Приключения Шерлока Холмса: Союз Рыжих / The Red-Headed League

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“‘My name,’ said he, ‘is Mr. Duncan Ross. Are you a married man, Mr. Wilson? Have you a family?’ “I answered that I had not. “His face fell. “‘ Dear me ! [8] ’ he said, ‘that is very serious indeed! I am sorry to hear you say that. The league was founded for the propagation of the red-headed men. It is very bad that you are a bachelor.’ “My face fell at this, Mr. Holmes, for I thought that I would not have the vacancy after all; but after thinking it over for a few minutes he said that it would be all right. “‘We cannot lose a man with such a head of hair as yours. When will you be able to start work?’ said he. “‘Well, I have a business already,’ said I. “‘Oh, never mind about that , [9] Mr. Wilson!’ said Vincent Spaulding. ‘I am able to look after that for you.’ “‘What will be the working hours?’ I asked. “‘Ten to two.’ “A pawnbroker’s business is mostly done in the evening, Mr. Holmes, especially Thursday and Friday evening, which is just before pay-day; so it suited me very well to earn …

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