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Arthur Conan Doyle - Sherlock Holmes - The Gloria Scott - Bilingual Text in French and English

The Adventure of the Gloria Scott

Arthur Conan Doyle


The very first adventure in which Sherlock Holmes involved himself. Also one of the bloodiest of the Holmes tales.

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Le « Gloria Scott »

Texte Bilingue en Français et Anglais

Un soir d’hiver, au coin du feu, Sherlock Holmes feuilletait des papiers.

— J’ai là, Watson, me dit-il tout à coup, quelques notes qui vous intéresseront. Ce sont les documents de cette singulière affaire du Gloria Scott et voici la missive qui a occasionné la congestion mortelle du juge de paix Trevor. Et ce disant, il avait tiré d’un étui rouillé une demi-feuille de papier gris sur laquelle étaient tracées au crayon les lignes suivantes : « Fini notre stock de gibier pour rire. Garde-chasse Hudson sans doute a tout reçu dès maintenant et dit par dépêche : « Sauvez poule faisane votre préférée à tête huppée. »

Je regardai Holmes : il souriait ironiquement.

— Vous avez l’air plutôt étonné, me dit-il. Je ne comprends pas que ces lignes aient pu terroriser qui que ce soit. Elles sont grotesques, décousues, voilà tout.

The Adventure of 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."

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 grey-paper.

"The supply of game for London is going steadily up," it ran. "Head-keeper Hudson, we believe, ha been now told to receive all orders for fly-paper and for preservation of your hen-pheasant's life."

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

"You look a little bewildered," said he.

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

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