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Arthur Conan Doyle - Sherlock Holmes - Charles Augustus Milverton - Bilingual Text in French and English

CHARLES AUGUSTUS MILVERTON

Arthur Conan Doyle

Introduction

An engaging tale with shades of Old World chivalry mixed with Wild West action.

The story begins with Sherlock Holmes meeting a inviting a master blackmailer to meet him at his Baker Street rooms - to discuss business.  At first all seems politeness and gentlemanly conduct, but Holmes' disgust is evident from the start and soon things take a dramatic turn.

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CHARLES-AUGUSTE MILVERTON

Texte Bilingue en Français et Anglais

Voilà des années que ces événements se sont déroulés, et, pendant longtemps, il m’eût été impossible de les raconter. Aujourd’hui, l’héroïne n’a plus de comptes à rendre à la justice humaine, et je puis, sans inconvénient pour qui que ce soit, les publier en modifiant, bien entendu, le nom des personnes et la date exacte des faits, pour conserver l’incognito des acteurs. On nous verra, M. Sherlock Holmes et moi, sous un jour absolument inconnu.

Nous venions de rentrer de promenade, tous les deux, vers six heures, un soir d’hiver, où il gelait à pierre fendre. Holmes allume la lampe et son regard tomba sur une carte placée sur la table. Il l’examina, puis, avec un geste de dégoût, la jeta à terre. Je la ramassai et je lus :

Charles-Auguste Milverton, Appledore Towers, Hampstead. Agent.

— Qui est-ce ? demandai-je.

CHARLES AUGUSTUS MILVERTON

It is years since the incidents of which I speak took place, and yet it is with diffidence that I allude to them. For a long time, even with the utmost discretion and reticence, it would have been impossible to make the facts public; but now the principal person concerned is beyond the reach of human law, and with due suppression the story may be told in such fashion as to injure no one. It records an absolutely unique experience in the career both of Mr. Sherlock Holmes and of myself. The reader will excuse me if I conceal the date or any other fact by which he might trace the actual occurrence.

We had been out for one of our evening rambles, Holmes and I, and had returned about six o'clock on a cold, frosty winter's evening. As Holmes turned up the lamp the light fell upon a card on the table. He glanced at it, and then, with an ejaculation of disgust, threw it on the floor. I picked it up and read:--

Charles Augustus Milverton, Appledore Towers, Hampstead. Agent

"Who is he?" I asked.

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