Oh, you know the stories that the peasants tell about a phantom hound, and so on.
That gravel page upon which I might have read so much has been long ere this smudged by the rain and defaced by the clogs of curious peasants.
It is extraordinary how credulous the peasants are about here!
The peasants say it is the Hound of the Baskervilles calling for its prey.
There is the death of the last occupant of the Hall, fulfilling so exactly the conditions of the family legend, and there are the repeated reports from peasants of the appearance of a strange creature upon the moor.
It was during these fruitless quests that he, or rather his ally, was seen by peasants, and that the legend of the demon dog received a new confirmation.
It was a cunning device, for, apart from the chance of driving your victim to his death, what peasant would venture to inquire too closely into such a creature should he get sight of it, as many have done, upon the moor?
To do so would be to descend to the level of these poor peasants, who are not content with a mere fiend dog but must needs describe him with hell-fire shooting from his mouth and eyes.
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