“Then I caught my breath as I read the time-honoured title of the great nobleman and statesman whose wife she had been. My eyes met those of Holmes, and he put his finger to his lips as we turned away from the window.”
Illustration by Sidney Paget for “The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton”, The Strand Magazine, April 1904.
How many times have you heard someone say,“Rome wasn’t built in a day”? You’ve heard it a lot. That’s because Rome wasn’t built in a day. It took, like, years. Maybe decades. I don’t know, I’m… not a doctor.
“‘Now, Watson, now!’ cried Holmes with frenzied eagerness. All the demoniacal force of the man masked behind that listless manner burst out in a paroxysm of energy. He tore the drugget from the floor, and in an instant was down on his hands and knees clawing at each of the squares of wood beneath it. One turned sideways as he dug his nails into the edge of it. It hinged back like the lid of a box. A small black cavity opened beneath it. Holmes plunged his eager hand into it and drew it out with a bitter snarl of anger and disappointment. It was empty.” Illustration by Sidney Paget for “The Adventure of the Second Stain”, The Strand Magazine, December 1904.