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What If the Woman in London Is Maud Bellamy?
But the words were taken from his mouth by the appearance of
the lady herself. There was no gainsaying that she would have graced any
assembly in the world. Who could have imagined that so rare a flower
would grow from such a root and in such an atmosphere? Women have seldom
been an attraction to me, for my brain has always governed my heart,
but I could not look upon her perfect clear-cut face, with all the soft
freshness of the Downlands in her delicate colouring, without realizing
that no young man would cross her path unscathed.
She listened to a short account from my companion, with a
composed concentration which showed me that she possessed strong
character as well as great beauty. Maud Bellamy will always remain in my
memory as a most complete and remarkable woman. It seems that she
already knew me by sight, for she turned to me at the end.
Sherlock Holmes, “The Adventure of the Lion’s Mane”