Late one night when the lights were growing dim, so as hardly to betray the stain on the poor wife's cheek, she herself, for the first time, voluntarily took up the subject.
Perhaps its removal may cause cureless deformity; or it may be the stain goes as deep as life itself.
Watch the stain of the rainbow fading out the sky, and you will know how that mysterious symbol passed away.
There IS a second stain, but it does not correspond with the other.
Holmes, but I thought the point of the second stain not corresponding with the first would interest you.
The two stains did correspond, but the carpet has been turned round.
That's clear enough, for the stains lie above each other--if you lay it over this way.
Here is a stain upon the hat of a gentleman in company, that I'll take clean out, before he can order me a pint of ale.
Gentlemen all, observe the dark stain upon this gentleman's hat, no wider than a shilling, but thicker than a half-crown.
Planchet had followed the road; like Athos, he had discovered the stains
of blood; like Athos, he had noted the spot where the horses had halted.
In fact, he thinks he has detected on it, not only the blood of the last victim, but other stains
of dried blood, evidences of previous crimes.
Don't you see that it gives us an infallible test for blood stains.
The latter is valueless if the stains are a few hours old.
His linen or clothes are examined, and brownish stains discovered upon them.
But there might have been stains
, and that would have helped us.