While looking for a pdf version of HOUND to do some research I came upon the section I was looking for re-written like this;
"As I walked towards the hut, I saw that someone had
certainly been using it. A path' had been worn' up to the
door. I took my revolver out of my pocket, and checked
that it was ready to fire. I walked'quickly and quietly up to
the hut, and looked inside. The place was empty.
But this was certainly where the man lived. As I looked
round the hut, I knew that the mysterious man must have a
very strong character. No other person could live in
-conditions as bad as these. There were some blankets on a
flat stone w~ere the man slept. There had been a fire in o:p.e
comer. There were some cooking pots, and a large bowl
half full of water. In the middle of the hut was another
large flat stone which was used as a table, and on it was the
bag the boy had been carrying. Under the bag I saw ~ piece
of paper with writing on it. Quickly, I picked up the paper
and read what was written on it. It said: 'Dr Watson has
-gone to Newtown.'
I realized that the mysterious man had told someone to
watch me, and this was a message from his spy. Was the
man a dangerous enemy? Or was he a friend who was
watching us to make sure we were safe? I decided I would
not leave the hut until I ,knew.
Outside, the sun was low in the sky. Everything looked calm and peaceful in the golden evening light. But I did not
feel peaceful or calm. I felt frightened as I waited for the
Then I heard footsteps coming towards the hut. As they
came closer, I moved into the'darkest corner of the hut.
I did' not want the man to see me until I had looked closely
at. him. The footsteps stopped, and I could hear nothing at
alL Then the man began to move again, and the footsteps
came: closer. A shadow fell across the door of the hut. , . 'It's a lovely evening, my dear Watson,' said a voice I
knew well .. 'I really think you will enjoy it more out here.' "
Once again I have to ask, would you keep reading Sherlock Holmes if they had been written in this manner?