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As the Inspector Said

It is impossible to say when Charles Darrell and Sonia French first decided to murder Sonia's husband, Robert. Robert was nearly twice as old as Sonia, and he married her ten years before Charles Darrell came into her life. For eight of those years, Sonia was bored with her husband, although he did not seem to realize this. He was more interested in his books, and the silver which he bought.

Sonia and Charles were lovers for six months before things became difficult. People were beginning to talk, and it could not be long before Robert found out about them. 'Robert will never give me a divorce,' thought Sonia. 'And Charles and I have no money of our own.' But Sonia knew that Robert's silver alone was worth enough money to make life very comfortable for her and Charles.

By a strange accident, it was a policeman who gave them the idea for their murder plan. The inspector made a surprise visit to the Frenches' house one evening. Charles was also there. He often came in for a drink.

'There have been several burglaries near here,' the inspector told Robert, 'and we haven't caught the burglar. We know who he is, and it can't be long before we catch him, but we're very worried. He carries a gun, and we're almost sure he has killed a man. Now this house is in a very lonely place. Mr Darrell is your only neighbour. You also have a lot of valuable silver.'

'What are you trying to say?' asked Robert.

'I'm saying that it's sensible to be careful,' said the inspector. 'Very careful. Why not put your silver in the bank, until the burglar is caught?'

'I don't want to do that,' said Robert.

The inspector tried not to sound angry. 'Well, I have warned you, sir,' he said. 'Please remember that.'

The inspector left, and Charles said, 'The inspector didn't warn me. He knows I've nothing worth stealing. But if this gunman does visit me, he'll be sorry. I have a gun, and I won't think twice before using it.'

He was tall and strong, and Sonia thought he was very good-looking. And she did not try to hide her feelings.

'I feel sorry for the burglar who tries to frighten you, Charles,' she said.

Three nights later, Sonia was lying awake in her bed. Robert was asleep. It was ten minutes to two.

Sonia was excited. 'Ten minutes before Charles enters the house,' she thought. It was ten long minutes.

And then she heard a noise. Glass breaking, followed by the sound of a window as it was pushed up.

Robert did not wake up. Sonia waited until she heard the sound of Charles climbing through the open window, then she reached across to Robert's bed.

'Robert!' She was shaking him. 'Wake up. There's somebody downstairs!'

Robert woke slowly. 'What? Someone downstairs? No, I'm sure you're-' He sat up in bed, awake now. 'There is someone! I'll have to go down, I suppose.'

He put on his old grey dressing-gown, and went out of the room. Sonia waited in the dark. It seemed a very long wait, but it was less than half a minute. Then a thin line of light appeared under the bedroom door. Sonia heard her husband give a sudden cry, then she heard a gun explode. Something - or someone - heavy fell to the floor, then a door was banged open, and there was the sound of running feet outside the house.

Sonia waited. 'Charles must have time to escape before I call the police,' she thought.

She put on her bedside light and got out of bed. Now it was all over, she felt strangely calm. She knew what she was going to say to the police. How soon could she marry Charles? Six months from now? They could go to Venice for a holiday, after they were married. She had always wanted to see Venice...

Then the door opened. And Robert walked in.

For a long moment, Sonia could only look at him, her stomach sick with fear. He looked back at her, silent, white faced and untidy. But alive.

'What - what happened?' she said.

'He got away,' said Robert. 'I'm afraid he's taken some of my best silver with him. I wish now I had listened to the inspector and sent it to the bank.'

'But I heard a gun,' said Sonia. 'I thought you - you're not hurt, Robert?'

'No, Sonia, I'm not hurt,' said Robert. 'But I have some bad news. It s Charles. I think the dear, brave man was watching the house, and followed the burglar in, to try and help us. He's at the bottom of the stairs. I'm afraid there is nothing that we can do for him.'

Sonia fell forwards, her eyes closing, and Robert caught her. He carried her to the bed, then went downstairs. When he reached the bottom, he had to step over the body. He did this calmly, stepping around the blood on the carpet. But when he walked into the room where he kept his silver, he wanted to cry. All of the best pieces were gone.

He closed the door and went into his study. But before he telephoned the police, he was careful to clean the small gun that was in his dressing-gown pocket. Then he locked it inside his desk. He had taken care of the one problem in his usually very tidy life, and he wanted to make sure he would have no more trouble.

As the inspector said, it was sensible to be careful.

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As the Inspector Said

It is impossible to say when Charles Darrell and Sonia French first decided to murder Sonia's husband, Robert. Robert was nearly twice as old as Sonia, and he married her ten years before Charles Darrell came into her life. Robert był prawie dwa razy starszy od Soni i ożenił się z nią dziesięć lat przed pojawieniem się w jej życiu Charlesa Darrella. For eight of those years, Sonia was bored with her husband, although he did not seem to realize this. Przez osiem z tych lat Sonia nudziła się z mężem, choć on chyba nie zdawał sobie z tego sprawy. Durante oito desses anos, Sonia ficou entediada com o marido, embora ele não parecesse perceber isso. He was more interested in his books, and the silver which he bought.

Sonia and Charles were lovers for six months before things became difficult. People were beginning to talk, and it could not be long before Robert found out about them. 'Robert will never give me a divorce,' thought Sonia. „Robert nigdy nie da mi rozwodu” – pomyślała Sonia. 'And Charles and I have no money of our own.' — E Charles e eu não temos dinheiro próprio. But Sonia knew that Robert's silver alone was worth enough money to make life very comfortable for her and Charles. Mas Sonia sabia que só a prata de Robert valia dinheiro suficiente para tornar a vida muito confortável para ela e Charles.

By a strange accident, it was a policeman who gave them the idea for their murder plan. The inspector made a surprise visit to the Frenches' house one evening. Charles was also there. He often came in for a drink.

'There have been several burglaries near here,' the inspector told Robert, 'and we haven't caught the burglar. “Houve vários assaltos aqui perto”, disse o inspetor a Robert, “e não pegamos o ladrão. We know who he is, and it can't be long before we catch him, but we're very worried. He carries a gun, and we're almost sure he has killed a man. Nosi broń i jesteśmy prawie pewni, że zabił człowieka. Now this house is in a very lonely place. Mr Darrell is your only neighbour. You also have a lot of valuable silver.'

'What are you trying to say?' asked Robert.

'I'm saying that it's sensible to be careful,' said the inspector. 「気をつけたほうが賢明だと言っているのです」と検査官は言った。 'Very careful. Why not put your silver in the bank, until the burglar is caught?'

'I don't want to do that,' said Robert.

The inspector tried not to sound angry. 検査官は怒っているように聞こえないようにした。 'Well, I have warned you, sir,' he said. 'Please remember that.'

The inspector left, and Charles said, 'The inspector didn't warn me. He knows I've nothing worth stealing. 彼は私が盗む価値がないことを知っています。 Wie, że nie mam nic wartego kradzieży. But if this gunman does visit me, he'll be sorry. でも、もしこのガンマンが私を訪ねてきたら、彼は後悔するでしょう。 I have a gun, and I won't think twice before using it.' 私は銃を持っており、それを使う前によく考えるつもりはありません。

He was tall and strong, and Sonia thought he was very good-looking. 彼は背が高くて丈夫で、ソニアは彼がとても格好良いと思っていました。 And she did not try to hide her feelings. I nie próbowała ukrywać swoich uczuć.

'I feel sorry for the burglar who tries to frighten you, Charles,' she said. 「チャールズ、あなたを怖がらせようとする強盗が気の毒です」と彼女は言った。

Three nights later, Sonia was lying awake in her bed. 3夜後、ソニアはベッドで目を覚ましたまま横たわっていました。 Robert was asleep. It was ten minutes to two. 10分から2分でした。

Sonia was excited. 'Ten minutes before Charles enters the house,' she thought. It was ten long minutes.

And then she heard a noise. Glass breaking, followed by the sound of a window as it was pushed up.

Robert did not wake up. Sonia waited until she heard the sound of Charles climbing through the open window, then she reached across to Robert's bed.

'Robert!' She was shaking him. 'Wake up. There's somebody downstairs!'

Robert woke slowly. 'What? Someone downstairs? No, I'm sure you're-' He sat up in bed, awake now. 'There is someone! I'll have to go down, I suppose.'

He put on his old grey dressing-gown, and went out of the room. Sonia waited in the dark. It seemed a very long wait, but it was less than half a minute. Then a thin line of light appeared under the bedroom door. Sonia heard her husband give a sudden cry, then she heard a gun explode. Sonia usłyszała, jak jej mąż nagle krzyknął, potem usłyszała wybuch broni. Something - or someone - heavy fell to the floor, then a door was banged open, and there was the sound of running feet outside the house. Coś - lub ktoś - ciężki upadło na podłogę, potem drzwi się otworzyły i za domem rozległ się odgłos biegnących stóp.

Sonia waited. 'Charles must have time to escape before I call the police,' she thought.

She put on her bedside light and got out of bed. Włączyła lampkę nocną i wstała z łóżka. Now it was all over, she felt strangely calm. She knew what she was going to say to the police. How soon could she marry Charles? Jak szybko mogła poślubić Karola? Six months from now? They could go to Venice for a holiday, after they were married. She had always wanted to see Venice...

Then the door opened. And Robert walked in.

For a long moment, Sonia could only look at him, her stomach sick with fear. He looked back at her, silent, white faced and untidy. But alive.

'What - what happened?' she said.

'He got away,' said Robert. – Uciekł – powiedział Robert. 'I'm afraid he's taken some of my best silver with him. I wish now I had listened to the inspector and sent it to the bank.'

'But I heard a gun,' said Sonia. 'I thought you - you're not hurt, Robert?' — Achei que você... não está ferido, Robert?

'No, Sonia, I'm not hurt,' said Robert. 'But I have some bad news. It s Charles. I think the dear, brave man was watching the house, and followed the burglar in, to try and help us. 親愛なる勇敢な男が家を見ていて、私たちを助けようと泥棒の後を追ったと思います. Myślę, że kochany, odważny człowiek obserwował dom i poszedł za włamywaczem, aby spróbować nam pomóc. He's at the bottom of the stairs. I'm afraid there is nothing that we can do for him.' 残念ながら、彼のために私たちにできることは何もありません。

Sonia fell forwards, her eyes closing, and Robert caught her. ソニアは目を閉じて前に倒れ、ロバートは彼女を捕まえた。 Sonia upadła do przodu, zamykając oczy, a Robert ją złapał. He carried her to the bed, then went downstairs. When he reached the bottom, he had to step over the body. 彼が底に達したとき、彼は体をまたがなければなりませんでした。 Kiedy dotarł na dno, musiał przejść nad ciałem. He did this calmly, stepping around the blood on the carpet. 彼は静かにこれを行い、カーペットの血を踏みつけました。 But when he walked into the room where he kept his silver, he wanted to cry. しかし、彼が銀を保管している部屋に入ったとき、彼は泣きたくなりました。 All of the best pieces were gone. Wszystkie najlepsze kawałki zniknęły.

He closed the door and went into his study. 彼はドアを閉め、書斎に入った。 Zamknął drzwi i wszedł do swojego gabinetu. Ele fechou a porta e entrou em seu escritório. But before he telephoned the police, he was careful to clean the small gun that was in his dressing-gown pocket. しかし、警察に電話する前に、ガウンのポケットに入っていた小さな銃を念入りに掃除しました。 Mas antes de telefonar para a polícia, teve o cuidado de limpar a pequena arma que estava no bolso do roupão. Then he locked it inside his desk. Então ele o trancou dentro de sua mesa. He had taken care of the one problem in his usually very tidy life, and he wanted to make sure he would have no more trouble. 彼は、普段は非常にきちんとした生活の中で 1 つの問題を解決したので、これ以上問題が発生しないようにしたいと考えていました。 Zajął się jedynym problemem w swoim zwykle bardzo uporządkowanym życiu i chciał się upewnić, że nie będzie miał więcej kłopotów. Ele havia resolvido um problema em sua vida geralmente muito arrumada e queria ter certeza de que não teria mais problemas.

As the inspector said, it was sensible to be careful. Como disse o inspetor, era sensato ter cuidado.

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