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A Bogus Murder Case (6): The Hospital

1 October 2012
 

Holmes, Watson and local detective Stevens arrived at Dr. Simon's office 9 clock sharp next day. 

"This patient has been admitted for treatment for more than half a year, but very little progress has been made," the hospital director explained the sick police officer's condition to his guests.

"You mean he's till not able to recognize his colleagues?" inquired Holmes.

"That's correct."

"Does anyone sharing the room with him has the similar mental condition?"

"There is, yes, a patient called Frank demonstrates the memory-loss symptom with the same severity."

"May I see Frank?"

"See Frank?" Stevens look at Holmes.

"May I?" Holmes looked at the director.   

"I don't see why it should be a problem," said Dr. Simon.

Patient Frank was a big and tough-looking guy. When the group entered the room, he was sitting on his bed near the door kissing a doll he held in his arms. Resting on a bed against the inner war was John, who was concentrating on his drinking task - in fact he was not drinking, but sucking water out of a mug made of soft plastic.

"Oh, Frank, my dear friend, I'm so glad to see you again!" Grinning broadly, Holmes warmly stretched out his hand to a man whom he never met before in his life.

Frank did not response.

"I have a good news for you Frank," Holmes was not embarrassed, still smiling widely, "Sherlock Holmes, your idol, has arrived in Bristol to look at Mrs Boswell's case. He is expected to address his fans at the Bradley Stoke Cricket Club tomorrow night; I will go, and Dr. Simon said if you wish you can go with me."

Holmes' affectionate mentioning and effusive praise of Holmes, however, had little effect on Frank's mental state, who was just too preoccupied with his doll.

"Ah," Holmes turned to the director, "Doctor Simon, I thank you for your kind assistance and I think my dear friend may need some time to consider his decision." With that he led the way to exit the room.

"John was listening to your conversation with Frank, Holmes," Once returned to the director's office, Watson said to Holmes. "When you mentioned Mrs Boswell, I noticed he stopped sucking water."

"Your observation is accurate, Watson. When Holmes' name was mentioned, John's hands were quivering." A smile dawned on Holmes' lips.

"That's very encouraging," Dr. Simon was rather pleased, "which means he still has some memory on the matters he concerns most, that gives the hope for a good recovery."

"Maybe he's never lost his memory," rumbled Watson.

"Now I see why you wanted to see Frank, Mr Holmes," Stevens let slip.

"I need to talk to John directly, but not in here," Holmes said to the director. "I need to take him to Stevens's office."

"If you think it is necessary, I can certainly arrange for that."

"But it has to be done in strict discretion, Doctor. Watson, will you please guard outside John's room?"

"Delighted."

"Ah Stevens, I need a carriage with windows covered with thick curtains."

"That'll be done Mr Holmes," the local detective dashed towards the door.

"Dr. Simon, can you please tell your nurse to bring John to your office for a routine check?"

Tale of Sherlock Holmes (1): Mrs Boswell
Tale of Sherlock Holmes (2): The Trial
Tale of Sherlock Holmes (3): The Photos
Tale of Sherlock Holmes (4): The Police
Tale of Sherlock Holmes (5): The Wife
Tale of Sherlock Holmes (6): The Hospital
Tale of Sherlock Holmes (7): The Mug
Tale of Sherlock Holmes (8): The Church

Below is the sixth chapter of the story in the original Chinese text written by Shellstone Homes:

离 奇 命 案

(六)

《福尔摩斯探案集·续集》

Author: Shellstone Homes

9点钟,我们准时来到西蒙院长的办公室。因为昨天晚上斯蒂芬就给西蒙院长打了电话,所以我们的到来并未让这位矍铄的老头感到惊奇。西蒙院长一眼就分辨出了谁是福尔摩斯,他逐一拥抱了我们后,爽朗地说:“福尔摩斯先生,您的到来,让我感到无比荣幸!”

“打扰您了!能得到西蒙先生的帮助,我应该感到荣幸才对。”说完这句话,福尔摩斯做了个奇怪的表情,“说不定我在办完贝丽夫人案以后,也会被人当成精神病送到您这里,当然也有可能不等我把案子办完。到那个时候,可要请西蒙先生多多照顾哟!”

这句本来很幽默的话,不仅没能引起大家的笑声,反而一下子使气氛变得凝重起来。

福尔摩斯接着说:“我们办的这个案子异乎寻常,几十年的侦探生涯从未让我像现在这样感觉压力沉重,但我们必须义无反顾的做下去,没有退路!”

西蒙院长的眼里有了泪花,他说:“福尔摩斯先生,您的正直和智慧都让我钦佩不已。您知道吗?我,还有我们整个布里斯托的民众是多么爱戴艾伯顿公爵啊!我愿意竭尽所能给您提供帮助!”

“请您给我说说约翰吧!我想知道关于他的一切事情。”

“约翰来我们病院有大半年了,患的是严重的精神分裂症。我说的严重,是说他比一般精神分裂症患者的病情要糟很多。约翰精神恍惚,狂躁不安,幻觉妄想,打人毁物,摧残自己,随地大小便,甚至还将自己的警察24小时轮流陪伴着,当然实际上是看守……”

“请恕我冒昧打断您的话,您说有警察看守?那些警察是布里斯托警察局的吗?”福尔摩斯极少打断别人说话,但西蒙先生说到的看守让他产生了高度的警觉。

“他们自己介绍说是布里斯托警察局的,但我听口音不像。警察局有朋友私下里告诉我,那几个人来自伦敦。”西蒙院长继续着往下说,“可能是因为约翰的症状完全没有好转的迹象,一个月后,那些看守他的人撤离了,后来他们就隔大约一个星期来了解一次约翰的病情,一直到现在。前天他们还来过一次,估计这两天不会再来了。这大半年里,我们对约翰使用了包括谈话、娱乐、活动、药物治疗和食物调节等各种医疗方法,除了不再攻击别人,约翰身上的其余症状都没有发生实质性的改变。约翰的情况大抵就是这样。”

“除了那些看守,还有别的人探望过约翰吗?”

“开始的时候,警察局有几个同事来看过他,约翰谁都认不出来。哦,探望的同事都经过了看守的人同意,也都有他们的人在场。大约两个星期后,就再没有人来看过他了。”西蒙说得有些伤感。

“约翰是单独病房,还是和别的病人合住一起?”福尔摩斯不放过任何一个细节。

“开始是单独病房,在他不攻击别人后,医院就让他和另外三个病人住到了一起。我们认为这样做对精神病患者的康复有好处。”

“和约翰同住一间病房的,还有没有也认不出人的病人?”

“有一个,叫弗里,进来有一个多月了,他就住在进门第二床,约翰是第一床。”

“那现在就请您带我们去看看弗里。看望弗里的时候,希望各位配合我谈话。”

“弗里和我们有什么关系?我们不是来看约翰吗?”斯蒂芬一脸茫然,他忍不住问福尔摩斯。其实我也有同样的疑问,只是没有说出来。但我知道,福尔摩斯这样做一定有他的道理。

我们跟着西蒙院长径直来到弗里的床前,看到弗里抱着一个布娃娃不停地亲吻,模样极是滑稽。我用余光瞟了一下约翰,他正端起一杯水在喝。不,是用嘴在吸,吸得咝咝有声,吸完还砸吧砸吧,似乎是在享受世间最美的琼浆玉液。

福尔摩斯坐到弗里靠门口这一边床沿上,拉起弗里的手,亲热的叫道:“弗里,我看你来了。你还记得我吗?”

弗里将手抽回,继续抱着他的娃娃,仿佛抱着他最最亲密的爱人,完全不理会福尔摩斯的问候。

“弗里,他是你最好的朋友汉诺威,我是斯宾沙,还有埃尔曼,我们都是你的朋友。”我在旁边帮着说话。

看到弗里毫无反应,福尔摩斯又说:“我们旅行才回来,听说你生病了,就马上过来看你。我还要告诉你件事,你不是最崇拜福尔摩斯码?我听说他来了布里斯托,是为了贝丽夫人的案子来的。西蒙院长认识福尔摩斯,我请西蒙先生带你去看看你的偶像好吗?”

西蒙院长赶紧说:“是啊,福尔摩斯是我的好朋友,他说了要来看我。弗里,等福尔摩斯来了,我就带你去见他。”

“福尔摩斯来了,安道尔死亡的谜团就可以解开了,贝丽夫人的案子有希望了。这是多好的事情啊!”我继续在一旁帮腔。

弗里可不管什么福尔摩斯,贝丽夫人案,他似乎沉浸在和布娃娃绚烂的恋情里。

福尔摩斯把我们事先准备的一袋苹果放在弗里的床头柜上,示意大家离开。临别他还向弗里告辞:“好好养病,弗里,我们等着你早日康复!”

回到西蒙院长办公室,福尔摩斯问我:“华生,你观察到了什么?”

“我看到约翰在我们说到福尔摩斯来了布里斯托的时候,他停止了吸水,嘴里也没有再发出声音。特别是当我们说到安道尔和贝丽夫人的时候,约翰显得安静极了,他显然在关注我们说话。”

“还有一个细节,当听说福尔摩斯是为了贝丽夫人案才来布里斯托的时候,约翰的手在微微颤抖,杯里的水也泼出了少许。西蒙院长,华生,你们都是神经医学的专家,请你们告诉我,约翰的表现意味着什么?”福尔摩斯看看西蒙先生,又看看我。

西蒙院长先说了:“这说明约翰在他极其关注的事情上,还是有清晰的意识的,这给我们医治他的病带来了福音。”

“他与安道尔死亡和贝丽夫人案有极大关系,所以这两个名字或许能唤起他的潜意识,可他为什么对福尔摩斯这个名字也这样敏感?”福尔摩斯质疑道。

福尔摩斯看着我,我不能不发表自己的看法:“约翰的精神病也许不像我们看到的这般严重,或许……”

“或许什么?”福尔摩斯追问我。

我直接说出了心中的想法:“或许约翰的精神病是装出来的。难道福尔摩斯先生早就有这方面的预感吗?”

“是的。当斯蒂芬和我们介绍约翰的时候,我就有了怀疑。按理说,一个优秀的警察应该有比较好的心理素质,是不会那么容易被刺激成精神病的。况且,约翰发病的时间实在是有些蹊跷,就在约瑟夫死亡的第二天。所以我们今天去看望弗里,在那里议论福尔摩斯、安道尔和贝丽夫人,就是要去试探约翰的反应。”

“原来你们看望弗里是假,试探约翰才是真的。还一直把我蒙在鼓里呢。”斯蒂芬那无辜的样子,很是可爱。

“我亲爱的朋友,为我们的发现高兴吧!但是,我得郑重地提醒各位,关于约翰的情况决不能向除出我们几个之外的任何人透露。目前,约翰是我们侦破贝丽夫人杀人案的唯一线索,我们必须为他的安全考虑。”我们几个都严肃的点了点头,福尔摩斯继续说着,“西蒙院长,我要和约翰好好沟通。为了保密,我必须将约翰带到斯蒂芬侦探社去。华生,你现在就去守在约翰病房的门口。斯蒂芬,请你立即去雇一辆车篷遮蔽得很严实的马车,顺便给约翰买一套外面的衣服和一顶帽子。半个小时后,请西蒙院长以检查为名将约翰带来办公室,我们要给他换上衣服,秘密带他离开。我再说一遍,这件事绝对不能让别人知道!”

 
 
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About the Bogus Murder Case:

莫邪

乌恩首相的爪牙已经潜伏在精神病院的周围,福尔摩斯一行危险啊……

一窗昏晓

首一段竟是写实?令人为之动情落泪!

胡说八道2

艾伯顿公爵刚出事时,我做过一个梦。在梦里,我看到他在跟一大群人挥手,并说,“好了,谢谢大家,我要离开一会儿。” 我就下意识的喊,“你要去哪里?我也要去。” 没想到,他还真回答我说,“你真要跟来?我告诉你,前面的路会很辛苦啊。”我说,“我不管,我要去。”他伸出手,说,“好吧,来吧。”然后,我就像个小孩儿似的,跑着跟上去了。他走得很快,我就越跟越跟不上 ... 后来就醒了。


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