I don't know whether you observed it, Watson, but the Colonel's manner has been just a trifle cavalier to me.
Watson told us, a form of knife which is used for the most delicate operations known in surgery.
Because, my dear Watson, I had the strongest possible reason for wishing certain people to think that I was there when I was really elsewhere.
That is the man who is after me to-night Watson, and that is the man who is quite unaware that we are after him.
Am I such a farcical bungler, Watson, that I should erect an obvious dummy, and expect that some of the sharpest men in Europe would be deceived by it.
And now, Watson, if you can endure the draught from a broken window, I think that half an hour in my study over a cigar may afford you some profitable amusement.
But Patsy was a rushing, rough-and-tumble saloon-fighter, while Watson was a boxer.
As a result, the pair of them went down, with all their three hundred and sixty pounds of weight, in a long crashing fall, Watson underneath.
His voice was stern and implacable, like the voice of God calling to judgment, and Watson knew there was no mercy there.
The bill was now brought, when Watson paid his share, and was departing.
We now went directly to the gaming-table, where Mr Watson, to my surprize, pulled out a large sum of money and placed it before him, as did many others; all of them, no doubt, considering their own heaps as so many decoy birds, which were to intice and draw over the heaps of their neighbours.
Mr Watson too, after much variety of luck, rose from the table in some heat, and declared he had lost a cool hundred, and would play no longer.