an official who investigates death not due to natural causes
"That was what the county
coroner asked me at the inquiry.
hang or fall in movement, progress, development, etc.
And now, Watson, this is too serious for
dawdling, especially as the old man is aware that we are interesting ourselves in his affairs; so if you are ready, we shall call a cab and drive to Waterloo.
perform an act, usually with a negative connotation
In a fit of anger, however, caused by some robberies which had been
perpetrated in the house, he beat his native butler to death and narrowly escaped a capital sentence.
a person who adds numbers
"It is a swamp
adder!" cried Holmes; "the deadliest snake in India.
developed without chlorophyll by being deprived of light
By the light of the corridor-lamp I saw my sister appear at the opening, her face
blanched with terror, her hands groping for help, her whole figure swaying to and fro like that of a drunkard.
showing a brooding ill humor
As it was, he suffered a long term of imprisonment and afterwards returned to England a
morose and disappointed man.
unrestrained by convention or morality
In the last century, however, four successive heirs were of a
dissolute and wasteful disposition, and the family ruin was eventually completed by a gambler in the days of the Regency.
a lack of caution in practical affairs
This incident gives zest to our investigation, however, and I only trust that our little friend will not suffer from her
imprudence in allowing this brute to trace her.
any of various rough thorny shrubs or vines
He had no friends at all save the wandering gypsies, and he would give these vagabonds leave to encamp upon the few acres of
bramble-covered land which represent the family estate, and would accept in return the hospitality of their tents, wandering away with them sometimes for weeks on end.
passing reference or indirect mention
"Ah, and what did you gather from this
allusion to a band -- a speckled band?"
an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action
Violence of temper approaching to
mania has been hereditary in the men of the family, and in my stepfather's case it had, I believe, been intensified by his long residence in the tropics.
the craft of building with stone or brick
Then with his lens he tested the hinges, but they were of solid iron, built firmly into the massive
a wanderer with no established residence or means of support
He had no friends at all save the wandering gypsies, and he would give these
vagabonds leave to encamp upon the few acres of bramble-covered land which represent the family estate, and would accept in return the hospitality of their tents, wandering away with them sometimes for weeks on end.
leave or give, especially by will after one's death
She had a considerable sum of money -- not less than £1000 a year -- and this she
bequeathed to Dr. Roylott entirely while we resided with him, with a provision that a certain annual sum should be allowed to each of us in the event of our marriage.
not plain; decorative or ornamented
"Alas!" replied our visitor, "the very horror of my situation lies in the fact that my fears are so vague, and my suspicions depend so entirely upon small points, which might seem trivial to another, that even he to whom of all others I have a right to look for help and advice looks upon all that I tell him about it as the
fancies of a nervous woman.
violent uncontrollable contractions of muscles
There was something else which she would fain have said, and she stabbed with her finger into the air in the direction of the doctor's room, but a fresh
convulsion seized her and choked her words.
to cause to separate and go in different directions
The sight of the safe, the saucer of milk, and the loop of whipcord were enough to finally
dispel any doubts which may have remained.
a period of fourteen consecutive days
My stepfather learned of the engagement when my sister returned and offered no objection to the marriage; but within a
fortnight of the day which had been fixed for the wedding, the terrible event occurred which has deprived me of my only companion."