And yet," said Legrand, "the solution is by no means so difficult as you might be lead to imagine from the first hasty inspection of the characters.
In the present case - indeed in all cases of secret writing - the first question regards the language of the cipher; for the principles of solution, so far, especially, as the more simple ciphers are concerned, depend upon, and are varied by, the genius of the particular idiom.
In such case I should have commenced with a collation and analysis of the shorter words, and, had a word of a single letter occurred, as is most likely, (a or I, for example,) I should have considered the solution as assured.
We have, therefore, no less than ten of the most important letters represented, and it will be unnecessary to proceed with the details of the solution.
I reflected that it had been a point with the writer to run his words together without division, so as to increase the difficulty of solution.
Nevertheless, that he failed in the solution of this mystery, is by no means that matter for wonder which he supposes it; for, in truth, our friend the Prefect is somewhat too cunning to be profound.
He is fond of enigmas, of conundrums, of hieroglyphics; exhibiting in his solutions of each a degree of acumen which appears to the ordinary apprehension præternatural.
upon the painted face of his assassin an expression of tranquil and profound thought, as in the solution
of a problem in chess
I never used any such thing as a solution
of arsenic, or ever allowed the men working under me to use it, in the conservatories or in the garden at Gleninch.
I have a refined and harmless solution for them," he said.
Lloyd's discovery of the "death bacillus" of the sea toad, and his experiments on it with potassium cyanide, sent his name and that of his university ringing round the world; nor was Paul a whit behind when he succeeded in producing laboratory colloids exhibiting amoeba-like activities, and when he cast new light upon the processes of fertilization through his startling experiments with simple sodium chlorides and magnesium solutions on low forms of marine life.
There was no solution
, but that universal solution
which life gives to all questions, even the most complex and insoluble.
There was no trace then of the horror which I had myself felt at this curt declaration; but his face showed rather the quiet and interested composure of the chemist who sees the crystals falling into position from his oversaturated solution.
But whichever it may be, or if it is some third combination, it is down at Birlstone that we must seek the solution.
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