His attention was riveted upon the bed in which he thought to find a young boy and his helpless, invalid grandmother.
But how could the boy have carried his invalid grandmother from a second story window to the ground?
He had never heard of Sherlock Holmes or he would have lost no time in invoking the aid of that celebrated sleuth, for here was a real mystery: An old woman--an invalid who had to be carried from the ship to her room in the hotel--and a handsome lad, her grandson, had entered a room on the second floor of his hostelry the day before.
So the invalid
disappeared soon afterward and went into his sleeping-room; and one by one the lights in the salon of the Rue des Tournelles were extinguished.
As he put the candle on a bracket, where the dark old panelling almost served as an extinguisher for it, he bethought himself of going up to tell the invalid that he would not be absent five minutes.
Mr Flintwinch had by this time poured himself out another cup of tea, which he was swallowing in gulps as before, with his eyes directed to the invalid.
Mr Flintwinch, finishing his tea, not only took a longer gulp than he had taken yet, but made his succeeding pause under new circumstances: that is to say, with his head thrown back and his cup held still at his lips, while his eyes were still directed at the invalid.
258 participants and invalids of the World War II living in Astana will receive 150,000 tenge ($823.
the participants and invalids of the Great Patriotic war 1941-1945 - 150,000 tenge;
the persons equal to participants and invalids of the Great Patriotic war for benefits and guarantees, whose status is determined by articles 6 and 8 of the law on benefits and social protection - 20,000 tenge.
While the trickle of transported invalids did not go unnoticed it was never of significant enough proportions to warrant a prolonged and concerted protest.
To make matters worse for the invalid this was also a period in which chronic moral disorder came to be associated with chronic physical disorder; thus the linking of invalidism with criminality which was reinforced in the Tasmanian setting by the convict legacy of so many invalids.
A belief that invalids were part of a criminal underclass and were able to spread a contagion of crime, immorality and vice was particularly resilient in colonial Tasmania.
The author, who gained a cultlike following in the '70s and '80s for his early novels, including ``Still Life With Woodpecker'' and ``Even Cowgirls Get the Blues,'' continues to plumb the mysterious questions of reality, metaphysics, consciousness and sex in his seventh novel, ``Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates'' (Bantam; $27.
In ``Fierce Invalids,'' the main character, Switters, is a 36-year-old CIA agent whose primary career objective is to subvert the government's subversion.