The Hound of the Baskervilles L1
The September sun was shining brightly into the windows of 221B Baker Street, and London was enjoying a beautiful late summer.
I had finished my breakfast and was reading the newspaper. As usual, Holmes had got up late, and was still eating. We were expecting a visitor at half past ten, and I wondered whether Holmes would finish his breakfast before our visitor arrived.(1)
Holmes was in no hurry. He was reading once again a letter he had received three days ago. It was from Dr James Mortimer, who asked for an appointment with Holmes.(2)
'Well, Watson, 'Holmes said to me, 'I'm afraid that a doctor from Devonshire won't bring us anything of real interest.(3) His letter doesn't tell us anything about his business though he says it's very important. I hope we can help him.'
At exactly half past ten there was a knock on our front door.
'Good,' said Holmes. 'Dr Mortimer is clearly a man who will not waste our time.'
We stood up as our visitor was brought into the room.
'Good morning, gentlemen,' he said. 'I'm Dr James Mortimer, from Grimpen in Devonshire, and I think you must be Mr Sherlock Holmes.' He shook hands with Holmes, who said:
'How do you do, Dr Mortimer? May I introduce my good friend, Dr John Watson, who helps me with my cases.(4) I hope you will allow him to listen to our conversation.'
'Of course,' said Mortimer, as he turned to me and shook hands. 'I need your help very badly, Mr Holmes. If it will be useful for Dr Watson to hear what I have to say, please let him stay and listen.'
Mortimer did not look like a country doctor. He was very tall and thin. He had a long thin nose. His grey eyes were bright, and he wore gold glasses. His coat and trousers were old and worn.(5) His face was young, but his shoulders were bent like an old man's and his head was pushed forward. He took some papers from his pocket, and said:
'Mr Holmes, I need your help and advice. Something very strange and frightening has been happening.'
'Sit down, Dr Mortimer, 'said Holmes, 'and tell us your problem. I'll help you if I can.'
1. expect 预计，期待
high expectation 期望很高
exceed expectation 超越期待
We’ve been expecting you.
The show exceeded all expectations.
2. appoint 任命
have an appointment with someone 与某人有预约
We appointed them as new teachers this year.
He promised to appoint more women to senior positions.
He has an appointment with the professor at two.
3. interest 兴趣
be interested in sth. 对……感兴趣
have interest in sth. 对……有兴趣
be of interest to someone 对某人来说有吸引力
The bookworm reading course is really interesting.
I’m really interested in the bookworm reading course.
I have an interest in the bookworm reading course.
Would this book be of any interest to you?
It’s a book that will be of interest to a wide range of readers.
4. case 案件情形，情况
in this case 在这种情况下
in that case 在那种情况下
(just) in case 以防万一
I wouldn’t normally agree but I’ll make an exception in this case.
Take an umbrella, in case it rains.
5. worn 破旧的，磨损的
His clothes were dirty and worn.