シャーロック・ホームズ 18

The Three Students  part one 2

Soames’ room was on the first floor.
First, Holmes looke inside the room through a window.
The window was up high, so he had to stand on his tiptoes to see inside.

*左の挿絵を参照。
 ホームズが背伸びをして窓を覗き込んでいる。これが後半のホームズの推理に大きなヒントとなっている。

Holmes said,
“Your servant is gone. Which chair was he sitting in?”
 “That one by the window.”
 “Okay. The mystery person was copying the exam papers on the desk by the window.
That way, he could see you if you came back.
He was in such a hurry that he broke his pencil.
Ah, here’s the piece of clay.
The shape is unique, like a pyramid.
And I see the cut on your desk.
Mr.Soames, could I take a look at the other room?”
 “Of course, sir.
That’s my bedroom.”

*pyramid; ピラミッド

Holmes looked at everything, then he suddenly kneeled down and said,

*kneel down; ひざまずく

“Hello!  It’s another piece of clay.
It’s the same shape as the one that was on your desk.
Ah, the mystery person came int this room and hide here.
So, Mr Soames, tell me about the three studnets.”

 “Well, Mr Gilchrist is an excellent student and is also an athlete.
He’s long jumper. he’s tall.
His family used to be rich, but now they are poor.
  Mr. Ras is a quiet  student with good grades except for tomorrow’s exam subject,Greek.
  Mr. McLarer is smart but doesn’t always study hard.
He might be worried about tomorrow’s exam.”
“All right Now I’d like to talk to Mr.Bannister”.

*athlete; 運動選手、陸上競技の選手
long jumper; 走り幅跳びの選手
good grade;良い成績
Greek; ギリシャ語

容疑者の3人の学生についてホームズは聞く。
一人目は成績も優秀なスポーツマンで背も高いMr Gilchrist 。
以前は裕福な家だったが、今はそうではない。
二人目はインドの学生のMr. Ras 。
物静かで成績も優秀。ギリシャ語が苦手な学生。
3人目はやる気さえだせば優秀な学生。きまぐれで真面目さにかけるという。今度の試験も不安でたまらないだろうというのが教授の観測。
ホームズは最初に、使用人の Mr.Bannister に会いたいと言う。その真意は?