🇺🇸 Learn English the Hard Way with “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle”

Chances are you are looking for improving your English language comprehension through reading stories.

I know the drill. Take me right to the sentences.

Feel like upping your game and start catching the slightest subtleties of English?

Look no further.

However, there is a catch.

 

Who is this article intended for?

For English language learners, as they, all too often, tend to skip a lot of subtleties while reading books / reading stories / reading comics / watching movies /watching game movies, thus slowing down and negating their language progress. I

The catch has to do with the “THE HARD WAY” of learning English, right?

I can’t promise improving your English through this article will be easy, but I promise it will be worth it, provided you work through ALL THE SENTENCES down below. And by the way, to make it even more challenging for you, no answers are given and you are to find them on your own. There’s a reason this article is called “Learn English the Hard Way”, don’t you think?

Still no clue what I’m supposed to do…

If you’re still not really sure what’s going on here, I highly recommend you read the description of “Learn English the Hard Way” challenge.

russia-flag Для чего эта статья и что нужно здесь делать?

По своему опыту могу сказать, что когда в освоении английского приходишь на всё готовенькое, то интеллектуально расслабляешься и не особо вникаешь в детали и тонкости языка.

А вот когда, мы “пропускаем язык через себя”…

  1. внимательное чтение книг, просмотр фильмов, т.д… не знаем, что то или то означает, почему так написано, вообще не догоняем, что происходит, значит отмечаем находку
  2. анализ “любопытных” предложений, конструкций, выражений (грамматика и прагматика наши лучшие друзья)
  3. прогонка проработанного материала через правое полушарие
  4. задействование “освоенных” предложений, конструкций, выражений на письме, в устной речи (идеально, с носителями языка)
    …то результаты будут совершенно иными, нежели чем “со всем готовеньким”.

А именно, выработка силы воли, языковой интуиции, внимательности, любопытства и реальное улучшение навыка английского языка.

Ниже представлены предложения, которые заинтриговали меня при прочтении книги / прочтении рассказа / прочтении комикса / просмотре фильма / просмотре игрофильма. То есть, я сделал первый пункт из четырех выше и поделился результатами с Вами. За Вами остаются остальные три.

 


If you feel like up to the challenge, then below is my list of the cherry-picked sentences with curious grammar and vocabulary findings from the book “The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle”.

Study hard!


“Which surely he restored to their owner?”

“My dear fellow, there lies the problem

Horner, who had shown signs of intense emotion during the proceedings, fainted away at the conclusion and was carried out of court.

“Hum! So much for the police-court,” said Holmes thoughtfully

“Do you think that this man Horner is innocent?”

I cannot tell.

“And you can do nothing until then?”

“Nothing.”

“In that case I shall continue my professional round.”

“… did not care to spend more money in a hopeless attempt at recovering them.”

Very naturally.

“Oh, yes; I sent him a couple of dozen.”

“Fine birds they were, too.

“Now where did you get them from?” To my surprise the question provoked a burst of anger from the salesman.

Now, then, mister,” said he, with his head cocked and his arms akimbo, “what are you driving at? Let’s have it straight, now.

It is straight enough.

“should like to know who sold you the geese which you supplied to the Alpha.”

“Well then, I shan’t tell you. So now!

“You see this little book?”

Well?

“That’s the list of the folk from whom I buy.”

“She told me to ask you.”

“Well, you can ask the King of Proosia, for all I care.”

upon the second morning after Christmas, with the intention of wishing him the compliments of the season

A lens and a forceps lying upon the seat

“I suppose,” I remarked, “that, homely as it looks, this thing has some deadly story linked on to it”

I beg that you will look upon it not as a battered billycock but as an intellectual problem.

It arrived upon Christmas morning, in company with a good fat goose, which is, I have no doubt, roasting at this moment in front of Peterson’s fire.

Peterson, who, as you know, is a very honest fellow, was returning from some small jollification

dropped his goose, took to his heels, and vanished amid the labyrinth of small streets

he was left in possession of the field of battle, and also of the spoils of victory in the shape of this battered hat

It was pierced in the brim for a hat-securer, but the elastic was missing. For the rest, it was cracked, exceedingly dusty, and spotted in several places

and also that he was fairly well-to-do within the last three years, although he has now fallen upon evil days

there has been no crime committed, and no harm done save the loss of a goose, all this seems to be rather a waste of energy

Sherlock Holmes had opened his mouth to reply, when the door flew open

Sherlock Holmes sat up with a whistle. “By Jove, Peterson!” said he, “this is treasure trove indeed.”

“A thousand pounds! Great Lord of mercy!

The commissionaire plumped down into a chair and stared from one to the other of us.

and I have reason to know that there are sentimental considerations in the background which would induce the Countess to part with half her fortune if she could but recover the gem

John Horner, 26, plumber, was brought up upon the charge of having upon the 22d inst., abstracted from the jewel-case of the Countess of Morcar the valuable gem known as the blue carbuncle

He had remained with Horner some little time

Catherine Cusack, maid to the Countess, deposed to having heard Ryder’s cry of dismay on discovering the robbery

The question for us now to solve is the sequence of events leading from a rifled jewel-case at one end to the crop of a goose in Tottenham Court Road at the other.

So now we must set ourselves very seriously to finding this gentleman and ascertaining what part he has played in this little mystery

“It’s a bonny thing,” said he. “Just see how it glints and sparkles. Of course it is a nucleus and focus of crime. Every good stone is.”

Who would think that so pretty a toy would be a purveyor to the gallows and the prison?

Pray take this chair by the fire, Mr. Baker.

A touch of red in nose and cheeks, with a slight tremor of his extended hand, recalled Holmes’s surmise as to his habits.

No, sir, I think that, with your permission, I will confine my attentions to the excellent bird which I perceive upon the sideboard.

we are to be found in the Museum itself during the day, you understand.

This year our good host, Windigate by name

With a comical pomposity of manner he bowed solemnly to both of us and strode off upon his way.

It was a bitter night, so we drew on our ulsters and wrapped cravats about our throats.

Our footfalls rang out crisply and loudly as we swung through the doctors’ quarter, Wimpole Street, Harley Street, and so through Wigmore Street into Oxford Street.

we have a line of investigation which has been missed by the police, and which a singular chance has placed in our hands. Let us follow it out to the bitter end.

One would think they were the only geese in the world, to hear the fuss that is made over them.

D’you think you know more about fowls than I, who have handled them ever since I was a nipper?

“Now then, Mr. Cocksure,” said the salesman, “I thought that I was out of geese”

turning away with the air of a man whose disgust is too deep for words.

If you come pestering me any more with your silly talk I’ll set the dog at you

“Ha! this may save us a visit to Brixton Road,”

You will excuse me,” said Holmes blandly, “but I could not help overhearing the questions which you put to the salesman just now”

The little man stood glancing from one to the other of us with half-frightened, half-hopeful eyes, as one who is not sure whether he is on the verge of a windfall or of a catastrophe.

What a shrimp it is, to be sure!

the temptation of sudden wealth so easily acquired was too much for you, as it has been for better men before you

It seems to me, Ryder, that there is the making of a very pretty villain in you.

you and your confederate Cusack — and you managed that he should be the man sent for.

Think of my father! of my mother! It would break their hearts. I never went wrong before!

I had a friend once called Maudsley, who went to the bad, and has just been serving his time in Pentonville.

One day he had met me, and fell into talk about the ways of thieves, and how they could get rid of what they stole.

My sister had told me some weeks before that I might have the pick of her geese for a Christmas present, and I knew that she was always as good as her word.

And now — and now I am myself a branded thief

am not retained by the police to supply their deficiencies.

Chance has put in our way a most singular and whimsical problem, and its solution is its own reward.

If you will have the goodness to touch the bell, Doctor, we will begin another investigation, in which, also a bird will be the chief feature.


Wow, it seems you’ve made it to the end of this new-vocabulary-grammar-intensive article… But did you actually work through all the findings?  No shirking? Sweet! That’s what I call being persistent at mastering English!

 

russia-flag Вы дочитали и проработали статью до конца? Так держать!

Если Вы дочитали до конца эту статью, то я уверен, что Вы узнали много нового про английский язык (при условии, что Вы действительно проработали предложения выше).

Проработать так много материала это совсем не шутки, а вполне серьёзный подход к делу.

Теперь же дело за малым: эффективно всё перенести в речевой актив и начать всласть применять новые знания на практике (пункт 3 и 4, соответсвенно).

Спасибо за то, что уделили время.

Удачи в Вашем языковом путешествии!

 

I am crazy enough to do the whole nine-yards over again. Please bring me to the beginning of the sentences. Yeah!

Did you know that you are more than encouraged to go ahead and tell me in the comments section below how the whole process went?

With that, thanks for taking your time accepting the challenge, reading and working through the article.

Until next time!

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