us exactly what happened in that room."

"And you intend to ask him?"

"Most certainly"but in the presence of a witness."

witness - Testigo

"And I am the witness?"

"If you will be so good. If he can clear the matter up, well and good. If he refuses, we have no alternative but to apply for a warrant."

refuses - se niega; negarse (a)

warrant - garantía, cédula, orden, garantizar

"But how do you know he'll be there when we return?"

"You may be sure that I took some precautions. I have one of my Baker Street boys mounting guard over him who would stick to him like a burr, go where he might. We shall find him in Hudson Street to-morrow, Watson, and meanwhile I should be the criminal myself if I kept you out of bed any longer."

mounting - Montaje; (mount) Montaje

burr - Rebaba

It was midday when we found ourselves at the scene of the tragedy, and, under my companion's guidance, we made our way at once to Hudson Street. In spite of his capacity for concealing his emotions, I could easily see that Holmes was in a state of suppressed excitement, while I was myself tingling with that half-sporting, half-intellectual pleasure which I invariably experienced when I associated myself with him in his investigations.

guidance - dirección, orientación, consejo

capacity - capacidad

intellectual - intelectual

"This is the street," said he, as we turned into a short thoroughfare lined with plain two-storied brick houses. "Ah, here is Simpson to report."

"He's in all right, Mr. Holmes," cried a small street Arab, running up to us.

Arab - árabe, árabe

"Good, Simpson!" said Holmes, patting him on the head. "Come along, Watson. This is the house." He sent in his card with a message that he had come on important business, and a moment later we were face to face with the man whom we had come to see. In spite of the warm weather he was crouching over a fire, and the little room was like an oven. The man sat all twisted and huddled in his chair in a way which gave an indescribable impression of deformity; but the face which he turned towards us, though worn and swarthy, must at some time have been remarkable for its beauty.

patting - palmaditas; palmadita, caricia

crouching - agacharse, ponerse/estar en cuclillas

little room - habitación pequena

indescribable - indescriptible

deformity - deformidad

swarthy - Moreno

He looked suspiciously at us now out of yellow-shot, bilious eyes, and, without speaking or rising, he waved towards two chairs.

bilious - bilioso, biliar, biliario, atrabiliario, atrabilioso

"Mr. Henry Wood, late of India, I believe," said Holmes, affably. "I've come over this little matter of Colonel Barclay's death."

India - India

"What should I know about that?"

"That's what I want to ascertain. You know, I suppose, that unless the matter is cleared up, Mrs. Barclay, who is an old friend of yours, will in all probability be tried for murder."

The man gave a violent start.

"I don't know who you are," he cried, "nor how you come to know what you do know, but will you swear that this is true that you tell me?"

"Why, they are only waiting for her to come to her senses to arrest her."

"My God! Are you in the police yourself?"


"What business is it of yours, then?"

"It's every man's business to see justice done."

"You can take my word that she is innocent."

innocent - inocente

"Then you are guilty."

"No, I am not."

"Who killed Colonel James Barclay, then?"

"It was a just providence that killed him. But, mind you this, that if I had knocked his brains out, as it was in my heart to do, he would have had no more than his due from my hands. If his own guilty conscience had not struck him down it is likely enough that I might have had his blood upon my soul. You want me to tell the story. Well, I don't know why I shouldn't, for there's no cause for me to be ashamed of it.

Providence - providencia; Providence

conscience - conciencia

shouldn - Debería

ashamed - avergonzado, abochornado, apenado

"It was in this way, sir. You see me now with my back like a camel and my ribs all awry, but there was a time when Corporal Henry Wood was the smartest man in the 117th foot. We were in India then, in cantonments, at a place we'll call Bhurtee. Barclay, who died the other day, was sergeant in the same company as myself, and the belle of the regiment, ay, and the finest girl that ever had the breath of life between her lips, was Nancy Devoy, the daughter of the color-sergeant.

camel - camello

ribs - costillas; costilla

awry - mal; inadecuadamente, torcido

smartest - el más listo; elegante

cantonments - Acantonamiento

There were two men that loved her, and one that she loved, and you'll smile when you look at this poor thing huddled before the fire, and hear me say that it was for my good looks that she loved me.

"Well, though I had her heart, her father was set upon her marrying Barclay. I was a harum-scarum, reckless lad, and he had had an education, and was already marked for the sword-belt. But the girl held true to me, and it seemed that I would have had her when the Mutiny broke out, and all hell was loose in the country.

scarum - Escarum

sword - espada, gladio

hell - infierno

"We were shut up in Bhurtee, the regiment of us with half a battery of artillery, a company of Sikhs, and a lot of civilians and women-folk. There were ten thousand rebels round us, and they were as keen as a set of terriers round a rat-cage. About the second week of it our water gave out, and it was a question whether we could communicate with General Neill's column, which was moving up country. It was our only chance, for we could not hope to fight our way out with all the women and children, so I volunteered to go out and to warn General Neill of our danger. My offer was accepted, and I talked it over with Sergeant Barclay, who was supposed to know the ground better than any other man, and who drew up a route by which I might get through the rebel lines. At ten o'clock the same night I started off upon my journey.

Battery - pila, lesiones, golpes, batería

Artillery - artillería

Sikhs - sijs; sij

rebels - rebeldes; rebelde

terriers - terriers; terrier

gave out - emitir; repartir; fallar; faltar

warn - alertar, avisar, advertir

There were a thousand lives to save, but it was of only one that I was thinking when I dropped over the wall that night.

"My way ran down a dried-up watercourse, which we hoped would screen me from the enemy's sentries; but as I crept round the corner of it I walked right into six of them, who were crouching down in the dark waiting for me. In an instant I was stunned with a blow and bound hand and foot.

dried-up - (dried-up) seco, resecado, desecado

watercourse - urso de agua; curso

enemy - enemigo, enemiga

stunned - aturdido; anonadar, aturdir, pasmar, atontar

But the real blow was to my heart and not to my head, for as I came to and listened to as much as I could understand of their talk, I heard enough to tell me that my comrade, the very man who had arranged the way that I was to take, had betrayed me by means of a native servant into the hands of the enemy.

comrade - companero, colega, camarada, correligionario, camarada

native - natal, indígena, originario, nativo, oriundo, indígena

"Well, there's no need for me to dwell on that part of it. You know now what James Barclay was capable of. Bhurtee was relieved by Neill next day, but the rebels took me away with them in their retreat, and it was many a long year before ever I saw a white face again. I was tortured and tried to get away, and was captured and tortured again. You can see for yourselves the state in which I was left. Some of them that fled into Nepaul took me with them, and then afterwards I was up past Darjeeling. The hill-folk up there murdered the rebels who had me, and I became their slave for a time until I escaped; but instead of going south I had to go north, until I found myself among the Afghans. There I wandered about for many a year, and at last came back to the Punjab, where I lived mostly among the natives and picked up a living by the conjuring tricks that I had learned.

retreat - retirarse, batirse en retirada

tortured - torturado; tortura, suplicio, torturar

captured - capturado; captura, capturar

slave - esclavo, esclava, checkesclava

Afghans - afganos; afgano, afgana

Punjab - Punyab

natives - nativos; natal, indígena, originario, nativo, oriundo, indígena

conjuring tricks - trucos de magia

What use was it for me, a wretched cripple, to go back to England or to make myself known to my old comrades? Even my wish for revenge would not make me do that. I had rather that Nancy and my old pals should think of Harry Wood as having died with a straight back, than see him living and crawling with a stick like a chimpanzee. They never doubted that I was dead, and I meant that they never should. I heard that Barclay had married Nancy, and that he was rising rapidly in the regiment, but even that did not make me speak.

cripple - lisiado, lisiado, lisiada

comrades - camaradas; companero, colega, camarada, correligionario

revenge - venganza

pals - amigos; amigo, colega

crawling - Arrastrándose; (crawl) Arrastrándose

Chimpanzee - chimpancé

"But when one gets old one has a longing for home. For years I've been dreaming of the bright green fields and the hedges of England. At last I determined to see them before I died. I saved enough to bring me across, and then I came here where the soldiers are, for I know their ways and how to amuse them and so earn enough to keep me."

amuse - entretener, distraer, divertir

"Your narrative is most interesting," said Sherlock Holmes. "I have already heard of your meeting with Mrs. Barclay, and your mutual recognition. You then, as I understand, followed her home and saw through the window an altercation between her husband and her, in which she doubtless cast his conduct to you in his teeth. Your own feelings overcame you, and you ran across the lawn and broke in upon them."

saw through - ver a través; calar

"I did, sir, and at the sight of me he looked as I have never seen a man look before, and over he went with his head on the fender. But he was dead before he fell. I read death on his face as plain as I can read that text over the fire. The bare sight of me was like a bullet through his guilty heart."

"And then?"

"Then Nancy fainted, and I caught up the key of the door from her hand, intending to unlock it and get help. But as I was doing it it seemed to me better to leave it alone and get away, for the thing might look black against me, and any way my secret would be out if I were taken.

intending - con intención; pretender, planear, intencionar, intentar

unlock - abrir, abrir con llave, desatrancar, desbloquear

In my haste I thrust the key into my pocket, and dropped my stick while I was chasing Teddy, who had run up the curtain. When I got him into his box, from which he had slipped, I was off as fast as I could run."

haste - prisa, premura

chasing - Persiguiendo; (chas) Persiguiendo

Teddy - oso de peluche

"Who's Teddy?" asked Holmes.

The man leaned over and pulled up the front of a kind of hutch in the corner. In an instant out there slipped a beautiful reddish-brown creature, thin and lithe, with the legs of a stoat, a long, thin nose, and a pair of the finest red eyes that ever I saw in an animal's head.

hutch - conejera

reddish - rojizo, rubescente

lithe - delgado; ágil

"It's a mongoose," I cried.

mongoose - mangosta

"Well, some call them that, and some call them ichneumon," said the man. "Snake-catcher is what I call them, and Teddy is amazing quick on cobras. I have one here without the fangs, and Teddy catches it every night to please the folk in the canteen.

ichneumon - meloncillo

catcher - captador; colector, receptor

cobras - cobras; cobra

fangs - colmillos; colmillo

canteen - cantina, cantimplora

"Any other point, sir?"

"Well, we may have to apply to you again if Mrs. Barclay should prove to be in serious trouble."

"In that case, of course, I'd come forward."

"But if not, there is no object in raking up this scandal against a dead man, foully as he has acted. You have at least the satisfaction of knowing that for thirty years of his life his conscience bitterly reproached him for this wicked deed. Ah, there goes Major Murphy on the other side of the street. Good-by, Wood. I want to learn if anything has happened since yesterday."

raking - Rastrillar; (rake) Rastrillar

Scandal - escándalo

foully - Asquerosamente

reproached - reprochado; reproche, vergüenza, reprochar, avergonzar

wicked - malvado, cruel, insoportable; (wick) malvado, cruel

We were in time to overtake the major before he reached the corner.

overtake - rebasar, sobrepasar, adelantar, alcanzar, superar, sorprender

"Ah, Holmes," he said: "I suppose you have heard that all this fuss has come to nothing?"

fuss - alboroto; fandango, jaleo, escándalo

"What then?"

"The inquest is just over. The medical evidence showed conclusively that death was due to apoplexy. You see it was quite a simple case after all."

conclusively - concluyentemente; conclusivamente

"Oh, remarkably superficial," said Holmes, smiling. "Come, Watson, I don't think we shall be wanted in Aldershot any more."

"There's one thing," said I, as we walked down to the station. "If the husband's name was James, and the other was Henry, what was this talk about David?"

"That one word, my dear Watson, should have told me the whole story had I been the ideal reasoner which you are so fond of depicting. It was evidently a term of reproach."

depicting - representando; representar, retratar, describir

reproach - reproche, vergüenza, reprochar, avergonzar, echar en cara algo

"Of reproach?"

"Yes; David strayed a little occasionally, you know, and on one occasion in the same direction as Sergeant James Barclay. You remember the small affair of Uriah and Bathsheba? My biblical knowledge is a trifle rusty, I fear, but you will find the story in the first or second of Samuel."

strayed - se ha extraviado; extraviarse, perderse

Biblical - bíblico

Chapter VIII. The Resident Patient

In glancing over the somewhat incoherent series of Memoirs with which I have endeavored to illustrate a few of the mental peculiarities of my friend Mr. Sherlock Holmes, I have been struck by the difficulty which I have experienced in picking out examples which shall in every way answer my purpose. For in those cases in which Holmes has performed some tour de force of analytical reasoning, and has demonstrated the value of his peculiar methods of investigation, the facts themselves have often been so slight or so commonplace that I could not feel justified in laying them before the public. On the other hand, it has frequently happened that he has been concerned in some research where the facts have been of the most remarkable and dramatic character, but where the share which he has himself taken in determining their causes has been less pronounced than I, as his biographer, could wish.

illustrate - ilustrar

peculiarities - particularidades; peculiaridad

picking out - elegir, seleccionar, identificar

analytical - analítica; analítico

The small matter which I have chronicled under the heading of "A Study in Scarlet," and that other later one connected with the loss of the Gloria Scott, may serve as examples of this Scylla and Charybdis which are forever threatening the historian. It may be that in the business of which I am now about to write the part which my friend played is not sufficiently accentuated; and yet the whole train of circumstances is so remarkable that I cannot bring myself to omit it entirely from this series.

chronicled - crónica

Scylla - Escila

Charybdis - carybdis; Caribdis

threatening - amenazante; amenazador; (threaten); amenazar

historian - historiador, historiadora

accentuated - acentuado; acentuar

omit - omitir, dejar de lado, dejarse en el tintero

It had been a close, rainy day in October. Our blinds were half-drawn, and Holmes lay curled upon the sofa, reading and re-reading a letter which he had received by the morning post. For myself, my term of service in India had trained me to stand heat better than cold, and a thermometer of 90 was no hardship. But the paper was uninteresting. Parliament had risen. Everybody was out of town, and I yearned for the glades of the New Forest or the shingle of Southsea. A depleted bank account had caused me to postpone my holiday, and as to my companion, neither the country nor the sea presented the slightest attraction to him.

rainy day - Día lluvioso

thermometer - termómetro

hardship - dificultades; sufrimientos, apuro, penalidades

Parliament - parlamento

yearned - anorado; anhelar

glades - alveros; claro, calvero

shingle - teja; guijarro

postpone - posponer; aplazar, postergar, atrasar, perecear

Attraction - atracción

He loved to lie in the very centre of five millions of people, with his filaments stretching out and running through them, responsive to every little rumor or suspicion of unsolved crime. Appreciation of Nature found no place among his many gifts, and his only change was when he turned his mind from the evil-doer of the town to track down his brother of the country.

filaments - filamentos; filamento, filamento

responsive - responde; sensible, empático

rumor - rumor, voz, rumorología, habladurías

appreciation - apreciación

Finding that Holmes was too absorbed for conversation, I had tossed aside the barren paper, and leaning back in my chair, I fell into a brown study. Suddenly my companion's voice broke in upon my thoughts.

absorbed - absorbido; absorber

barren - yermo; estéril, infértil

"You are right, Watson," said he. "It does seem a very preposterous way of settling a dispute."

settling - asentarse; sedimento, decantación

"Most preposterous!" I exclaimed, and then, suddenly realizing how he had echoed the inmost thought of my soul, I sat up in my chair and stared at him in blank amazement.

echoed - resonó; eco, repercutir, repetir, hacer eco

"What is this, Holmes?" I cried. "This is beyond anything which I could have imagined."

He laughed heartily at my perplexity.

perplexity - perplejidad

"You remember," said he, "that some little time ago, when I read you the passage in one of Poe's sketches, in which a close reasoner follows the unspoken thought of his companion, you were inclined to treat the matter as a mere tour de force of the author. On my remarking that I was constantly in the habit of doing the same thing you expressed incredulity."

unspoken - Deshablar

remarking - recordando; observación, comentario

constantly - constantemente

incredulity - incredulidad

"Oh, no!"

"Perhaps not with your tongue, my dear Watson, but certainly with your eyebrows. So when I saw you throw down your paper and enter upon a train of thought, I was very happy to have the opportunity of reading it off, and eventually of breaking into it, as a proof that I had been in rapport with you."

throw down - tirar, arrojar

rapport - relación; compenetración, afinidad

But I was still far from satisfied. "In the example which you read to me," said I, "the reasoner drew his conclusions from the actions of the man whom he observed. If I remember right, he stumbled over a heap of stones, looked up at the stars, and so on. But I have been seated quietly in my chair, and what clues can I have given you?"

conclusions - conclusiones; conclusión

clues - pistas; pista, indicio

"You do yourself an injustice. The features are given to man as the means by which he shall express his emotions, and yours are faithful servants."

injustice - injusticia

"Do you mean to say that you read my train of thoughts from my features?"

train of thoughts - hilo (de pensamiento)

"Your features, and especially your eyes. Perhaps you cannot yourself recall how your reverie commenced?"

recall - recordar, evocar, retirada

reverie - ensonación; ensueno

commenced - comenzado; comenzar, empezar, iniciar, principiar

"No, I cannot."

"Then I will tell you. After throwing down your paper, which was the action which drew my attention to you, you sat for half a minute with a vacant expression. Then your eyes fixed themselves upon your newly-framed picture of General Gordon, and I saw by the alteration in your face that a train of thought had been started. But it did not lead very far.

throwing down - tirar, arrojar

newly - recién; nuevamente

alteration - alteración, cambio, modificación

Your eyes turned across to the unframed portrait of Henry Ward Beecher which stands upon the top of your books. You then glanced up at the wall, and of course your meaning was obvious. You were thinking that if the portrait were framed it would just cover that bare space and correspond with Gordon's picture over there."

unframed - Sin enmarcar

ward - pabellón; sala

correspond - corresponder, equivaler, corresponderse, cartearse

"You have followed me wonderfully!" I exclaimed.

wonderfully - maravillosamente, a las mil maravillas

"So far I could hardly have gone astray. But now your thoughts went back to Beecher, and you looked hard across as if you were studying the character in his features. Then your eyes ceased to pucker, but you continued to look across, and your face was thoughtful. You were recalling the incidents of Beecher's career. I was well aware that you could not do this without thinking of the mission which he undertook on behalf of the North at the time of the Civil War, for I remember you expressing your passionate indignation at the way in which he was received by the more turbulent of our people. You felt so strongly about it that I knew you could not think of Beecher without thinking of that also. When a moment later I saw your eyes wander away from the picture, I suspected that your mind had now turned to the Civil War, and when I observed that your lips set, your eyes sparkled, and your hands clinched, I was positive that you were indeed thinking of the gallantry which was shown by both sides in that desperate struggle. But then, again, your face grew sadder; you shook your head.

astray - perdido, extraviado

pucker - arrugar, arruga

thoughtful - pensativo; detallista, minucioso, meticuloso, cortés

recalling - recordando; recordar, evocar, retirada

Incidents - incidentes; incidente

undertook - mprendió; emprender, acometer

civil - civil

turbulent - tempestuoso, agitado, accidentado, turbulento

wander - vagar, divagar, errar, deambular, enganar

sparkled - brillaba; centelleo, destello

gallantry - galantería; coraje, valor

You were dwelling upon the sadness and horror and useless waste of life. Your hand stole towards your own old wound, and a smile quivered on your lips, which showed me that the ridiculous side of this method of settling international questions had forced itself upon your mind. At this point I agreed with you that it was preposterous, and was glad to find that all my deductions had been correct."

sadness - tristeza, desgracia, infortunio

quivered - tembló; estremecer(se)

ridiculous - ridículo

"Absolutely!" said I. "And now that you have explained it, I confess that I am as amazed as before."

"It was very superficial, my dear Watson, I assure you. I should not have intruded it upon your attention had you not shown some incredulity the other day. But the evening has brought a breeze with it. What do you say to a ramble through London?"

intruded - intruso; meterse

breeze - brisa

ramble - discutir; pasearse, callejear, divagar, debrayar

I was weary of our little sitting-room and gladly acquiesced. For three hours we strolled about together, watching the ever-changing kaleidoscope of life as it ebbs and flows through Fleet Street and the Strand. His characteristic talk, with its keen observance of detail and subtle power of inference held me amused and enthralled. It was ten o'clock before we reached Baker Street again. A brougham was waiting at our door.

gladly - con gusto; de buena gana

acquiesced - aceptó; consentir

strolled - paseando; paseo, caminata, garbeo, vuelta, pasearse

kaleidoscope - caleidoscopio

ebbs - ebbs; reflujo, marea, marea baja, bajamar

flows - flujos; fluir

Fleet - flota

Strand - varar

subtle - sutil

amused - divertido; entretener, distraer, divertir

enthralled - encantado; cautivar

"Hum! A doctor's"general practitioner, I perceive," said Holmes. "Not been long in practice, but has had a good deal to do. Come to consult us, I fancy! Lucky we came back!"

general practitioner - médico de cabecera

I was sufficiently conversant with Holmes's methods to be able to follow his reasoning, and to see that the nature and state of the various medical instruments in the wicker basket which hung in the lamplight inside the brougham had given him the data for his swift deduction.

conversant - convertido; versado

wicker - mimbre

lamplight - Lámpara

swift - rápido, veloz, célere, pronto

The light in our window above showed that this late visit was indeed intended for us. With some curiosity as to what could have sent a brother medico to us at such an hour, I followed Holmes into our sanctum.

medico - médico

sanctum - Sanctasanctórum

A pale, taper-faced man with sandy whiskers rose up from a chair by the fire as we entered. His age may not have been more than three or four and thirty, but his haggard expression and unhealthy hue told of a life which has sapped his strength and robbed him of his youth. His manner was nervous and shy, like that of a sensitive gentleman, and the thin white hand which he laid on the mantelpiece as he rose was that of an artist rather than of a surgeon.

Sandy - arenoso

hue - color; matiz

sapped - agotado; savia

Shy - tímido, reservado, vergonzoso, lanzar

sensitive - sensible, sensitivo, susceptible

laid on - poner encima de algo; aprovisionar

His dress was quiet and sombre"a black frock-coat, dark trousers, and a touch of color about his necktie.

necktie - corbata

"Good-evening, doctor," said Holmes, cheerily. "I am glad to see that you have only been waiting a very few minutes."

"You spoke to my coachman, then?"

"No, it was the candle on the side-table that told me. Pray resume your seat and let me know how I can serve you."

side-table - (side-table) mesa auxiliar

resume - resumen; reanudar

"My name is Doctor Percy Trevelyan," said our visitor, "and I live at 403 Brook Street."

brook - rok; arroyo

"Are you not the author of a monograph upon obscure nervous lesions?" I asked.

monograph - monografía

lesions - lesiones; lesión, lesión enorme, lesión enormísima

His pale cheeks flushed with pleasure at hearing that his work was known to me.

"I so seldom hear of the work that I thought it was quite dead," said he. "My publishers gave me a most discouraging account of its sale. You are yourself, I presume, a medical man?"

publishers - editores; editor, editorial

discouraging - desalentador; descorazonar, acobardar, desalentar, persuadir

"A retired army surgeon."

"My own hobby has always been nervous disease. I should wish to make it an absolute specialty, but, of course, a man must take what he can get at first. This, however, is beside the question, Mr. Sherlock Holmes, and I quite appreciate how valuable your time is.

The fact is that a very singular train of events has occurred recently at my house in Brook Street, and to-night they came to such a head that I felt it was quite impossible for me to wait another hour before asking for your advice and assistance."

Sherlock Holmes sat down and lit his pipe. "You are very welcome to both," said he. "Pray let me have a detailed account of what the circumstances are which have disturbed you."

"One or two of them are so trivial," said Dr. Trevelyan, "that really I am almost ashamed to mention them. But the matter is so inexplicable, and the recent turn which it has taken is so elaborate, that I shall lay it all before you, and you shall judge what is essential and what is not.

"I am compelled, to begin with, to say something of my own college career. I am a London University man, you know, and I am sure that you will not think that I am unduly singing my own praises if I say that my student career was considered by my professors to be a very promising one. After I had graduated I continued to devote myself to research, occupying a minor position in King's College Hospital, and I was fortunate enough to excite considerable interest by my research into the pathology of catalepsy, and finally to win the Bruce Pinkerton prize and medal by the monograph on nervous lesions to which your friend has just alluded.

unduly - indebidamente

graduated - se graduó; graduado, graduada, graduados, checkgraduada

occupying - ocupando; ocupar

excite - emocionar, estimular, excitar

pathology - patología

catalepsy - catalepsia

medal - medalla

I should not go too far if I were to say that there was a general impression at that time that a distinguished career lay before me.

"But the one great stumbling-block lay in my want of capital. As you will readily understand, a specialist who aims high is compelled to start in one of a dozen streets in the Cavendish Square quarter, all of which entail enormous rents and furnishing expenses. Besides this preliminary outlay, he must be prepared to keep himself for some years, and to hire a presentable carriage and horse.

stumbling-block - (stumbling-block) obstáculo

readily - listo; fácilmente, en seguida, pronto

aims - objetivos; apuntar

entail - mplican; acarrear, traer consigo

Rents - alquileres; alquiler

furnishing - mobiliario; (furnish); amoblar, amueblar, suministrar

preliminary - preliminar

outlay - gastos; gasto, gastar

hire - contratar; alquilar

presentable - presentable

To do this was quite beyond my power, and I could only hope that by economy I might in ten years'time save enough to enable me to put up my plate. Suddenly, however, an unexpected incident opened up quite a new prospect to me.

prospect - prospecto; perspectiva, vista, panorama, expectativa, prospectar

"This was a visit from a gentleman of the name of Blessington, who was a complete stranger to me. He came up to my room one morning, and plunged into business in an instant.

"'You are the same Percy Trevelyan who has had so distinguished a career and won a great prize lately?'said he.

"I bowed.

"'Answer me frankly,'he continued, 'for you will find it to your interest to do so. You have all the cleverness which makes a successful man. Have you the tact?'

frankly - francamente

cleverness - inteligencia, habilidad, listeza, agudeza

tact - tacto, tiento, mano izquierda

"I could not help smiling at the abruptness of the question.

abruptness - abrupto

"'I trust that I have my share,'I said.

"'Any bad habits? Not drawn towards drink, eh?'

bad habits - malos hábitos

"'Really, sir!'I cried.

"'Quite right! That's all right! But I was bound to ask. With all these qualities, why are you not in practice?'

That's all right - Está bien

"I shrugged my shoulders.

"'Come, come!'said he, in his bustling way. 'It's the old story. More in your brains than in your pocket, eh? What would you say if I were to start you in Brook Street?'

"I stared at him in astonishment.

"'Oh, it's for my sake, not for yours,'he cried. 'I'll be perfectly frank with you, and if it suits you it will suit me very well. I have a few thousands to invest, d'ye see, and I think I'll sink them in you.'

invest - invertir

"'But why?'I gasped.

"'Well, it's just like any other speculation, and safer than most.'

speculation - especulación

"'What am I to do, then?'

"'I'll tell you. I'll take the house, furnish it, pay the maids, and run the whole place. All you have to do is just to wear out your chair in the consulting-room. I'll let you have pocket-money and everything. Then you hand over to me three quarters of what you earn, and you keep the other quarter for yourself.'

wear out - gastar(se), deteriorar, agotar

"This was the strange proposal, Mr. Holmes, with which the man Blessington approached me. I won't weary you with the account of how we bargained and negotiated. It ended in my moving into the house next Lady-day, and starting in practice on very much the same conditions as he had suggested. He came himself to live with me in the character of a resident patient. His heart was weak, it appears, and he needed constant medical supervision. He turned the two best rooms of the first floor into a sitting-room and bedroom for himself.

proposal - propuesta

bargained - negociado; trato, ganga, bicoca, chollo, regatear

negotiated - negociado; negociar

constant - constante, perseverante, firme, constante

He was a man of singular habits, shunning company and very seldom going out. His life was irregular, but in one respect he was regularity itself. every evening, at the same hour, he walked into the consulting-room, examined the books, put down five and three-pence for every guinea that I had earned, and carried the rest off to the strong-box in his own room.

shunning - rechazo; evitar

regularity - regularidad, periodicidad

every evening - todas las noches

"I may say with confidence that he never had occasion to regret his speculation. From the first it was a success. A few good cases and the reputation which I had won in the hospital brought me rapidly to the front, and during the last few years I have made him a rich man.

"So much, Mr. Holmes, for my past history and my relations with Mr. Blessington. It only remains for me now to tell you what has occurred to bring me here to-night.

"Some weeks ago Mr. Blessington came down to me in, as it seemed to me, a state of considerable agitation. He spoke of some burglary which, he said, had been committed in the West End, and he appeared, I remember, to be quite unnecessarily excited about it, declaring that a day should not pass before we should add stronger bolts to our windows and doors. For a week he continued to be in a peculiar state of restlessness, peering continually out of the windows, and ceasing to take the short walk which had usually been the prelude to his dinner.

unnecessarily - innecesariamente

declaring - declarando; explicar, aclarar, declarar

bolts - pernos; pestillo

restlessness - agitación, desasosiego, desazón, inquietud

continually - continuadamente, continuamente

ceasing - Cesar; (cease); cesar, parar, terminar

Prelude - preludio, antesala

From his manner it struck me that he was in mortal dread of something or somebody, but when I questioned him upon the point he became so offensive that I was compelled to drop the subject. Gradually, as time passed, his fears appeared to die away, and he had renewed his former habits, when a fresh event reduced him to the pitiable state of prostration in which he now lies.

mortal - mortal

dread - miedo; temer, pavor, temor

die away - desvanecerse, difuminarse; morir

renewed - renovado; reanudar, renovar, reiniciar, recomenzar

"What happened was this. Two days ago I received the letter which I now read to you. Neither address nor date is attached to it.

"'A Russian nobleman who is now resident in England,'it runs, 'would be glad to avail himself of the professional assistance of Dr. Percy Trevelyan. He has been for some years a victim to cataleptic attacks, on which, as is well known, Dr. Trevelyan is an authority. He proposes to call at about quarter past six to-morrow evening, if Dr. Trevelyan will make it convenient to be at home.'

nobleman - noble

avail - aprovechar, servir

authority - autoridad, policía, autoridades, fuerzas del orden, autorización

proposes - proponer, pedir la mano, pedir matrimonio, proponer matrimonio

make it convenient - hacer algo conveniente

"This letter interested me deeply, because the chief difficulty in the study of catalepsy is the rareness of the disease. You may believe, then, that I was in my consulting-room when, at the appointed hour, the page showed in the patient.

chief - jefe, principal

appointed - nombrado; equipar, determinar, fijar, designar, nombrar

showed in - mostrar el camino; presentar

"He was an elderly man, thin, demure, and commonplace"by no means the conception one forms of a Russian nobleman. I was much more struck by the appearance of his companion. This was a tall young man, surprisingly handsome, with a dark, fierce face, and the limbs and chest of a Hercules.

demure - recatada; modesto, reservado

conception - concepción

surprisingly - asombrosamente, sorprendentemente, sorpresivamente

limbs - miembros; miembro

Hercules - Hércules

He had his hand under the other's arm as they entered, and helped him to a chair with a tenderness which one would hardly have expected from his appearance.

tenderness - ternura

"'You will excuse my coming in, doctor,'said he to me, speaking English with a slight lisp. 'This is my father, and his health is a matter of the most overwhelming importance to me.'

lisp - ceceo, balbuceo, cecear, balbucear

"I was touched by this filial anxiety. 'You would, perhaps, care to remain during the consultation?'said I.

filial - filial

consultation - consulta

"'Not for the world,'he cried with a gesture of horror. 'It is more painful to me than I can express. If I were to see my father in one of these dreadful seizures I am convinced that I should never survive it. My own nervous system is an exceptionally sensitive one. With your permission, I will remain in the waiting-room while you go into my father's case.'

more painful - Más doloroso

seizures - convulsiones; apropiación, convulsión

survive - sobrevivir

exceptionally - excepcionalmente

"To this, of course, I assented, and the young man withdrew. The patient and I then plunged into a discussion of his case, of which I took exhaustive notes. He was not remarkable for intelligence, and his answers were frequently obscure, which I attributed to his limited acquaintance with our language. Suddenly, however, as I sat writing, he ceased to give any answer at all to my inquiries, and on my turning towards him I was shocked to see that he was sitting bolt upright in his chair, staring at me with a perfectly blank and rigid face.

assented - aceptó; asentir, consentir, asentimiento

withdrew - se retiró; retirar(se)

exhaustive - exhaustivo

attributed - atribuido; atributo, atribuir

bolt upright - muy erguido, tenso

He was again in the grip of his mysterious malady.

malady - malestar; mal

"My first feeling, as I have just said, was one of pity and horror. My second, I fear, was rather one of professional satisfaction. I made notes of my patient's pulse and temperature, tested the rigidity of his muscles, and examined his reflexes. There was nothing markedly abnormal in any of these conditions, which harmonized with my former experiences. I had obtained good results in such cases by the inhalation of nitrite of amyl, and the present seemed an admirable opportunity of testing its virtues.

muscles - músculos; músculo

reflexes - reflejos; reflejo, continuador

markedly - muy marcadamente; marcadamente

abnormal - anormal

harmonized - armonizado; harmonizar

inhalation - inhalación

nitrite - nitrito

virtues - irtudes; virtud

The bottle was downstairs in my laboratory, so leaving my patient seated in his chair, I ran down to get it. There was some little delay in finding it"five minutes, let us say"and then I returned. Imagine my amazement to find the room empty and the patient gone.

laboratory - laboratorio

"Of course, my first act was to run into the waiting-room. The son had gone also. The hall door had been closed, but not shut. My page who admits patients is a new boy and by no means quick. He waits downstairs, and runs up to show patients out when I ring the consulting-room bell. He had heard nothing, and the affair remained a complete mystery.

admits - admite; admitir, dar entrada, dejar entrar, reconocer, permitir

runs up - venir corriendo; generar; aumentar deuda

Mr. Blessington came in from his walk shortly afterwards, but I did not say anything to him upon the subject, for, to tell the truth, I have got in the way of late of holding as little communication with him as possible.

communication - comunicación, comunicado

"Well, I never thought that I should see anything more of the Russian and his son, so you can imagine my amazement when, at the very same hour this evening, they both came marching into my consulting-room, just as they had done before.

"'I feel that I owe you a great many apologies for my abrupt departure yesterday, doctor,'said my patient.

departure - salida, partida

"'I confess that I was very much surprised at it,'said I.

"'Well, the fact is,'he remarked, 'that when I recover from these attacks my mind is always very clouded as to all that has gone before. I woke up in a strange room, as it seemed to me, and made my way out into the street in a sort of dazed way when you were absent.'

"'And I,'said the son, 'seeing my father pass the door of the waiting-room, naturally thought that the consultation had come to an end. It was not until we had reached home that I began to realize the true state of affairs.'

"'Well,'said I, laughing, 'there is no harm done except that you puzzled me terribly; so if you, sir, would kindly step into the waiting-room I shall be happy to continue our consultation which was brought to so abrupt an ending.'

puzzled - rompecabezas, enigma, puzle, acertijo, intrigar, dejar perplejo

"'For half an hour or so I discussed that old gentleman's symptoms with him, and then, having prescribed for him, I saw him go off upon the arm of his son.

prescribed - prescrito; prescribir, recetar, ordenar

"I have told you that Mr. Blessington generally chose this hour of the day for his exercise. He came in shortly afterwards and passed upstairs. An instant later I heard him running down, and he burst into my consulting-room like a man who is mad with panic.

panic - pánico

"'Who has been in my room?'he cried.

"'No one,'said I.

"'It's a lie! He yelled. 'Come up and look!'

"I passed over the grossness of his language, as he seemed half out of his mind with fear. When I went upstairs with him he pointed to several footprints upon the light carpet.

grossness - Asquerosidad

footprints - huellas; pisada, huella, pasos

"'D'you mean to say those are mine?'he cried.

"They were certainly very much larger than any which he could have made, and were evidently quite fresh. It rained hard this afternoon, as you know, and my patients were the only people who called. It must have been the case, then, that the man in the waiting-room had, for some unknown reason, while I was busy with the other, ascended to the room of my resident patient.

Nothing had been touched or taken, but there were the footprints to prove that the intrusion was an undoubted fact.

undoubted - indudable

"Mr. Blessington seemed more excited over the matter than I should have thought possible, though of course it was enough to disturb anybody's peace of mind. He actually sat crying in an arm-chair, and I could hardly get him to speak coherently. It was his suggestion that I should come round to you, and of course I at once saw the propriety of it, for certainly the incident is a very singular one, though he appears to completely overrate its importance.

more excited - Más emocionado/ entusiasmado

disturb - perturbar, molestar

coherently - coherentemente

overrate - sobrevaloración; sobrevalorar, sobreestimar

If you would only come back with me in my brougham, you would at least be able to soothe him, though I can hardly hope that you will be able to explain this remarkable occurrence."

soothe - calmar, serenar, aliviar, aliviarse, descansar

Sherlock Holmes had listened to this long narrative with an intentness which showed me that his interest was keenly aroused. His face was as impassive as ever, but his lids had drooped more heavily over his eyes, and his smoke had curled up more thickly from his pipe to emphasize each curious episode in the doctor's tale. As our visitor concluded, Holmes sprang up without a word, handed me my hat, picked his own from the table, and followed Dr.

intentness - Intención

impassive - impasible

emphasize - subrayar, enfatizar, hacer hincapié, recalcar

episode - episodio, incidente, capítulo

Trevelyan to the door. Within a quarter of an hour we had been dropped at the door of the physician's residence in Brook Street, one of those sombre, flat-faced houses which one associates with a West-End practice. A small page admitted us, and we began at once to ascend the broad, well-carpeted stair.

physician - médico, médica, facultativo

residence - residencia

associates with - Asociarse con

admitted - admitido; admitir, dar entrada, dejar entrar, reconocer

ascend - subir, ascender

But a singular interruption brought us to a standstill. The light at the top was suddenly whisked out, and from the darkness came a reedy, quivering voice.

interruption - interrupción, paréntesis

standstill - paralización; parada

reedy - Redy

"I have a pistol," it cried. "I give you my word that I'll fire if you come any nearer."

"This really grows outrageous, Mr. Blessington," cried Dr. Trevelyan.

"Oh, then it is you, doctor," said the voice, with a great heave of relief. "But those other gentlemen, are they what they pretend to be?"

heave - arriba; ondular

We were conscious of a long scrutiny out of the darkness.

scrutiny - escrutinio, escudrino, escudrinamiento

"Yes, yes, it's all right," said the voice at last. "You can come up, and I am sorry if my precautions have annoyed you."

He relit the stair gas as he spoke, and we saw before us a singular-looking man, whose appearance, as well as his voice, testified to his jangled nerves. He was very fat, but had apparently at some time been much fatter, so that the skin hung about his face in loose pouches, like the cheeks of a blood-hound. He was of a sickly color, and his thin, sandy hair seemed to bristle up with the intensity of his emotion.

relit - Volver a encender

testified - testificó; testificar, atestiguar, aseverar

jangled - conmocionado; sonar de un modo discordante

hung about - frecuentar, esperar

pouches - bolsas; bolsa, saquito, marsupio, bolsa marsupial, petaca

sickly - enfermo; enfermizo, enclenque, calamitoso, enteco

bristle - erizarse; cerda, erizar, ponerse a la defensiva

intensity - intensidad

In his hand he held a pistol, but he thrust it into his pocket as we advanced.

"Good-evening, Mr. Holmes," said he. "I am sure I am very much obliged to you for coming round. No one ever needed your advice more than I do. I suppose that Dr. Trevelyan has told you of this most unwarrantable intrusion into my rooms."

unwarrantable - injustificable

"Quite so," said Holmes. "Who are these two men Mr. Blessington, and why do they wish to molest you?"

molest - molestar, acosar

"Well, well," said the resident patient, in a nervous fashion, "of course it is hard to say that. You can hardly expect me to answer that, Mr. Holmes."

"Do you mean that you don't know?"

"Come in here, if you please. Just have the kindness to step in here."

He led the way into his bedroom, which was large and comfortably furnished.

"You see that," said he, pointing to a big black box at the end of his bed. "I have never been a very rich man, Mr. Holmes"never made but one investment in my life, as Dr. Trevelyan would tell you. But I don't believe in bankers. I would never trust a banker, Mr. Holmes. Between ourselves, what little I have is in that box, so you can understand what it means to me when unknown people force themselves into my rooms."

investment - inversión, cerco, panish: t-needed

banker - banquero

Holmes looked at Blessington in his questioning way and shook his head.

"I cannot possibly advise you if you try to deceive me," said he.

deceive - enganar; enganar, decebir

"But I have told you everything."

Holmes turned on his heel with a gesture of disgust. "Good-night, Dr. Trevelyan," said he.

disgust - repugnar, dar asco, asquear, asco, repugnancia

"And no advice for me?" cried Blessington, in a breaking voice.

"My advice to you, sir, is to speak the truth."

A minute later we were in the street and walking for home. We had crossed Oxford Street and were half way down Harley Street before I could get a word from my companion.

Oxford - Oxford

"Sorry to bring you out on such a fool's errand, Watson," he said at last. "It is an interesting case, too, at the bottom of it."

errand - recado

"I can make little of it," I confessed.

"Well, it is quite evident that there are two men"more, perhaps, but at least two"who are determined for some reason to get at this fellow Blessington. I have no doubt in my mind that both on the first and on the second occasion that young man penetrated to Blessington's room, while his confederate, by an ingenious device, kept the doctor from interfering."

penetrated - penetrado; penetrar

interfering - interfiriendo; panish: t-needed

"And the catalepsy?"

"A fraudulent imitation, Watson, though I should hardly dare to hint as much to our specialist. It is a very easy complaint to imitate. I have done it myself."

fraudulent - fraudulenta; fraudulento

imitation - imitación

hint - insinuación; pista, indicio, indirecta, buscapié, toque

"And then?"

"By the purest chance Blessington was out on each occasion. Their reason for choosing so unusual an hour for a consultation was obviously to insure that there should be no other patient in the waiting-room. It just happened, however, that this hour coincided with Blessington's constitutional, which seems to show that they were not very well acquainted with his daily routine. Of course, if they had been merely after plunder they would at least have made some attempt to search for it. Besides, I can read in a man's eye when it is his own skin that he is frightened for. It is inconceivable that this fellow could have made two such vindictive enemies as these appear to be without knowing of it. I hold it, therefore, to be certain that he does know who these men are, and that for reasons of his own he suppresses it.

purest - el más puro; puro

insure - asegurar

coincided - coincidieron; coincidir

constitutional - constitucional

acquainted - conocido; dar a conocer, familiarizar

plunder - saquear, saqueo, botín

inconceivable - inconcebible

vindictive - vindicativo, vengativo

suppresses - suprime; reprimar, contener, ocultar, suprimir

It is just possible that to-morrow may find him in a more communicative mood."

"Is there not one alternative," I suggested, "grotesquely improbable, no doubt, but still just conceivable? Might the whole story of the cataleptic Russian and his son be a concoction of Dr. Trevelyan's, who has, for his own purposes, been in Blessington's rooms?"

grotesquely - grotescamente

improbable - improbable, inverosímil

concoction - brebaje, poción, mejunje, cocimiento

I saw in the gaslight that Holmes wore an amused smile at this brilliant departure of mine.

gaslight - Luz de gas

"My dear fellow," said he, "it was one of the first solutions which occurred to me, but I was soon able to corroborate the doctor's tale. This young man has left prints upon the stair-carpet which made it quite superfluous for me to ask to see those which he had made in the room. When I tell you that his shoes were square-toed instead of being pointed like Blessington's, and were quite an inch and a third longer than the doctor's, you will acknowledge that there can be no doubt as to his individuality. But we may sleep on it now, for I shall be surprised if we do not hear something further from Brook Street in the morning.

corroborate - corroborar

superfluous - superfluo

toed - dedos; dedo del pie, ortejo

inch - pulgada

Sherlock Holmes's prophecy was soon fulfilled, and in a dramatic fashion. At half-past seven next morning, in the first glimmer of daylight, I found him standing by my bedside in his dressing-gown.

prophecy - profecía

fulfilled - cumplido; cumplir, realizar, satisfacer

bedside - al lado de la cama

"There's a brougham waiting for us, Watson," said he.

"What's the matter, then?"

"The Brook Street business."

"Any fresh news?"

"Tragic, but ambiguous," said he, pulling up the blind. "Look at this"a sheet from a note-book, with 'For God's sake come at once"P. T.,'scrawled upon it in pencil. Our friend, the doctor, was hard put to it when he wrote this. Come along, my dear fellow, for it's an urgent call."

ambiguous - ambiguo

pulling up - levantarse; detenerse

urgent - urgente, acuciante, apremiante

In a quarter of an hour or so we were back at the physician's house. He came running out to meet us with a face of horror.

"Oh, such a business!" he cried, with his hands to his temples.

"What then?"

"Blessington has committed suicide!"

Holmes whistled.

"Yes, he hanged himself during the night."

hanged - Colgado

We had entered, and the doctor had preceded us into what was evidently his waiting-room.

preceded - precedido; preceder, anteceder

"I really hardly know what I am doing," he cried. "The police are already upstairs. It has shaken me most dreadfully."

"When did you find it out?"

"He has a cup of tea taken in to him early every morning. When the maid entered, about seven, there the unfortunate fellow was hanging in the middle of the room. He had tied his cord to the hook on which the heavy lamp used to hang, and he had jumped off from the top of the very box that he showed us yesterday."

cord - cuerda, cable, hilo, cordón

Holmes stood for a moment in deep thought.

"With your permission," said he at last, "I should like to go upstairs and look into the matter."

go upstairs - Subir las escaleras

We both ascended, followed by the doctor.

It was a dreadful sight which met us as we entered the bedroom door. I have spoken of the impression of flabbiness which this man Blessington conveyed. As he dangled from the Hook it was exaggerated and intensified until he was scarce human in his appearance. The neck was drawn out like a plucked chicken's, making the rest of him seem the more obese and unnatural by the contrast.

flabbiness - Flacidez

conveyed - transmitido; transportar, trasladar, comunicar, expresar

dangled - colgado; pender

Hook it - Engancharlo

intensified - intensificado; intensificar

scarce - escaso

obese - obeso

He was clad only in his long night-dress, and his swollen ankles and ungainly feet protruded starkly from beneath it. Beside him stood a smart-looking police-inspector, who was taking notes in a pocket-book.

swollen - inflamado; hinchar(se), inflar(se)

ungainly - desgarbado, torpe

protruded - salió; sobresalir, protruir

starkly - Darkly

police-inspector - (police-inspector) Inspector de policía

"Ah, Mr. Holmes," said he, heartily, as my friend entered, "I am delighted to see you."

"Good-morning, Lanner," answered Holmes; "you won't think me an intruder, I am sure. Have you heard of the events which led up to this affair?"

"Yes, I heard something of them."

"Have you formed any opinion?"

"as far as I can see, the man has been driven out of his senses by fright. The bed has been well slept in, you see. There's his impression deep enough. It's about five in the morning, you know, that suicides are most common. That would be about his time for hanging himself. It seems to have been a very deliberate affair."

as far as I can see - según lo que puedo ver

suicides - suicidios; suicidio, autolisis, suicida

deliberate - deliberada; deliberado, a propósito, prudente, deliberar

"I should say that he has been dead about three hours, judging by the rigidity of the muscles," said I.

judging - juzgando; juzgar

"Noticed anything peculiar about the room?" asked Holmes.

"Found a screw-driver and some screws on the wash-hand stand. Seems to have smoked heavily during the night, too. Here are four cigar-ends that I picked out of the fireplace."

screws - tornillos; tornillo, tirafondo, hélice, atornillar, enroscar

"Hum!" said Holmes, "have you got his cigar-holder?"

holder - soporte, tenedor, titular, poseedor

"No, I have seen none."

"His cigar-case, then?"

"Yes, it was in his coat-pocket."

Holmes opened it and smelled the single cigar which it contained.

"Oh, this is an Havana, and these others are cigars of the peculiar sort which are imported by the Dutch from their East Indian colonies. They are usually wrapped in straw, you know, and are thinner for their length than any other brand." He picked up the four ends and examined them with his pocket-lens.

Havana - La Habana, habano

imported - importado; importar

Dutch - neerlandés, holandés, neerlandés, holandés

colonies - colonias; colonia

wrapped - envuelto; enrollar

straw - paja, pajizo, pajiza

brand - tizón, marca, tildar, tachar

lens - lente, cristalino

"Two of these have been smoked from a holder and two without," said he. "Two have been cut by a not very sharp knife, and two have had the ends bitten off by a set of excellent teeth. This is no suicide, Mr. Lanner. It is a very deeply planned and cold-blooded murder."

bitten off - mordido

cold-blooded - (cold-blooded) sangre fría

"Impossible!" cried the inspector.

"And why?"

"Why should any one murder a man in so clumsy a fashion as by hanging him?"

clumsy - patoso, torpe, desmanado, bruto

"That is what we have to find out."

"How could they get in?"

"Through the front door."

"It was barred in the morning."

"Then it was barred after them."

"How do you know?"

"I saw their traces. Excuse me a moment, and I may be able to give you some further information about it."

further information - más información

He went over to the door, and turning the lock he examined it in his methodical way. Then he took out the key, which was on the inside, and inspected that also. The bed, the carpet, the chairs the mantelpiece, the dead body, and the rope were each in turn examined, until at last he professed himself satisfied, and with my aid and that of the inspector cut down the wretched object and laid it reverently under a sheet.

inspected - inspeccionado; inspeccionar, pasar revista

rope - cuerda

professed - profesó; profesar

reverently - con reverencia

"How about this rope?" he asked.

"It is cut off this," said Dr. Trevelyan, drawing a large coil from under the bed. "He was morbidly nervous of fire, and always kept this beside him, so that he might escape by the window in case the stairs were burning."

coil - bobina; enroscarse

morbidly - Mórbidamente

escape - escapar, liberarse, fugarse, eludir

"That must have saved them trouble," said Holmes, thoughtfully. "Yes, the actual facts are very plain, and I shall be surprised if by the afternoon I cannot give you the reasons for them as well. I will take this photograph of Blessington, which I see upon the mantelpiece, as it may help me in my inquiries."

actual - real, existente, verdadero, efectivo, actual

"But you have told us nothing!" cried the doctor.

"Oh, there can be no doubt as to the sequence of events," said Holmes. "There were three of them in it: the young man, the old man, and a third, to whose identity I have no clue. The first two, I need hardly remark, are the same who masqueraded as the Russian count and his son, so we can give a very full description of them.

identity - identidad

masqueraded - enmascarado; mascarada

They were admitted by a confederate inside the house. If I might offer you a word of advice, Inspector, it would be to arrest the page, who, as I understand, has only recently come into your service, Doctor."

"The young imp cannot be found," said Dr. Trevelyan; "the maid and the cook have just been searching for him."

imp - diablillo

Holmes shrugged his shoulders.

"He has played a not unimportant part in this drama," said he. "The three men having ascended the stairs, which they did on tiptoe, the elder man first, the younger man second, and the unknown man in the rear""

tiptoe - punta del pie, caminar de puntillas

rear - atrás; parte trasera

"My dear Holmes!" I ejaculated.

ejaculated - yaculado; expeler, expulsar, eyacular, checkacabar

"Oh, there could be no question as to the superimposing of the footmarks. I had the advantage of learning which was which last night. They ascended, then, to Mr. Blessington's room, the door of which they found to be locked. With the help of a wire, however, they forced round the key. Even without the lens you will perceive, by the scratches on this ward, where the pressure was applied.

superimposing - superponer; sobreponer, superimponer

scratches - rayaduras; rascar, raspar, aranar, rasgunar, rayar, aranazo

pressure - presión, presionar

"On entering the room their first proceeding must have been to gag Mr. Blessington. He may have been asleep, or he may have been so paralyzed with terror as to have been unable to cry out. These walls are thick, and it is conceivable that his shriek, if he had time to utter one, was unheard.

gag - mordaza, tener arcadas, amordazar

paralyzed - paralizado; paralizar

utter - totalmente; absoluto, total

unheard - No se oye

"Having secured him, it is evident to me that a consultation of some sort was held. Probably it was something in the nature of a judicial proceeding. It must have lasted for some time, for it was then that these cigars were smoked. The older man sat in that wicker chair; it was he who used the cigar-holder.

judicial - judicial

The younger man sat over yonder; he knocked his ash off against the chest of drawers. The third fellow paced up and down. Blessington, I think, sat upright in the bed, but of that I cannot be absolutely certain.

paced - a ritmo; paso

upright - derecho; vertical, recto, erguido, honrado, verticalmente

"Well, it ended by their taking Blessington and hanging him. The matter was so prearranged that it is my belief that they brought with them some sort of block or pulley which might serve as a gallows. That screw-driver and those screws were, as I conceive, for fixing it up.

belief - creencia

block - bloque

pulley - polea, roldana

gallows - la horca; horca; (gallow) la horca; horca

conceive - concebir

Seeing the hook, however they naturally saved themselves the trouble. Having finished their work they made off, and the door was barred behind them by their confederate."

We had all listened with the deepest interest to this sketch of the night's doings, which Holmes had deduced from signs so subtle and minute that, even when he had pointed them out to us, we could scarcely follow him in his reasoning. The inspector hurried away on the instant to make inquiries about the page, while Holmes and I returned to Baker Street for breakfast.

scarcely - apenas, difícilmente

"I'll be back by three," said he, when we had finished our meal. "Both the inspector and the doctor will meet me here at that hour, and I hope by that time to have cleared up any little obscurity which the case may still present."

obscurity - obscuridad; oscuridad

Our visitors arrived at the appointed time, but it was a quarter to four before my friend put in an appearance. From his expression as he entered, however, I could see that all had gone well with him.

appointed time - hora indicada

"Any news, Inspector?"

"We have got the boy, sir."

"Excellent, and I have got the men."

"You have got them!" we cried, all three.

"Well, at least I have got their identity. This so-called Blessington is, as I expected, well known at headquarters, and so are his assailants. Their names are Biddle, Hayward, and Moffat."

headquarters - Cuartel general

"The Worthingdon bank gang," cried the inspector.

"Precisely," said Holmes.

"Then Blessington must have been Sutton."

"Exactly," said Holmes.

"Why, that makes it as clear as crystal," said the inspector.

But Trevelyan and I looked at each other in bewilderment.

"You must surely remember the great Worthingdon bank business," said Holmes. "Five men were in it"these four and a fifth called Cartwright. Tobin, the care-taker, was murdered, and the thieves got away with seven thousand pounds. This was in 1875. They were all five arrested, but the evidence against them was by no means conclusive. This Blessington or Sutton, who was the worst of the gang, turned informer. On his evidence Cartwright was hanged and the other three got fifteen years apiece.

conclusive - concluyente, conclusivo, decisivo

informer - informante; informador, informadora

apiece - cada uno

When they got out the other day, which was some years before their full term, they set themselves, as you perceive, to hunt down the traitor and to avenge the death of their comrade upon him. Twice they tried to get at him and failed; a third time, you see, it came off. Is there anything further which I can explain, Dr. Trevelyan?"

hunt - cazar, buscar, caza

traitor - traidor, traidora

"I think you have made it all remarkably clear," said the doctor. "No doubt the day on which he was perturbed was the day when he had seen of their release in the newspapers."

perturbed - molesto; perturbar

"Quite so. His talk about a burglary was the merest blind."

"But why could he not tell you this?"

"Well, my dear sir, knowing the vindictive character of his old associates, he was trying to hide his own identity from everybody as long as he could. His secret was a shameful one, and he could not bring himself to divulge it. However, wretch as he was, he was still living under the shield of British law, and I have no doubt, Inspector, that you will see that, though that shield may fail to guard, the sword of justice is still there to avenge.

associates - asociados; asociado, companero, asociar, frecuentar, alternar

shameful - vergonzoso

divulge - divulgar; propalar

Such were the singular circumstances in connection with the Resident Patient and the Brook Street Doctor. From that night nothing has been seen of the three murderers by the police, and it is surmised at Scotland Yard that they were among the passengers of the ill-fated steamer Norah Creina, which was lost some years ago with all hands upon the Portuguese coast, some leagues to the north of Oporto.

murderers - asesinos; asesino, asesina, victimario, victimaria

surmised - suponer, conjeturar, presumir

Scotland - Escocia

steamer - al vapor

Portuguese - portugués, portugués, portuguesa

leagues - ligas; liga

The proceedings against the page broke down for want of evidence, and the Brook Street Mystery, as it was called, has never until now been fully dealt with in any public print.

Chapter IX. The Greek Interpreter

interpreter - intérprete, trujamán, truchimán

During my long and intimate acquaintance with Mr. Sherlock Holmes I had never heard him refer to his relations, and hardly ever to his own early life. This reticence upon his part had increased the somewhat inhuman effect which he produced upon me, until sometimes I found myself regarding him as an isolated phenomenon, a brain without a heart, as deficient in human sympathy as he was pre-eminent in intelligence.

intimate - intimo; íntimo

reticence - reticencia

isolated - aislado; aislar, aislante

phenomenon - fenómeno

deficient - deficiente

His aversion to women and his disinclination to form new friendships were both typical of his unemotional character, but not more so than his complete suppression of every reference to his own people. I had come to believe that he was an orphan with no relatives living, but one day, to my very great surprise, he began to talk to me about his brother.

aversion - aversión

disinclination - desgana; aversión

friendships - amistades; amistad

unemotional - Sin emociones

orphan - huérfano, huérfana

It was after tea on a summer evening, and the conversation, which had roamed in a desultory, spasmodic fashion from golf clubs to the causes of the change in the obliquity of the ecliptic, came round at last to the question of atavism and hereditary aptitudes. The point under discussion was, how far any singular gift in an individual was due to his ancestry and how far to his own early training.

roamed - rondaba; vagar

desultory - esporádico; incoherente

spasmodic - espasmódico

golf clubs - palos de golf

ecliptic - eclíptica

atavism - atavismo

hereditary - heredado, hereditario

aptitudes - aptitudes; aptitud, capacidad, conveniencia

ancestry - ancestros; linaje, ascendencia, abolengo, alcurnia

"In your own case," said I, "from all that you have told me, it seems obvious that your faculty of observation and your peculiar facility for deduction are due to your own systematic training."

faculty - cuerpo docente, facultad

facility - facilidad, instalación, material

"To some extent," he answered, thoughtfully. "My ancestors were country squires, who appear to have led much the same life as is natural to their class. But, none the less, my turn that way is in my veins, and may have come with my grandmother, who was the sister of Vernet, the French artist. Art in the blood is liable to take the strangest forms."

extent - en qué medida; extensión

ancestors - ancestros; ancestro, antepasado

veins - venas; vena

"But how do you know that it is hereditary?"

"Because my brother Mycroft possesses it in a larger degree than I do."

possesses - poseer

This was news to me indeed. If there were another man with such singular powers in England, how was it that neither police nor public had heard of him? I put the question, with a hint that it was my companion's modesty which made him acknowledge his brother as his superior. Holmes laughed at my suggestion.

modesty - modestia, pudor

superior - superior, superior

"My dear Watson," said he, "I cannot agree with those who rank modesty among the virtues. To the logician all things should be seen exactly as they are, and to underestimate one's self is as much a departure from truth as to exaggerate one's own powers. When I say, therefore, that Mycroft has better powers of observation than I, you may take it that I am speaking the exact and literal truth."

logician - logo; lógico, lógica

underestimate - subestimar

exaggerate - exagerar

literal - literal

"Is he your junior?"

"Seven years my senior."

"How comes it that he is unknown?"

"Oh, he is very well known in his own circle."

"Where, then?"

"Well, in the Diogenes Club, for example."

I had never heard of the institution, and my face must have proclaimed as much, for Sherlock Holmes pulled out his watch.

Institution - institución

proclaimed - proclamado; proclamar

"The Diogenes Club is the queerest club in London, and Mycroft one of the queerest men. He's always there from quarter to five to twenty to eight. It's six now, so if you care for a stroll this beautiful evening I shall be very happy to introduce you to two curiosities."

queerest - queerest; raro, extrano, trucha, marica, maricón

Five minutes later we were in the street, walking towards Regent's Circus.

Regent - regente

circus - circo

"You wonder," said my companion, "why it is that Mycroft does not use his powers for detective work. He is incapable of it."

"But I thought you said""

"I said that he was my superior in observation and deduction. If the art of the detective began and ended in reasoning from an arm-chair, my brother would be the greatest criminal agent that ever lived. But he has no ambition and no energy. He will not even go out of his way to verify his own solutions, and would rather be considered wrong than take the trouble to prove himself right. Again and again I have taken a problem to him, and have received an explanation which has afterwards proved to be the correct one.

Ambition - ambición

And yet he was absolutely incapable of working out the practical points which must be gone into before a case could be laid before a judge or jury."

"It is not his profession, then?"

"By no means. What is to me a means of livelihood is to him the merest hobby of a dilettante. He has an extraordinary faculty for figures, and audits the books in some of the government departments. Mycroft lodges in Pall Mall, and he walks round the corner into Whitehall every morning and back every evening.

livelihood - sustento

dilettante - diletante, diletante

audits - auditorías; auditoría, auditar

lodges - posadas; cabana, barraca, caseta, logia, madriguera

Pall - pano mortuorio; cortina, manto

Mall - centro comercial, shopping

From year's end to year's end he takes no other exercise, and is seen nowhere else, except only in the Diogenes Club, which is just opposite his rooms."

"I cannot recall the name."

"Very likely not. There are many men in London, you know, who, some from shyness, some from misanthropy, have no wish for the company of their fellows. Yet they are not averse to comfortable chairs and the latest periodicals. It is for the convenience of these that the Diogenes Club was started, and it now contains the most unsociable and unclubable men in town.

shyness - timidez

misanthropy - misantropía

averse - averso; opuesto

convenience - conveniencia, comodidad

most unsociable - el más insociable

unclubable - incluible

No member is permitted to take the least notice of any other one. Save in the Stranger's Room, no talking is, under any circumstances, allowed, and three offences, if brought to the notice of the committee, render the talker liable to expulsion. My brother was one of the founders, and I have myself found it a very soothing atmosphere."

offences - Ofensa

committee - comité, comisión

render - renderizar; dejar, volver

talker - Hablador

expulsion - expulsión

founders - Fundador

soothing - calmante; tranquilizador, tranquilizante; (sooth); verdad

We had reached Pall Mall as we talked, and were walking down it from the St. James's end. Sherlock Holmes stopped at a door some little distance from the Carlton, and, cautioning me not to speak, he led the way into the hall. Through the glass paneling I caught a glimpse of a large and luxurious room, in which a considerable number of men were sitting about and reading papers, each in his own little nook.

cautioning - advertencia, precaución, cuidado, cautela, fianza, advertir

paneling - paneles; artesonado (techo); (panel); panel, vineta, entrepano

luxurious - lujoso

nook - rincón, recoveco

Holmes showed me into a small chamber which looked out into Pall Mall, and then, leaving me for a minute, he came back with a companion whom I knew could only be his brother.

Mycroft Holmes was a much larger and stouter man than Sherlock. His body was absolutely corpulent, but his face, though massive, had preserved something of the sharpness of expression which was so remarkable in that of his brother. His eyes, which were of a peculiarly light, watery gray, seemed to always retain that far-away, introspective look which I had only observed in Sherlock's when he was exerting his full powers.

stouter - más fuerte; sólido, fuerte

corpulent - corpulento; obeso

massive - masiva; masivo

sharpness - nitidez; agudeza

watery - agua; acuoso, lloroso

introspective - introspectivo

exerting - ejerciendo; esforzar, ejercer, aplicar

"I am glad to meet you, sir," said he, putting out a broad, fat hand like the flipper of a seal. "I hear of Sherlock everywhere since you became his chronicler. By the way, Sherlock, I expected to see you round last week, to consult me over that Manor House case. I thought you might be a little out of your depth."

flipper - aleta, pata de rana; (flip); aleta, pata de rana

seal - sello

chronicler - cronista

depth - profundidad

"No, I solved it," said my friend, smiling.

"It was Adams, of course."

Adams - adams; Adam, Adán

"Yes, it was Adams."

"I was sure of it from the first." The two sat down together in the bow-window of the club. "To any one who wishes to study mankind this is the spot," said Mycroft. "Look at the magnificent types! Look at these two men who are coming towards us, for example."

bow - arco; inclinar(se), hacer una reverencia

"The billiard-marker and the other?"

marker - marcador

"Precisely. What do you make of the other?"

The two men had stopped opposite the window. Some chalk marks over the waistcoat pocket were the only signs of billiards which I could see in one of them. The other was a very small, dark fellow, with his hat pushed back and several packages under his arm.

chalk - creta, tiza, gis

billiards - Billar

"An old soldier, I perceive," said Sherlock.

"And very recently discharged," remarked the brother.

discharged - dado de alta; cumplir, completar, despedir, descargar, descargo

"Served in India, I see."

"And a non-commissioned officer."

non - No

"Royal Artillery, I fancy," said Sherlock.

"And a widower."

"But with a child."

"Children, my dear boy, children."

"Come," said I, laughing, "this is a little too much."

"Surely," answered Holmes, "it is not hard to say that a man with that bearing, expression of authority, and sunbaked skin, is a soldier, is more than a private, and is not long from India."

sunbaked - cocinar al sol

"That he has not left the service long is shown by his still wearing his ammunition boots, as they are called," observed Mycroft.

ammunition - municiones; munición

"He had not the cavalry stride, yet he wore his hat on one side, as is shown by the lighter skin of that side of his brow. His weight is against his being a sapper. He is in the artillery."

cavalry - caballería

sapper - zapador

"Then, of course, his complete mourning shows that he has lost some one very dear. The fact that he is doing his own shopping looks as though it were his wife. He has been buying things for children, you perceive. There is a rattle, which shows that one of them is very young. The wife probably died in childbed. The fact that he has a picture-book under his arm shows that there is another child to be thought of."

mourning - duelo, luto; (mourn); lamentar, estar de luto

rattle - sonajero; hacer sonar, hacer vibrar

childbed - cama de nino

picture-book - (picture-book) libro ilustrado

I began to understand what my friend meant when he said that his brother possessed even keener faculties that he did himself. He glanced across at me and smiled. Mycroft took snuff from a tortoise-shell box, and brushed away the wandering grains from his coat front with a large, red silk handkerchief.

possessed - Posees

keener - más entusiasmado; (keen) más entusiasmado

faculties - facultades; cuerpo docente, facultad

took snuff - Tomar rapé

tortoise-shell - (tortoise-shell) caparazón de tortuga

grains - granos; grano

"By the way, Sherlock," said he, "I have had something quite after your own heart"a most singular problem"submitted to my judgment. I really had not the energy to follow it up save in a very incomplete fashion, but it gave me a basis for some pleasing speculation. If you would care to hear the facts""

"My dear Mycroft, I should be delighted."

The brother scribbled a note upon a leaf of his pocket-book, and, ringing the bell, he handed it to the waiter.

leaf - hoja, tablero

"I have asked Mr. Melas to step across," said he. "He lodges on the floor above me, and I have some slight acquaintance with him, which led him to come to me in his perplexity. Mr. Melas is a Greek by extraction, as I understand, and he is a remarkable linguist.

extraction - extracción

linguist - lingüista

He earns his living partly as interpreter in the law courts and partly by acting as guide to any wealthy Orientals who may visit the Northumberland Avenue hotels. I think I will leave him to tell his very remarkable experience in his own fashion."

partly - en parte, en cierto modo

law courts - tribunales de justicia

A few minutes later we were joined by a short, stout man whose olive face and coal-black hair proclaimed his Southern origin, though his speech was that of an educated Englishman. He shook hands eagerly with Sherlock Holmes, and his dark eyes sparkled with pleasure when he understood that the specialist was anxious to hear his story.

stout - cerveza; sólido, fuerte

olive - aceituna, oliva, olivo, verde oliva, aceitunado, verde aceituna

southern - del sur, sureno, meridional, austral

origin - origen

educated - educado; educar, instruir

Englishman - inglés

"I do not believe that the police credit me"on my word, I do not," said he in a wailing voice. "Just because they have never heard of it before, they think that such a thing cannot be. But I know that I shall never be easy in my mind until I know what has become of my poor man with the sticking-plaster upon his face."

wailing - aullidos; (wail) aullidos

poor man - Pobre hombre

sticking - Pegándose; (stick) Pegándose

plaster - esparadrapo; ungüento, yeso, escayola, enlucido, revoque

"I am all attention," said Sherlock Holmes.

"This is Wednesday evening," said Mr. Melas. "Well then, it was Monday night"only two days ago, you understand"that all this happened. I am an interpreter, as perhaps my neighbor there has told you. I interpret all languages"or nearly all"but as I am a Greek by birth and with a Grecian name, it is with that particular tongue that I am principally associated.

Interpret - explicar, exponer, interpretar

by birth - por nacimiento

Grecian - Griego

For many years I have been the chief Greek interpreter in London, and my name is very well known in the hotels.

"It happens not unfrequently that I am sent for at strange hours by foreigners who get into difficulties, or by travelers who arrive late and wish my services. I was not surprised, therefore, on Monday night when a Mr. Latimer, a very fashionably dressed young man, came up to my rooms and asked me to accompany him in a cab which was waiting at the door.

unfrequently - con poca frecuencia

foreigners - extranjeros; extranjero, extranjera, forastero, fuereno

travelers - viajeros; viajero; (trabajo) viajante

fashionably - A la moda

A Greek friend had come to see him upon business, he said, and as he could speak nothing but his own tongue, the services of an interpreter were indispensable. He gave me to understand that his house was some little distance off, in Kensington, and he seemed to be in a great hurry, bustling me rapidly into the cab when we had descended to the street.

indispensable - indispensable, imprescindible

hurry - prisa, apuro, apresurarse, apurarse, darse prisa

"I say into the cab, but I soon became doubtful as to whether it was not a carriage in which I found myself. It was certainly more roomy than the ordinary four-wheeled disgrace to London, and the fittings, though frayed, were of rich quality. Mr. Latimer seated himself opposite to me and we started off through Charing Cross and up the Shaftesbury Avenue.

roomy - espacioso, amplio, desahogado

frayed - deshilachado; deshilacharse, raerse

Charing - charing; chamuscar, carbonizar

We had come out upon Oxford Street and I had ventured some remark as to this being a roundabout way to Kensington, when my words were arrested by the extraordinary conduct of my companion.

roundabout - rotonda, glorieta, redoma, tiovivo, desvío

"He began by drawing a most formidable-looking bludgeon loaded with lead from his pocket, and switching it backward and forward several times, as if to test its weight and strength. Then he placed it without a word upon the seat beside him. Having done this, he drew up the windows on each side, and I found to my astonishment that they were covered with paper so as to prevent my seeing through them.

bludgeon - aporrear; cachiporra, maza

switching - cambio; (switch); interruptor, aguja, latigazo, switch

backward - hacia atrás; atrasado, rezagado, subdesarrollado

seeing through - ver a través de

"'I am sorry to cut off your view, Mr. Melas,'said he. 'The fact is that I have no intention that you should see what the place is to which we are driving. It might possibly be inconvenient to me if you could find your way there again.'

inconvenient - incómodo, inconveniente

"As you can imagine, I was utterly taken aback by such an address. My companion was a powerful, broad-shouldered young fellow, and, apart from the weapon, I should not have had the slightest chance in a struggle with him.

taken aback - se ha sorprendido

"'This is very extraordinary conduct, Mr. Latimer,'I stammered. 'You must be aware that what you are doing is quite illegal.'

stammered - tartamudeó; tartamudear, balbucir, balbucear, gaguear

illegal - ilegal, ilegal, inmigrante ilegal, sin papeles

"'It is somewhat of a liberty, no doubt,'said he, 'but we'll make it up to you. I must warn you, however, Mr. Melas, that if at any time to-night you attempt to raise an alarm or do anything which is against my interests, you will find it a very serious thing. I beg you to remember that no one knows where you are, and that, whether you are in this carriage or in my house, you are equally in my power.'

"His words were quiet, but he had a rasping way of saying them which was very menacing. I sat in silence wondering what on earth could be his reason for kidnapping me in this extraordinary fashion. Whatever it might be, it was perfectly clear that there was no possible use in my resisting, and that I could only wait to see what might befall.

rasping - raspando; áspero; (rasp) raspando; áspero

menacing - amenazante; amenaza, peligro

resisting - resistiendo; resistir, panish: t-needed

"For nearly two hours we drove without my having the least clue as to where we were going. Sometimes the rattle of the stones told of a paved causeway, and at others our smooth, silent course suggested asphalt; but, save by this variation in sound, there was nothing at all which could in the remotest way help me to form a guess as to where we were. The paper over each window was impenetrable to light, and a blue curtain was drawn across the glass work in front. It was a quarter-past seven when we left Pall Mall, and my watch showed me that it was ten minutes to nine when we at last came to a standstill.

causeway - carretera; calzada elevada

variation - variación

remotest - el más remoto; remoto, control remoto

impenetrable - impenetrable

My companion let down the window, and I caught a glimpse of a low, arched doorway with a lamp burning above it. As I was hurried from the carriage it swung open, and I found myself inside the house, with a vague impression of a lawn and trees on each side of me as I entered. Whether these were private grounds, however, or bona-fide country was more than I could possibly venture to say.

let down - decepcionar a alguien; alargar (ropa); dejar caer; desinflar (neumáticos)

arched - arqueado; bóveda

swung - se balanceó; balancear, mecer, columpiar, oscilar, columpio

vague - vago, impreciso

fide - ide

"There was a colored gas-lamp inside which was turned so low that I could see little save that the hall was of some size and hung with pictures. In the dim light I could make out that the person who had opened the door was a small, mean-looking, middle-aged man with rounded shoulders. As he turned towards us the glint of the light showed me that he was wearing glasses.

dim light - Luz tenue

"'Is this Mr. Melas, Harold?'said he.


"'Well done, well done! No ill-will, Mr. Melas, I hope, but we could not get on without you. If you deal fair with us you'll not regret it, but if you try any tricks, God help you!'He spoke in a nervous, jerky fashion, and with little giggling laughs in between, but somehow he impressed me with fear more than the other.

ill-will - (ill-will) mala voluntad, malas intenciones

giggling - Risas; (giggle); reír

"'What do you want with me?'I asked.

"'Only to ask a few questions of a Greek gentleman who is visiting us, and to let us have the answers. But say no more than you are told to say, or"'here came the nervous giggle again"'you had better never have been born.'

giggle - risa; reír

"As he spoke he opened a door and showed the way into a room which appeared to be very richly furnished, but again the only light was afforded by a single lamp half-turned down. The chamber was certainly large, and the way in which my feet sank into the carpet as I stepped across it told me of its richness. I caught glimpses of velvet chairs, a high white marble mantel-piece, and what seemed to be a suit of Japanese armor at one side of it. There was a chair just under the lamp, and the elderly man motioned that I should sit in it. The younger had left us, but he suddenly returned through another door, leading with him a gentleman clad in some sort of loose dressing-gown who moved slowly towards us.

afforded - se puede permitir; costear, permitirse

glimpses - atisbos; atisbo, entrever, atisbar, vislumbrar, ojear

velvet - terciopelo

marble - mármol, canica, balita

armor - armadura, blindaje, coraza, blindado

motioned - movimiento, moción

As he came into the circle of dim light which enables me to see him more clearly I was thrilled with horror at his appearance. He was deadly pale and terribly emaciated, with the protruding, brilliant eyes of a man whose spirit was greater than his strength. But what shocked me more than any signs of physical weakness was that his face was grotesquely criss-crossed with sticking-plaster, and that one large pad of it was fastened over his mouth.

dim - débil, ténue

enables - permite; habilitar, posibilitar, activar

thrilled - emocionado; excitar; emocionar, conmover

emaciated - demacrado; demacrar, emaciar, demacrarse, emaciarse

pad - almohadilla

"'Have you the slate, Harold?'cried the older man, as this strange being fell rather than sat down into a chair. 'Are his hands loose? Now, then, give him the pencil. You are to ask the questions, Mr. Melas, and he will write the answers. Ask him first of all whether he is prepared to sign the papers?'

"The man's eyes flashed fire.

flashed - flasheado; destello

"'Never!'he wrote in Greek upon the slate.

"'on no condition?'I asked, at the bidding of our tyrant.

on no condition - bajo ningún concepto

bidding - Pujando; (bid) Pujando

tyrant - tirano

"'Only if I see her married in my presence by a Greek priest whom I know.'

priest - sacerdote, cura, padre, párroco; (prey); botín, presa

"The man giggled in his venomous way.

giggled - se rió; reír

"'You know what awaits you, then?'

awaits - te espera; esperar, aguantar

"'I care nothing for myself.'

"These are samples of the questions and answers which made up our strange half-spoken, half-written conversation. Again and again I had to ask him whether he would give in and sign the documents. Again and again I had the same indignant reply. But soon a happy thought came to me.

samples - muestras; muestra, ejemplar, prueba, sample, samplear

indignant - indignada; indignado

I took to adding on little sentences of my own to each question, innocent ones at first, to test whether either of our companions knew anything of the matter, and then, as I found that they showed no signs I played a more dangerous game. Our conversation ran something like this:

Companions - companeros; companero, companera

"'You can do no good by this obstinacy. Who are you?'

obstinacy - testarudez, porfía, terquedad, obstinación

"'I care not. I am a stranger in London.'

"'Your fate will be upon your own head. How long have you been here?'

"'Let it be so. Three weeks.'

"'The property can never be yours. What ails you?'

ails - ils; sufrir una dolencia

"'It shall not go to villains. They are starving me.'

Starving - Muerto de hambre; (starve); morir de hambre, hambrear

"'You shall go free if you sign. What house is this?'

"'I will never sign. I do not know.'

"'You are not doing her any service. What is your name?'

"'Let me hear her say so. Kratides.'

"'You shall see her if you sign. Where are you from?'

"'Then I shall never see her. Athens.'

Athens - Atenas

"Another five minutes, Mr. Holmes, and I should have wormed out the whole story under their very noses. My very next question might have cleared the matter up, but at that instant the door opened and a woman stepped into the room. I could not see her clearly enough to know more than that she was tall and graceful, with black hair, and clad in some sort of loose white gown.

wormed - desparasitado; gusano, lombriz, alimana, rata

graceful - gracia; grácil, gracioso

"'Harold,'said she, speaking English with a broken accent. 'I could not stay away longer. It is so lonely up there with only"Oh, my God, it is Paul!'

Paul - Pablo

"These last words were in Greek, and at the same instant the man with a convulsive effort tore the plaster from his lips, and screaming out 'Sophy! Sophy!'rushed into the woman's arms. Their embrace was but for an instant, however, for the younger man seized the woman and pushed her out of the room, while the elder easily overpowered his emaciated victim, and dragged him away through the other door.

Embrace - abrazar, abrazo

overpowered - potente; dominar, vencer, panish: t-needed

For a moment I was left alone in the room, and I sprang to my feet with some vague idea that I might in some way get a clue to what this house was in which I found myself. Fortunately, however, I took no steps, for looking up I saw that the older man was standing in the door-way with his eyes fixed upon me.

"'That will do, Mr. Melas,'said he. 'You perceive that we have taken you into our confidence over some very private business. We should not have troubled you, only that our friend who speaks Greek and who began these negotiations has been forced to return to the East. It was quite necessary for us to find some one to take his place, and we were fortunate in hearing of your powers.'

negotiations - negociaciones; negociación

"I bowed.

"'There are five sovereigns here,'said he, walking up to me, 'which will, I hope, be a sufficient fee. But remember,'he added, tapping me lightly on the chest and giggling, 'if you speak to a human soul about this"one human soul, mind"well, may God have mercy upon your soul!"

fee - tasa; honorario, tarifa, cuota

tapping - Golpeando; (tap) Golpeando

human soul - alma humana

"I cannot tell you the loathing and horror with which this insignificant-looking man inspired me. I could see him better now as the lamp-light shone upon him. His features were peaky and sallow, and his little pointed beard was thready and ill-nourished. He pushed his face forward as he spoke and his lips and eyelids were continually twitching like a man with St.

loathing - odio, asco, repugnancia, repelo; (loathe); detestar, repugnar

insignificant - insignificante, oscuro, desestimable

inspired - inspirado; inspirar, infundir

peaky - Pico

sallow - cetrino, amarillento

pointed beard - barba puntiaguda

thready - Fatigado

nourished - alimentado; nutrir

twitching - Tic; (twitch) Tic

Vitus's dance. I could not help thinking that his strange, catchy little laugh was also a symptom of some nervous malady. The terror of his face lay in his eyes, however, steel gray, and glistening coldly with a malignant, inexorable cruelty in their depths.

catchy - pegadizo, pegajoso

symptom - síntoma

steel gray - gris acero

glistening - resplandeciente; relucir, rielar

coldly - fríamente

malignant - maligno

inexorable - inexorable

cruelty - crueldad

"'We shall know if you speak of this,'said he. 'We have our own means of information. Now you will find the carriage waiting, and my friend will see you on your way.'

"I was hurried through the hall and into the vehicle, again obtaining that momentary glimpse of trees and a garden. Mr. Latimer followed closely at my heels, and took his place opposite to me without a word. In silence we again drove for an interminable distance with the windows raised, until at last, just after midnight, the carriage pulled up.

obtaining - obteniendo; obtener, coger

momentary - momentánea; momentáneo

interminable - interminable

"'You will get down here, Mr. Melas,'said my companion. 'I am sorry to leave you so far from your house, but there is no alternative. Any attempt upon your part to follow the carriage can only end in injury to yourself.'

"He opened the door as he spoke, and I had hardly time to spring out when the coachman lashed the horse and the carriage rattled away. I looked around me in astonishment. I was on some sort of a heathy common mottled over with dark clumps of furze-bushes. Far away stretched a line of houses, with a light here and there in the upper windows. On the other side I saw the red signal-lamps of a railway.

rattled - molesto; hacer sonar, hacer vibrar

heathy - Saludable

clumps - grumos; grumo, matorral, mechón, plop, amontonar, marchar

signal - senal; senal, senalar

"The carriage which had brought me was already out of sight. I stood gazing round and wondering where on earth I might be, when I saw some one coming towards me in the darkness. As he came up to me I made out that he was a railway porter.

gazing - mirando; observar, mirar fijamente

porter - portero; mozo de equipajes

"'Can you tell me what place this is?'I asked.

"'Wandsworth Common,'said he.

"'Can I get a train into town?'

"'If you walk on a mile or so to Clapham Junction,'said he, 'you'll just be in time for the last to Victoria.'

"So that was the end of my adventure, Mr. Holmes. I do not know where I was, nor whom I spoke with, nor anything save what I have told you. But I know that there is foul play going on, and I want to help that unhappy man if I can. I told the whole story to Mr. Mycroft Holmes next morning, and subsequently to the police."

We all sat in silence for some little time after listening to this extraordinary narrative. Then Sherlock looked across at his brother.

"Any steps?" he asked.

Mycroft picked up the Daily News, which was lying on the side-table.

"'Anybody supplying any information to the whereabouts of a Greek gentleman named Paul Kratides, from Athens, who is unable to speak English, will be rewarded. A similar reward paid to any one giving information about a Greek lady whose first name is Sophy. X 2473.'That was in all the dailies. No answer."

rewarded - recompensado; recompensa

"How about the Greek Legation?"

Legation - legación

"I have inquired. They know nothing."

inquired - preguntó; investigar, informarse

"A wire to the head of the Athens police, then?"

"Sherlock has all the energy of the family," said Mycroft, turning to me. "Well, you take the case up by all means, and let me know if you do any good."

"Certainly," answered my friend, rising from his chair. "I'll let you know, and Mr. Melas also. In the meantime, Mr. Melas, I should certainly be on my guard, if I were you, for of course they must know through these advertisements that you have betrayed them."

meantime - mientras tanto; entretanto, en tanto

As we walked home together, Holmes stopped at a telegraph office and sent off several wires.

telegraph office - Oficina de telégrafos

wires - cables; alambre, hilo, cable

"You see, Watson," he remarked, "our evening has been by no means wasted. Some of my most interesting cases have come to me in this way through Mycroft. The problem which we have just listened to, although it can admit of but one explanation, has still some distinguishing features."

admit of - admitirlo

distinguishing - distinguir

"You have hopes of solving it?"

"Well, knowing as much as we do, it will be singular indeed if we fail to discover the rest. You must yourself have formed some theory which will explain the facts to which we have listened."

"In a vague way, yes."

"What was your idea, then?"

"It seemed to me to be obvious that this Greek girl had been carried off by the young Englishman named Harold Latimer."

"Carried off from where?"

"Athens, perhaps."

Sherlock Holmes shook his head. "This young man could not talk a word of Greek. The lady could talk English fairly well. Inference"that she had been in England some little time, but he had not been in Greece."

Greece - Grecia

"Well, then, we will presume that she had come on a visit to England, and that this Harold had persuaded her to fly with him."

persuaded - persuadido; persuadir

"That is more probable."

more probable - es más probable

"Then the brother"for that, I fancy, must be the relationship"comes over from Greece to interfere. He imprudently puts himself into the power of the young man and his older associate. They seize him and use violence towards him in order to make him sign some papers to make over the girl's fortune"of which he may be trustee"to them. This he refuses to do.

interfere - panish: t-needed

imprudently - imprudentemente

associate - asociado, companero, asociar, frecuentar, alternar, tratar

seize - incautar; agarrar, apoderarse de, apresar, aferrar, tomar

make over - Hacer un cambio, metamorfosis

trustee - fideicomisario; fiduciario, fiduciaria

In order to negotiate with him they have to get an interpreter, and they pitch upon this Mr. Melas, having used some other one before. The girl is not told of the arrival of her brother, and finds it out by the merest accident."

negotiate - negociar

pitch - plantar, armar, montar

"Excellent, Watson!" cried Holmes. "I really fancy that you are not far from the truth. You see that we hold all the cards, and we have only to fear some sudden act of violence on their part. If they give us time we must have them."

"But how can we find where this house lies?"

"Well, if our conjecture is correct and the girl's name is or was Sophy Kratides, we should have no difficulty in tracing her. That must be our main hope, for the brother is, of course, a complete stranger. It is clear that some time has elapsed since this Harold established these relations with the girl"some weeks, at any rate"since the brother in Greece has had time to hear of it and come across. If they have been living in the same place during this time, it is probable that we shall have some answer to Mycroft's advertisement.

girl's name - Nombre de la chica

tracing - Rastreo; (trace) Rastreo

We had reached our house in Baker Street while we had been talking. Holmes ascended the stair first, and as he opened the door of our room he gave a start of surprise. Looking over his shoulder, I was equally astonished. His brother Mycroft was sitting smoking in the arm-chair.

"Come in, Sherlock! Come in, sir," said he blandly, smiling at our surprised faces. "You don't expect such energy from me, do you, Sherlock? But somehow this case attracts me."

attracts - atraer, llamar

"How did you get here?"

"I passed you in a hansom."

"There has been some new development?"

"I had an answer to my advertisement."


"Yes, it came within a few minutes of your leaving."

"And to what effect?"

Mycroft Holmes took out a sheet of paper.

"Here it is," said he, "written with a J pen on royal cream paper by a middle-aged man with a weak constitution. 'Sir,'he says, 'in answer to your advertisement of to-day's date, I beg to inform you that I know the young lady in question very well. If you should care to call upon me I could give you some particulars as to her painful history. She is living at present at The Myrtles, Beckenham. Yours faithfully, J. Davenport.'

inform - informar

myrtles - irtos; arrayán, murta, mirto

faithfully - fielmente

"He writes from Lower Brixton," said Mycroft Holmes. "Do you not think that we might drive to him now, Sherlock, and learn these particulars?"

"My dear Mycroft, the brother's life is more valuable than the sister's story. I think we should call at Scotland Yard for Inspector Gregson, and go straight out to Beckenham. We know that a man is being done to death, and every hour may be vital."

"Better pick up Mr. Melas on our way," I suggested. "We may need an interpreter."

"Excellent," said Sherlock Holmes. "Send the boy for a four-wheeler, and we shall be off at once." He opened the table-drawer as he spoke, and I noticed that he slipped his revolver into his pocket. "Yes," said he, in answer to my glance; "I should say from what we have heard, that we are dealing with a particularly dangerous gang."

It was almost dark before we found ourselves in Pall Mall, at the rooms of Mr. Melas. A gentleman had just called for him, and he was gone.

"Can you tell me where?" asked Mycroft Holmes.

"I don't know, sir," answered the woman who had opened the door; "I only know that he drove away with the gentleman in a carriage."

drove away - se alejó

"Did the gentleman give a name?"

"No, sir."

"He wasn't a tall, handsome, dark young man?"

wasn - Era

"Oh, no, sir. He was a little gentleman, with glasses, thin in the face, but very pleasant in his ways, for he was laughing all the time that he was talking."

"Come along!" cried Sherlock Holmes, abruptly. "This grows serious," he observed, as we drove to Scotland Yard. "These men have got hold of Melas again. He is a man of no physical courage, as they are well aware from their experience the other night.

abruptly - de repente; abruptamente, precipitadamente

This villain was able to terrorize him the instant that he got into his presence. No doubt they want his professional services, but, having used him, they may be inclined to punish him for what they will regard as his treachery."

be inclined - tender a

punish - castigar, punir, maltratar

treachery - traición; alevosía

Our hope was that, by taking train, we might get to Beckenham as soon or sooner than the carriage. On reaching Scotland Yard, however, it was more than an hour before we could get Inspector Gregson and comply with the legal formalities which would enable us to enter the house. It was a quarter to ten before we reached London Bridge, and half past before the four of us alighted on the Beckenham platform.

comply - cumplir, acceder a, acatar

A drive of half a mile brought us to The Myrtles"a large, dark house standing back from the road in its own grounds. Here we dismissed our cab, and made our way up the drive together.

standing back - retirarse, mantenerse alejado de

dismissed - despedido; despedir, echar, disipar, rechazar, expulsar

"The windows are all dark," remarked the inspector. "The house seems deserted."

"Our birds are flown and the nest empty," said Holmes.

nest - nido

"Why do you say so?"

"A carriage heavily loaded with luggage has passed out during the last hour."

luggage - equipaje

The inspector laughed. "I saw the wheel-tracks in the light of the gate-lamp, but where does the luggage come in?"

"You may have observed the same wheel-tracks going the other way. But the outward-bound ones were very much deeper"so much so that we can say for a certainty that there was a very considerable weight on the carriage."

outward - hacia fuera

"You get a trifle beyond me there," said the inspector, shrugging his shoulder. "It will not be an easy door to force, but we will try if we cannot make some one hear us."

shrugging - encogimiento de hombros, encogerse de hombros

He hammered loudly at the knocker and pulled at the bell, but without any success. Holmes had slipped away, but he came back in a few minutes.

knocker - Golpeador

"I have a window open," said he.

"It is a mercy that you are on the side of the force, and not against it, Mr. Holmes," remarked the inspector, as he noted the clever way in which my friend had forced back the catch. "Well, I think that under the circumstances we may enter without an invitation."

One after the other we made our way into a large apartment, which was evidently that in which Mr. Melas had found himself. The inspector had lit his lantern, and by its light we could see the two doors, the curtain, the lamp, and the suit of Japanese mail as he had described them. On the table lay two glasses, and empty brandy-bottle, and the remains of a meal.

"What is that?" asked Holmes, suddenly.

We all stood still and listened. A low moaning sound was coming from somewhere over our heads. Holmes rushed to the door and out into the hall. The dismal noise came from upstairs. He dashed up, the inspector and I at his heels, while his brother Mycroft followed as quickly as his great bulk would permit.

moaning - gimiendo; gemido, quejido, quejar, gemir

dismal - lúgubre; mísero, miserable, triste, deprimente

bulk - masa, corpulencia, grueso, bulto, a granel, masivo

Three doors faced up upon the second floor, and it was from the central of these that the sinister sounds were issuing, sinking sometimes into a dull mumble and rising again into a shrill whine. It was locked, but the key had been left on the outside. Holmes flung open the door and rushed in, but he was out again in an instant, with his hand to his throat.

issuing - emitiendo; flujo, emisión, envío, incisión, herederos

sinking - se hunde; hundimiento, naufragio; (sink); hundir, sumergir

mumble - murmurar; mascullar, mascujar, susurrar, mascujada

shrill - chillón; estridente

whine - gimoteo, lloriqueo, gimotear, lloriquear, gemir

"It's charcoal," he cried. "Give it time. It will clear."

charcoal - carbón, carbón vegetal, carboncillo

Peering in, we could see that the only light in the room came from a dull blue flame which flickered from a small brass tripod in the centre. It threw a livid, unnatural circle upon the floor, while in the shadows beyond we saw the vague loom of two figures which crouched against the wall.

flickered - parpadeó; vacilar

tripod - trípode

shadows - sombras; sombra

loom - telar

From the open door there reeked a horrible poisonous exhalation which set us gasping and coughing. Holmes rushed to the top of the stairs to draw in the fresh air, and then, dashing into the room, he threw up the window and hurled the brazen tripod out into the garden.

reeked - apestaba; hedor, peste, tufo

poisonous - venenosas; tóxico, venenoso, ponzonoso

coughing - Tos; (cough); toser, tos

draw in - hacerse de noche más temprano, acercarse, atraer

brazen - descarado

"We can enter in a minute," he gasped, darting out again. "Where is a candle? I doubt if we could strike a match in that atmosphere. Hold the light at the door and we shall get them out, Mycroft, now!"

darting - dardo, flechilla

With a rush we got to the poisoned men and dragged them out into the well-lit hall. Both of them were blue-lipped and insensible, with swollen, congested faces and protruding eyes. Indeed, so distorted were their features that, save for his black beard and stout figure, we might have failed to recognize in one of them the Greek interpreter who had parted from us only a few hours before at the Diogenes Club. His hands and feet were securely strapped together, and he bore over one eye the marks of a violent blow. The other, who was secured in a similar fashion, was a tall man in the last stage of emaciation, with several strips of sticking-plaster arranged in a grotesque pattern over his face.

congested - Congestionar

strapped - correas; correa, cincha, tirante

emaciation - emaciación

strips - tiras; quitar, desprender; arrancar; despojar

He had ceased to moan as we laid him down, and a glance showed me that for him at least our aid had come too late. Mr. Melas, however, still lived, and in less than an hour, with the aid of ammonia and brandy I had the satisfaction of seeing him open his eyes, and of knowing that my hand had drawn him back from that dark valley in which all paths meet.

moan - gimotear; gemido, quejido, quejar, gemir

ammonia - amoníaco

It was a simple story which he had to tell, and one which did but confirm our own deductions. His visitor, on entering his rooms, had drawn a life-preserver from his sleeve, and had so impressed him with the fear of instant and inevitable death that he had kidnapped him for the second time. Indeed, it was almost mesmeric, the effect which this giggling ruffian had produced upon the unfortunate linguist, for he could not speak of him save with trembling hands and a blanched cheek. He had been taken swiftly to Beckenham, and had acted as interpreter in a second interview, even more dramatic than the first, in which the two Englishmen had menaced their prisoner with instant death if he did not comply with their demands.

preserver - Conservador

inevitable - inevitable

kidnapped - secuestrado; secuestrar, raptar (with sexual connotation)

mesmeric - Mesmérico

Swiftly - rápido; rápidamente

menaced - amenazado; amenaza, peligro

prisoner - prisionero, preso

demands - demandas; demanda, exigencia, exigir, demandar

Finally, finding him proof against every threat, they had hurled him back into his prison, and after reproaching Melas with his treachery, which appeared from the newspaper advertisement, they had stunned him with a blow from a stick, and he remembered nothing more until he found us bending over him.

reproaching - reproches; reproche, vergüenza, reprochar, avergonzar

And this was the singular case of the Grecian Interpreter, the explanation of which is still involved in some mystery. We were able to find out, by communicating with the gentleman who had answered the advertisement, that the unfortunate young lady came of a wealthy Grecian family, and that she had been on a visit to some friends in England. While there she had met a young man named Harold Latimer, who had acquired an ascendancy over her and had eventually persuaded her to fly with him. Her friends, shocked at the event, had contented themselves with informing her brother at Athens, and had then washed their hands of the matter. The brother, on his arrival in England, had imprudently placed himself in the power of Latimer and of his associate, whose name was Wilson Kemp"a man of the foulest antecedents. These two, finding that through his ignorance of the language he was helpless in their hands, had kept him a prisoner, and had endeavored by cruelty and starvation to make him sign away his own and his sister's property. They had kept him in the house without the girl's knowledge, and the plaster over the face had been for the purpose of making recognition difficult in case she should ever catch a glimpse of him. Her feminine perception, however, had instantly seen through the disguise when, on the occasion of the interpreter's visit, she had seen him for the first time.

acquired - dquirido; obtener, adquirir

ascendancy - ascenso; ascendiente, predominio, influencia, ascendencia

contented - contento; satisfecho

informing - informar

foulest - más asqueroso; asqueroso, fétido

antecedents - antecedentes; antecedente, antecedente, antepasado, ancestro

ignorance - ignorancia

helpless - desamparado; indefenso, incapaz

starvation - inanición

feminine - femenino, femenil, de mujeres, femenino

perception - percepción

seen through - ver a través; calar a, apoyar a

The poor girl, however, was herself a prisoner, for there was no one about the house except the man who acted as coachman, and his wife, both of whom were tools of the conspirators. Finding that their secret was out, and that their prisoner was not to be coerced, the two villains with the girl had fled away at a few hours'notice from the furnished house which they had hired, having first, as they thought, taken vengeance both upon the man who had defied and the one who had betrayed them.

conspirators - conspiradores; conspirador, conspiradora

coerced - coaccionado; coercer, panish: t-needed

hired - contratado; alquilar

defied - desafiado; desafiar, desobedecer, renunciar

Chapter X. The Naval Treaty

naval - naval

Treaty - tratado

The July which immediately succeeded my marriage was made memorable by three cases of interest, in which I had the privilege of being associated with Sherlock Holmes and of studying his methods. I find them recorded in my notes under the headings of "The Adventure of the Second Stain," "The Adventure of the Naval Treaty," and "The Adventure of the Tired Captain." The first of these, however, deals with interest of such importance and implicates so many of the first families in the kingdom that for many years it will be impossible to make it public.

memorable - memorable, inolvidable

stain - mancha, lamparón, tacha, mancilla, colorante, contraste

implicates - implicar

No case, however, in which Holmes was engaged has ever illustrated the value of his analytical methods so clearly or has impressed those who were associated with him so deeply. I still retain an almost verbatim report of the interview in which he demonstrated the true facts of the case to Monsieur Dubugue of the Paris police, and Fritz von Waldbaum, the well-known specialist of Dantzig, both of whom had wasted their energies upon what proved to be side-issues. The new century will have come, however, before the story can be safely told. Meanwhile I pass on to the second on my list, which promised also at one time to be of national importance, and was marked by several incidents which give it a quite unique character.

Illustrated - Ilustrado; (illustrate); ilustrar

verbatim - literalmente, textualmente, palabra por palabra

monsieur - Senor

safely - seguro; seguramente

During my school-days I had been intimately associated with a lad named Percy Phelps, who was of much the same age as myself, though he was two classes ahead of me. He was a very brilliant boy, and carried away every prize which the school had to offer, finished his exploits by winning a scholarship which sent him on to continue his triumphant career at Cambridge. He was, I remember, extremely well connected, and even when we were all little boys together we knew that his mother's brother was Lord Holdhurst, the great conservative politician.

school-days - (school-days) Días escolares

exploits - hazanas; hazana, proeza, gesta, heroicidad

scholarship - beca, erudición, sabiduría

Cambridge - Cambridge

conservative - conservador, conservadora

politician - político, política

This gaudy relationship did him little good at school. On the contrary, it seemed rather a piquant thing to us to chevy him about the playground and hit him over the shins with a wicket. But it was another thing when he came out into the world. I heard vaguely that his abilities and the influences which he commanded had won him a good position at the Foreign Office, and then he passed completely out of my mind until the following letter recalled his existence:

gaudy - vistoso, llamativo, chillón

piquant - picante

playground - parque infantil, espacio de recreación, zona de juegos

shins - espinillas; espinilla

wicket - ventanilla

influences - influencias; influencia, influir, influenciar

Foreign Office - Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores

recalled - recordado; recordar, evocar, retirada

Briarbrae, Woking. My dear Watson,"I have no doubt that you can remember "Tadpole" Phelps, who was in the fifth form when you were in the third. It is possible even that you may have heard that through my uncle's influence I obtained a good appointment at the Foreign Office, and that I was in a situation of trust and honor until a horrible misfortune came suddenly to blast my career.

Tadpole - renacuajo, ranacuajo

blast - ráfaga

There is no use writing of the details of that dreadful event. In the event of your acceding to my request it is probable that I shall have to narrate them to you. I have only just recovered from nine weeks of brain-fever, and am still exceedingly weak. Do you think that you could bring your friend Mr. Holmes down to see me? I should like to have his opinion of the case, though the authorities assure me that nothing more can be done. Do try to bring him down, and as soon as possible.

acceding - adhesión; acceder, consentir, subir

narrate - narrar, contar

authorities - autoridad, policía, autoridades, fuerzas del orden, autorización

Every minute seems an hour while I live in this state of horrible suspense. Assure him that if I have not asked his advice sooner it was not because I did not appreciate his talents, but because I have been off my head ever since the blow fell. Now I am clear again, though I dare not think of it too much for fear of a relapse. I am still so weak that I have to write, as you see, by dictating. Do try to bring him.

suspense - suspenso; suspense

talents - talento, talentosos, talentoso

relapse - una recaída; reincidir, recaer, recaída, recidiva, reincidencia

dictating - dictando; orden, ordenar, dictar

Your old school-fellow,

Percy Phelps.

There was something that touched me as I read this letter, something pitiable in the reiterated appeals to bring Holmes. So moved was I that even had it been a difficult matter I should have tried it, but of course I knew well that Holmes loved his art, so that he was ever as ready to bring his aid as his client could be to receive it.

reiterated - reiterado; reiterar

appeals - apelaciones; suplicar, rogar

My wife agreed with me that not a moment should be lost in laying the matter before him, and so within an hour of breakfast-time I found myself back once more in the old rooms in Baker Street.

Holmes was seated at his side-table clad in his dressing-gown, and working hard over a chemical investigation. A large curved retort was boiling furiously in the bluish flame of a Bunsen burner, and the distilled drops were condensing into a two-litre measure. My friend hardly glanced up as I entered, and I, seeing that his investigation must be of importance, seated myself in an arm-chair and waited.

chemical - química; químico, producto químico

curved - curvado; curva, curvas, curvar, encorvar

retort - replicar

furiously - furiosamente

bluish - azulado

Bunsen burner - Mechero Bunsen

distilled - Destilar

condensing - condensación; condensar, condensarse

litre - litro

He dipped into this bottle or that, drawing out a few drops of each with his glass pipette, and finally brought a test-tube containing a solution over to the table. In his right hand he held a slip of litmus-paper.

dipped into - echar un vistazo, hojear; echar mano a ahorros

pipette - pipeta

test-tube - (test-tube) tubo de ensayo

litmus-paper - (litmus-paper) papel de tornasol

"You come at a crisis, Watson," said he. "If this paper remains blue, all is well. If it turns red, it means a man's life." He dipped it into the test-tube and it flushed at once into a dull, dirty crimson. "Hum! I thought as much!" he cried. "I will be at your service in an instant, Watson.

crisis - crisis

tube - tubo, canuto

crimson - carmín, carmesí

You will find tobacco in the Persian slipper." He turned to his desk and scribbled off several telegrams, which were handed over to the page-boy. Then he threw himself down into the chair opposite, and drew up his knees until his fingers clasped round his long, thin shins.

"A very commonplace little murder," said he. "You've got something better, I fancy. You are the stormy petrel of crime, Watson. What is it?"

I handed him the letter, which he read with the most concentrated attention.

"It does not tell us very much, does it?" he remarked, as he handed it back to me.

"Hardly anything."

"And yet the writing is of interest."

"But the writing is not his own."

"Precisely. It is a woman's."

"A man's surely," I cried.

"No, a woman's, and a woman of rare character. You see, at the commencement of an investigation it is something to know that your client is in close contact with some one who, for good or evil, has an exceptional nature. My interest is already awakened in the case. If you are ready we will start at once for Woking, and see this diplomatist who is in such evil case, and the lady to whom he dictates his letters."

commencement - inicio, incoación, comienzo

awakened - despertado; despertar, despertarse

diplomatist - diplomático

dictates - orden, ordenar, dictar

We were fortunate enough to catch an early train at Waterloo, and in a little under an hour we found ourselves among the fir-woods and the heather of Woking. Briarbrae proved to be a large detached house standing in extensive grounds within a few minutes'walk of the station. On sending in our cards we were shown into an elegantly appointed drawing-room, where we were joined in a few minutes by a rather stout man who received us with much hospitality.

early train - un tren temprano

fir-woods - (fir-woods) bosque de abetos

heather - brezo, urce

detached - desprendido; desacoplar

extensive - extenso

sending in - enviar

elegantly - con elegancia; elegantemente

His age may have been nearer forty than thirty, but his cheeks were so ruddy and his eyes so merry that he still conveyed the impression of a plump and mischievous boy.

merry - contento; alegre

plump - relleno, regordete, rechoncho

"I am so glad that you have come," said he, shaking our hands with effusion. "Percy has been inquiring for you all morning. Ah, Poor old chap, he clings to any straw! His father and his mother asked me to see you, for the mere mention of the subject is very painful to them."

effusion - efusión, derrame

inquiring - preguntando; investigar, informarse

Poor old chap - Pobre viejo

clings to - Aferrarse a

"We have had no details yet," observed Holmes. "I perceive that you are not yourself a member of the family."

Our acquaintance looked surprised, and then, glancing down, he began to laugh.

"Of course you saw the J H monogram on my locket," said he. "For a moment I thought you had done something clever. Joseph Harrison is my name, and as Percy is to marry my sister Annie I shall at least be a relation by marriage. You will find my sister in his room, for she has nursed him hand-and-foot this two months back. Perhaps we'd better go in at once, for I know how impatient he is."

monogram - monograma

Joseph - José, José de Arimetea

relation - relación, pariente

impatient - impaciente

The chamber in which we were shown was on the same floor as the drawing-room. It was furnished partly as a sitting and partly as a bedroom, with flowers arranged daintily in every nook and corner. A young man, very pale and worn, was lying upon a sofa near the open window, through which came the rich scent of the garden and the balmy summer air. A woman was sitting beside him, who rose as we entered.

"Shall I leave, Percy?" she asked.

He clutched her hand to detain her. "How are you, Watson?" said he, cordially. "I should never have known you under that moustache, and I dare say you would not be prepared to swear to me. This I presume is your celebrated friend, Mr. Sherlock Holmes?"

clutched - aferrado; agarrar

detain - panish: t-needed

moustache - bigote, mostacho

I introduced him in a few words, and we both sat down. The stout young man had left us, but his sister still remained with her hand in that of the invalid. She was a striking-looking woman, a little short and thick for symmetry, but with a beautiful olive complexion, large, dark, Italian eyes, and a wealth of deep black hair. Her rich tints made the white face of her companion the more worn and haggard by the contrast.

symmetry - simetría

complexion - tez

deep black - negro profundo

tints - tintes; tinte, matiz

"I won't waste your time," said he, raising himself upon the sofa. "I'll plunge into the matter without further preamble. I was a happy and successful man, Mr. Holmes, and on the eve of being married, when a sudden and dreadful misfortune wrecked all my prospects in life.

plunge - saltar; lanzarse, zambullirse, tirarse de cabeza

preamble - preámbulo

eve - víspera, vigilia

wrecked - destrozado; cacharro, trasto, guinapo, choque, desastre

prospects - perspectivas; perspectiva, vista, panorama, expectativa

"I was, as Watson may have told you, in the Foreign Office, and through the influences of my uncle, Lord Holdhurst, I rose rapidly to a responsible position. When my uncle became foreign minister in this administration he gave me several missions of trust, and as I always brought them to a successful conclusion, he came at last to have the utmost confidence in my ability and tact.

responsible - responsable, de responsabilidad, responsable

minister - ministro

administration - administración

missions - misiones; misión

"Nearly ten weeks ago"to be more accurate, on the 23d of May"he called me into his private room, and, after complimenting me on the good work which I had done, he informed me that he had a new commission of trust for me to execute.

complimenting - cumplidos; cumplido, felicitar, cumplimentar

execute - ejecutar, ajusticiar, arrancar

"'This,'said he, taking a gray roll of paper from his bureau, 'is the original of that secret treaty between England and Italy of which, I regret to say, some rumors have already got into the public press. It is of enormous importance that nothing further should leak out.

roll - rodar; rollo

Italy - Italia

Rumors - rumores; rumor, voz, rumorología, habladurías

leak out - gotear; filtrarse, salir a la luz

The French or the Russian embassy would pay an immense sum to learn the contents of these papers. They should not leave my bureau were it not that it is absolutely necessary to have them copied. You have a desk in your office?"

embassy - embajada

"'Yes, sir.'

"'Then take the treaty and lock it up there. I shall give directions that you may remain behind when the others go, so that you may copy it at your leisure without fear of being overlooked. When you have finished, relock both the original and the draft in the desk, and hand them over to me personally to-morrow morning.'

relock - Volver a cerrar

draft - corriente, corriente de aire, trago, cerveza de barril, calado

personally - personalmente

"I took the papers and""

"Excuse me an instant," said Holmes. "Were you alone during this conversation?"


"In a large room?"

"Thirty feet each way."

"In the centre?"

"Yes, about it."

"And speaking low?"

"My uncle's voice is always remarkably low. I hardly spoke at all."

"Thank you," said Holmes, shutting his eyes; "pray go on."

"I did exactly what he indicated, and waited until the other clerks had departed. One of them in my room, Charles Gorot, had some arrears of work to make up, so I left him there and went out to dine. When I returned he was gone.

departed - se ha ido; irse, salir, partir, panish:

arrears - atrasos; deuda vencida

dine - cenar

I was anxious to hurry my work, for I knew that Joseph"the Mr. Harrison whom you saw just now"was in town, and that he would travel down to Woking by the eleven-o'clock train, and I wanted if possible to catch it.

"When I came to examine the treaty I saw at once that it was of such importance that my uncle had been guilty of no exaggeration in what he had said. Without going into details, I may say that it defined the position of Great Britain towards the Triple Alliance, and fore-shadowed the policy which this country would pursue in the event of the French fleet gaining a complete ascendancy over that of Italy in the Mediterranean.

exaggeration - exageración

defined - efinido; determinar, definir, definirse, aclarar, describir

Britain - Gran Bretana

triple - triple, triple, triplicar

alliance - alianza

shadowed - sombreado; sombra

policy - política

pursue - perseguir, apuntar a

gaining - Ganando; (gain) Ganando

Mediterranean - mediterráneo

The questions treated in it were purely naval. At the end were the signatures of the high dignitaries who had signed it. I glanced my eyes over it, and then settled down to my task of copying.

signatures - firmas; firma, checkpliego

dignitaries - dignatarios; dignatario

"It was a long document, written in the French language, and containing twenty-six separate articles. I copied as quickly as I could, but at nine o'clock I had only done nine articles, and it seemed hopeless for me to attempt to catch my train. I was feeling drowsy and stupid, partly from my dinner and also from the effects of a long day's work.

drowsy - somnoliento; adormecido, sonoliento, somnífero, soporífero

A cup of coffee would clear my brain. A commissionnaire remains all night in a little lodge at the foot of the stairs, and is in the habit of making coffee at his spirit-lamp for any of the officials who may be working over time. I rang the bell, therefore, to summon him.

commissionnaire - Comisario

"To my surprise, it was a woman who answered the summons, a large, coarse-faced, elderly woman, in an apron. She explained that she was the commissionnaire's wife, who did the charing, and I gave her the order for the coffee.

summons - Citaciones; (summon) Citaciones

apron - delantal, mandil

"I wrote two more articles and then, feeling more drowsy than ever, I rose and walked up and down the room to stretch my legs. My coffee had not yet come, and I wondered what the cause of the delay could be. Opening the door, I started down the corridor to find out. There was a straight passage, dimly lighted, which led from the room in which I had been working, and was the only exit from it. It ended in a curving staircase, with the commissionnaire's lodge in the passage at the bottom. Half way down this staircase is a small landing, with another passage running into it at right angles.

curving - curvatura; curva, curvas, curvar, encorvar

angles - ángulos; anglo

This second one leads by means of a second small stair to a side door, used by servants, and also as a short cut by clerks when coming from Charles Street. Here is a rough chart of the place."

side door - puerta lateral

"Thank you. I think that I quite follow you," said Sherlock Holmes.

"It is of the utmost importance that you should notice this point. I went down the stairs and into the hall, where I found the commissionnaire fast asleep in his box, with the kettle boiling furiously upon the spirit-lamp. I took off the kettle and blew out the lamp, for the water was spurting over the floor.

spurting - saliendo a chorros; salir a chorro, chorrear

Then I put out my hand and was about to shake the man, who was still sleeping soundly, when a bell over his head rang loudly, and he woke with a start.

soundly - a fondo; profundo

"'Mr. Phelps, sir!'said he, looking at me in bewilderment.

"'I came down to see if my coffee was ready.'

"'I was boiling the kettle when I fell asleep, sir.'He looked at me and then up at the still quivering bell with an ever-growing astonishment upon his face.

"'If you was here, sir, then who rang the bell?'he asked.

"'The bell!'I cried. 'What bell is it?'

"'It's the bell of the room you were working in.'

"A cold hand seemed to close round my heart. Some one, then, was in that room where my precious treaty lay upon the table. I ran frantically up the stair and along the passage. There was no one in the corridors, Mr. Holmes. There was no one in the room. All was exactly as I left it, save only that the papers which had been committed to my care had been taken from the desk on which they lay. The copy was there, and the original was gone.

precious - preciosos; precioso

Holmes sat up in his chair and rubbed his hands. I could see that the problem was entirely to his heart. "Pray, what did you do then?" he murmured.

"I recognized in an instant that the thief must have come up the stairs from the side door. Of course I must have met him if he had come the other way."

"You were satisfied that he could not have been concealed in the room all the time, or in the corridor which you have just described as dimly lighted?"

"It is absolutely impossible. A rat could not conceal himself either in the room or the corridor. There is no cover at all."

conceal - esconder, ocultar

"Thank you. Pray proceed."

"The commissionnaire, seeing by my pale face that something was to be feared, had followed me upstairs. Now we both rushed along the corridor and down the steep steps which led to Charles Street. The door at the bottom was closed, but unlocked. We flung it open and rushed out. I can distinctly remember that as we did so there came three chimes from a neighboring clock. It was quarter to ten."

steep - mpinada; empinado

chimes - campanadas; carrillón

"That is of enormous importance," said Holmes, making a note upon his shirt-cuff.

cuff - muneca; puno

"The night was very dark, and a thin, warm rain was falling. There was no one in Charles Street, but a great traffic was going on, as usual, in Whitehall, at the extremity. We rushed along the pavement, bare-headed as we were, and at the far corner we found a policeman standing.

extremity - extremidad

pavement - pavimento, asfalto

"'A robbery has been committed,'I gasped. 'A document of immense value has been stolen from the Foreign Office. Has any one passed this way?'

"'I have been standing here for a quarter of an hour, sir,'said he; 'only one person has passed during that time"a woman, tall and elderly, with a Paisley shawl.'

shawl - un chal; chal, panolón

"'Ah, that is only my wife,'cried the commissionnaire; 'has no one else passed?'

"'No one.'

"'Then it must be the other way that the thief took,'cried the fellow, tugging at my sleeve.

tugging - Tirones; (tug); tirar, halar

"'But I was not satisfied, and the attempts which he made to draw me away increased my suspicions.

attempts - intentos; intentar, tentativa, intento, ensayo

"'Which way did the woman go?'I cried.

"'I don't know, sir. I noticed her pass, but I had no special reason for watching her. She seemed to be in a hurry.'

"'How long ago was it?'

"'Oh, not very many minutes.'

"'Within the last five?'

"'Well, it could not be more than five.'

"'You're only wasting your time, sir, and every minute now is of importance,'cried the commissionnaire; 'take my word for it that my old woman has nothing to do with it, and come down to the other end of the street. Well, if you won't, I will.'And with that he rushed off in the other direction.

wasting - Desperdiciar; (wast) Desperdiciar

"But I was after him in an instant and caught him by the sleeve.

"'Where do you live?'said I.

"'16 Ivy Lane, Brixton,'he answered. 'But don't let yourself be drawn away upon a false scent, Mr. Phelps. Come to the other end of the street and let us see if we can hear of anything.'

ivy - hiedra

"Nothing was to be lost by following his advice. With the policeman we both hurried down, but only to find the street full of traffic, many people coming and going, but all only too eager to get to a place of safety upon so wet a night. There was no lounger who could tell us who had passed.

lounger - tumbona

"Then we returned to the office, and searched the stairs and the passage without result. The corridor which led to the room was laid down with a kind of creamy linoleum which shows an impression very easily. We examined it very carefully, but found no outline of any footmark."

creamy - cremoso, crema

footmark - Marca del pie

"Had it been raining all evening?"

"Since about seven."

"How is it, then, that the woman who came into the room about nine left no traces with her muddy boots?"

Muddy - Fango

"I am glad you raised the point. It occurred to me at the time. The charwomen are in the habit of taking off their boots at the commissionnaire's office, and putting on list slippers."

charwomen - carteras; mujer de la limpieza

"That is very clear. There were no marks, then, though the night was a wet one? The chain of events is certainly one of extraordinary interest. What did you do next?

"We examined the room also. There is no possibility of a secret door, and the windows are quite thirty feet from the ground. Both of them were fastened on the inside. The carpet prevents any possibility of a trap-door, and the ceiling is of the ordinary whitewashed kind. I will pledge my life that whoever stole my papers could only have come through the door."

trap-door - (trap-door) Trampa

ceiling - techo; (ceil) techo

whitewashed - panish: t-needed

pledge - prometer, comprometerse, hipotecar, empenar, pignorar

"How about the fireplace?"

"They use none. There is a stove. The bell-rope hangs from the wire just to the right of my desk. Whoever rang it must have come right up to the desk to do it. But why should any criminal wish to ring the bell? It is a most insoluble mystery."

stove - fogón; estufa, cocina, horno; (stave); duela, estrofa

insoluble - insoluble

"Certainly the incident was unusual. What were your next steps? You examined the room, I presume, to see if the intruder had left any traces"any cigar-end or dropped glove or hairpin or other trifle?"

glove - guante, gorro

hairpin - pinza; horquilla, gancho, pinche

"There was nothing of the sort."

"No smell?"

"Well, we never thought of that."

"Ah, a scent of tobacco would have been worth a great deal to us in such an investigation."

"I never smoke myself, so I think I should have observed it if there had been any smell of tobacco. There was absolutely no clue of any kind. The only tangible fact was that the commissionnaire's wife"Mrs. Tangey was the name"had hurried out of the place.

tangible - tangible, palpable

He could give no explanation save that it was about the time when the woman always went home. The policeman and I agreed that our best plan would be to seize the woman before she could get rid of the papers, presuming that she had them.

"The alarm had reached Scotland Yard by this time, and Mr. Forbes, the detective, came round at once and took up the case with a great deal of energy. We hired a hansom, and in half an hour we were at the address which had been given to us. A young woman opened the door, who proved to be Mrs. Tangey's eldest daughter. Her mother had not come back yet, and we were shown into the front room to wait.

"About ten minutes later a knock came at the door, and here we made the one serious mistake for which I blame myself. Instead of opening the door ourselves, we allowed the girl to do so. We heard her say, 'Mother, there are two men in the house waiting to see you,'and an instant afterwards we heard the patter of feet rushing down the passage.

patter - repiquetear, golpear, corretear; (pat) repiquetear, golpear

Forbes flung open the door, and we both ran into the back room or kitchen, but the woman had got there before us. She stared at us with defiant eyes, and then, suddenly recognizing me, an expression of absolute astonishment came over her face.

defiant - desafiante, fresco, contestatario

"'Why, if it isn't Mr. Phelps, of the office!'she cried.

"'Come, come, who did you think we were when you ran away from us?'asked my companion.

"'I thought you were the brokers,'said she, 'we have had some trouble with a tradesman.'

brokers - corredores; corredor/agente de bolsa

tradesman - obrero; artesano

"'That's not quite good enough,'answered Forbes. 'We have reason to believe that you have taken a paper of importance from the Foreign Office, and that you ran in here to dispose of it. You must come back with us to Scotland Yard to be searched.'

"It was in vain that she protested and resisted. A four-wheeler was brought, and we all three drove back in it. We had first made an examination of the kitchen, and especially of the kitchen fire, to see whether she might have made away with the papers during the instant that she was alone.

protested - protestó; protestar, proclamar, oponerse, objetar, protesta

resisted - esistido; resistir, panish: t-needed

There were no signs, however, of any ashes or scraps. When we reached Scotland Yard she was handed over at once to the female searcher. I waited in an agony of suspense until she came back with her report. There were no signs of the papers.

searcher - buscador

"Then for the first time the horror of my situation came in its full force. Hitherto I had been acting, and action had numbed thought. I had been so confident of regaining the treaty at once that I had not dared to think of what would be the consequence if I failed to do so. But now there was nothing more to be done, and I had leisure to realize my position. It was horrible. Watson there would tell you that I was a nervous, sensitive boy at school. It is my nature. I thought of my uncle and of his colleagues in the Cabinet, of the shame which I had brought upon him, upon myself, upon every one connected with me. What though I was the victim of an extraordinary accident?

hitherto - hasta ahora, hasta aquí, hasta este momento, en ese entonces

Regaining - recuperando; recobrar

No allowance is made for accidents where diplomatic interests are at stake. I was ruined, shamefully, hopelessly ruined. I don't know what I did. I fancy I must have made a scene. I have a dim recollection of a group of officials who crowded round me, endeavoring to soothe me. One of them drove down with me to Waterloo, and saw me into the Woking train. I believe that he would have come all the way had it not been that Dr. Ferrier, who lives near me, was going down by that very train. The doctor most kindly took charge of me, and it was well he did so, for I had a fit in the station, and before we reached home I was practically a raving maniac.

diplomatic - diplomático

ruined - arruinado; ruina, desbaratar, arruinar, estropear, dar al traste

shamefully - vergonzosamente

recollection - Recuerdo

endeavoring - se esfuerza; tentativa, esfuerzo, empeno, empresa

maniac - maníaco, maniaco, maniático

"You can imagine the state of things here when they were roused from their beds by the doctor's ringing and found me in this condition. Poor Annie here and my mother were broken-hearted. Dr. Ferrier had just heard enough from the detective at the station to be able to give an idea of what had happened, and his story did not mend matters. It was evident to all that I was in for a long illness, so Joseph was bundled out of this cheery bedroom, and it was turned into a sick-room for me. Here I have lain, Mr. Holmes, for over nine weeks, unconscious, and raving with brain-fever. If it had not been for Miss Harrison here and for the doctor's care I should not be speaking to you now. She has nursed me by day and a hired nurse has looked after me by night, for in my mad fits I was capable of anything. Slowly my reason has cleared, but it is only during the last three days that my memory has quite returned. Sometimes I wish that it never had.

mend - remiendo, remendar, reparar

bundled - en paquetes; haz, atado, fajo, atar, liar

unconscious - inconsciente, subconsciente, subconsciencia

looked after - cuidar

The first thing that I did was to wire to Mr. Forbes, who had the case in hand. He came out, and assures me that, though everything has been done, no trace of a clue has been discovered. The commissionnaire and his wife have been examined in every way without any light being thrown upon the matter. The suspicions of the police then rested upon young Gorot, who, as you may remember, stayed over time in the office that night. His remaining behind and his French name were really the only two points which could suggest suspicion; but, as a matter of fact, I did not begin work until he had gone, and his people are of Huguenot extraction, but as English in sympathy and tradition as you and I are. Nothing was found to implicate him in any way, and there the matter dropped. I turn to you, Mr. Holmes, as absolutely my last hope. If you fail me, then my honor as well as my position are forever forfeited."

Huguenot - hugonote, hugonota

implicate - implicar

The invalid sank back upon his cushions, tired out by this long recital, while his nurse poured him out a glass of some stimulating medicine. Holmes sat silently, with his head thrown back and his eyes closed, in an attitude which might seem listless to a stranger, but which I knew betokened the most intense self-absorption.

tired out - agotado

recital - recitación, recital, considerando

stimulating - estimulante; estimular

silently - en silencio; silenciosamente

thrown back - lanzar hacia atrás; frenar; apurar; devolver

listless - lánguido; apático, indiferente

most intense - el más intenso

absorption - absorción, concentración

"You statement has been so explicit," said he at last, "that you have really left me very few questions to ask. There is one of the very utmost importance, however. Did you tell any one that you had this special task to perform?"

explicit - explícito

"No one."

"Not Miss Harrison here, for example?"

"No. I had not been back to Woking between getting the order and executing the commission."

been back - estar de vuelta

executing - ejecutando; ejecutar, ajusticiar, arrancar

"And none of your people had by chance been to see you?"


"Did any of them know their way about in the office?"

"Oh, yes, all of them had been shown over it."

"Still, of course, if you said nothing to any one about the treaty these inquiries are irrelevant."

irrelevant - irrelevante

"I said nothing."

"Do you know anything of the commissionnaire?"

"Nothing except that he is an old soldier."

"What regiment?"

"Oh, I have heard"Coldstream Guards."

guards - guardias; guarda, guardia, guardés, guarda, tapador, bloque

"Thank you. I have no doubt I can get details from Forbes. The authorities are excellent at amassing facts, though they do not always use them to advantage. What a lovely thing a rose is!"

amassing - mas

He walked past the couch to the open window, and held up the drooping stalk of a moss-rose, looking down at the dainty blend of crimson and green. It was a new phase of his character to me, for I had never before seen him show any keen interest in natural objects.

stalk - tallo; palanca; acechar, acosar

moss - musgo

dainty - delicado, manoso

blend - mezcla, mezclar, combinar

"There is nothing in which deduction is so necessary as in religion," said he, leaning with his back against the shutters. "It can be built up as an exact science by the reasoner. Our highest assurance of the goodness of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers. All other things, our powers our desires, our food, are all really necessary for our existence in the first instance. But this rose is an extra.

religion - religión

shutters - persianas; postigo, contraventana, obturador

goodness - bondad

desires - deseos; desear, deseo, gana

instance - caso, ejemplo, ocasión, instancia

Its smell and its color are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers."

embellishment - adorno; embellecimiento

Percy Phelps and his nurse looked at Holmes during this demonstration with surprise and a good deal of disappointment written upon their faces. He had fallen into a reverie, with the moss-rose between his fingers. It had lasted some minutes before the young lady broke in upon it.

demonstration - demostración, manifestación

"Do you see any prospect of solving this mystery, Mr. Holmes?" she asked, with a touch of asperity in her voice.

"Oh, the mystery!" he answered, coming back with a start to the realities of life. "Well, it would be absurd to deny that the case is a very abstruse and complicated one, but I can promise you that I will look into the matter and let you know any points which may strike me."

realities - realidades; realidad

abstruse - abstruso

complicated - complicado; complicar

"Do you see any clue?"

"You have furnished me with seven, but, of course, I must test them before I can pronounce upon their value."

"You suspect some one?"

"I suspect myself."


"Of coming to conclusions too rapidly."

"Then go to London and test your conclusions."

"Your advice is very excellent, Miss Harrison," said Holmes, rising. "I think, Watson, we cannot do better. Do not allow yourself to indulge in false hopes, Mr. Phelps. The affair is a very tangled one."

indulge in - darse el gusto

"I shall be in a fever until I see you again," cried the diplomatist.

"Well, I'll come out by the same train to-morrow, though it's more than likely that my report will be a negative one."

"God bless you for promising to come," cried our client. "It gives me fresh life to know that something is being done. By the way, I have had a letter from Lord Holdhurst."

"Ha! What did he say?"

"He was cold, but not harsh. I dare say my severe illness prevented him from being that. He repeated that the matter was of the utmost importance, and added that no steps would be taken about my future"by which he means, of course, my dismissal"until my health was restored and I had an opportunity of repairing my misfortune."

restored - restaurado; restablecer, restaurar

"Well, that was reasonable and considerate," said Holmes. "Come, Watson, for we have a good day's work before us in town."

reasonable - razonable, módico

Mr. Joseph Harrison drove us down to the station, and we were soon whirling up in a Portsmouth train. Holmes was sunk in profound thought, and hardly opened his mouth until we had passed Clapham Junction.

whirling - Girando; (whirl) Girando

profound - profundo

"It's a very cheery thing to come into London by any of these lines which run high, and allow you to look down upon the houses like this."

I thought he was joking, for the view was sordid enough, but he soon explained himself.

sordid - sórdido

"Look at those big, isolated clumps of building rising up above the slates, like brick islands in a lead-colored sea."

"The board-schools."

"Light-houses, my boy! Beacons of the future! Capsules with hundreds of bright little seeds in each, out of which will spring the wise, better England of the future. I suppose that man Phelps does not drink?"

beacons - balizas; baliza, almenara, cúspide, punto conspicuo

Capsules - cápsulas; cápsula

seeds - semillas; semilla

"I should not think so."

"Nor should I, but we are bound to take every possibility into account. The poor devil has certainly got himself into very deep water, and it's a question whether we shall ever be able to get him ashore. What did you think of Miss Harrison?"

ashore - en tierra

"A girl of strong character."

"Yes, but she is a good sort, or I am mistaken. She and her brother are the only children of an iron-master somewhere up Northumberland way. He got engaged to her when traveling last winter, and she came down to be introduced to his people, with her brother as escort.

escort - acompanante; escolta, acompanante, escoltar

Then came the smash, and she stayed on to nurse her lover, while brother Joseph, finding himself pretty snug, stayed on too. I've been making a few independent inquiries, you see. But to-day must be a day of inquiries."

snug - cómodo, confortable, ajustado, cenido

"My practice"" I began.

"Oh, if you find your own cases more interesting than mine"" said Holmes, with some asperity.

"I was going to say that my practice could get along very well for a day or two, since it is the slackest time in the year."

slackest - más flojo; flojo

"Excellent," said he, recovering his good-humor. "Then we'll look into this matter together. I think that we should begin by seeing Forbes. He can probably tell us all the details we want until we know from what side the case is to be approached."

"You said you had a clue?"

"Well, we have several, but we can only test their value by further inquiry. The most difficult crime to track is the one which is purposeless. Now this is not purposeless. Who is it who profits by it? There is the French ambassador, there is the Russian, there is whoever might sell it to either of these, and there is Lord Holdhurst."

profits - ganancias; ganancia, beneficio, explotar, beneficiarse

ambassador - embajador, embajadora

"Lord Holdhurst!"

"Well, it is just conceivable that a statesman might find himself in a position where he was not sorry to have such a document accidentally destroyed."

statesman - un estadista; estadista

accidentally - accidentalmente

"Not a statesman with the honorable record of Lord Holdhurst?"

honorable - honorable, honroso

"It is a possibility and we cannot afford to disregard it. We shall see the noble lord to-day and find out if he can tell us anything. Meanwhile I have already set inquiries on foot."

afford - pagar; costear, permitirse

disregard - desprecio; descuidar, desatender, ignorar

noble - noble


"Yes, I sent wires from Woking station to every evening paper in London. This advertisement will appear in each of them."

He handed over a sheet torn from a note-book. On it was scribbled in pencil: "L10 reward. The number of the cab which dropped a fare at or about the door of the Foreign Office in Charles Street at quarter to ten in the evening of May 23d. Apply 221 B, Baker Street."

fare - tarifa, precio del billete

"You are confident that the thief came in a cab?"

"If not, there is no harm done. But if Mr. Phelps is correct in stating that there is no hiding-place either in the room or the corridors, then the person must have come from outside. If he came from outside on so wet a night, and yet left no trace of damp upon the linoleum, which was examined within a few minutes of his passing, then it is exceeding probable that he came in a cab. Yes, I think that we may safely deduce a cab."

exceeding - excediéndose; sobrepasar, pasarse, exceder

"It sounds plausible."

plausible - es plausible; probable, plausible

"That is one of the clues of which I spoke. It may lead us to something. And then, of course, there is the bell"which is the most distinctive feature of the case. Why should the bell ring? Was it the thief who did it out of bravado? Or was it some one who was with the thief who did it in order to prevent the crime?

distinctive feature - característica distintiva

bravado - valentía; bravata, bravuconada

Or was it an accident? Or was it"?" He sank back into the state of intense and silent thought from which he had emerged; but it seemed to me, accustomed as I was to his every mood, that some new possibility had dawned suddenly upon him.

dawned - amaneció; amanecer, alba, amanecer, aurora, madrugada

It was twenty past three when we reached our terminus, and after a hasty luncheon at the buffet we pushed on at once to Scotland Yard. Holmes had already wired to Forbes, and we found him waiting to receive us"a small, foxy man with a sharp but by no means amiable expression. He was decidedly frigid in his manner to us, especially when he heard the errand upon which we had come.

hasty - apresurarse; apresurado, de prisa, arrebatado, atropellado

buffet - bofetada

wired - conectado, cableado, alámbrico, panish: t-needed

foxy - zorruno, pelirrojo

amiable - amable, afable

decidedly - decididamente; resueltamente

frigid - frígida; frígido, frío

"I've heard of your methods before now, Mr. Holmes," said he, tartly. "You are ready enough to use all the information that the police can lay at your disposal, and then you try to finish the case yourself and bring discredit on them."

discredit - desacreditar, descreer, descrédito

"On the contrary," said Holmes, "out of my last fifty-three cases my name has only appeared in four, and the police have had all the credit in forty-nine. I don't blame you for not knowing this, for you are young and inexperienced, but if you wish to get on in your new duties you will work with me and not against me."

inexperienced - no tiene experiencia; inexperto

"I'd be very glad of a hint or two," said the detective, changing his manner. "I've certainly had no credit from the case so far."

"What steps have you taken?"

"Tangey, the commissionnaire, has been shadowed. He left the Guards with a good character and we can find nothing against him. His wife is a bad lot, though. I fancy she knows more about this than appears."

"Have you shadowed her?"

"We have set one of our women on to her. Mrs. Tangey drinks, and our woman has been with her twice when she was well on, but she could get nothing out of her."

"I understand that they have had brokers in the house?"

"Yes, but they were paid off."

"Where did the money come from?"

"That was all right. His pension was due. They have not shown any sign of being in funds."

pension - pensión, pensionar

funds - fondos; fondo, capital, financiar, sufragar, patrocinar

"What explanation did she give of having answered the bell when Mr. Phelps rang for the coffee?"

"She said that her husband was very tired and she wished to relieve him."

relieve - aliviar, relevar

"Well, certainly that would agree with his being found a little later asleep in his chair. There is nothing against them then but the woman's character. Did you ask her why she hurried away that night? Her haste attracted the attention of the police constable."

attracted - atraído; atraer, llamar

police constable - agente de policía

"She was later than usual and wanted to get home."

"Did you point out to her that you and Mr. Phelps, who started at least twenty minutes after her, got home before her?"

"She explains that by the difference between a 'bus and a hansom."

"Did she make it clear why, on reaching her house, she ran into the back kitchen?"

"Because she had the money there with which to pay off the brokers."

"She has at least an answer for everything. Did you ask her whether in leaving she met any one or saw any one loitering about Charles Street?"

loitering - merodear; vagancia, merodeo; (loiter); holgazanear

"She saw no one but the constable."

"Well, you seem to have cross-examined her pretty thoroughly. What else have you done?"

thoroughly - cabalmente, a cabalidad, a fondo, detenidamente

"The clerk Gorot has been shadowed all these nine weeks, but without result. We can show nothing against him."

"Anything else?"

"Well, we have nothing else to go upon"no evidence of any kind."

"Have you formed a theory about how that bell rang?"

"Well, I must confess that it beats me. It was a cool hand, whoever it was, to go and give the alarm like that."

"Yes, it was a queer thing to do. Many thanks to you for what you have told me. If I can put the man into your hands you shall hear from me. Come along, Watson."

Many thanks - Muchas gracias

"Where are we going to now?" I asked, as we left the office.

"We are now going to interview Lord Holdhurst, the cabinet minister and future premier of England."

premier - primero, principal

We were fortunate in finding that Lord Holdhurst was still in his chambers in Downing Street, and on Holmes sending in his card we were instantly shown up. The statesman received us with that old-fashioned courtesy for which he is remarkable, and seated us on the two luxuriant lounges on either side of the fireplace.

shown up - aparecer; ser visible

courtesy - cortesía, de cortesía

lounges - alones; relajarse, sala de estar, estancia, reposera

Standing on the rug between us, with his slight, tall figure, his sharp features, thoughtful face, and curling hair prematurely tinged with gray, he seemed to represent that not too common type, a nobleman who is in truth noble.

rug - tapete, alfombra, alfombrilla

represent - representar

"Your name is very familiar to me, Mr. Holmes," said he, smiling. "And, of course, I cannot pretend to be ignorant of the object of your visit. There has only been one occurrence in these offices which could call for your attention. In whose interest are you acting, may I ask?"

ignorant - ignorante, ignaro, inculto

"In that of Mr. Percy Phelps," answered Holmes.

"Ah, my unfortunate nephew! You can understand that our kinship makes it the more impossible for me to screen him in any way. I fear that the incident must have a very prejudicial effect upon his career."

nephew - sobrino

kinship - parentesco

prejudicial - prejuicioso, perjudicial

"But if the document is found?"

"Ah, that, of course, would be different."

"I had one or two questions which I wished to ask you, Lord Holdhurst."

"I shall be happy to give you any information in my power."

"Was it in this room that you gave your instructions as to the copying of the document?"

"It was."

"Then you could hardly have been overheard?"

"It is out of the question."

It is out of the question - fuera de discusión

"Did you ever mention to any one that it was your intention to give any one the treaty to be copied?"


"You are certain of that?"


"Well, since you never said so, and Mr. Phelps never said so, and nobody else knew anything of the matter, then the thief's presence in the room was purely accidental. He saw his chance and he took it."

accidental - accidental, casual, imprevisto, fortuito

The statesman smiled. "You take me out of my province there," said he.

province - provincia

Holmes considered for a moment. "There is another very important point which I wish to discuss with you," said he. "You feared, as I understand, that very grave results might follow from the details of this treaty becoming known."

A shadow passed over the expressive face of the statesman. "Very grave results indeed."

expressive - expresivo

"And have they occurred?"

"Not yet."

"If the treaty had reached, let us say, the French or Russian Foreign Office, you would expect to hear of it?"

"I should," said Lord Holdhurst, with a wry face.

"Since nearly ten weeks have elapsed, then, and nothing has been heard, it is not unfair to suppose that for some reason the treaty has not reached them."

unfair - injusto

Lord Holdhurst shrugged his shoulders.

"We can hardly suppose, Mr. Holmes, that the thief took the treaty in order to frame it and hang it up."

frame - arco; levantar la estructura, armar, enmarcar, concebir

"Perhaps he is waiting for a better price."

"If he waits a little longer he will get no price at all. The treaty will cease to be secret in a few months."

"That is most important," said Holmes. "Of course, it is a possible supposition that the thief has had a sudden illness""

"An attack of brain-fever, for example?" asked the statesman, flashing a swift glance at him.

"I did not say so," said Holmes, imperturbably. "And now, Lord Holdhurst, we have already taken up too much of your valuable time, and we shall wish you good-day."

"Every success to your investigation, be the criminal who it may," answered the nobleman, as he bowed us out the door.

"He's a fine fellow," said Holmes, as we came out into Whitehall. "But he has a struggle to keep up his position. He is far from rich and has many calls. You noticed, of course, that his boots had been resoled. Now, Watson, I won't detain you from your legitimate work any longer.

resoled - resuelto; panish: t-needed

legitimate - legítimo, genuino

I shall do nothing more to-day, unless I have an answer to my cab advertisement. But I should be extremely obliged to you if you would come down with me to Woking to-morrow, by the same train which we took yesterday."

I met him accordingly next morning and we traveled down to Woking together. He had had no answer to his advertisement, he said, and no fresh light had been thrown upon the case. He had, when he so willed it, the utter immobility of countenance of a red Indian, and I could not gather from his appearance whether he was satisfied or not with the position of the case.

accordingly - en consecuencia, por consiguiente, consecuentemente

immobility - inmovilidad

gather from - Recoger de

His conversation, I remember, was about the Bertillon system of measurements, and he expressed his enthusiastic admiration of the French savant.

enthusiastic - entusiasmado, entusiástico

admiration - admiración

We found our client still under the charge of his devoted nurse, but looking considerably better than before. He rose from the sofa and greeted us without difficulty when we entered.

"Any news?" he asked, eagerly.

"My report, as I expected, is a negative one," said Holmes. "I have seen Forbes, and I have seen your uncle, and I have set one or two trains of inquiry upon foot which may lead to something."

"You have not lost heart, then?"

"By no means."

"God bless you for saying that!" cried Miss Harrison. "If we keep our courage and our patience the truth must come out."

"We have more to tell you than you have for us," said Phelps, reseating himself upon the couch.

reseating - Volver a sentarse

"I hoped you might have something."

"Yes, we have had an adventure during the night, and one which might have proved to be a serious one." His expression grew very grave as he spoke, and a look of something akin to fear sprang up in his eyes. "Do you know," said he, "that I begin to believe that I am the unconscious centre of some monstrous conspiracy, and that my life is aimed at as well as my honor?"

akin - parecido; emparentado, semejante, similar

aimed - dirigido; apuntar

"Ah!" cried Holmes.

"It sounds incredible, for I have not, as far as I know, an enemy in the world. Yet from last night's experience I can come to no other conclusion."

"Pray let me hear it."

"You must know that last night was the very first night that I have ever slept without a nurse in the room. I was so much better that I thought I could dispense with one. I had a night-light burning, however. Well, about two in the morning I had sunk into a light sleep when I was suddenly aroused by a slight noise. It was like the sound which a mouse makes when it is gnawing a plank, and I lay listening to it for some time under the impression that it must come from that cause.

dispense with - prescindir de; deshacerse de

gnawing - roer; corrosivo, punzante; insistente; (gnaw); roer

plank - placa; tablón, artículo, entablar

Then it grew louder, and suddenly there came from the window a sharp metallic snick. I sat up in amazement. There could be no doubt what the sounds were now. The first ones had been caused by some one forcing an instrument through the slit between the sashes, and the second by the catch being pressed back.

metallic - metálico, metalizado

sashes - fajas; faja; fajín (militar)

pressed - presionado; apretar, presionar

"There was a pause then for about ten minutes, as if the person were waiting to see whether the noise had awakened me. Then I heard a gentle creaking as the window was very slowly opened. I could stand it no longer, for my nerves are not what they used to be. I sprang out of bed and flung open the shutters. A man was crouching at the window. I could see little of him, for he was gone like a flash.

gentle - tierno, suave, tranquilo, medido, gradual, amable

flash - destello

He was wrapped in some sort of cloak which came across the lower part of his face. One thing only I am sure of, and that is that he had some weapon in his hand. It looked to me like a long knife. I distinctly saw the gleam of it as he turned to run."

cloak - capa, embozo, velo, capa, embozar

lower part - la parte inferior

"This is most interesting," said Holmes. "Pray what did you do then?"

"I should have followed him through the open window if I had been stronger. As it was, I rang the bell and roused the house. It took me some little time, for the bell rings in the kitchen and the servants all sleep upstairs. I shouted, however, and that brought Joseph down, and he roused the others. Joseph and the groom found marks on the bed outside the window, but the weather has been so dry lately that they found it hopeless to follow the trail across the grass.

rings - anillos; anillo

There's a place, however, on the wooden fence which skirts the road which shows signs, they tell me, as if some one had got over, and had snapped the top of the rail in doing so. I have said nothing to the local police yet, for I thought I had best have your opinion first."

fence - valla; cerca, cerramiento, barda, perista

This tale of our client's appeared to have an extraordinary effect upon Sherlock Holmes. He rose from his chair and paced about the room in uncontrollable excitement.

"Misfortunes never come single," said Phelps, smiling, though it was evident that his adventure had somewhat shaken him.

misfortunes - desgracias; infortunio, gafe, mala suerte, desgracia

"You have certainly had your share," said Holmes. "Do you think you could walk round the house with me?"

walk round - dar una vuelta

"Oh, yes, I should like a little sunshine. Joseph will come, too."

sunshine - sol, luz del sol

"And I also," said Miss Harrison.

"I am afraid not," said Holmes, shaking his head. "I think I must ask you to remain sitting exactly where you are."

The young lady resumed her seat with an air of displeasure. Her brother, however, had joined us and we set off all four together. We passed round the lawn to the outside of the young diplomatist's window. There were, as he had said, marks upon the bed, but they were hopelessly blurred and vague. Holmes stopped over them for an instant, and then rose shrugging his shoulders.

displeasure - disgusto, desazón

"I don't think any one could make much of this," said he. "Let us go round the house and see why this particular room was chosen by the burglar. I should have thought those larger windows of the drawing-room and dining-room would have had more attractions for him."

"They are more visible from the road," suggested Mr. Joseph Harrison.

"Ah, yes, of course. There is a door here which he might have attempted. What is it for?"

"It is the side entrance for trades-people. Of course it is locked at night."

side entrance - entrada lateral

"Have you ever had an alarm like this before?"

"Never," said our client.

"Do you keep plate in the house, or anything to attract burglars?"

attract - atraer, llamar

"Nothing of value."

Holmes strolled round the house with his hands in his pockets and a negligent air which was unusual with him.

negligent - negligente

"By the way," said he to Joseph Harrison, "you found some place, I understand, where the fellow scaled the fence. Let us have a look at that!"

scaled - a escala; escala

The plump young man led us to a spot where the top of one of the wooden rails had been cracked. A small fragment of the wood was hanging down. Holmes pulled it off and examined it critically.

rails - rieles; barra

critically - críticamente

"Do you think that was done last night? It looks rather old, does it not?"

"Well, possibly so."

"There are no marks of any one jumping down upon the other side. No, I fancy we shall get no help here. Let us go back to the bedroom and talk the matter over."

Percy Phelps was walking very slowly, leaning upon the arm of his future brother-in-law. Holmes walked swiftly across the lawn, and we were at the open window of the bedroom long before the others came up.

"Miss Harrison," said Holmes, speaking with the utmost intensity of manner, "you must stay where you are all day. Let nothing prevent you from staying where you are all day. It is of the utmost importance."

"Certainly, if you wish it, Mr. Holmes," said the girl in astonishment.

"When you go to bed lock the door of this room on the outside and keep the key. Promise to do this."

"But Percy?"

"He will come to London with us."

"And am I to remain here?"

"It is for his sake. You can serve him. Quick! Promise!"

She gave a quick nod of assent just as the other two came up.

nod - asentir, cabecear, cabezada

assent - asentir, consentir, asentimiento

"Why do you sit moping there, Annie?" cried her brother. "Come out into the sunshine!"

moping - deprimido; desanimarse

"No, thank you, Joseph. I have a slight headache and this room is deliciously cool and soothing."

deliciously - deliciosamente

"What do you propose now, Mr. Holmes?" asked our client.

propose - proponer, pedir la mano, pedir matrimonio, proponer matrimonio

"Well, in investigating this minor affair we must not lose sight of our main inquiry. It would be a very great help to me if you would come up to London with us."

"At once?"

"Well, as soon as you conveniently can. Say in an hour."

"I feel quite strong enough, if I can really be of any help."

"The greatest possible."

"Perhaps you would like me to stay there to-night?"

"I was just going to propose it."

"Then, if my friend of the night comes to revisit me, he will find the bird flown. We are all in your hands, Mr. Holmes, and you must tell us exactly what you would like done. Perhaps you would prefer that Joseph came with us so as to look after me?"

revisit - revisitar; Volver a Visitar

"Oh, no; my friend Watson is a medical man, you know, and he'll look after you. We'll have our lunch here, if you will permit us, and then we shall all three set off for town together."

It was arranged as he suggested, though Miss Harrison excused herself from leaving the bedroom, in accordance with Holmes's suggestion. What the object of my friend's manoeuvres was I could not conceive, unless it were to keep the lady away from Phelps, who, rejoiced by his returning health and by the prospect of action, lunched with us in the dining-room.

excused - disculpado; excusar, perdonar, panish: t-needed

accordance - de acuerdo; acuerdo, conformidad, arreglo

manoeuvres - maniobras; maniobra

rejoiced - se alegró; alegrarse, regocijarse

Holmes had a still more startling surprise for us, however, for, after accompanying us down to the station and seeing us into our carriage, he calmly announced that he had no intention of leaving Woking.

startling - sorprendente, alarmante; (startle); sobresaltarse, alarmarse

calmly - con calma; tranquilamente

"There are one or two small points which I should desire to clear up before I go," said he. "Your absence, Mr. Phelps, will in some ways rather assist me. Watson, when you reach London you would oblige me by driving at once to Baker Street with our friend here, and remaining with him until I see you again. It is fortunate that you are old school-fellows, as you must have much to talk over.

talk over - convencer a alguien; hablar de algo

Mr. Phelps can have the spare bedroom to-night, and I will be with you in time for breakfast, for there is a train which will take me into Waterloo at eight."

spare - de repuesto; prescindir, pasar sin

"But how about our investigation in London?" asked Phelps, ruefully.

ruefully - con tristeza

"We can do that to-morrow. I think that just at present I can be of more immediate use here."

immediate - inmediata; inm