The Hound of the Baskervilles L2
'These papers were given to me by Sir Charles Baskerville,' said Dr Mortimer. 'He asked me to take good care of them. You may remember that Sir Charles died suddenly three months ago. His death caused much excitement in Devonshire, the county where Baskerville Hall is.(1) Sir Charles was a sensible man, but he believed the story which is told in these papers.'
Dr Mortimer went on: 'The story is about the Baskerville family. I have come to see you because I need your help. I think that something terrible is going to happen in the next twenty-four hours. But you can't help me unless you know the story in these papers.(2) May I read them to you?'
'Please continue, Dr Mortimer,' said Holmes, and sat back in his chair with his eyes shut.
Mortimer began to read in his high, rather strange, voice:
I, William Baskerville, write this for my sons in the year 1742. My father told me about the Hound of the Baskervilles. He told me when it was first seen, and I believe his story was true. I want you, my sons, to read this story carefully. I want you to know that God punishes those who do evil. But never forget that He will forgive those who are sorry for any evil they have done.
Over a hundred years ago, in 1640, the head of the Baskerville family was Sir Hugo Baskerville.(3) He was a wild and evil man. He was cruel and enjoyed hurting people. Sir Hugo fell in love with the daughter of a farmer who was a neighbour of his. The young woman was afraid of the evil Hugo, and avoided him.(4) One day, Hugo heard that her father and brothers were away. He knew that she would be alone. So he rode to the farm with five or six of his evil friends. They made the girl go back to Baskerville Hall with them, and locked her in a room upstairs. Then they sat down in the great dining hall to drink. As usual, they drank bottle after bottle and soon they began to sing and laugh and shout evil words.
The girl upstairs, who was already very frightened, felt desperate when she heard the terrible things they were shouting.(5) So she did a very brave thing. She opened the window, climbed out of the room and down the ivy on the wall. Then she started to run across the moor towards her home.
A little while later, Hugo left his friends and went upstairs to the room to take her some food and drink. When he found an open window and an empty room, he behaved like a man who was mad. He ran down the stairs. He screamed that he would give himself to the Devil if he caught the girl before she reached home. Some of Hugo's drunken friends told him to let the hounds chase her, and so he ran from the house and unlocked the dogs. Then he jumped onto his black horse, and rode off over the moor with the hounds running and crying around him.
1. cause 原因，导致，引起
cause of death 死因
cause for... ……的原因
cause a problem 引起一个问题
cause trouble 引起麻烦
I decided not to complain because I didn’t want to cause trouble.
2. unless 除非
in case 以防万一
You can’t learn English well unless you try hard.
Drink plenty of water, otherwise you will become dehydrated.
3. head 头部，头脑，领导；朝……走
head of state 一国元首
head teacher/principal 校长
4. avoid 躲避，避免
avoid doing sth. 避免做某事
avoid someone 避开某人
steer clear of 绕开，避开（令人不快或危险的人或事物）
Try to avoid getting in the traffic.
Why have you been avoiding me?
Steer clear of the screen door.
5. desperate 极严重的，渴望的，非常需要的，非常想要的
be desperate to do sth. 很想做某事
He has a desperate desire to succeed.
He was desperate to tell someone his good news.