With a nod he vanished into the bedroom, whence he emerged in five minutes tweed-suited and respectable, as of old.
Then they will not lose a minute, for the sooner they do their work the longer time they will have for their escape.
Putting his hands into his pockets, he stretched out his legs in front of the fire and laughed heartily for some minutes.
For a minute or more the hand, with its writhing fingers, protruded out of the floor.
Half a guinea if you do it in twenty minutes!
’The Church of St. Monica,’ said I, ’and half a sovereign if you reach it in twenty minutes.’
It was twenty-five minutes to twelve, and of course it was clear enough what was in the wind.
Four or five minutes afterwards the sitting-room window will open.
You may then walk to the end of the street, and I will rejoin you in ten minutes.
He disappeared into his bedroom and returned in a few minutes in the character of an amiable and simple-minded Nonconformist clergyman.
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It was a quarter past six when we left Baker Street, and it still wanted ten minutes to the hour when we found ourselves in Serpentine Avenue.
He walked swiftly and in silence for some few minutes until we had turned down one of the quiet streets which lead towards the Edgeware Road.
"It is quite a three pipe problem, and I beg that you won’t speak to me for fifty minutes."
It is possible, however, that I may have something better before very many minutes are over, for this is one of my clients, or I am much mistaken.
I knelt beside him for some minutes, and then made my way to Mr. Turner’s lodge-keeper, his house being the nearest, to ask for assistance.
We lunch at Swindon, and I see that we shall be there in twenty minutes.
"I am ashamed of you, Holmes," said Lestrade with dignity after a few minutes’ silence.
It was about ten minutes before we regained our cab and drove back into Ross, Holmes still carrying with him the stone which he had picked up in the wood.
On the contrary, you are, as I understand, richer by some £30, to say nothing of the minute knowledge which you have gained on every subject which comes under the letter A. You have lost nothing by them.
The game-keeper adds that within a few minutes of his seeing Mr. McCarthy pass he had seen his son, Mr. James McCarthy, going the same way with a gun under his arm.
Sherlock Holmes sat silent for a few minutes with his fingertips still pressed together, his legs stretched out in front of him, and his gaze directed upward to the ceiling.
My face lengthened at this, Mr. Holmes, for I thought that I was not to have the vacancy after all; but after thinking it over for a few minutes he said that it would be all right.
Slipping through the shouting crowd I made my way to the corner of the street, and in ten minutes was rejoiced to find my friend’s arm in mine, and to get away from the scene of uproar.
Sherlock Holmes welcomed her with the easy courtesy for which he was remarkable, and, having closed the door and bowed her into an armchair, he looked her over in the minute and yet abstracted fashion which was peculiar to him.
We sat in silence for some minutes, Holmes more depressed and shaken than I had ever seen him.
If you will wait outside, I shall be with you in five minutes.
In a few minutes I had written my note, paid Whitney’s bill, led him out to the cab, and seen him driven through the darkness.
It was twenty-five minutes past four.
I rapidly threw on my clothes and was ready in a few minutes to accompany my friend down to the sitting-room.
You will excuse me for a few minutes while I satisfy myself as to this floor.
The trap drove on, and a few minutes later we saw a sudden light spring up among the trees as the lamp was lit in one of the sitting-rooms.
And so in ten minutes I had left my armchair and cheery sitting-room behind me, and was speeding eastward in a hansom on a strange errand, as it seemed to me at the time, though the future only could show how strange it was to be.
The man sat for a minute or more with a heaving chest, fighting against his emotion.
I rushed upstairs, explained the matter shortly to my wife, and in five minutes was inside a hansom, driving with my new acquaintance to Baker Street.
Then, after we had sat down for ten minutes or so, she rose hurriedly, muttered some words of apology, and left the room.
You have made two blunders in as many minutes.
I hadn’t been at the table ten minutes before I saw Frank out of the window at the other side of the road.
It would be to your advantage as well as mine if I might leave the house for five minutes.
Sherlock Holmes sat silent for some few minutes, with his brows knitted and his eyes fixed upon the fire.
He hurried to his chamber and was down again in a few minutes dressed as a common loafer.
He hastened upstairs, and a few minutes later I heard the slam of the hall door, which told me that he was off once more upon his congenial hunt.
And his asking to be allowed to go out for five minutes!
But there is a ring at the bell, Watson, and as the clock makes it a few minutes after four, I have no doubt that this will prove to be our noble client.
The other clothes would have followed, but at that moment there was a rush of constables up the stair, and a few minutes after I found, rather, I confess, to my relief, that instead of being identified as Mr. Neville St. Clair, I was arrested as his murderer.
I read for about ten minutes, beginning in the heart of a chapter, and then suddenly, in the middle of a sentence, he ordered me to cease and to change my dress.
Oh, a few minutes.
One mistake had been made in not arresting Boone instantly, as he was allowed some few minutes during which he might have communicated with his friend the Lascar, but this fault was soon remedied, and he was seized and searched, without anything being found which could incriminate him.
By its light I saw that the black ceiling was coming down upon me, slowly, jerkily, but, as none knew better than myself, with a force which must within a minute grind me to a shapeless pulp.
From the first, two facts were very obvious to me, the one that the lady had been quite willing to undergo the wedding ceremony, the other that she had repented of it within a few minutes of returning home.
" ’The Church of St. Monica, John,’ she cried, ’and half a sovereign if you reach it in twenty minutes.’
" ’Come, man, come, only three minutes, or it won’t be legal.’
" ’Perhaps you will have the kindness to wait in this room for a few minutes,’ said he, throwing open another door.
There are no more uses of "minuteness" in the book.