He sprang to his feet

Sidney Paget


Photographic reproduction of watercolor

Illustration for Arthur Conan Doyle's “The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual,” p. 252.

Passage illustrated: “Brunton, the butler, was in the library. He was sitting, fully dressed, in an easy-chair, with a slip of paper which looked like a map upon his knee, and his forehead sunk forward upon his hand in deep thought. I stood dumb with astonishment, watching him from the darkness. A small taper on the edge of the table shed a feeble light which sufficed to show me that he was fully dressed. Suddenly, as I looked, he rose from his chair, and walking over to a bureau at the side, he unlocked it and drew out one of the drawers. From this he took a paper, and returning to his seat he flattened it out beside the taper on the edge of the table, and began to study it with minute attention. My indignation at this calm examination of our family documents overcame me so far that I took a step forward, and Brunton, looking up, saw me standing in the doorway. He sprang to his feet, his face turned livid with fear, and he thrust into his breast the chart-like paper which he had been originally studying.'So!' said I. 'This is how you repay the trust which we have reposed in you. You will leave my service to-morrow.'”

Formatting and text by George P. Landow

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