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There are instincts which are deeper than reason. ~ The Nightmare Room

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We went upstairs together, the colonel first with the lamp, the fat manager and I behind him. It was a labyrinth of an old house, with corridors, passages, narrow winding staircases, and little low doors, the thresholds of which were hollowed out by the generations who had crossed them. There were no carpets and no signs of any furniture above the ground floor, while the plaster was peeling off the walls, and the damp was breaking through in green, unhealthy blotches." ~ The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb

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"Suddenly, without any preliminary sound in the midst of the utter stillness, the door of my room swung slowly open. The woman was standing in the aperture, the darkness of the hall behind her, the yellow light from my lamp beating upon her eager and beautiful face. I could see at a glance that she was sick with fear, and the sight sent a chill to my own heart. She held up one shaking finger to warn me to be silent, and she shot a few whispered words of broken English at me, her eyes glancing back, like those of a frightened horse, into the gloom behind her." ~ The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb

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"Ah, me! it's a wicked world, and when a clever man turns his brains to crime it is the worst of all." ~ The Adventure of the Speckled Band

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"But I have heard, Mr. Holmes, that you can see deeply into the manifold wickedness of the human heart. You may advise me how to walk amid the dangers which encompass me." ~ The Adventure of the Speckled Band

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"When a doctor does go wrong he is the first of criminals. He has nerve and he has knowledge." ~ The Adventure of the Speckled Band

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"It is a fool's plan to teach a man to be a cur in peace, and think that he will be a lion in war." ~ The White Company

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"Streams may spring from one source, and yet some be clear and some be foul." ~ The White Company

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A minute later the bailiff and four of his men rode past him on their journey back to Southampton, the other two having been chosen as grave-diggers. As they passed Alleyne saw that one of the men was wiping his sword-blade upon the mane of his horse. A deadly sickness came over him at the sight, and sitting down by the wayside he burst out weeping, with his nerves all in a jangle. It was a terrible world thought he, and it was hard to know which were the most to be dreaded, the knaves or the men of the law. ~ The White Company

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Clouds of insects danced and buzzed in the golden autumn light, and the air was full of the piping of the song-birds. Long, glinting dragonflies shot across the path, or hung tremulous with gauzy wings and gleaming bodies. ~ The White Company

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