5.12 书虫•双语读物——化身博士8

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7

On his way front of the house, the lawyer stopped and spoke to Poole.


‘By the way,’he said, ‘a letter was handed in today for your master. Who brought it, and what did he look like?’


‘Nobody came except the postman, sir,’said the servant in surprise.


‘That worries me,’thought Mr Utterson as he walked home.‘Clearly the letter arrived by the laboratory door; perhaps it was even written in the study. I must think about this carefully.’


In the street the newsboys were still shouting,‘Read all about it!Terrible murder!’


The lawyer’s thoughts were sad. One of his clients was dead,and the life and reputation of another were in danger.Mr Utterson did not usually ask anyone for advice. Today,however,was different.


That evening he sat by his fireside with his chief clerk, Mr Guest,beside him.The lawyer and his clerk had worked together for many years, and knew and understood each other,Also, Mr Guest had been involved in business with Doctor Jekyll and knew him well.


Outside it was foggy and dark,but the room was bright and warm and there was a bottle of good whisky on the table,


‘This is a sad business about Sir Danvers Carew,’said Mr Utterson.


‘Yes indeed,sir.The murderer was a madman,of course.’


‘I would like your opinion about that,’replied the lawyer.‘I have a letter from the murderer here.’


Mr Guest was interested in the study of handwriting. His eyes brightened at once.‘A murderer’s letter!’ he said.‘That will be interesting.’He looked carefully at the writing.‘Not a madman, I think,’he said.‘But what unusual handwriting!’


Just then a servant entered with a note.


‘Is that note from Doctor Jekyll?’ asked Mr Guest.‘I thought I recognized the handwriting.Is it anything private,Mr Utterson?’


‘Only an invitation to dinner.Why?Do you want to see the letter?’


‘Just for a moment,please,sir.’The clerk put the two letters side by side and studied them carefully.‘Thank you,sir,’he said.‘Very interesting.’


For a moment Mr Utterson hesitated,wondering and worrying.At last he put his thoughts into words.‘Why did you look at the two letters together?’he asked.


‘Well,sir,in many ways the two are surprisingly similar.’


‘How strange!…Mr Guest,I must ask you not to speak of this business to anyone.’


‘Of course not,sir,’said the clerk.‘You can depend on me.’Shortly afterwards he said good night to his master and made his way home.


When he was alone,Mr Utterson locked the two letters inhis cupboard.‘Well!’he thought.‘So Henry Jekyll wrote that letter for a murderer!’His face was as calm and expressionless as usual,but his heart was filled with fear for his oldfriend.

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