Wua-aiJa-whln-ala-Whks-BUb-vhka-Dpg-CK-raoa jv-jdp jjtK wK-aK-Dpg-qcd-jRok-dI-tis-dPa-jwoJk-jEoJk-BUb-aiJa qK-tk-Ek-jjrbs-Lv-RP-jxn dmg-jjtba-jwoJk-xk-Ga-rhls-qm-fp.
“jFoJk-Hfh-RUv-aiJa-xk-jjDhA!” qK-los-Rhls-wyJa-fhcn-Wckx-Suga-jSiJa, xu-Dis-els-jvuJls-Fiv-BUb-vbk-wls jEp-til-d LRxe jjtK-Sk-Fhls-BUb-Eug-rahk-wls-tkc fhcn-Dbk-Dks-Bkd-RUh-Bkd-jria.
I spent the night at Baker Street that night, and we were eating our morning meal when the King of Bohemia ran into the room.
“You have really got it!” he cried, grabbing Sherlock Holmes by both shoulders and looking eagerly into his face.
“But you have hopes?”
“I have hopes.”
“Then, come. I am eager to be gone.”
“We must have a cab.”
“No, my car is waiting.”
“Wia-EiJa-DYd-Bbks-dmg-nPgs-eK-fcd-wyJa.” qcd-jRok-jfpa-Dks-HV-LRs-jjRx Hv-T-lia lpd-jDug-l-raygs.
“Hl-Tpa jjlf-jtp jjSbs-ska-jjthc,” LRxe-vld.
“jqkK-cbk-rtis-Fkd-aiJa-qK-los-dmg-vmg-FI-jVia-Shls-Bhka-doc via-rk-GfA-Ga-lK-ak-Wof. Chk-eY-qkv-eK-Sp-Woa-aiJa-Rid-ek-xp-wls-aks aiJa-dmg-jjV-cbk-aks-vmg-Hfh-Rid-qK-los-jjthc. jxugl-jVia-jEiga-apJ-xia-dmg-vmg-xp-jrf-Qoa-jtpn Dpg-aks-FK-jwoJk-xk-wif-wcks-jjQa-dka-wls-qK-los.”
“Then that will make things simpler.” We started off once more for the Brian Hotel.
“Irene Adler is married,” remarked Holmes.
“But to whom?”
“To a man named Norton.”
“But she could not love him.”
“I hope that she does.”
“And why do you hope that?”
“Because then your Majesty has no need to fear any future problem. If the lady loves her husband, then she does not love your Majesty. If she does not love your Majesty, then there is no reason why she should get in the way of your Majesty’s plan.”
“xia-dmg-jjxba-BUb jjSb-cbk – fp-jjthc! whln-Vk-CK-rak-Grh-aks-HV-qoJa-Fkd-Ep-cPf-wls-whln! aks-FK-xk-jVia-qK-xK-jr-ep-wls-whln-Hfh-jjac-Gf!” qK-los-xPf-sNv-HV jjtK qcd-jRok-dmg-vmg-jcoJk-rnis Foa-dcbk-qcd-jRok-xk-jCPs-FYf-rxkn.
VK-SU-wls-LRs-jjRx Hv-T-lia Cud-jVpf-lld, xp-jjxb-nPs-eUs-lk-nY-Woa-raygs-Bua-BUb-jDPs-wiJa-Hf, tkc-jjax-jvPgs-qcd-jRok-Bbks-vmg-qiv-ekn-Sk wK-aK-Dpg-qcd-jRok-dhkc-tos-Fkd-tof.
“It is true. And yet – Well! I wish she had been of my own station! What a queen she would have made!” He grew silent, and we did not speak again until we arrived.
The door of the Brian Hotel was open, and an old woman stood on the steps. She watched us with a sharp eye as we stepped from the car.
“Dbka-jEp-til-d LRxe jjxba-vmg?” tkc-Ckx.
“whln-jjxba jEp-til-d LRxe,” jqugla-wls-whln-Slv qhlx-Dis-Fhls-jvPgs-tkc-fhcn-Dbk-Dks-Dpg-jjlv-jjZs-Hch-fhcn-WI-Ckx jjtK jjVd-GF.
“jjxba-jjthc! Dbka-eY-qkv-eK-Sp-vld-whln-cbk jFoJk-lkf-FK-xk-Dpg-apJ. aks-rk-dmg-lld-HV-VK-jDf-ZTigs qhlx-div-ek-xp-wls-aks-Ga-Sla-jEoJk-apJ div-wK-vca-tof-Hz-jc-tk 5:15 ak-Dp.”
“Mr. Sherlock Holmes, I believe?” said she.
“I am Mr. Holmes,” answered my friend, looking at her with a questioning and rather surprised look.
“Indeed! My lady told me that you would probably call. She left this morning with her husband by the 5:15 train to go to France.”
“jjxba-rnis-dia! jEp-til-d LRxe -Cln-rtis-dhkc-raygs, ep-rahk-Fuf jjtK-jjVd-GF, “jFoJk-rxkn-Wckx-cbk aks-Hfh-lld-Fkd-VK-jDf-lis-dPf-HV-jjthc-EiJa-rc½K?”
“jjthc-RUv-aiJa-jf?” qK-los-Ckx-eNs-WblnA, “DYd-Bbks-rxof-dia.”
“What!” Sherlock Holmes stepped back, white with surprise. “Do you mean that she has left England?”
“Never to return.”
“And the papers?” asked the King softly. “All is lost.”
“qcd-jRok-FK-jwoJk-HV-jvPgs-dbla,” LRxe-jjtba-Qbk-Woa-GEh-jwoJk-HV-Ga-rhls-aigs-rtPJa- jEPgs-xp-dK-eif jjtK whln-Skx-HV. xp-Sigs-lpJ-EK-Ekn-HV-Dogc-vm-tP-jca jvPgs-jjthc-Whkn-div-cbk eY-qkv-eK-Sp-Woa-aiJa-WoJa-jvPgs-DYd-Fld-DYd-jjF-Bbks-Rpv-Rhla dbla-Dpg-aks-FK-lld-HV. LRxe-jjtba-Eug-jwoJk-HV-rk-VK-SU, shks-jvPgs-jjQba-Hxh-vksA, Fiv-jlok-RUv jjtK Fof-rxkn-eK-viv-raygs-Hch-Ga-dI-xu. xia-jVia-RUv-Cbkn-Ga-EYf-ala-wls Hl-Tpa jls-jjtK Fof-rxkn-aiJa-Fbk-rahk-Els-cbk: “jCPs-jEp-til-d LRxe, Shls-Hfh-lld-HV-dbla-jc-tk-aif-rxkn.” jqugla-wls-whln-Fpd-xia-lld-xk jjthc-qcd-jRok-dmg-lbka-qhlxA-dia-Dis-ekx-Woa. Fof-rxkn-apJ-rk-dmg-Cud-wNa-wyJa-Wua-dbla jjtK xp-jauJ-l-Ga-figs-apJ:
“We shall see.” Holmes pushed past the servant and ran into the drawing-room, followed by the King and myself. The chairs had been thrown about in every direction, as if the lady had hurriedly searched through everything before she left. Holmes ran towards the door, tore back a thin piece of wood, and, putting in his hand, pulled out a photograph and a letter. The photograph was of Irene Adler herself in evening dress, the letter was addressed to “Sherlock Holmes, To be left till called for.” My friend tore it open and we all three read it together. It had been written the night before and ran in this way:
“Dbka-jEp-til-d LRxe Dpg-Rid-jjqs,
jFoJk-VK-SP-vif-dka-Hfh-fp-jjDhA, jFoJk-fys-whln-jwoJk-HV-Rbcx-Hfh-Bbks-eox-vUa-jjvv. Foa-dK-DiJs-jtugls-fI-japa-HV-jCPs-Sla-xp-eNs-Rhls-cbk Hz-Hrxh whln-dmg-nis-ayd-vmg-lld-cbk-jFoJk-dI-tis-jRif-rnis-BUb jjSb-rtis-Fkd-Dpg-whln-Vbln-Grh-jFoJk-Hfh-qov-cbk whln-jEugls-RUv-Hch-vbla-Gf whln-FPgs-jtpgx-ayd-lld.
“My Dear Mr. Sherlock Holmes,
You really did it very well. You took me in completely. Until after the fire alarm, I had no idea what you were doing. But then, when I realized that I had let you see where I hid the photograph, I began to think.
“whln-Hfh-RUh-wbkc-dbNc-div-jFoJk-xk-rtkn-jfula-jjthc, xp-Woa-vld-whln-cbk Chk-qK-tk-Ek-FI-jVia-Shls-GEh-aid-euv WoaA-aiJa-Shls-jVia-jFoJk-jjab-ala jjtK whln-nis-xp-Dpg-BUb-wls-jFoJk lpd-fhcn. jjSb-jCPs-wK-rakf-apJ jFoJk-dmg-nis-ek-xkf-qov-jria-Wckx-tiv-wls-whln-Hfh. jCPs-jjxba-cbk-whln-FK-jtpgx-eos-He jjSb-xia-dmg-jVia-dka-nkd-eI-tiv-whln Dpg-FK-WPf-Eogc-Rhkn-Smg-div-vkf-rtcs-QUh-jjdb-EK-tk, jVia-Dpg-jWok-tov-Rid jjtK xp-Wckx-jxf-Sk-dK-tY-ak. jjSb-Wu-figs-Dpg-jFoJk-RUh dka-jjSbs-Soc-wls-Woa-jRok-vmg-xp-rnis-jVia-ePgs-GrxbA-eI-tiv-whln-jtpn. whln-xid-FK-jjSbs-Soc-jjvv-QUh-Ekn jqkK-xia-jRif-Grh-whln-RUh-eyd-jVia-lPf-eK-tK Dpg-FK-HV-Ga-vbla-Dpg-whln-Bkd-HV. whln-Hfh-eigs-Woa-Eug Fla Woa-wiv-tof-Grh-SPf-Skx-jFoJk jjthc-whln-dmg-jjtba-wyJa-wiJa-Hf, nbks-HV-rk-EYf-Geb-eI-tiv-nbks-rtPJa-wls-whln jjtK tos-xk-tYbx-Dia-Dp-Dpg-jFoJk-div-HV.
“I had been told about you months ago. I had been told that if the King used a detective it would certainly be you. And your address had been given me. Yet, with all this, you were able to learn my secret. Even after I began to have doubts, I found it hard to think badly of such a dear, kind old minister. But, you know, men’s clothes are nothing new to me, either. I often dress as a man because it frees me to go where I wish. I sent John, the driver, to watch you. Then I ran up the steps, got into my walking clothes, as I call them, and came down just as you left.
“whln-SPf-Skx-jFoJk-HV-Foa-Rlf-VK-SU-vhka-wls-jFoJk jqugl-Grh-jjab-GF-cbk jFoJk-jjxba Dbka-jEp-til-d LRxe QUh-Dpg-xp-Eug-eNs-Lfbs-fis jEPgs-jVia-Woa-Dpg-Grh-Wckx-eoa-GF-Ga-Soc-whln. Fkd-aiJa-whln-dmg-lcn-qla-Grh-jFoJk-ala-rtiv-Zia-fp jjthc-whln-dmg-HV-rk-ek-xp-wls-whln.
“Well, I followed you to your door, and so made sure that I was really someone of interest to the well-known Mr. Sherlock Holmes. Then, I wished you good night, and went to see my husband.
“qcd-jRok-Dis-els-WPf-cbk jxug-l-Cud-eif-SU-Bbks-jFoJk-Htb-tbk-BUb Dks-Dpg-fp-Dpg-eYf-dmg-Wu-dka-rap-HV, eK-aiJa-jFoJk-FK-Hfh-jria-jjSb-rhls-Dpg-rcbks-jVogk-jxugl-jFoJk-xk-Rlf. ebca-RUv-aiJa tUd-Wckx-wls-jFoJk-Wca-FK-BYf-qid-BUb-Ga-Wckx-eK-rsov-ek, whln-Hfh-Rid jjtK jVia-Dpg-Rid-wls-QUh-Ekn-Dpg-fp-dcbk-tkc-jjthc. qK-los-Wca-jRif-Ga-ePgs-Dpg-qK-los-VK-eos-ek, jCPs-jjxba-cbk qK-los-FK-jWpn-jRif-Grh-whln-jen-GF jjSb-whln-dmg-FK-vmg-jjdh-jjWha-Wua-fld. Dpg-whln-jdiv-RUv-aiJa-Hch-dmg-jqugl-Vhls-dia-Soc-whln-jls-Fkd-ePgs-Gf-raygs Dpg-qK-los-lkf-FK-jRif-div-whln-Ga-lK-ak-Wof. whln-Hfh-VK-RUv-apJ-Hch jqug-l-cbk-qK-los-lkf-FK-eoa-GF-jdiv-xia-Hch jjthc-whln-dmg-FK-Hfh-eK-vkn-GF Dbka-jEp-til-d LRxe Dpg-Rid-jjqs.
“Hl-Tpa jjlf-jtp am-Sia.”
Ý Þ Ý
“We both thought that when chased by such a strong enemy as yourself, the best idea was to run. So you will find the room empty when you call tomorrow. As to the photograph, your client may rest in peace. I love and am loved by a better man than he. The King may do what he wishes. Though he has hurt me, I will do nothing to hurt him. I keep the photograph only to protect myself from anything that he might do in the future. I leave a photograph that he might care to own; and I remain, dear Mr. Sherlock Holmes,
“Very truly yours
“Irene Adler Norton”
Ý Þ Ý
“aks-jVia-jjxb-nPs-jjvv-Gf-dia-jjDh! Ll, aks-jVia-Woa-jdigs-jjDhA!” dK-eif-jjrbs Lv-RP-jxn Rhls-wyJa rtis-Fkd-qcd-jRok-Dis-ekx-lbka-Fof-rxkn-Fov, “whln-vmg-Hfh-vld-jFoJk-vm cbk-aks-jVia-jjxb-nPs-Dpg-jfif-fbNc? aks-FK-jVia-tk-Ep-ap-QUh-fp-jfiga-Hfh-vmg? xia-vmg-rahk-jen-fkn-vm-Dpg-aks-vmg-Hfh-jdpf-xk-Ga-tK-fiv-fNc-div-whln?”
“What a woman – oh, what a woman!” cried the King of Bohemia, when we had all three read this letter. “Did I not tell you how quick and strong she was? Would she not have made a very good queen? Is it not sad that she was not on my level?”
“jDogk-Dpg-whk-ahln-Hfh-jria-xk jvPgs-aks-jjSd-Sbks-HV-Fkd-tK-fiv-wls-qK-los-jjDhA,” LRxe-jcoJk-fhcn-aO-eNs-jBiaA, “whk-ahln-RUh-eyd-jen-GF-rtkn- Dpg-vmg-ek-xkf-fI-japa-dka-jtugls-wls-qK-los-Grh-Fov-tos-fhcn-fp.”
“xia-dos-dia-whkx-fhcn-EO Dbka-jlpn,” qK-los-jcoJk, “vmg-xp-rnis-fp-wyJa-jtpn, whln-RUh-cbk-whln-jEugl-Ga-ePgs-Dpg-aks-jcoJk. Sla-apJ-RUv-aiJa-Vlf-Hq-jDogkA-div-cbk xia-jwoJk-HV-BUb-Ga-dls-Hz-jjthc.”
“From what I have seen of the lady she seems indeed to be on a very different level to your Majesty,” said Holmes coldly. “I am sorry that I have not been able to bring your Majesty’s business to a better end.”
“Just the opposite, my dear sir,” cried the King. “Nothing could be better. I know that I can trust her word. The photograph is now as safe as if it were in the fire.”
“dK-tY-ak-vld-whln-jjfb-cbk whln-FK-eK-jjfs-Wckx-wlv-GF-div-jFoJk-Figs-Gf-fp. jjrca-cos-apJ–”qK-los-Clf-jjrca-WI-lld-xk-Fkd-apJc-xuJ jjthc-cks-Hch-Ga-loJs-xu-wls-tkc.
qK-tk-Ek-Fhls-jvPgs-rahk LRxe fhcn-Wckx-VK-rtkf-GF.
“I am glad to hear your Majesty say so.”
“Please tell me in what way I can thank you. This ring–” He slipped a gold ring from his finger and held it out in his hand.
“Your Majesty has something that I should like even more,” said Holmes.
“You have but to name it.”
The King stared at him in surprise.
“RUv-wls Hl-Tpa apJ-rc½K! qK-los-jcoJk-wyJa-Bbks-jjRs, “Hfh-jtpn Chk-jFoJk-Bkd-Hfh-xia.”
“wm-wlv-qK-HD-qK-los-jVia-Bbks-eUs, Wia-EiJa-jRok-dmg-vmg-xp-rnis-Dpg-Shls-jRif-lpd-Ga-jtugls-apJ, whk-ahln-RUh-eyd-jVia-dNf-Dpg-FK-dbkc-WI-cbk tk-dbla.” tkc-ria-rahk-div-Lfn-vmg-Hfh-eis-jdf-xu-wls-Soa Dpg-qK-los-Buga-rnis-Grh, qcd-jRok-qk-dia-div-HV-vhka-wls-tkc.
“Irene’s photograph!” he cried. “Certainly, if you wish it.”
“I thank your Majesty. Then there is no more to be done in the matter. I have the honor to wish you a very good morning.” Turning away without seeing the hand that the King had stretched out to him, he set off in my company for his rooms.
“jjtK-aiJa-Wu-jtugls-tkc-Eil-d-jxuls-lia-Grnb-rtcs Dpg-xk-WYd-Wkx-lk-ak-Fid-jjrbs Lv-RP-jxn jjtK dmg-jVia-dka-WYd-Wkx-WiJs-Grnb-rtcs-wls-jjxb-nPs Dpg-xp-qK-tis-FPf-lia-jjws-dhk Smg-div-jjQa-dka-lia-eYf-nlf-wls jEp-til-d LRxe. tkc-jWpn-roc-wcia-div-Wckx-eK-rtNc-eK-rtkf-wls-jjxb-nPs jjSb-whln-vmg-Hfh-nPa-tkc-jRif-jjvv-aiJa-lpd-Ga-Ebcs-rtisA-apJ jjtK jxugl-Gf-Dpg-tkc-jcoJk-jCPs Hl-Tpa jjlf-jtp rtu jxug-l-tkc-jcoJk-jCPs-RUv-wls-aks dmg-xid-FK-jVia-jtugls-wls-dNf-SP-nof-wls-jjxb-nPs-Woa-apJ-eK-jrxp.
And that was how a great scandal threatened the kingdom of Bohemia, and how the best plans of Mr. Sherlock Holmes were beaten by a woman’s sharp mind. He used to make fun of the intelligence of women, but I have not heard him do it of late. And when he speaks of Irene Adler, or of her photograph, he always speaks of her as “the woman.”